Compaigne Herve Koubi

Imagine being 25-years old and learning that your family's past is entirely different than what you were taught. People reinvent themselves for a variety of reasons, some to cover up sordid events and others to escape from prejudices held against certain ethnicities, religions, nationalities, etc.

When French choreographer Hervé Koubi was shown an old photograph by his father, who explained that the man in the picture was Hervé's Arabic grandfather, after having been raised as a French Jew, Hervé was shocked, but was told of the trials of Algerians in France, a designation that relegated them to second-class status. It compelled him to create a dance, "What the Day Owes to the Night" (Ce que le jour doit a la nuit), to reconcile the missing parts of himself, as well as present a message of unity for his audience.

Most of members of Koubi's dance company come from Algeria, but also include Moroccan, Bulgarian, Burkinabe, Israeli, Palestinian, Italian, and French dancers. He sees them as his "found brothers." Together, they explore the historical mix of cultures and religions from the Mediterranean region. Yet the production is simple, with no props or set decorations, with the dancers all wearing matching loose white pants, all to the sounds and music of Kronos Quartet, Hamza El Din from Egypt, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Newman Center presents the Compagnie Herve Koubi, January 23, 2024 at 7:30pm. The event is sold out. Call the box office at 303-871-7720 to get on a waiting list for tickets!

Bob Bows

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