Second Annual Urban Corps Festival
What Did You Say?
by Brahim Bouchelaghem
May 17 at 7pm
Brahim Bouchelaghem, a French dancer and choreographer with the Zahrbat dance company, has created his own individual style of dance, inspired by his life experiences and influenced by the hip-hop tradition.
In "What Did You Say," Bouchelaghem has created a performance that reflects the multiple inspirations and events that have formed him. The choreography is set to audio and visuals from one of Bouchelaghem's mentors, American dancer, choreographer, and poet Carolyn Carlson, whose work has been incredibly well received inFrance. As "What Did You Say" has grown in popularity, Bouchelaghem has revised and enriched the performance to incorporate new life experiences and artistic friendships.
The performance will be preceded by a rhythmic piece by dance crews from DC's Urban Artistry and Forward DC, created specifically for Urban Corps in response to the styles and creativity of the visiting performers. The piece is based on the diversity of the electronic music genre and will feature choreography set to an integrated musical score by four DJs.
7pm: Electronic (Dance) Movement by Urban Artistry and Forward DC
8pm: What Did You Say? by Brahim Bouchelaghem
« La danse, c'est ma libération. » - Brahim Bouchelaghem
About Brahim Bouchelaghem
A dancer since the age of twelve with his training only on the street, Bouchelaghem has since dedicated himself using hip-hop as a refined art form. After performing leading roles in dance and theatrical performances with companies such as Melting Spot and Käfig and using dance as a way to reconnect to his Algerian roots, in November 2007 Bouchelaghem formed his own dance company, Zahrbat, named after his father.
Zahrbat has a fundamental core centered on working with dancers across the world to share stories that cross national and cultural boundaries. Bouchelaghem’s first performance, also called Zahrbat, paid homage to his father, an Algerian immigrant; in 2010, he led a collaboration with Russian dancers to create Davaï Davaï, which was also performed in Israel; and Hiya (Her) in 2012, which was created as a complement to Zahrbat in honor of his mother.
Teaser: What Did You Say?
Location: Gallaudet University Elstad Auditorium // 800 Florida Ave, NE
Price: $20. $15 AFDC members. $5 Family members of Gallaudet University students. Free for Gallaudet students.
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Don't miss the after party with Forward DC.
Getting to Elstad Auditorium
By Metro: 15 minute walk from NOMA-Gallaudet Metro Station (Red Line). Exit the Metro station on 2nd St. NE and head North (the Au Bon Pain will be on your right) toward Florida Ave. Turn right to head East on Florida Ave, NE. Gallaudet will be on your left.
Parking available on campus and along the street.
Attend Urban Corps events and win an all-expense paid trip to France!
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ABOUT THE URBAN CORPS DANCE FESTIVAL
The Alliance’s Urban Corps transatlantic hip-hop festival comes back to the Capital in its second edition with a powerful compilation of urban dancers, musicians, and speakers. Their distinct backgrounds in arts such as mime, acrobatics, DJing, video and, of course, American urban tradition come together to present an all-around unrivaled vantage point on metropolitan culture and identity. In addition to on-stage dance shows in and around Washington, DC, the festival features a conference and film screening, outdoor park events, live music, and dance party, with events that will entertain culture lovers of all ages.
Sunday, May 12 // FLOW with Albus Cavus, Urban Artistry, and Forward Fest DC
Monday, May 13 // Urban Corps Selections
Tuesday, May 14 // Comparing Dance Aesthetics & Funding in France and the U.S. (conference)
Tuesday, May 14 // "93: La Belle Rebelle" (documentary)
Wednesday, May 15 // La Nina de la Casa Azul by Cie. De Fakto
Thursday, May 16 // beats and breakdance with KLP and Backpack Jax, followed by DJ Baronhawk
Friday, May 17 // "What Did You Say?" by Brahim Bouchelaghem
Saturday, May 18 // Urban Corps Live in the Park