French-Moroccan-Canadian choreographer and self-taught dancer Ismaël Mouaraki discovered urban dances at the age of 12. He was introduced to contemporary dance with the choreographer Xavier Lot
during his residence at the Centre culturel André Malraux. It was the beginning of a three-year collaboration, and the start of a career for Ismaël. Curious and determined, he worked with
different choreographers and companies in France and Canada, including Compagnie Accrorap, Philippe Découflé or Hélène Blackburn, allowing him to share his talent and his artistic expertise with
a varied audience.
In 2003, Ismaël founds Destins Croisés – crossed fates in French – of which he is the artistic director and choreographer. Ismaël seeks innovation and singularity in his work. His
choreographic repertoire brings together contemporary and urban dances, and a wide variety of practices ranging from circus to freestyle. In his 2003 creation, Near Future, he worked with a clown. The piece won the year’s Best Creation Award from the Office Franco-Québécois pour la jeunesse. In
Loops (2008), Ismaël and his dancers worked and created in situ in the Montreal metro. In Slam en/Corps (2009), Ismaël created a
dialogue between movements and words. In his solo piece, RefleXction (2010), he integrated his own body within a larger visual
project. In Link(s) (2016), in his latest creations, oZe (2019) for
young audiences and Phenomena (2019) for the general public, he explores and engages with the notions of identity and alterity to
question the role of the individual within the group. and
In addition to his work within Destins Croisés, he collaborates as choreographer or instructor in various projects in Canada and abroad, such as the in-situ performances of the Regroupement
Québécois de la Danse’s 5th edition of Pas de danse, pas de vie!, or with the Cirque Éloize in the show ID. He also signed the choreography of the Pink Carnival parade
in honor of Jean Paul Gauthier, presented by the Just for Laughs Festival, and cosigned the piece Ayong with choreographer Herwann
Asseh from the Compagnie Moral Soul that was presented at the Quartz in Brest, France. Inspired by Michelangelo’s gigantic fresco of the Final Judgement, Ayong brings together
circus, dance, and visual arts. Ismaël Mouaraki created the piece D-Complex in collaboration with the Centre culturel de Namur in
Belgium, that was presented in November 2016 at the Abattoirs de Bomel. More recently, Ismaël worked with the students of the École Nationale de Cirque in Montreal on Pop-Corps, a short work part of the larger program Triptyque in collaboration with Marc Béland and Edgar Zendejas.
In 2019, he was co-winner of the Prix Envol, which promotes the cultural diversity of the Montreal dance community, awarded by the Prix de la danse de Montréal and the Conseil des arts de
Montréal ex aequo with the company Tentacle Tribe.
Fifteen years after the creation of his compagnie Destins Croisés, Ismaël Mouaraki is now beginning a new page of his work, always seeking to renew the language of dance.