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Käfig, sharing 20 years of dance

Journalist Frédérique Cantù revisits the story of Käfig through 26 minutes of unpublished archives. Produced to mark the company's 20th anniversary, this documentary shows raw images, decoded and commented on to plunge into the company's daily life from its beginnings in Saint-Priest in the late 1980s to the present day at Centre chorégraphique national de Créteil. Mourad Merzouki guides us on a journey that includes night rehearsals, interviews with handheld cameras, street happenings, travels to the four corners of the world, and moments captured backstage, as he conquers the stage for hip-hop dance. 

Merzouki, Mourad

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.

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Cantù, Frédérique

For 20 years, Frédérique Cantù has been a journalist-director for Arte, specializing in cultural reports on dance. In parallel, she also directs the videos presenting the Collège de France's courses.

Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne | EMKA

 In June 2009, Mourad Merzouki was appointed director of the CCN de   Créteil and Val-de-Marne (National Choreography Centre), where he has   developed his vision of dance as “an open window on the world”. Since   the creation of the Käfig Company in 1996, the choreographer has been able to expand the language of hip-hop by working at where multiple   disciplines intersect: circus, martial arts, contemporary dance and   more. His pieces are currently touring the world. 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.

Documentaire 20 ans Compagnie Käfig

Artistic direction / Conception : Frédérique Cantù

Choreography : Mourad Merzouki

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Arte Studio, Centre chorégraphique national de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig

Duration : 27 minutes

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