DATES AVAILABLE FOR TOURING
October 22 – November 18, 2018
Artistic/Administrative Staff: 2
A major figure on the hip-hop scene since the early 1990’s, Artistic Director Mourad Merzouki works at the junction of many different disciplines adding circus, martial arts, fine arts and video to his central form.
Without losing sight of hip-hop’s roots, or its social and geographical origins, his multidisciplinary approach opens new horizons for the style. Merzouki began creating work in 1989 developing hip-hop movement while simultaneously exploring other dance genres with several French contemporary choreographers. He gained acclaim at the 1994 Dance Biennial in Lyon bringing hip-hop from the street to the stage. He established his own company in 1996 naming it after its inaugural piece, Käfig, which means “cage” in Arabic and German. With the antithesis of that title he set a symbolic tone that represented his openness and refusal to become locked into a single style. Merzouki was appointed director of the National Choreography Center of Creteil and Val-de-Marne on the outskirts of Paris in 1999. In addition to performance, the Center provides training and supports a variety of different movement styles.