Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil

7Steps

2014 Production

7Steps, a creation born from a European project, confronts and brings together various personalities and nationalities, thanks to the universality of the language of the body.

"Going beyond the language and cultural barriers and pre-defined codes is a challenge taken on by dance on a daily basis thanks to the universal language of the body.

In the framework of the project initiated by the 7STEPS network, I will bring together British, Finnish, Danish, Dutch and Belgian dancers on a single stage.

In each of these countries, hip-hop dance has a story of its own. The challenge of this performance will be to confront them in order to gather them better. « The whole is greater than the sum of its parts » : the uniqueness of these 10 artists, their audacity, will form the basis of this unprecedented artistic collaboration as well as what will spice up this human adventure.

Beyond this creation, 7STEPS feeds into an important reflection on the forms and generations’ renewal in hip-hop dance. It is also the professionalisation of this dance form at international level that is at stake.

I am convinced that the development of a European identity can also be achieved through dance, by inventing a new common history."

Mourad Merzouki

Artistic team

Artistic director and choreographer Mourad Merzouki

Assistant of the choreographer Kader Belmoktar

Artists Jennifer Bonsenge, Kloe Dean, Ida Frost, Anna Jeppesen, Samantha Mavinga, Nicole McDowall, Kaisa Nieminen, Joëlla Rahina Ramos, Djinti Sullivan, Sonja Tamminen

Lighting design Yoann Tivoli

Costume design Emilie Carpentier

Music
Mobb Deep, Burn
Ensemble Kapsberger (directed by Rolf Lislevand), Tarantellas
Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, directed by Franck-Emmanuel Comte
La Cicerenella (soprano : Heather Newhouse)
Tarentelles instrumentales napolitaines
La Carpinese (soprano : Heather Newhouse)
Concerto pour cordes en sol mineur, Antonio Vivaldi
Eia Mater, Antonio Vivaldi (contre-tenor : Daniel Cabena)
A Cantina, tarentelle
Alva Noto, Uni Rec

Musical arrangements Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Patrice Privat

Production

Executive producer Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig

Co-producers Lezarts Urbains (Belgium), Independance/B.supreme (UK), Spin Off (Netherlands), Banlieues d’Europe (France), URB Festival/Kiasma (Finland), Dansekapellet (Denmark)

With the support of the European Union, Cultural program 2007-2013

SEASON 2014-2015

  • October 10-11, 2014 - Festival Karavel, Espace Albert Camus, Bron – France
  • October 17, 2014 - Festival Karavel, Le Radiant, Caluire – France
  • November 14-15, 2014 - Festival Kalypso, Le Forum de Blanc-Mesnil – France
  • November 18, 2014 - Festival Kalypso, Maison des Arts, Créteil – France
  • February 27, 2015 - Festival Spin Off, Amsterdam – Netherlands
  • March 28, 2015 - Festival Lezarts Urbains, Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels – Belgium