Compagnie Käfig


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DATES AVAILABLE FOR TOURING
October 22 – November 18, 2018

TOURING PERSONNEL

Dancers/Performers: 11
Artistic/Administrative Staff: 2
Production/Technical: 4

About

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.   

 
 

Repertory


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The company is Käfig, founded by the hip-hop artist Mourad Merzouki, and the dance is PIXEL, nothing less than a global phenomenon.  Merzouki isn’t the first choreographer to meld dance and videoart, but he has produced the only acknowledged masterpiece that has had almost 300 performances in well over 100 cities in just three years. This videoart is not stage effect. It is a full partner in a duet with the dancers.  The inspiration was simple: we now live in two worlds, one “real”, and the other synthetic and projected on screens everywhere we look. Merzouki understood that these realities don’t have to clash. They can, instead, strike a subtle balance. In collaboration with visual artists Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, adding circus and martial arts, Merzouki creates a surreal brew, bodies and abstractions answering each other’s questions, yielding a startling new and destabilizing way of approaching both video and bodily gesture.

 
 

Press


Press quotes

"Mourad Merzouki is not the first artist to combine dance and video art. However, none have so perfectly or seamlessly managed to marry the screen and the moving body as Merzouki …”
The Jerusalem Post

"Merzouki draws on extravagant visual moments thoughtfully and to great effect, and it is the restraint in the choreographic and design choices that makes this work so interesting…The overall effect is one of surrealist delight, as the dancers move through a garden of light marshalling the digital objects into stunning shapes.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“The virtual projections are not mere stage effects, but partners for the performers, who navigate and negotiate the poetic digital terrain in a suspended reality that feels resonant with contemporary life. Pixel offers a tantalizing glimpse of the exciting possibilities of interactive performance.”
SLATE

“The virtual projections are not mere stage effects, but partners for the performers, who navigate and negotiate the poetic digital terrain in a suspended reality that feels resonant with contemporary life. Pixel offers a tantalizing glimpse of the exciting possibilities of interactive performance.”
Le Monde

 
 

Tech

Complete Technical Rider upon Request