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Yo Gee Ti

The collaborative project with the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center was born during my first trip to Taiwan where our Company was performing its show Récital. I was captivated by the energy of the dancers that were sharing the stage with us that day. I thus decided to meet with a new culture both imbued with ancestral traditions and rooted in extreme modernity.

Encountering the “Other” is always a source of inspiration for me: whether with Chinese dancers for a piece's transmission project, or with South African or Brazilian performers for a creation. The relationship to the “outsider” is necessarily and inherently different - the language barrier forces us to think differently, and body language therefore prevails over any other form of communication. The modesty and reserve one feels in front of this other are ultimately transcended by a new language: The gestures of bodies shaped and filled with cultures that enrich one another and are intertwined. The language barrier invites me to change my relation to dancers, to music, to space.

The entrenchment I intend to stir up animates my creative process: I'm curious to find the fulcrum between the dance that characterizes me and the dance in Taiwan, as the bodies, the influences and the training inevitably differ from my experience. The cast for this creation features Taiwanese and French performers. I will rely on some close collaborators, but for the first time I will work with a young designer I met in Taiwan. He stands out by creating costumes carved in wool and I have been impressed by his work. The costume as a constraint for the dancer's gesture pushes me to find the rhythm elsewhere. In doing so, I wish to trigger a new relation to movement and to set dance performance into 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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Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc).
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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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.

Yo Gee Ti

Artistic direction / Conception : Mourad Merzouki

Choreography : Mourad Merzouki

Choreography assistance : Marjorie Hannoteaux

Interpretation : Kader Belmoktar, Hong-Ling Chen, Bruce Chiefare, Sabri Colin, Erwan Godard, Yi-Chun Hsieh, Han-Hsin Kan, Hsin-Yu Kao, Nicolas Sannier, Chien-Wei Wu

Original music : AS'N (interprétée par Fabrice Bihan - violoncelle, Dorian Lamotte - violon et Yi-Ping Yang - percussions)

Additionnal music : Ludovico Einaudi, Marc Mellits, Le Trio Joubran

Video conception : Fabien Plasson, Réalisation de la captation : Luc Riolon, Images : Scènes d'écran, une collection proposée et dirigée par Charles Picq

Lights : Yoann Tivoli assisté de Nicolas Faucheux

Costumes : Johan Ku / Production Johan Ku Design Ltd.

Einstellungen : Benjamin Lebreton en collaboration avec Mourad Merzouki / Feutre artisanal : Elisabeth Berthon et Chloé Lecoup pour Morse Felt Studio, Johan Ku Design Ltd.

Other collaborations : Commanditaire Natinal Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig, Festival Montpellier Danse 2012, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Fondation BNP Paribas

Production / Coproduction of the video work : 24 images, GIE Grand Ouest Télévision, La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon et la Maison de la Danse de Lyon en association avec ARTE France

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