Orangerie Herrenhausen

Éloge du puissant royaume

German premiere

Cie Heddy Maalem (FR)

A picture from the production "Éloge du puissant royaume"
© Patrick Fabre


“[…] Krump, as Heddy Maalem interprets it, is a dance for expressing contrasts. The dancers seem to fall and stand up again; their movements are angular and flowing, fast and slow, aggressive and gentle, flamboyant and introspective when they become part of a ritual again. Maalem and his impressive dancers extend the expressive possibilities of this street dance and lend it a dimension which goes beyond its purely sporty character.”
Kurier, 4 September 2013

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A new adherent of the urban dance style “Krump”, choreographer Heddy Maalem describes it as articulating unspoken words, the inner life and authentic spirituality. Since its emergence in the ghettos of Los Angeles in the ’90s, Krump has taken the streetdance scene all over the world by storm. Maalem integrates this wild and expressive dance style, which is still little known beyond insider circles, into his own choreographic practice to share it with his audience. The five young dancers, known as Jigsaw, Kellias, Nach, Girl Mad Skillz and Big Trap, find new identities in Krump, which helps them direct their inner energy outwards. Not only frustration and anger but also deeply-held convictions are channelled in moves which explode with extreme force and can place the dancer in a trance-like state with their intensity. In these dancers, Maalem has found what he always seemed to be looking for. With them, he tells of the beginning and the end of time – of the essence of human existence.

(approx. 60 Min.)


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cast & credits

Choreography: Heddy Maalem
Scenography: Rachel Garcia
Lighting design: Guillaume Fesneau
Dancers:Anthony-Claude Ahanda Aka Jigsaw, Wladimir Jean Aka Big Trap, Ludovic Manchin-Opheltes Aka Kellias, Émilie Ouedraogo Aka Girl Mad Skillz, Anne-Marie Van Aka Nach
Production: Compagnie Heddy Maalem
Co-production: La Briqueterie, Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne/ Centre de développement chorégraphique Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées/ Le Parvis, Scène Nationale Tarbes-Pyrénées/ Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson

With support from: Adami

Artists’ residencies: Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne, Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson

Creation under the auspices of the 17th Dance Biennial in the Val-de-Marne

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