Compagnie KÄFIG


2018 production

A hip-hop and baroque folly

Created for the opening of the famous French festival Les Nuits de Fourvière, the show introduces a dialogue between dance and baroque repertoire. Interpreted on stage by Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, the music revisits the popular rhythms of Italian tarantellas. Driven by the virtuosic and heady music, the dance mixes together whirling dervish, ballet, contemporary and hip-hop, for an unusual fusion of styles, demonstrating a desire of sharing and generosity.


"The effect is massive and staggering." Le Monde

"Merzouki succeeded as never before in making an alloy that is in no way artificial." Télérama

"The performance goes crescendo and climaxes in a spiral of irresistible energy." Le Figaro

Statements of intent

"After the "7Steps" project in 2014, I wished to follow the work I initiated with baroque musics. These singular and unexpected encounters between two totally opposed worlds are part of my artistic process. Throughout my creations, I have always brought hip hop towards new horizons, and confronted it to new musical universes and bodies.
In Folia, not only does hip hop dance meet with the baroque musics of the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, but also contemporary dance, ballet and whirling dervishes. I wanted to create a true dialogue between these different disciplines.
The project had to match a theater of this scope, which is why I had the pleasure to gather on the stage of the Théâtre antique de Fourvière 16 dancers and 8 musicians."

Mourad Merzouki

"There are many folias… Vivaldi’s is one of the most virtuoso. There are many forms of madness… The creative madness is the one that guides the artists. Folias and madness are the very essence of our musical world : a trip from the South of Italy towards the new world, from the baroque repertoire towards electronic musics."

Franck-Emmanuel Comte

Artistic team

Artistic direction and choreography Mourad Merzouki
Assisted by Marjorie Hannoteaux
Music Franck-Emmanuel Comte – Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu and Grégoire Durrande
Stage design Benjamin Lebreton assisted by Quentin Lugnier and Caroline Oriot (painting), Mathieu Laville, Elvis Dagier et Rémi Mangevaud (locksmith), Guillaume Ponroy (carpentry)
Lighting design Yoann Tivoli
Costume design for musicians Pascale Robin assisted by Pauline Yaoua Zurini
Costume design for dancers Nadine Chabannier

Dancers Habid Bardou, Nedeleg Bardouil, Salena Baudoux (alternating with Lisa Ingrand), Mathilde Devoghel, Sofian Kaddaoui, Mélanie Lomoff, Joël Luzolo, Kevin Pilette (alternating with Franck Caporale), Mathilde Rispal, Yui Sugano, Aurélien Vaudey, Titouan Wiener
Musicians Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Reynier Guerrero Alvarez, Nicolas Janot, Aude Walker-Viry, Nicolas Muzy, Heather Newhouse (soprano), Florian Verhaegen


Coproduction Pôle en Scènes, Encore un Tour, Les Nuits de Fourvière, Centre chorégraphique national de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Cie Käfig, Lling Music