Night and day: Com­pag­nie Hervé Koubi

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When French Al­ge­rian chore­og­ra­pher Hervé Koubi held an au­di­tion for dancers in Al­giers in 2009, 249 men and one woman ar­rived to try out. Koubi, who has a back­ground in bal­let and con­tem­po­rary dance, dis­cov­ered his Al­ge­rian roots when he was twenty-five and was in­tent on ex­plor­ing these ori­gins in a new dance. “There are no dance schools in Al­ge­ria,” he said, hav­ing re­al­ized that the dancers he met had trained in parks and street corners, in hiphop and capoeira (the Brazil­ian mar­tial arts form that in­cor­po­rates dance el­e­ments). What the Day

Owes to the Night fea­tures 12 men from Al­ge­ria and Burk­ina Faso, and a score rang­ing from Bach to tra­di­tional Sufi mu­sic. The chore­og­ra­phy is a mix of ac­ro­bat­ics, B-boy­ing, mod­ern dance, and bal­let. Spon­sored by Aspen Santa Fe Bal­let, Com­pag­nie Hervé Koubi per­forms on Sun­day, July 23, at 8 p.m at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Francisco St.). For tick­ets ($36-$94), call 505-988-1234 or visit www .tick­etssantafe.org. — Michael Wade Simp­son

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