Moroccan born and Marseille based, Fouad Boussouf trained in hip-hop, his preferred kind of dance, while also feeding his curiosity about other genres, especially contemporary dance. His eclectic lifepath and experiences as a performer give his choreographic explorations a strongly modern flavour, where hip-hop converses with contemporary vocabularies and jazz but also with the traditional dances of North Africa and contemporary circus. In 2000 he founded Compagnie Massala, which draws its artistic language from hip-hop culture, contemporary dance and contemporary circus, but also from the folk dances and music of his native country, Morocco, and the wider Arab world. He is reluctant to be pigeonholed; his work reflects all these influences, and relentlessly addresses current themes, which he transfigures through his performers.
Fouad Boussouf is an associate artist at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon for the 2020-2021 season.