Choreographer(s) : Merzouki, Mourad (France)
Present in collection(s): CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig
Video producer : l’ARC – Scène nationale du Creusot
On both sides of the Mediterranean, youth is projected "on the other side of the sea".
In France, for some, it is about the land of origins, the pain and the difficulty to assume a double culture.
In Algeria, we dream of freedom, social climbing ... while watching television ...
We simply dream to forget the difficulties of life.
The meeting between young Algerian hip-hop dancers and young French people makes it possible to confront dreams, to mix the imaginary.
Beyond the history of this meeting between the two shores of the Mediterranean, it is the restitution towards "the land of the origins" of this Mediterranean contribution which made French hip-hop so original but also of the introduction of a certain sweetness, on the one hand femininity in a rather macho world.
A major figure on the hip-hop scene since the early 1990s, Merzouki works at the crossroads of many different disciplines: he adds circus, martial arts, fine arts, video and live music to his exploration of hip-hop dance. Without losing sight of the roots of hip-hop movement – of its social and geographical origins – this multidisciplinary approach opens new horizons and reveals original outlooks. Since 1996, 30 creations have been performed in 700 cities and 65 countries, with more than 3,000 performances given for 1.7 million people. Since 2009, Merzouki is director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne, where he created the festival Kalypso, a Parisian twin of his festival Karavel in the region of Lyon. In 2016, he is also appointed artistic director of Pôle en Scènes in Bron.
More information : http://ccncreteil.com/
Centre chorégraphique national de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig
Supported by the State and local authorities, the Centres chorégraphiques nationaux (CCN) promote the development of dance, both through the creative impulse of their directors-choreographers, but also by supporting choreographic artists of various styles, by presenting works and by raising public awareness of the art of dance.
Today there are 19 Centres chorégraphiques nationaux. The CCN de Créteil is one of the first to have been created, by Maguy Marin. Three of them are now run by hip-hop choreographers, in Créteil (Mourad Merzouki), La Rochelle (Kader Attou) and Rennes (FAIR-E collective).
Mourad Merzouki has been at the head of the Centre chorégraphique national de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig since 2009. He is developing an artistic project that is both open to the world and rooted in the territory, transcending aesthetic, cultural and social boundaries. Tours, workshops, residencies, the Kalypso festival : there are many opportunities to discover and celebrate hip-hop dance, an art form that has become, in over 30 years, a strong marker of the cultural identity of our heritage.
Artistic direction / Conception : Mourad Merzouki
Choreography : Mourad Merzouki
Choreography assistance : Brahim Bouchelaghem
Interpretation : Amine Aliouat, Hamza Benrhamani, Bilel Boualouane, Brahim Bouchelaghem, Fouaz Bounechada, Kader Chelef, Hassan El-Hajjami, Habib Hachouche, Adela Hireche, Rabah Immessaoudane, Mohamed Osmani
Original music : AS’N, Chant Lamla
Video conception : Fabien Plasson
Lights : Yoann Tivoli
Costumes : Carima Amarouche
Settings : Mourad Merzouki, Martin Lecomte
Other collaborations : Avec le soutien de Cultures France, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Direction des Affaires Culturelles Rhône-Alpes, Région Rhône-Alpes dans le cadre de leur convention avec Cultures France, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations – Mission mécénat en faveur de la danse
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Compagnie Käfig, La Coursive – Scène nationale de la Rochelle, Festival Montpellier Danse 2003, Palais des Arts de Vannes, Théâtre National Algérien, Centre culturel Français d’Alger
Duration : 35 minutes
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