Breathtaking dance company Cie. Hervé Koubi in Miami, Feb. 10 [fr]
Sufi-meets-B boy in ‘What the Day Owes to the Night’: MDC Live Arts & Olympia Theater Present French Algerian Dance Company Cie. Herve Koubi on February 10, 2018 in Miami.
Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts, Miami’s most eclectic performing arts series continues its groundbreaking season, Ojala/Inshallah: Wishes from the Muslim World, partnering with Olympia Theater to present the breathtaking dance company Cie. Hervé Koubi in What The Day Owes to the Night at 8pm on Feb. 10 at the Olympia Theater.
Cie. Hervé Koubi makes its Miami debut with a highly physical, ﬂuid work featuring 12 French-Algerian and West African male dancers. The critically acclaimed piece is an exploration and reconnection to the director‘s North African roots. The French-born choreographer Hervé Koubi only learned of his Algerian heritage as an adult. The revelation prompted his first trip to Algiers at age of 25, where he held auditions, received 250 (mostly self-taught) dancers and selected twelve, whom he calls his “found brothers.” The rest is choreographic history.
“I went to Algeria to make light in my dark [because unknown] history. I had to give life to my orientalist dreams, I had to do it with dance,” said Hevré Koubi. “I had to do it with dancers from Algeria using their specific skills. The youth of Algeria is like that, full of power, full of dreams also. Our paths crossed and gave forth this unique dance project.
In addition to admiring their tremendous athletic skill, Koubi was impressed by his dancers’ ability to convey the meaning of this piece. Together with the elements of music, set and costume, they help bridge Koubi’s European upbringing with his roots on the other side of the Mediterranean. Dressed in ﬂowing white, they exude grace and masculinity amid a backdrop of imagery evocative of Orientalist paintings and Islamic architecture, all to a musical score that combines Sufi song and Bach with Nubian composer Hamza El Din and the Kronos Quartet. The result is pure alchemy.
The company will also be in residency in Miami during the week leading up to the performance, leading workshops and educational events for dancers, students and the community.
Ojalá/Inshallah: Wishes from The Muslim World is made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. The Building Bridges Program is the grant-making arm of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which is an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The program supports national efforts to advance relationships, increase understanding, and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The mission of DDFIA is to promote the study, understanding and appreciation of Muslim arts and cultures. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org/what-we-fund/building-bridges
- WHAT: Cie. Herve Koubi: "What the Day Owes to the Night"
French Algerian dance concert
- WHEN: Saturday, February 10, at 8 pm
- WHERE: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler Street, Miami FL 33131 305-374-2444
- INFO: mdclivearts.org and 305-237-3010
- View a video clip of the Cie. Hevre Koubi at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FLTvS3-eA4
- More on Cie. Herve Koubi at www.cie-koubi.fr/english-version
About the Artist
Hervé Koubi grew up in the South of France where he studied both biology and dance at the University of Aix-en-Provence before graduating as a Pharmaceutical Doctor in 2002. After deciding to concentrate on a dancing career and graduating from the world-renowned Rosella Hightower School of Dance in Cannes, Koubi gained professional experience as a dancer with the Opera de Marseille as well as with Jean-Charles Gil and Jean-Christophe Paré, respectively former principal dancers with the National Ballet de Marseille and the Paris Opera Ballet. He is Associate Choreographer at the Pole National Supérieur de Danse since 2014 and at the Conservatoire de Danse de Brive-la-Gaillarde since 2015. Hervé Koubi was awarded the French medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
Koubi created his first personal project in 2000 (Le Golem) and has since collaborated with Guillaume Gabriel for all his creations, among them: Menagerie and Les abattoirs, fantaisie…; 4′30".; Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes, Les Heures Florissantes for the Festival Cadence in Arcachon; as well as creating the contemporary and unusual work Moon Dogs — a Discovery of the movements of Hip-Hop. He’s created three works based on written works: Coppelia, une fiancée aux yeux d’email, The Supremes (with writer Chantal Thomas) and Bref séjour chez les vivants (with Roman Panassié). He also collaborated on video dance projects: Max Vadukul for Yoji Yamamato’s Chic Chef, Pierre Magnol for Body Concrete, and Ovoid Edges, Pierre Magnol et Michel Guimbard for Body Concrete 2, and Stephane Chazelon for Une Histoire de Traces. In 2009 he initiated a collaboration with Ivorian dancers from the Beliga Kopé Company for the creation of Un rendezvous en Afrique.
Since 2010, he has been working with a group of 12 dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso, all now French residents, for several productions: El Din (2010-2011), What the day owes to the night (2013), Le rêve de Léa (2014), Des hommes qui dansent (2014), Les nuits barbares (2015), and Les premiers matins du monde (2016). In addition to its extensive touring in France for several years, the company’s 2016-2017 season featured a total of 65 performances in both Europe and North America.
More info: www.mdc.edu.