Critically acclaimed French director and choreographer Blanca Li will present new work in the UK for the first time with Elektro Kif, an hour long dance theatre production showcasing Tecktonik (electro) dancing, presented by Dance Touring Partnership.
The 12 date Elektro Kif UK tour starts at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield on 10 February 2012 and continues on a national tour ending at Hall for Cornall, Truro.
Video: Elektro Kif Trailer
Electro dance emerged from the suburbs of Paris and is described as a fusion of breaking, disco, vogue, popping and locking to fast paced electro house music. ‘Tecktonik,’ another term for the dance style, is a registered trademark, and so shows and events showcasing the style do so under the name ‘electro dance.’
Elektro Kif features eight award winning dancers Khaled Abdulahi (Cerizz), Jeremy Alberge, Arnaud Bacharach, Roger Bepet, William Falla (Treaxy), Slate Hemedi, Alou Sidibe (Kyrra) and Adrien Sissoko (Fiasco).
The production also features a commissioned score by Spanish music producer Tao Gutierrez.
Elektro Kif premiered at the hip hop festival Karavel Festival of Bron, France, in 2010 and has toured Europe since December 2010 including the Suresnes Cités Dance festival, France.
Blanca Li Company – Elektro Kif National Tour dates
10 – 11 Feburary Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
13 – 14 Feburary Nottingham Playhouse
15 – 16 Feburary The Lowry, Salford Quays
19 Feburary Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
21 – 22 Feburary Northern Stage, Newcastle
24 – 25 Feburary Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
27 – 28 Feburary Lighthouse, Poole
2 – 3 Feburary Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
6 – 7 March Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
10 March Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome
27 – 28 March Oxford Playhouse
30 – 31 March Hall for Cornwall, Truro
About Blanca Li
Blanca Li is a choreographer, a dancer and an actress, a filmmaker and director of multimedia exhibitions.
Born in Granada in 1964, Blanca Li started her career at an early age, competing with the Spanish national team for rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 12. Aged 17, she traveled to USA to study in New York with Martha Graham for five years. During this time she also studied extensively with Paul Sanasardo and Alvin Ailey. Back in Madrid, she set up her first company of dance in 1992 with a commission for the world exhibition in Seville.
In 1993, Blanca Li moved to France, where she created her own company. Since 1998 the company has run its own studio space, Studios Calentito in Paris to create its work and to provide an open rehearsal space to theatre and dancers praticitioners working in the City.
Most famously Li choreographed the Daft Punk video Around the World.