Récital à 40 is the ampli!cation of Récital, a seminal piece of creative hip hop creative from the end of the 1990s. With this work, Mourad Merzouki makes a statement about dance repertory and marks his own place in that history.
In 1998, Merzouki created Récital for six dancers: a piece that was immediately recognised as a turning point in the evolution of hip hop dance. It grabbed attention first of all for the musical quality of the choreography and the superb fluidity of the movements, which had never really been seen in this style of dance. And then there was the dramaturgy, which transported hip hop into the world of the classical music concert, with a sextet of dancers and string musicians. Merzouki’s Récital was a true “auteur” piece that gave delightful proof of hip hop’s ability to occupy a theatre stage without forsaking any of the energy and virtuosity for which it is appreciated. Récital has since become a classic of the genre, contributing to the international recognition of the choreographer and of French dance.
Now, Merzouki is amplifying his ballet and bringing together “on the same stage, the dancers of the original 1998 piece, the first generation who brought hip hop to the stage in the 1980s, and dancers from the Battle branch of hip hop. Four generations who have developed hip hop from the early days until now.” Récital à 40 is thus a manifesto for the place this dance holds in history. By increasing the number of dancers, the piece takes on a new dimension, with a stage to match. It is an artistic gesture coupled with political significance: hip hop now occupies the field; achieving such recognition took more than 15 years.
But Récital à 40 also expresses something that the title already hinted at back in 1998: the creation of a hip hop repertoire, in the same way we speak of repertory in classical ballet. The stage becomes the place for cross-generational transmission; Mourad Merzouki’s amplified adaptation points to a new chapter in hip hop dance, which claims its right to the repertoire and demonstrates that it has indeed earned its spot in dance history.
Piece for 40 dancers — 2012 — Run time 50 min
Chorégraphe : Mourad Merzouki
Assistant chorégraphique : Kader Belmoktar — Danseurs : (distribution susceptible de modifications) Yann Abidi, Rémi Autechaud, Kareem Beddaoudia, Kader Belmoktar, Mohamed Benghali, Guillaume Chan Ton, Aurélien Chareyron, Habiba Chergui, Mélissa Cirillo, Sabri Colin, Anaïs Couquet, Sandra De Jesus, Aurélien Desobry, Karim Felouki, Christophe Gellon, Raouf Ghouila, Jean-Sébastien Godefroy- Martin, Rachid Hamchaoui, Zoro Henchiri, Sayaka Hori, Omar Kechiouche, Sofiane Kinzi, Mehdi Meziane, Jaouad M’Harrak, Mourad Merzouki, Soraya Mohamed, Abdou N'Gom, Cécilia N’Guyen, Mamy Rafidy, Fanny Riou, David Rodrigues, Mohamed Rouabah, Chaouki Saïd, Hafid Sour, Steven Valade, Clarisse Veaux N’Gom, Teddy Verardo, Moncef Zebiri, Sarah Zimmermann, Giulia Zingariello — Musique : Franck II Louise — Création costumes : Nadine Chabannier — Création lumières : Yoann Tivoli — Régie lumières : Cécile Robin ou Lise Poyol — Régie son : Cyril Virevaire — Régie plateau : Quentin Belverge
Récital à 40 s’inscrit dans le cadre du projet de transmission KAMPUS , initié en 2012 par le Centre Chorégraphik Pôle Pik.
Production Centre Chorégraphik Pôle Pik – Coproduction Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2012 – Le Centre Chorégraphik Pôle Pik est subventionné par la Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles de Rhône-Alpes – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, la Région Rhône-Alpes, la Ville de Bron et l’ACSE (Agence Nationale pour la Cohésion Sociale et l’Egalité des chances). Il reçoit le soutien de la Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.
Photo © Gilles Aguilar - Portrait © Michel Cavalca