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Compagnie Kafig in the News: Brazilian hip-hop moves from street to stage

// Feb 10,2014

“Like a river that travels in unexpected directions, hip-hop performed in the streets of Brazilian cities has become an international hit of choreographed dances.
It took the vision of French choreographer Mourad Merzouki to see that the energy, acrobatics, power and rhythms of Brazilian street dance should be shared with audiences….

“I saw in them the essence of dance in the way they had this energy and desire to share and be open,” said Merzouki, speaking from his home in France through a translator. “Their basic style was hip-hop, but it was shaped by their own history and culture and very different than what I had seen in France and that’s what was interesting.”

As founder and director of Compagnie Kafig, Merzouki is known for creating dances that blend hip-hop with circus and martial arts, as well as bossa nova, samba, and capoeira. The Brazilian dancers will perform Correria Agwa, which means running water in Portuguese.”  – Metro West Daily News

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