Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil

Yo Gee Ti

2012 production

This Franco-Taiwanese choreographic work interweaves genres and cultures, amid an atmosphere of enchantment and mystery.

"The collaborative project with the National Performing Arts Center of Taipei was born during my first trip to Taiwan where company Käfig was performing the show Récital. I was captivated by the energy of the dancers that were sharing the stage with us that day. I thus decided to meet with a new culture both imbued with ancestral traditions and rooted in extreme modernity.

Encountering the “Other” is always a source of inspiration for me : whether with Chinese dancers for a piece’s transmission project, or with South African or Brazilian performers for a creation. The relationship to the “outsider” is necessarily and inherently different – the language barrier forces us to think differently, and body language therefore prevails over any other form of communication. The modesty and reserve one feels in front of this other are ultimately transcended by a new language : the gestures of bodies shaped and filled with cultures that enrich one another and are intertwined.

The language barrier brings me to rethink my relation to dancers, to music, to space.
The entrenchment I intend to stir up animates my creative process : I’m curious to find the fulcrum between the dance that characterizes me and the dance in Taiwan, as the bodies, the influences and the training inevitably differ from my experience.
The cast for this creation features Taiwanese and French performers. I rely on some close collaborators, but for the first time I work with a young designer I met in Taiwan. He stands out by creating costumes carved in wool and I have been impressed by his work. The costume as a constraint for the dancer’s gesture pushes me to find the rhythm elsewhere.
In doing so, I wish to trigger a new relation to movement and to set dance performance into another space."

Mourad Merzouki


Press

"A moment that opens a door to new choreographic territory." The Financial Times

"Merzouki forged an extraordinary cross-cultural, genre-blending work, […] chockfull of evocative imagery and stunning theatrical effects." Dance International

Distribution

Artistic direction and choreography Mourad Merzouki

Assistant of the choreographer Marjorie Hannoteaux

Music design AS’N (interpreted by Fabrice Bihan, cello - Dorian Lamotte, violin - Yi-Ping Yang, percussions)

Dancers Rémi Autechaud known as RMS, Kader Belmoktar, Sabri Colin known as Mucho, Maxime Cozic, Manuel Guillaud, Hai-Wen Hsu, Hsin-Yu Kao, Saief Remmide, Yui Sugano, Bi-Jia Yang

Lighting design Yoann Tivoli, assisted by Nicolas Faucheux

Stage design Benjamin Lebreton in collaboration with Mourad Merzouki

Felt Elisabeth Berthon and Chloé Lecoup for Morse Felt Studio, Johan Ku Design Ltd.

Costume design Johan Ku / Production Johan Ku Design Ltd.

Additional music credits
« Masâr » composed by Le Trio Joubran, interpreted by Le Trio Joubran © & (p) 2009 Randana Harmonia Mundi S.A. / world village France
«  Lady Labyrinth » Music of Ludovico Einaudi © Chester Music Ltd, with the kind authorisation of Première Music Group
« Tapas » of Marc Mellits for string trio : Tapas 1, Tapas 5, Tapas 7 – Piece dedicated to Fabrice Bihan interpreted by Fabrice Bihan, cello - Ayako Tanaka, violin - Arnaud Thorette, viola

Production

Executive producer Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig
Commissioning producer National Performing Arts Center - National Theater & Concert Hall (Taipei city)
Co-producers Festival Montpellier Danse 2012, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Fondation BNP Paribas

  • du samedi 27 au dimanche 28 juin 2015
    AllemagneColours International Dance Festival, Stuttgart, Allemagne

  • le vendredi 24 avril 2015
    Le Bateau Feu, Dunkerque

  • le mardi 13 janvier 2015
    Forum de Flers, Flers

  • du vendredi 19 au samedi 20 décembre 2014
    ChineTianjin Grand Théâtre, Tianjin, Chine

  • le mardi 25 novembre 2014
    Théâtre Claude Debussy, Maisons-Alfort

SEASON 2013-2014

  • October 1st and 2 - L’Espace des Arts, scène nationale de Chalon-sur-Saône
  • October 15 - Le Granit, scène nationale de Belfort
  • October 23 and 24 - RAMT, Théâtre de la Jeunesse, Moscou - Russia - in collaboration with the Russian Institut Français
  • October 27 and 28 - Théâtre du Drama Volkov, Yaroslavl - Russia - in collaboration with the Russian Institut Français
  • November 14 - L’Avant-Seine, Théâtre de Colombes
  • November 19 - Théâtre de Charleville-Mézières
  • November 21 - Théâtre de Cusset
  • November 23 and 24 - Le Channel, scène nationale de Calais
  • December 3 - Espace Jean Legendre, Compiègne
  • December 5 to 8 - Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
  • March 28 - Teatro Ariosto, Reggio Emilia - Italie
  • March 31 and April 1st - Espace Albert Camus, Bron
  • April 3 - Centre des Bords de Marne, Le Perreux
  • April 5 -Théâtre des Bergeries, Noisy-le-Sec
  • April 8 - Le Carreau, scène nationale de Forbach
  • April 10 and 11 - Opéra de Rouen
  • April 15 - Les Scènes du Jura - Scène nationale - La Commanderie de Dole
  • April 17 - L’Estive, scène nationale de Foix
  • April 26 - Kurtheater Baden - Switzerland - Tanzfestival STEPS
  • April 28 - Dampfzentrale Berne - Switzerland - Tanzfestival STEPS
  • April 30 - Theater Casino Zoug - Switzerland - Tanzfestival STEPS
  • May 2 - Théâtre de l’Octogone, Pully - Switzerland - Tanzfestival STEPS
  • May 4 - L’Equilibre, Fribourg - Suisse - Switzerland - Tanzfestival STEPS
  • May 7 - 8 - Gessnerallee Zürich - Switzerland - Tanzfestival STEPS
  • May 10 - Salle CO2, Bulle -Switzerland - Tanzfestival STEPS
  • May 14 - Burghof, Lörrach - Germany - Tanzfestival STEPS
  • May 16 - Théâtre du Passage, Neuchâtel - Switzerland - Tanzfestival STEPS
  • May 18 - Teatro Verdi, Padova - Italy

SEASON 2012-2013

  • September 12 to 27 - Maison de la Danse, Biennale de Lyon
  • September 29 - 30 - Espace 1789, Saint-Ouen
  • October 9 to 13 - Maison des Arts de Créteil
  • October 16 - Hippodrome de Douai
  • October 19 to 21 - Les Gémeaux, Sceaux
  • October 25 - Théâtres en Dracénie, Draguignan
  • October 27 - Théâtre de l’Olivier, Istres
  • December 4 - Le Théâtre, Narbonne
  • April 26 - Bühne Haus, Bregenz - Austria
  • April 29 -30 - Maifestspiele, Wiesbaden - Germany
  • May 10 - 11 - National Chiang Kai Shek Cultural Center, Taipei – Taiwan
  • May 15 - Graha Bhakti Budaya, Jakarta Art Center, Jakarta – Indonesia
  • May 18 - Taman Budaya, Bandung – Indonesia
  • May 25 - Aksra Theatre, Bangkok – Thailand
  • May 30 - 31 - Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong-Kong – China
  • June 7 - Children’s Palace, Shenzhen – China
  • June 11 - Yi Hai Theatre, Shanghai – China
  • June 15 - People’s Liberation Army Opera House, Beijing – China

SEASON 2011-2012

  • March 2 to 4 - National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taipei – Taïwan
  • March 9 to 10 - Jihdhe Hall, Kaohsiung – Taiwan
  • June 22 and 23 - Le Corum, Montpellier, Montpellier Danse Festival