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Rio Gravité Zéro

Rehearsals in Rio with Mourad Merzouki and the Brazilian dancers of AGWA, who blend hip-hop, capoeira and contemporary dance with real virtuosity. There are ten dancers aged between 17 and 25 who come from the outskirts of Rio; some have lived in favelas. All struggle to survive and come to rehearse four evenings a week. Moving confessions and interviews with these young people, for whom dance is an escape route from their turbulent lives.

Agwa

La source du projet, une rencontre : celle de Mourad Merzouki avec de jeunes danseurs de Rio de Janeiro lors de la Biennale de la Danse de Lyon en 2006.
Originaires du Brésil, les 11 danseurs cariocas ont des histoires aux cours sinueux qui plongent leurs racines dans les favelas et qui font resurgir des souvenirs de la même eau au chorégraphe de la Compagnie Käfig. Ayant grandi dans la marginalité, ils ont tous puisé dans leur passion pour la danse la rage de s'en sortir et d'aller vers l'autre.
Les interprètes diluent et mélangent sans aucun complexe hip-hop, capoeira, samba, musique électronique et bossa nova pour faire émerger une danse aux acrobaties époustouflantes, bourrée d'énergie et d'invention…
AGWA, un spectacle placé sous le signe de l'eau, à la fois composant essentiel de notre corps, ressource naturelle précieuse, vitale même, que l'on se doit d'économiser et de préserver, et symbole de renouveau.

Merzouki, Mourad

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/

Rio Gravité Zéro

Artistic direction / Conception : Mourad Merzouki

Interpretation : Mourad Merzouki, Sonia Destri, Diego Alves Dos Santos dit Dieguinho, Leonardo Alves Moreira dit Leo, Cleiton Luiz Caetano De Oliveira, Aguinaldo De Oliveira Lopes dit Anjo, Cristian Faxola Franco dit Faxola, Geovane Fidelis Da Conceição, Diego Gonçalves Do Nascimento Leitão dit White, Aldair Junior Machado Nogueira dit Al Franciss, Wanderlino Martins Neves dit Sorriso, Jose Amilton Rodrigues Junior dit Ze, Alexsandro Soares Campanha Da Silva dit Pitt

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Producteur exécutif - Brésil Traquitana Filmes, Bertrand Douet, Coproduction ARTE France Unité de programmes Culture et Spectacles Gabrielle Babin Gugenheim PMP/Pénélope Leslie F.Grunberg Avec le soutien du Centre National de la Cinématographie et la participation de TV5Monde

Duration : 52 minutes

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