Headshots of poet Porsha Olayiwola and composer Mason Bynes

What the Day Owes to the Night

January 30-31, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Following an early presentation at Holy Cross in 2016, “What the Day Owes to the Night” has become the French dance company Hervé Koubi’s signature work. This season, Hervé Koubi brings its stunning classic to our black box Boroughs Theatre, allowing audiences to experience its gravity-defying style from thrilling proximity. “What the Day Owes to the Night” blends elements of capoeira, martial arts, urban, and contemporary dance together with powerful Sufi imagery as dancers from Algeria, Morocco, Bulgaria, Italy, and France perform to an eclectic range of stirring music. Through hypnotic movement, choreographer Hervé Koubi retraces the discovery of his Algerian heritage through the story of a young boy from the acclaimed Algerian novel of the same name by Yasmina Khadra. 


Compagnie Hervé Koubi

“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


January 30, 2024
7:30 PM

January 31, 2024
7:30 PM


$55 | $39


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