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Ce que le jour doit à la nuit

«In 2009, Hervé Koubi organised an audition in Algeria for the début of a work which has now finished with the ...

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El Din

«Like an Orientalist from the nineteenth century who has come to Algeria to give life to his dreams of the Orient, ...

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Un rendez-vous en Afrique

“We had never met before yet we decided to get together in Yopougon, on the Ivory Coast. We have each given and ...

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Les Suprêmes

An improbable night club…some gestures, a lot of light, some smoke…then some glances and ...

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Coppélia, une fiancée aux yeux d’émail...

Dress our Leather Coppélia. Look at Coppélia with the eyes of a big child, when this puppet will be ‘mistress’ of the game ...

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Moon dogs

A meeting, and then another…
…and again another.
A trial, for a little dance…

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Les Heures Florissantes

A choreographic work by Hervé KOUBI in partnership with the dancers of ‘Cannes Jeune Ballet of ...

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4’30’’, the beat of a song…
…none of it exists, it only takes place in my mind, ...

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Les abattoirs, fantaisie...

Five years ago I fell in love with the traditional music from the centre of France, which was previously totally unknown to me, …

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An idea of a fantasy of the ordinary, of the neccesity to dance and of the energy transported by traditional ...

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Le Golem

“You’d like to hear the story of the golem, would’nt you? I must tell you straight off that I liked it a lot. And I was’nt the only one. We all liked it ...

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Bref séjour chez les vivants

A piece for 6 dancers and 10,000 Swarovski crystals suspended

With the kind permission of Marie Darrieussecq for the use of the title from her work sharing same name.
Repeat performance for the ‘Festival de Danse’ in Cannes 2009.

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A flower, an explosion of life. Even though I am there contemplating it, fascinated by such beauty, I am unable to seize this moment, this ‘ponctum’ (from Roland Barthes’ "La chambre claire : note sur la photographie"). Nothing permits me to truly enjoy this instant which slips between my fingers. Maybe it is simply because I know pertinently a what moment time will create it's ‘oeuvre’.

The passage of time…instability…`entropy can only grow’ (Sadi Carnot’s 2nd law of thermodynamics).

Time will measure sooner or later our vain desire to resist it, we will probably be betrayed by our breath, by the water that will flow over our skin… To vainly attempt to seize time. To be the ‘gardener’ of this choreographic work in order to submit the fruits of this interplay between music and dance to the effects of time, a composition, a partition. Speak of the passing of time, the unreachable aspect of an instant, ritualise the ephemeral.

“Omnipresent in all the history of art and of civilisations, the theme of Vanity offers the chance to see a production of images which are equally meditations about being. From one century to the other, whilst updating a plastic vocabulary through calling up mystic figures, the legions of images of Vanity operate like a permanent reminder to humanity and fatal destiny.”
Extract from Les vanités dans l’Art Contemporain by Anne-Marie Charbonneaux.

I chose to collaborate with RoMayn  Panassié, writer in Benesh script, so that he could help us, in the way resembling that of the plastician Damien Hirst with his skull covered in diamonds, to truly materialise the skeleton of danse: the partition. After the curtain has fallen, only the partition will traverse time. The dance, due to this writing, will be free of the interpretation and of certain constraints of the representation, far from the ephemeral, far from emotion, far from the living.

Hervé KOUBI – Extracts from creative notebook


  • Choreography: Hervé KOUBI
    Assistant choreographer: Guillaume GABRIEL
    Ideas: Benjamin BAC / Alexandre DA SILVA / Mamajung KIM
    Performers: Alexandra BESNIER / Guillaume GABRIEL / David GUASGUA / Min-Jeong KIM / Philippe MESIA ou Guillaume MILHAC / Carl PORTAL / Carlos FERREIRA DA SILVA
    Musician: Maxime BODSON
    Rendered into Benesh: Romain PANASSIE
    Costume design: Guillaume GABRIEL / Ilona DEYDIER
    Scenery design: Hervé KOUBI et Guillaume GABRIEL
    Direction of machinery: Lionel BUZONIE / Jean-Michel HUET / Johan LE BRETON / David MACHADO / Gilles RAULO
    Producer of decor: David MACHADO
    Lighting: Lionel BUZONIE

Legal notices:

  • Production: Compagnie Hervé KOUBI
    Coproduction: Ville de Cannes Direction des Affaires Culturelles - Made in Cannes / Ville de Brive-la-Gaillarde / Théâtre National de Nice - Centre Dramatique National / Centre Culturel de Loudéac - Scène conventionnée - micro plateaux / Festival Dansité de Vallauris / Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes - Claude Brumachon et Benjamin Lamarche / Ballet Biarritz - Thierry Malandain Centre Chorégraphique National.

