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Le sacre de Lila

Inspired by the Lila ceremonies, traditional mystical and musical celebrations of his native Morocco, Ismaël Mouaraki, in his new creation, explores trance with a group of male dancers. Through them, it is also his own journey that he retraces before the eyes of the public.

All audiences

60 minutes

8 dancers



In Arabic, lila means "night". These ceremonies are nocturnal rituals of spiritual healing, combining song, dance and music, traditionally found in Maghreb countries. Ismaël transposes the rites and codes of these danced rituals on stage, revealing the sensitivity and sensuality of the male body. Tinted with the tastes and colors of Morocco, the artists transform the show into a moment of true celebration, where the exaltation of the body unfolds through contagious energy.

Le sacre de Lila is a very personal project that the French-Moroccan-Canadian choreographer Ismaël Mouaraki has been imagining for many years. The idea was born from his childhood memories of Maghreb, revealing his deep connection with Morocco and the Arab world, intertwined with evocations of France, where he was born, and Quebec, where he is watching his family grow old.

Three territories, anchored and impregnated in his body. This work is very symbolic: it underlines Ismaël Mouaraki's 25 years of immigration and the 20th anniversary of his company Destins Croisés. A celebration of the path he has taken and the deeply human journey he wishes to share today.

Le sacre de Lila © Amen Lahcen 12.jpg


A creation by Ismael Mouaraki


Alexandre Wilhelm, Danny Morissette, Etienne Leonard Benoit, Gabriel Jobin, Léo Coupal-Lafleur, Rodrigo Alvarenga-Bonilla, Soufiane Faouzi Mrani, Yassine Khyar


Rodolphe St-Arneault

Scenography and costumes

Marilene Bastien



Antoine Berthiaume

With the participation of Association Salamate Gnawa Montreal : Salamate Rachid and musicians Ayoub Benmous, Redouane Aguilal, Amine Rais, Oualid Moussa

Artistic advisors and rehearsal directors

Genevieve Boulet, Annie Gagnon

Production management

Matéo Chauchat

Administrative management

Lydie Revez


Sylvie-Ann Pare


Graphic design

Thomas Roy Bourdages


Agora de la danse, Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Association Col’Jam (Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Casablanca), Ensemble de musique du monde Oktoécho, Archipel


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