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Käfig Brasil

Following the huge success of Correria and Agwa in France and abroad with almost 200 performances, we wanted to continue this wonderful collaboration with these 11 Cariocan dancers. Their desire to discover and encounter other worlds of dance led me to create a piece in which these 11 characters could meet with unique choreography styles. I invited several to contribute: Anthony Egéa, Céline Lefèvre and Denis Plassard for the French part and Octavio Nassur for the Brazilian part and of course the dancers themselves.

While Anthony Egéa uses the dancers' natural strength and works with the body to create hybrid shapes, Céline Lefèvre brings poetry to the pieces, Denis Plassard blends genres and the language of hip-hop with the Brazilian color brought by Octavio Nassur, the show will reveal other worlds.

I am the artistic director of this event of five short modules, and provide a common theme linking these artistic relationships.

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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Plassard, Denis

Denis Plassard started to dance on a misunderstanding : wrapped up in crepe paper for the "End of the Year Show" in primary school, he was convinced that the steps meant something and that putting them together was just like writing sentences to tell a story... Since then, a question (a bit odd for a dancer/choreographer) haunts him: what does the movement mean? What do we say when we move?

He then decided to study dance and entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon. After he graduated, he danced for 2 seasons with Josette Baïz's company in Aix-en-Provence.

In 1991, at the age of 23, he set up his own company named after his first solo, “Propos”, which was created the year before. Very early in his choreographic career, he tried to create dynamic links between speech and movement and his work focused on the connection between "Dance and Text". His choreographic writing is precise, sharp and very theatrical, and his style is quirky and full of humour and derision. Prolific choreographer and eager dancer, he enjoys being confronted with new universes and is continually looking for artistic meetings and crossroads between different aesthetics.

From Kafka to Mermet, from Bizet to Labiche, from the stage to the circus ring, he keeps having new ideas that mix hip-hop, circus, music, theatre and dance.

Source : The company Propos 's 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.

Käfig Brasil

Artistic direction / Conception : Mourad Merzouki

Artistic direction assistance / Conception : Céline Lefèvre, Octavio Nassur, Anthony Egéa,

Choreography : Collectif Käfig Brasil, Denis Plassard, Mourad Merzouki

Interpretation : Diego Alves Dos Santos dit Dieguinho, Leonardo Alves Moreira dit Leo, Cleiton Luiz Caetano De Oliveira, Aguinaldo De Oliveira Lopes dit Anjo, Cristian Faxola Franco dit Faxola, Geovane Fidelis Da Conceição, Diego Gonçalves Do Nascimento Leitão dit White, Aldair Junior Machado Nogueira dit Al Franciss, Wanderlino Martins Neves dit Sorriso, Jose Amilton Rodrigues Junior dit Ze, Alexsandro Soares Campanha Da Silva dit Pitt

Original music : Vivaldi, Dinho Nascimento, Guy Monk, Ame, Camille, The Lushlife Project, AS'N, Deadmau5, Emmanuel Santarromana

Additionnal music : AS'N

Video conception : Mohamed Athamna

Lights : Yoann Tivoli, assisté de Cécile Robin

Costumes : Emilie Carpentier, Samuel Chenier

Settings : Mourad Merzouki

Other collaborations : Avec le soutien du Centro Coreografico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig, Festival Montpellier Danse 2012 ; Scène nationale de l'Oise (préfiguration) Théâtre du Beauvaisis / Beauvais, Espace Jean Legendre / Compiègne ; Espace Albert Camus - Bron ; Les Gémeaux Sceaux / Scène Nationale ; La Rampe et La Ponatière, scène conventionnée – Echirolles

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig

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