Abou Lagraa, Artistic Director
"Brilliant synthesis of contemporary and hip-hop styles"
Founded in 1997, France-based Cie La BARAKA makes its Washington, D.C. premiere with Allegoria Stanza, a piece for seven contemporary and three hip hop dancers, set against Charles Picq's videos of water. Fusing hip hop, contemporary dance, and multimedia visuals to stunning effect, Artistic Director and choreographer Abou Lagraa "does the unexpected" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Lagraa employs a wide variety of movement styles and musical influences that combine his North African roots with conservatory training to create a vision uniquely his own.
Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World
Watch and Listen
Interview with Cie La Baraka’s Artistic Director Abou Lagraa
A. Huda and Samia Farouki
The State of Kuwait
The State of Qatar
The United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture and Information, Kingdom of Bahrain; the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center; The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development; the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; Alice and David Rubenstein; Saudi Aramco; the Ford Foundation; Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian; Elaine and Steve Wynn; Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and Mr. Smith Bagley; The Laura Pels Foundation; and the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.Presented in cooperation with the League of Arab States.
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