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Hip-hop meets Sufism with UCSD-bound French dance troupe Compagnie Hervé Koubi

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Compagnie Hervé Koubi’s members don’t defy gravity, but their dance performances certainly make it seem as if they do.
Photo by Lou Damars

What happens when the worlds of hip-hop and Sufism meet and merge on stage at a dance performance? You can find out when Compagnie Hervé Koubi makes its area debut Wednesday at UC San Diego. Led by French choreographer Koubi, 41, the 12-man troupe of African and French Algerian male dancers will perform “What the Day Owes to the Night” (“Ce Que le Jour Doit à la Nuit”). Named after a novel by Yasmina Khadra, it combines elements of Capoeira, Algerian street dancing, martial arts, hip-hop, gymnastics, contemporary dance and whirling dervish-inspired spins. “Night” also incorporates classical and Nubian music, plus imagery that draws from Islamic architecture.

ArtPower! presents Compagnie Hervé Koubi — “What the Day Owes to the Night”: 8 p.m. Wednesday. Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive, UC San Diego, La Jolla. $28-$46. (858) 534-8497 or artpower.ucsd.edu/

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