Ten (dix in french) Versions, Diversions, Diversity ...
Differences in music, movement, body, color, so that universes are created and confronted. This show is a free expression space, cross-genre, in which a multitude of environments are created, without limits.
"By avoiding racial, political, social stereotypes, I just want to create beauty by the suggested image, by the dance".
Born in Lyon in 1973, Mourad Merzouki began practicing martial arts and circus arts as early as a seven-year-old. At the age of fifteen, he encountered hip-hop culture for the first time and through it, he discovered dance.
He quickly decided to develop this form of street art while also experimenting with other choreographic styles, particularly with Maryse Delente, Jean-François Duroure and Josef Nadj.
The wealth of his experiences fed his desire to direct artistic projects, blending hiphop with other disciplines. In 1989 he, along with a group of dancers, created his first company ‘Accrorap'.
In 1994 the company performed Athina during Lyon's Biennial Dance Festival; it was a triumph that brought street dance to the stage.Merzouki's travels have led him into unchartered territory, where dance can be a powerful means of communication.
In order to develop his own artistic style and sensitivity, Merzouki established his own company, Käfig, in 1996.
In January 2006, Compagnie Käfig began a period of residence at Espace Albert Camus in Bron. The theatre became the venue of the Karavel Festival, created in 2007 under the leadership of Mourad Merzouki. The festival invites some 10 different hip-hop companies and other initiatives to the city.
In parallel, Mourad Merzouki spearheaded the inception of a new center for choreographic creation and development: Pôle Pik opened its doors in Bron in 2009.
In June 2009, Mourad Merzouki was appointed director of the Centre chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne. He continues to develop his projects there, with an accent on openness to the world.
In 18 years, the choreographer has created 22 shows and his company gives on average 150 performances per year around the world.
Source : CCN Créteil et Val-de-Marne’s website
More information : http://ccncreteil.com/
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (eLaC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
More recently, he launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created the website numeridanse.tv, an international video library for dance online.
His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.
He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source : Maison de la Danse
Artistic direction / Conception : Mourad Merzouki
Choreography : Mourad Merzouki
Interpretation : Karim BEDDAOUDIA, Kader BELMOKTAR, Outhay BOUTTAVONG, Bintou DEMBELE, Erika DELORME, Chad MEHALA, Mourad MERZOUKI, Klown SANTIAGO, Hassan EL HAJJAMI, Hafid SOUR
Original music : Franck II Louise, Noël Kapoudjian
Video conception : Pierre Jacob, Montage teaser Fabien Plasson
Lights : Yoann TIVOLI
Costumes : PARADE (Guislaine Coudert et Cyril Minois)
Other collaborations : Nati’K (textes), Avec le soutien du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, la Direction des Affaires Culturelles Rhône-Alpes, la Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations – Mission mécénat en faveur de la danse, le Centre National de la Danse de Lyon, le Centre National de Création et de Diffusion Culturelle de Châteauvallon, le CCN du Havre, l’Espace Albert Camus de Bron
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Compagnie Käfig, Maison de la danse de Lyon, Dance Theatre Workshop, New England Foundation For the Arts
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Captation réalisée à la Maison de la Danse de Lyon en février 2001 par Charles Picq
Duration : 1 heure