(BECKET, Mass.) – French hip-hop troupe Compagnie Käfig and LEO, a fantastical one-man-show from Berlin, headline at Jacob’s Pillow Dance from Wednesday, June 26, through Sunday, June 30, 2013. Compagnie Käfig is returning to the Pillow this summer after a strong, sold-out run last year, performing an encore program of two virtuosic works, Correria and AGWA, both characterized by athleticism, artistry, and drama, in the Ted Shawn Theatre. LEO, in the Doris Duke Theater, is set to a soundtrack ranging from Ravi Shankar, Slayer, and Frank Sinatra to Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, and portraying the unusual journey of an otherwise ordinary man whose world becomes physically unhinged. Limited to a specific area of the stage, the performer explores the ever-changing nature of the space he inhabits.
Compagnie Käfig is an international ensemble of dynamic hip-hop dancers led by artistic director and choreographer Mourad Merzouki. The company’s two pieces are performed by a group of dancers from Rio de Janeiro and are inspired by their stories of growing up in favelas, and the choreography incorporates elements of athletic samba and capoeira.
LEO employs choreography, video, and animation, challenging the audience’s senses and testing their perceptions. Directed by the Montréal-based actor and director Daniel Briére and formulated around an original concept by the performer Tobias Wegner, LEO has won several major awards including the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the Three Weeks Editors Award, and the Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and most recently the John Chataway Award for Innovation at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival.