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SPOTLIGHT – Hervé KOUBI: What The Day Owes To The Night

Mon Feb 5th @ 7:30 pm

Crimson Coast Dance MainStage Series &
The Port Theatre Spotlight Series

A jaw-dropping, gravity-defying dance work that blends contemporary and urban dance with martial arts!

Post-show chat in the theatre.

“When the French choreographer Koubi learned, at twenty-five, that his family had Algerian roots, he went back to the country of his forefathers and created this piece, in collaboration with a group of nonprofessional dancers, all men. Most were street dancers, adept at martial arts and hip-hop. The result is an exploration of masculinity and male beauty, meditative and at times tender, containing moments of striking virtuosity.” — The New Yorker

Through its mystical, enchanting, and hypnotic choreography, French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi retraces his own history by relating it to the story of a young boy from a novel by Yasmina Khadra. Together with twelve dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso, originally street dancers, Koubi has worked on this almost 10-year project to bring it to perfection. What The Day Owes To The Night features a highly physical, stunningly fluid, gravity-defying piece that combines capoeira, martial arts, urban, and contemporary dance with powerful imagery evocative of orientalist paintings and the stone filigree of Islamic architecture, with music by Kronos Quartet, Bach, and Hamza El Din’s traditional melodies of the Mediterranean Basin.

“With striking visuals and daring physicality, Compagnie Hervé KOUBI’s What the Day Owes to the Night has dazzled audiences around the world since its premiere in 2013. But beyond all the high-flying choreography, this groundbreaking work tells a deeply personal story of family and cultural identity [Algeria].” Nashville Scene

Celebrate Africa Fair! 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Port Theatre Lobby | Kids & Adults | Free Entry

A pre-show festival with food, music, fashion and dance from Nanaimo’s African and Black communities. Inspired by North African Bazaars, this open market experience immerses you in the flavours, rhythms, and cultures of Nanaimo’s Black and African communities. Get to know Black owned-businesses, African artists, and non-profit organizations supporting Africans to thrive in your city!

Members of The Port Theatre Society
or Crimson Coast Dance Society
receive discounts on this amazing show!
Save $5 off every Adult Ticket
Plus, buy before the public

Adults $53.50 | Members $48.50 | Students $23.50 (with valid student ID)

Members – Monday, September 11, 2023 @ 11am
Public – Monday, September 18, 2023 @ 11am

Thanks to our  Sponsor
Thanks to our funders… investors in the Arts!


Mon Feb 5th
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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