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Compagnie Käfig: Agwa

By Julye Huggins

CINARS, an international exchange for the performing arts, kicks off next week in Montréal. Among those featured in the dance showcase is France’s fusion hip hop company Käfig, which hits the stage November 17th with Agwa and Correria.According to the company’s website, the program was triggered by an encounter between the company’s artistic director, Mourad Merzouki, and eleven young Brazilian dancers from Companhia Urbana de Dança. These impressively acrobatic dancers had their roots in the favelas (shanty towns of Rio de Janeiro), and “were driven by a passion for dance and a fervent determination to make something of their lives in reaching out to others.”Their first joint performance Agwa focused on water, a drying up resource and a symbol of renewal. They tackle the movement with explosive energy in a complex blend of hip hop, capoeira, samba, electronic music and bossa nova. The performers include Diego Alves Dos Santos dit Dieguinho, Leonardo Alves Moreira dit Leo, Cleiton Luiz Caetano De Oliveira, Aguinaldo De Oliveira Lopes dit Anjo, Cristian Faxola Franco dit Faxola, Geovane Fidelis Da Conceição, Diego Gonçalves Do Nascimento Leitão dit White, Aldair Junior Machado Nogueira dit Al Franciss, Wanderlino Martins Neves dit Sorriso, Jose Amilton Rodrigues Junior dit Ze, and Alexsandro Soares Campanha Da Silva dit Pitt.
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