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Cartes Blanches

Cartes Blanches

Cartes Blanches

In 2016, the Käfig company is celebrating its 20th anniversary. On this occasion, Mourad Merzouki brings together in Carte Blanches several dancers who have gone through the life of the company, from its beginnings until today.



This anniversary rendez-vous is designed as a place of friendly and complicit reunions, highlighting those who have marked the creations of the Käfig company. 20 years of meetings, constructions, stages, successes, gestures, lyrics... 20 years danced by those who witnessed the epic adventure of Käfig.



The 6 dancers who sailed from Käfig to Pixel, via Ten Versions or Body is graphic once again share the dance floor.



A sofa, armchairs, chandeliers, carpets, it’s in this setting that the choreographer sets in motion moments of life and the memory of the bodies of Yann Abidi, Rémi Autechaud, Kader Belmoktar, Brahim Bouchelaghem, Rashid Hamchaoui and Hafid Sour. As many exceptional dancers who have evolved, built their own history but find themselves today to testify to a singular adventure.


Source : CCN Créteil et Val de Marne

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.


More information : http://ccncreteil.com/

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 Numeridanse.tv, 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

More information: fabione.fr

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.

Cartes Blanches

Artistic direction / Conception : Mourad Merzouki

Choreography : Mourad Merzouki

Interpretation : Yann Abidi, Rémi Autechaud, Kader Belmoktar, Brahim Bouchelaghem, Rachid Hamchaoui, Hafid Sour

Set design : Mourad Merzouki, Yoann Tivoli

Original music : Armand Amar
, Hugo Gonzalez-Pioli, AS’N

Lights : Yoann Tivoli, assisté de Nicolas Faucheux

Costumes : Emilie Carpentier

Sound : Vincent Joinville

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse de Lyon

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