Rooftop Trance 

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This project has been mainly developed through an exploration of the traditional guedra dance
performed by Moroccan women where usually one woman dances, while the other participants
clap and sing songs until the dancer falls into trance and is replaced by another. This forms the
basis of the architectural programme, a women’s centre with dedicated spaces for dancing and
socializing, but other random functions interfere through chance, such as roof gardens and a
small artisans chocolate factory.

The trance dances have also been integrated in the production of drawings and models, helping
with generating random creations which have been reinterpreted as architectural components
and assembled into a final proposal above the rooftops of Marrakech.

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simona.cojocaru@my.westminster.ac.uk

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