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	mso-ansi-language:EN-US;}     photo: Pierre Jouvion          In Nakh Removed, Paris-based artist Angelica Mesiti explores how dance is used to enter altered states within traditional cultural and spiritual practice. The film is based on the ritualistic practice of the Nakh or 'hair dance', a Berber dance from the Algerian/Tunisian border. The Nakh is traditionally performed at weddings and during a period devoted to fertility. It features the swaying of the dancer's head and thrashing of the hair. The simple movements, when performed repetitively, induce an altered state of consciousness.    Mesiti's work features four contemporary Parisienne women with Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian heritage, of different ages, performing the dance. Shot in slow motion, the video focuses on the repetitious movement of the dancer's hair, creating a hypnotic experience for the viewer, which mirrors the dancers' trance-like state.       Advisor / choreographer   Saâdia Souyah      Dancers   Saâdia Souyah   Mariem Guellouz   Akila Boutaleb   Karima Aouraghe      Crew   Producer: Anne Becker   Cinematograhper: Pierre Jouvion   Camera assistant: Benjamin Masset   Sound recordist: Marc Parazon   Editing: Angelica Mesiti  Colourist: Jean-Marie Belloteau     Commissioned by Carriageworks for the project 24 Frames Per Second 2015     Acknowledgements:  Arab Centre for Dance and Contemporary Writing Paris, Felix Media     
 
       
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