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

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

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