Latifa Laâbissi

© Caroline Ablain
© Caroline Ablain


Latifa Laâbissi (1964, France) is a dancer and choreographer. Mixing genres, reflecting upon and redefining formats, Latifa Laâbissi’s work seeks to bring onstage multiple offstage perspectives in which stories, figures and voices are placed and highlighted. Her use of the voice and of the face as a vehicle for minority status and accents became inseparable from her dance movement in Self portrait camouflage (2006) and Loredreamsong (2010). Continuing her reflection on archives, she created Écran somnambule and La part du rite (2012) based on 1920s German dance. Her latest creation, Pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse (2016), co-created with the stage designer Nadia Lauro, produces visions, landscapes and images in which excess, monstrosity, beauty, uncertainty, the comical and terror coexist.

Since 2011, Latifa Laâbissi has been artistic director of Extension Sauvage, an artistic and educational programme in rural France (Brittany). In 2016, a monograph of her complete works was published by Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers and Les presses du réel. Until 2019, Latifa Laâbissi is associate artist at CCN2, the National Choreographic Centre in Grenoble, and at the Le Triangle arts centre in Rennes.