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Cie Heddy Maalem in Le Sacre du Printemps. Photo by Ben Rudick, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.^26 Simone Gomis in Le Sacre du Printemps. Photo by Ben Rudick, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.^26 Cie Heddy Maalem in Le Sacre du Printemps. Photo by Ben Rudick, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.^26 Cie Heddy Maalem in Le Sacre du Printemps. Photo by Ben Rudick, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.^26 Cie Heddy Maalem in Le Sacre du Printemps. Photo by Ben Rudick, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.^26 Cie Heddy Maalem in Le Sacre du Printemps. Photo by Ben Rudick, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.^26 Cie Heddy Maalem in Le Sacre du Printemps. Photo by Ben Rudick, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.^26

Cie Heddy Maalem

Fourteen utterly distinctive dancers from Mali, Benin, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo and Mozambique have come together for Heddy Maalem's explosive interpretation of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps. After more than 100 performances throughout Europe and North Africa, the June and October 2008 tours mark the North American premiere of this acclaimed work.

 

Heddy Maalem's Sacre is placed in Africa, inspired by the choreographer's time in Lagos, Nigeria where he confronted the cacophony of a city of 12 million people and Stravinsky's music echoed in his mind. The hour long performance is furious and bold, straightforward and without artifice. Highly dynamic dance sequences in rhythm with the driving score are provocatively contrasted with scenes of silence and atmospheric film projection created by award-winning filmmaker Benoît Dervaux.

 

Heddy Maalem was born in Algeria to a French mother and Algerian father. Maalem's early and extensive training in boxing and the Japanese martial art of Aikido continue to influence his choreography which is marked by precision, sparse vocabulary and clarity. The ensemble of compelling dancers he assembled for Le Sacre du Printemps are trained in both contemporary dance and the traditional dance forms of their respective countries of origin.