WHITE BIRD UNCAGED PRESENTS PORTLAND DEBUT OF LA COMPAGNIE HERVÉ KOUBI FROM FRANCE.
STUNNINGLY FLUID WORK FEATURES 12 MALE DANCERS FROM FRANCE, ALGERIA AND BURKINA FASO, PERFORMING COMBINATION OF URBAN STREET DANCE, MARTIAL ARTS AND CONTEMPORARY MOVEMENT.
“A stunning fusion of acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, modern dance and ballet.” — The Washington Post
White Bird Uncaged is proud to present the Portland debut of La Compagnie Hervé Koubi with the critically acclaimed full-evening work What the Day Owes to the Night ( Ce que le jour doit à la nuit). French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi has been recognized as one of Europe’s most distinctive choreographers.
The 70-minute work derives from an audition Hervé Koubi held in 2009 in Algeria, which resulted in the selection of 12 male dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso (West Africa) who were trained in urban street dance and hip hop. His physical, stunningly fluid work for these dancers, dressed in white flowing skirted costumes, combines capoeira, martial arts, urban and contemporary dance with powerful imagery, evocative of Orientalist paintings and the stone filigree of Islamic architecture. The musical score ingeniously combines Johann Sebastian Bach with the Nubian composer Hamza El Din, performed by the Kronos Quartet, and Sufi music.
Trained as a Doctor of Pharmacy, Hervé Koubi began his dancer-choreographer career in Aix-Marseille. He studied in Cannes with Michele and Anne-Marie Sanguin, and with Mathalie Crimi (Co-founders of Espace 614 at Mouans-Sartoux). He continued at the Centre International de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes, then with the Opéra de Marseille. Hervé Koubi worked with Jean-Charles Gil, Jean-Christophe Paré, Emilio Calcagno and Barbara Sarreau at Ballet Preljocaj. In 1999 he joined the Nantes National Choreographic Centre led by Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche to create Hotel Central. He worked later with Karine Saporta the National Choreographic Center of Caen to create Le Garage—Sitting on the Mystical RockThierry, with Thierry Smits and Compagnie Thor in Brussels on Banquet Reliefs and on D’Orient in 2008-2009 In 2009 Koubi worked on a collaboration with the Ivorian dancers of the company ‘Beliga Kopé’ for the piece Un rendez-vous en Afrique. Between 2010 until 2013 he developed a troupe of 12 Algerian and Burkina Faso dancers for El Din from 2010/2011 and Ce que le jour doit à la nuit/ WHAT THE DAY OWES TO THE NIGHT from 2013.
The White Bird engagement of Hervé Koubi’s WHAT THE DAY OWES TO THE NIGHT is supported by FUSED: French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
White Bird’s presentation of Herve Koubi’s work is also supported by WESTAF, the National Endowment for the Arts and Oregon Arts Commission.
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White Bird Uncaged 2015-16 is made possible through major gifts from Ronni Lacroute/Willakenzie Estate and the National Endowment for the Arts.
White Bird’s 18th season (2015-16) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund, Work for Art, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, The Oregon Community Foundation, WESTAF, New England Foundation for the Arts, Starseed Foundation, Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Cultural Trust..