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Hervé Koubi US Tour

Compagnie Hervé Koubi is back in the United States between February 12 and March 3: Five cities, three different performances:

- What The Day Owes To The Night

The company delivers a jaw-dropping performance packed with backflips, head spins, and a transcending emotional intensity. What the Day Owes to the Night (Ce Que le Jour Doit à la Nuit) is danced to an eclectic score including Johann Sebastian Bach, Hamza El Din & the Kronos Quartet, and traditional Sufi music.

  • February 12 at SUNY Oswego, NY
  • February 15 at Dance Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

- The Barbarian Nights or The First Mornings of The World

Les Nuits barbares ou les premiers matins du monde is an athletic and poetic look at the shared history of the Mediterranean basin. Featuring an all-male cast of dancers from Algeria, Morocco, France, and Burkina Faso, the company investigates a sense of belonging which proves more ancient than the concept of nations. Themes of barbarism emerge from combining capoeira, martial arts, hip-hop, and contemporary styles with virtuosity that “is a touch of theatrical magic” (The New York Times). 

  • February 18 to 23 at The Joyce Theater, NY

- Boys Don’t Cry

Boys Don’t Cry is a full-throttle dance exploration of societal gender norms through the contrasting arenas of sports and dance. In collaboration with author Chantal Thomas and musician Stéphane Fromentin, the work plays on the cliche of the male dancer who prefers dance to violent sports and the tension with a boy’s parents this preference may cause. The familial bonds at the conceptual center of the project are tested and shaped by societal expectations of violence. Only by embracing the transcendent joy of dance does this all-male cast find resolution and absolution from toxic masculinity.

  • February 29 & March 1 at Dance Place, Washington, DC
  • March 3 at CenterStage, Reston Community Center, Reston, VA 


Hervé Koubi was born in the south of France, and studied dance at the Rosella Hightower school of Dance in Cannes. In 2000, he founded his company when he staged Le Golem. Since then, he has collaborated with a number of talented artists, including Guillaume Gabriel, musician Laetitia Sheriff and filmmakers Max Vadukul and Yoji Yamamoto, among others.