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Pôle en Scènes (France)

Artistic director and choreographer – MOURAD MERZOUKI 

assisted by Marjorie Hannoteaux 

MusicFRANCK-EMMANUEL COMTE – Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu and Grégoire Durrande 


Vocal Heather Newhouse (soprano) 

Dancers: Habid Bardou, Nedeleg Bardouil, Lisa Ingrand, Franck Caporale, Mathilde Devoghel, Sofian Kaddaoui, Mélanie Lomoff, Joël Luzolo, Mathilde Rispal, Yui Sugano, Aurélien Vaudey, Titouan Wiener 

Musicians Aude Walker-Viry, Franck Comte, Nicolas Janot, Florian Verhaegen, Reynier Guerrero, Gaston Larsen 

Scenography – Benjamin Lebreton assisted by Quentin Lugnier and Caroline Oriot (paint), Mathieu Laville, Elvis Dagier and Rémi Mangevaud (ironwork), Guillaume Ponroy (carpentry) 

Light – Yoann Tivoli 

Musicians costumes – Pascale Robin assisted by Pauline Yaoua Zurini 

Dancers costumes – Nadine Chabannier

Folia, which is translated as “madness”, is a remarkable phenomenon in the history of music. This simple melody is terribly attractive. It gave inspiration to dozens of composers, from Lully, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt and Rachmaninov to Vangelis and Michael Nyman. The magical folia is over 500 years old. And even though hip-hop is not yet 50, it already gained some experience and an army of fans, but it is still young at heart and has a large following. Both were born in the street as popular genres, so that both are freedom-loving, receptive, vigorous, and impossible to resist. They have much in common, but each retains its absolutely coherent nature and vivid individuality. The idea to blend them on stage seems like sheer madness – as is often the case with everything novel and unusual. We all know that in order to be regarded as crazy, one only has to act differently from everyone else. The renowned choreographer Mourad Merzouki and the respected expert on Baroque music, Franck-Emmanuel Comte, did take the risks. They gave the two street genres an opportunity to engage in lively dialogue. These two dissimilar worlds are talking to and following each other, they argue and change, giving birth to a brilliant and subtle show. The music of the Baroque and hip-hop dancing blend together, and rediscover themselves in the process.

“Unexpected encounters of two worlds which, as a rule, do not intersect – this is the credo of my work. In my productions I am trying to open new horizons for hip-hop, and to blend it with other musical worlds… This production is a real challenge for me”.

Mourad Merzouki

“There are many forms of madness. Creative madness is what artists are guided by”.

Franck-Emmanuel Comte

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June 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Mossovet Theatre
1 hour 15 minutes without intermission
Supported by:
Embassy of France in Russia French Institute at the Embassy of France in Russia