    With the help of Festival Cadences - Scène conventionnée plateau pour la danse, du Théâtre de la Grange de Brive-la-Gaillarde, du Théâtre de la Licorne de Cannes, Théâtre de Cusset, du Théâtre de l’Olivier d’Istres - Scène conventionnée Art du geste, de la Mayson de la Danse d’Istres, des Studios actuels de la danse de Vallauris, du Centre Culturel Jean-Pierre Fabrègue de Saint-Yrieix-La-Perche, de La Fabrique de Guéret, de l’Espace l’Ecluse de La Souterraine, du Centre Culturel de Tergnier, du Théâtre Juliette Gréco de Carros, de La Médoquine de Talence, du Centre Culturel de Sarlat, du Théâtre de Saint Lô - Scène conventionnée autour des écritures, du Théâtre de Vanves Festival Artdanthé, de la Mayson de l’Art et de la Communication de Sallaumines, du Centre Culturel d’Arques, de la MJC de Rodez, du Théâtre de Villefranche de Rouergue, du Centre Culturel de Digoin, du Théâtre de Sarcelles, du Centre Culturel de Saint Martin Les Boulogne, du Centre Culturel de Bergerac, du Théâtre de Saint Dizier, du Préau de Vire - Centre Dramatique régional, du Théâtre de l’Hôtel de Ville Saint Barthélémy d’Anjou, du Théâtre de Montauban, du Théâtre de Montargis, du Centre Culturel de Segré, du Théâtre de Verdun, de l’association Côte d’Opale Danse, de la Foire du Livre de Brive-la-Gaillarde, de la Compagnie Thor - Direction artistique thierry Smits de Bruxelles, de l’Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Higtower- Direction artistique Monique Loudières.


  • 23rd Septembre 2008: Festival Cadences - Scène conventionnée plateau pour la danse
    25th Septembre 2008: Théâtre de la Grange de Brive
    8th November 2008: Espace des Trois Provinces de Brive-la-Gaillarde
    14th November 2008: Centre culturel de Tergnier
    28th November 2008: Festival Made In Cannes
    29th November 2008: Centre Culturel de Carros
    9th January 2009: La Médoquine de Talence
    22th January 2009: Centre Culturel de Sarlat
    30th January 2009: Palais des congrès de Loudéac
    5th February 2009: Théâtre de Saint Lô - Scène conventionnée autour des écritures
    14th February 2009: Mayson de l’Art et de la Communication de Sallaumines
    20th February 2009: Centre Culturel d’Arques
    17th March 2009: MJC de Rodez
    18th March 2009: Théâtre de Villefranche de Rouergue
    20th March 2009: Centre Culturel de Digoin
    24th March 2009: Théâtre de Sarcelles
    27th March 2009: Centre Culturel de Saint Martin Les Boulogne
    8th April 2009: Centre Culturel de Bergerac
    14th April 2009: Théâtre de Saint Dizier
    28th April 2009: Le Préau - Centre Dramatique régional
    29th April 2009: Théâtre de l’Hôtel de Ville Saint Barthélémy d’Anjou
    5th May 2009: Théâtre de Montauban
    15th May 2009: Théâtre de Montargis
    28th et 29th May 2009: Centre Culturel de Segré
    9th June 2009: Les connivences de June - Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes
    11th June 2009: Théâtre de Verdun
    17th Septembre 2009: Festival Le Temps d’aimer à Biarritz
    26th November 2009: centre culturel de Vitré
    28th November 2009: Centre culturel La Passerelle de Fleury-les-aubrais
    2nd December 2009: Festival International de Danse de cannes
    9th December 2009: Sémaphore de Cébazat - Scène conventionnée
    12th December 2009: Festival de danse de Mérida Yucatán (Mexique)
    17th December 2009: Le nouveau Relax Scène conventionnée de Chaumont
    22nd January 2010: Théâtre Olympia d’Arcachon - scène conventionnée plateau pour la danse
    28th January 2010: Théâtre du Pays de Redon
    29th January 2010: Théâtre Quartier Libre d’Ancenis
    9th February 2010: Théâtre de Cusset
    13th March 2010: Animatis d’Issoire
    19th March 2010: Centre Culturel Jean-Pierre Fabrègue de Saint-Yrieix-La-Perche
    3rd April 2010: Apollo de Mazamet
    14th May 2010: Théâtre de Dax
    17th June 2010: Teatro Bolivar de Quito
    19th June 2010: Teatro Shuchig de Manta
    22th June 2010: Centro de Arte de Guayaquil

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