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Compagnie Käfig has given Korean audiences a refreshing jolt in 2006 and 2012 by merging contemporary dance, the circus, hip-hop and martial arts. Choreographer Mourad Merzouki brings new production Pixel in collaboration with the innovative digital production studio Adrien M & Claire B and famous film composer Armand Amar. It features 11 dancers navigating a sophisticated interactive environment of light and lasers that confounds our perception of what is virtual and what is real.Statement of Intent
We are constantly exposed to images, videos and digital media. Screens are everywhere. One only needs to walk down the streets of big capitals in some countries to imagine the city of tomorrow: intense exposure to images which is now part of our everyday life. The Pixel project is born when I first met Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne and from the fascination I felt at that moment: it was just like I wasn’t able to make the difference between the real and virtual worlds and I rapidly decided to try a new association using those new technologies with and for dance. Besides video projections, I wanted Armand Amar’s music to closely fit the choreography and the images, like a warmer invitation to travel. Accompanying the performers, his music brings out the energy as well as the poetry lying in the dancer’s body. Each artist has playfully immersed in an unknown world, with a sharing mind, relying on hip-hop virtuosity and energy, mixing up poetry and dreams, to create a show at the crossroads of arts.
Major figure in the hip-hop scene since the early 1990s, choreographer Mourad Merzouki works at the junction of many different disciplines. To his exploration of all hip-hop styles, he adds the circus, martial arts, fine art, video and live music. Without losing sight of the hip-hop movement’s roots and its social and geographical origins, this multidisciplinary approach opens up new horizons and reveals completely new outlooks. In 1996, Mourad Merzouki decided to establish his own company to expand his realm artistically. Naming the company after his inaugural piece Käfig which means “cage” in Arabic and German, he set a symbolic tone that represents his “openness” and refusal to become locked into a single style. In June 2009, Mourad Merzouki was appointed director of the National Choreography Center of Créteil and Val-de-Marne. Under his direction, the center developed a project called “Dance: a Window on the World” with a central focus on “openness”. While continuously creating and performing new works, Mourad Merzouki also provides training and supports the choreographic arts and independent groups through unique awareness experiences. In 2013, he created the Kalypso Festival, bringing mainstream hip-hop dance companies to Paris. In March 2016, he was also appointed artistic advisor for “Pôle en scènes” in Bron.
Artistic direction & choreography. ｜ Mourad Merzouki
Concept ｜ Mourad Merzouki & Adrien M / Claire B
Digital production ｜ Adrien Mondot & Claire Bardainne
Music ｜ Armand Amar (Violin, Sarah Nemtanu – Piano, Julien Carton – Vocals, Nuria Rovira Salat - Additional music, viola, Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen - Drum programming "Les Plocks", Artback Society: Stéphane Lavallée and Julien Delaune - Recording, mixing, sound design, Vincent Joinville - Modular synthesizer, Martin Fouilleul)
Assistant of the choreographer ｜ Marjorie Hannoteaux
Lighting Design ｜ Yoann Tivoli
Assistant Lighting ｜ Nicolas Faucheux
Stage Design ｜ Benjamin Lebreton
Costume Design ｜ Pascale Robin
Assistant Costume ｜ Marie Grammatico
Paintings ｜ Camille Courier de Mèré & Benjamin Lebreton
Producer ｜ Centre chorégraphique national de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig
Co-producers ｜ Maison des Arts de Créteil, Espace Albert Camus in Bron
Partners ｜ Compagnie Adrien M / Claire B
Cast ｜ Rémi Autechaud(known as RMS), Kader Belmoktar, Marc Brillant, Antonin Tonbee Cattaruzza, Elodie Chan, Aurélien Chareyron, Sabri Colin(known as Mucho), Yvener Guillaume, Amélie Jousseaume, Ludovic Lacroix, Ibrahima Mboup, Julien Seijo, Paul Thao, Sofiane Tiet, Médésséganvi Yetongnon(known as Swing)
Since 1996, 27 performances have been presented in more than 700 cities. Over the past 20 years, Company Käfig has given over 2.800 shows in 58 countries for more than 1 million people. The company produces an average of 140 performances a year, of which 25% are staged abroad.
In 2016, Company Käfig celebrated its 20th anniversary, at Maison des Arts in Créteil and Maison de la Danse in Lyon, two major venues in the course if its history. This anniversary highlighted those who marked Käfig’s productions with the new performance Cartes Blanches: 20 years danced by those who witnessed the epic Käfig, from Käfig to Pixel. In 2017, Espace Albert Camus in Bron hosted a new adaptation of the 2010 production Boxe Boxe, in Brazilian colours and in an unprecedented and explosive release. Boxe Boxe Brasil is a revival project carrying the defended values for the anniversary of the company: 20 years on stage, international tours, artistic collaborations and creative effervescence, a singular and collective history that has been enriched over time by its dynamic opening to the world.