Compagnie Hervé Koubi, Algeria’s all-male dance company, makes its Philadelphia debut.
The program features the Philadelphia premiere of Ce que le jour doit a la nuit, a full-length 75-minute work that fuses hip hop, contemporary dance and martial arts choreographed by Artistic Director Hervé Koubi. Set to music by Maxine Bodson, Hamza El Din with the Kronos Quartet, Jean Sebastian Bach and Sufi music, the movement vocabulary features over-the-top gravity-defying flips, whirling dervish head-spins, handstands, catches and lifts interspersed with quieter moments of trance-like reflection. Sections include 12 Muslim men bare-chested in white skirted-pant costumes head spinning like flower petals and a dancer speaking in Arabic a poem written by Hervé Koubi translated as “I went there.”
Inspired by Yasmina Khadra’s novel of the same name, Orientalist paintings and Islamic architecture, the work explores Koubi’s path to discover his African roots.