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Yo Gee Ti Documentary

This documentary offers a glimpse into the heart of the creation of the performance Yo Gee Ti in Taipei, Taiwan. The images of rehearsals and interviews with the artists reveal the stakes of the meeting between two gestures, two cultures. 

Yo Gee Ti

« I wanted to go and meet a culture that is both marked by ancestral traditions and rooted in extreme modernity. The language barrier led me to change my relationship to dancers, music and space. It is this jostling that animates my creative process, curious to find the pivot between my dance, the one that characterizes me, and dance in Taiwan, which is necessarily different. For this creation, I added to the dance the constraint of costumes sculpted in wool, created by a young Taiwanese stylist. I wanted to create a new relationship with movement and to set dance in another space. » 

Mourad Merzouki

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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Su, Che-hsien

Lin, Yu-ping

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.

Documentaire Yo Gee Ti

Artistic direction / Conception : Che-hsien Su & Yu-ping Lin

Choreography : Mourad Merzouki

Choreography assistance : Marjorie Hannoteaux

Set design : Benjamin Lebreton, en collaboration avec Mourad Merzouki

Original music : AS'N

Lights : Yoann Tivoli, assisté de Nicolas Faucheux

Costumes : Johan Ku / Production Johan Ku Design Ltd.

Settings : Feutre artisanal - Elisabeth Berthon et Chloé Lecoup pour Morse Felt Studio, Johan Ku Design Ltd.

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Cie Käfig, Festival Montpellier Danse, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Fondation BNP Paribas

Production / Coproduction of the video work : National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center

Duration : 1h

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