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La Compagnie Hervé Koubi (France)

Thurs-Sat, 8 PM
JAN 28-30, 2016
Lincoln Hall, Portland State University

“Stunning fusion of acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, modern dance and ballet.” – The Washington Post


Running time is 70 minutes without intermission. There will be NO late seating available.


WHAT THE DAY OWES TO THE NIGHT French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi is being recognized as one of Europe’s most distinctive choreographers. He will make his White Bird debut with a highly physical, stunningly fluid work for 12 French-Algerian and African male dancers that combines capoeira, martial arts, urban and contemporary dance with powerful imagery evocative of Orientalist paintings and the stone filigree of Islamic architecture.

Read White Bird Press Release.

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.

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Hervé Koubi Talking Points

  • The company gets its name from its choreographer, Hervé
  • Hervé Koubi previously trained as a pharmaceutical doctor, but later decided to focus on his career as a dancer/choreographer.
  • Hervé Koubi is an all-male dance company including 12 French-Algerian and Burkina Faso dancers.
  • Hervé Koubi began working with these dancers after holding an audition in October of 2009.
  • Most of the dancers have backgrounds in hip-hop and street dance.
  • The company’s movement style combines capoeira, martial arts, as well as urban and contemporary dance.
  • Their movement is extremely physical; audiences can expect to see flips, head spins, and trust falls.
  • Hervé Koubi started his first project in 2001,Le Golem.
  • He has collaborated with several video makers for the projects of Video Dance.
  • The performance features various genres of music including the sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach, Hamza El Din& the Kronos Quartet, and traditional Sufi music.
  • The title of the piece Ce que le jour doit à la nuit translates as What the day owes the night.
  • In this piece, Hervé Koubi traces and explores his own path, made of entanglements, a complex weave.
  • “I try to stay away from creating the spectacular just for the spectacle; but prefer to create something where the musicality of each dancer, of each body is in the service of the purpose of the performance.” – Hervé Koubi


La Compagnie Hervé Koubi (France)


Lincoln Hall, Portland State University
1620 SW Park Ave
Portland, 97201 United States
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