KENNEDY CENTER DEBUT
Compagnie Käfig/CCN Creteil et Val-de-Marne
Mourad Merzouki, Artistic Director
Correria / Agwa
Choreography by Mourad Merzouki
"Mourad Merzouki weaves street dance, hip-hop, acrobatics, and martial arts into elegant compositions."
--The New Yorker
"Poetic and organic"
--Le Monde (Paris)
Based in France, Compagnie Käfig/CCN Creteil et Val-de-Marne makes its Kennedy Center debut with Artistic Director Mourad Merzouki's Correria / Agwa. The all-male Brazilian cast performs these celebrated works influenced by hip-hop, bossa nova, and capoeira. The inspiration for both Correria and Agwa was an encounter between Merzouki and 11 young dancers from Rio de Janeiro at the Lyon Dance Biennial in 2006. The Brazilian dancers had their roots in the favelas (shantytowns) where they grew up, and their individual stories struck a profound chord with the Compagnie Käfig choreographer.
Correria (Running) plunges us into a frantic, hectic race just like the one that governs our daily lives--bodies, movement, and a show that takes your breath away! Agwa (Water) is about water, at once a vital component of our bodies, a precious natural resource to be economized and preserved, and a symbol of renewal.
Born in Lyon in 1973, Merzouki began practicing martial arts and circus arts as a seven-year-old. At the age of fifteen, he encountered hip-hop culture for the first time and through it, he discovered dance. He quickly decided to develop this form of street art while also experimenting with other choreographic styles. In order to develop his own artistic style and sensitivity, Merzouki established his own company, Käfig, at the National Choreographic Center in Créteil et Val-de-Marne outside Paris, in 1996.
Performance Timing: 1 hour, 15 minutes--Piece 1 - 30 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Piece 2 - 30 min.
Explore the Arts: On February 28, join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.