As for Mourad Merzouki, he draws his creative strength from what he learned at the school of circus, which he started attending when he was seven years old, and from martial arts. He was able to put these teachings into practice. They show his signature, his touch that is unique to him.

The Käfig company found its artistic dimension within the fusion of styles. It combines a sense of humor with gravity and flavors its works with the hip hop vocabulary as well as a spirit that is open to other choreographic and artistic languages.

With hip hop dance, the members of the company have, each in their own way, progressively trained themselves and have enriched a vocabulary. From 1996 many training and creation projects developed.

By avoiding all the social stereotypes, the company has managed to assert a unique style that has not denied its origins, and has enabled the hip hop movement to win over audiences whose origins are as diverse as those of the dancers themselves.

The shows remain however entertaining. Their rhythm gives impetus to a colored dance, a dreamlike and sensitive universe that wins the assent of the audience.

The company toured their works all over France (including Reunion, French Guiana and New Caledonia), and traveled extensively abroad (USA and Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Djibouti, South Africa, Madagascar, Morocco, Algeria, China, Japan, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Finland , Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Rumania, Russia, and Greece).

Since the foundation of the company in 1996, our energy has been essentially focused on creating new works and booking the company. This is a long-term job that enables the choreographer to claim the creation of a whole performance in each of his works where he finally drags the hip hop movement out of one sole reference--social matters-- and exclusion. His ultimate goal being to find a future for the movement and give it a real artistic dimension!

Compagnie Käfig / CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne