Traditions of the future

A dance ritual which invites the inhabitants to bring into play a practice of archaic movements - stemming from traditional rituals, in close connection with the architecture.

Creation Saïda Nait-Bouda. Artistic collaboration Isabelle Maurel Production Cie El häl / Saïda Naït-Bouda Co - production of the Metallos Committee as part of the 2021 Girls / Women Course: "Elles pe (a) nsent the future", under the artistic direction of Isabelle Maurel. Support La Maison des Métallos, Center Archipelia.


An in situ experience with the inhabitants
After practical workshops, participants are invited to put their experience into play in the public space.
From the architecture of the body in relation to the trees in the gardens to the social and political resonance of monumental architecture, from the spirituality of sacred buildings to the memories of wasteland, ... so much space for creation where participants are immersed in a journey that connects ancestral knowledge and our world today.
Traditions du Futur is a scenographic device that brings into play new paradoxical artistic experiments.
> The apprehension of the ritual in dance between interiority and the collective,
> Communication between the infinite interior space - the sacred body - and the structured exterior space - architecture,
> the embodiment of the expression of being in the public space,
> The integration of traditional knowledge from diasporas into spaces of power,
> A writing in movement which connects intangible heritages and matrimony - the heritages that men and women pass on to us from generation to generation in ancestral cultures - and urban space.

Several audiences concerned






Level. Everyone without restriction. It is not necessary to have learned dance, but to want to get involved in a collective project where it is a question of sharing and reinventing new rituals.


The practice


The transmission is based on the El hâl © dance, - a method of anchoring through movement that offers a field of experimentation and exploration of archaic movements resulting from ritual dances.

Neither folklore workshop, nor traditional ritual, nor dance technique, a transcultural artistic transmission which leads us to understand how these traditions feed us. Allow us to find paths in the body that reconnect us with ancestral knowledge inscribed deep within us. A language that goes beyond, in a universal elsewhere where we can express the deepest part of ourselves.



Traditions du futur offer several options.

  1. Creative workshops and performance in public space for mixed or exclusively female participants up to 50 people
  2. An event including choreography, exchanges with the public, collective practice
  3. Créative workshops




Traditions du futur 1 - Creative workshops and performance of residents in public spaces

Participants : Mixed or exclusively female. Level all. Up to 50 people.
Duration: 15 hours divided into 5 workshops of 3 hours over a period agreed with the organizer.
Creation: Saïda Naït-Bouda in collaboration with Isabelle Maurel and the participation of the inhabitants
Music: live music with 1 musician or recorded music.
Interpretation: the inhabitants guided by Isabelle Maurel and Saïda Naït-Bouda.

Traditions du futur 2 - Extract of dance, conference, collective practices

A choreographic ritual of today - to practice or to contemplate - which brings into play the traces of the intangible heritages in us and around us.


Traditions of the future 3 - Creative workshops

Audience: Mixed or exclusively female. Level all. Up to 30 people.
Teacher Saïda Naït-Bouda with an assistant

Around the project

Cultural mediation

Valuing traditional knowledge

The traditions of the future travel in social and cultural structures by offering meetings, workshops.

« Undergoing, constrained, even abused,

women since the dawn of time have invented rituals to keep the art of always living at heart.
Inventing a garden with a single rose petal,
recreating a magical space with a small brazier of incense,

practicing movement to heal,

they re-invent the celebration of life and beauty.
I have met some of them.
Strong of their youth or crippled,
cloistered. Slaves. Prevented ... or free.
Each in its own way has given me its joy. His tenderness.

And we shared treasures.»
Saïda Naït-Bouda