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Pittsburgh Dance Council presents Compagnie Käfig, samba, hip-hop and more!

Eydie Gorme, a dear friend, is smiling. Now, as she hears about some sizzling hot news.
The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present Compagnie Käfig on Saturday, February 1, at 8 p.m., at the Byham Theater. Compagnie Käfig’s all-male company from Brazil exhibits theatrical intelligence and astonishing dance, through a sensational combination of athletic samba, hip-hop and capoeira dance styles. Bursting with fun, humor and vitality, this choreography is set to an energetic soundtrack of samba and bossa nova music.
Iin case you are asking, Mourad Merzouki, the troupe’s French director and choreographer , says that “käfig” can mean “cage” in both German and Arabic. Think of it this way: Merzouki, who’s of Algerian ancestry, studied martial and circus arts before he discovered hip-hop culture at 15. His encounter with with 11 young dancers from in Brazil inspiraed him to fuse styles of the street and the concert hall. Two many results: Correria---inspired by the physical act of running-Agwa, which explores the literal and symbolic power of water. Yep, plastic cups here and there and everywhere.
“My influences have always been very diverse, from Charlie Chaplin’s work to all the people that I meet in France and throughout the world,” Merzoucki says.
Mourad has become an international phenomenon in dance. He draws creative strength from his circus and martial arts background. Mourad attended the school of circus when he was seven years old and through his fathers influence; he participated in martial arts, specifically karate. In 1989, he created his first dance company with other dancers, known as Accrorap.
After traveling around the world to unknown lands, Mourad began to experience dance as a powerful means of communication and formed his own company in 1996, Compagnie Käfig. Since then, Mourad has created 21 works.
Compagnie Käfig presents 150 performances a year worldwide- to sold out audiences and rave reviews.
We think you will b knocked out of your seats, which is a good thing.
Tickets for the Byman engagement range from $55-$19), and may be purchased online at TrustArts.org or by calling (412) 456-6666. Dance a step further by subscribing to the 2013-2014 Dance Council season by calling (412) 456-1390 or jitterbugging over to TrustArts.org/dance.

Prepare for a meld of salsa, hip-hop and many other styles
Prepare for a meld of salsa, hip-hop and many other stylesCourtesy Pittsburgh Cultural Trust