Compagnie Hervé KOUBI
Originally from Algeria, Hervé Koubi plunged into his career as a dancer and choreographer during his years as a Pharmaceutical Biology student at the Aix-Marseille University. Herve has since had the chance to work with big names such as Jean-Charles Gil, Jean-Christophe Pare, Emilio Calcagno as well as Barbara Sarreau (as part of “les affluents du Ballet Preljocaj) following his extensive training at the Centre International de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes and the Opera de Marseille.
In 1999 he joined the Centre Choregraphique de Nantes, directed by Claude Brumachon and Benhamin Lamarche for the creation of Hotel Central (2000). Koubi then teamed up with Karine Saporta at the Centre Choregraphique National de Caen for the creation of Le Garage, essai sur la mystique Rock (2001) followed by Reliefs d’un banquet (2003) and D’Orient (2008) with Thierry Smiths Compagnie Thor in Brussels.
In 2000, Herve Koubi created his first project Le Golem, followed by collaborations with Guillaume Gabriel in Ménagerie (2002), Les Abattoirs, and fantaisie... (2004). In 2006, Koubi worked with musician Laetitia Sheriff for the creation of 4’30 and in 2007 reworked Les Heures Florissantes along the famous La Croisette in Cannes. The same year, he created Moon Dogs, fusing contemporary and hip hop movement in his work for the first time.
In 2008, Koubi spearheaded the creation of three choreographic pieces based around texts: Coppelia, une fiancee aux yeux d’email..., Les Supremes, and Bref sejour chez les vivants. For these pieces, he collaborated with the writer Chantal Thomas (Les Supremes) and Benesh Mouvement and Romain Panassie (Bref sejour chez les vivants). In 2009, he kickstarted a collaboration with Ivory Coast dancers from Beliga Kope Company for Un rendez-vous en Afrique.
Koubi has also collaborated with videographers for several dance video projects such as Chic Chef (2009) with Max Vadukul for Yoji Yamamoto, Bodyconcrete (2010) Michel Giumbard and Pierre Magnol, and Ovoid edges (2012) with Pierre Magnol.
Since 2010, Koubi has led his own company of 12 to 14 Algerian and Burkinian dancers, on a path marked by several creations such as El Din (2010-2011), Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (2013), Le rêve de Lea (2014), Des hommes qui dansent (2014), and Les nuits barbares ou les premiers matins du monde (2015-2016).
Koubi has been Associate Choreographer at the Pole National Superieur de Danse (The Superior School of Dance of Cannes and the Superior School of Dance of Marseilles) since 2014 and Associate Choreographer at the Conservatoire de Danse de Brive-la-Gaillarde since 2015.
In 2015, Hervé Koubi was been awarded the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by Brigitte Lefèvre, longtime Artistic Director of Paris Opera Ballet, for his contributions to French culture.