He’s still lying on the floor. But then to the impressionistic clarinet from Ravel’s Bolero  he performs a single wave-like movement and suddenly stand upright – and follows the Arabian-style melody in his own way. In NYA, nine Algerian men cross hip-hop with ballet and belly dance. They gracefully quiver through the air with soft arms to then defend their positions with energetic leaps. Categories blur and in a contrapuntal manner give rise to unexpected meanings – and a richness in humour and spiritual depths that becomes increasingly dense during the second part of the evening accompanied by the Arabian singing of Honria Aïchi. 
More than 400 hip-hoppers and acrobats applied when the Franco-Algerian Abou Lagraa returned to the country of his ancestors after the end of the civil war and called for establishing a contemporary ensemble. This first production resulting from a Mediterranean cultural bridge received the French critics’ prize as the “best choreography of the year” in 2011.


Choreography: Abou Lagraa
Artistic assistance: Nawal Ait Benalla-Lagraa
Dance: Abderraouf Bouab, Abdelghani Meslem, Ali Brainis, Bilel Madaci, Mokhtar Boussouf, Nassim Feddal, Oussama Kouadria, Bernard Wayack Pambe, Zoubir Yahiaoui
Lightdesign: Gérard Garchey
Costumes: Michelle Amet
Technical direction: Antoine de Gantho

Production: Cie La Baraka
Coproduction: Agence Algérienne pour le Rayonnement Culturel Communauté de communes du bassin d’Annonay
Production-Residence: Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale von 2009 bis 2014
With the support of: Algerian Ministry of culture, French Ministry of culture, Fondation BNP Paribas, Ministry of Culture – DRAC Rhone-Alpes, le Conseil Régional Rhone-Alpes, la ville de Lyon, Fondation BNP Paribas and in international tour by French Institute
Kindly supported by Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication /DGCA