Dans L’Engrenage’s performance starts with a woman who has, through her own determination, conquered power. She is strong and has seized her natural space.  A group of six figures appear in the darkness and together they create a street-inspired choreography reflecting rebellion and revolt. Inspired by traditional dance and Arabian rhythm the group mould people’s need to climb in status and reach success. The performance is described as a hard uppercut with hip-hop on high voltage level.

Cie Dyptik was established by the two choreographers Mehdi Meghare and Sauhail Marchiche in 2012. The company is based in Saint-Etinne in France. Cie Dyptik is, besides producing performances, also engaged in cultural exchanges and public engagements.

press quotes

“Brilliant command of movement, timing and stage space: the Dyptik dance company delivers on all fronts with this new piece, seizing the audience with its breath-taking energy and the well-dosed intensity of everything playing out on stage. Well played!”
Danse avec la Plume, Amélie Bertrand

“He [Mehdi Meghari] ignites a scenario dealing with power and authority which displays quite a few stunning visual ideas. The seven interpreters are all exceptional breakers, open to different technics. They transcend hip hop segmentation and portray cutting, sharp-edged characters who can hammer down their dominance with a single pop of the shoulder.”
Le Monde, Rosita Boisseau

‘’The hip hop moves are perfectly executed, movements are lithe and gestures feline… The action is flowing, not a second too long, not a moment too short. The implacable mechanics raze everything to the ground leaving all the dancing one may have seen before far behind …”
Le bruit du off, Emmanuel Serafini

“A piece for seven dancers, Dans l’engrenage teems with a contagious energy… Drawing inspiration from the dances and rhythms of the Arab world, choreographer Mehdi Meghari brings to the surface an all-consuming trance, ever-mounting in intensity. Something akin to the thirst for light that drives butterflies insane.”


Artistic direction: Souhail Marchiche and Mehdi Meghari
Choregoraphy: Mehdi Meghari
Dancers: Elias Ardoin, Evan Greenaway, Samir El Fatoumi, Yohann Daher, Vanessa Petit, Émilie Tarpin-Lyonnet, Marine Wroniszewski
Music designer: Patrick De Oliveira
Light designer: Richard Gratas
Costume designer: Hélène Behar
Duration: 50 min
Photo: Julie Cherki
Production: Compagnie Dyptik, Maison de la danse de Lyon, CCN de Créteil / Cie Kafig, CCN la Rochelle / Cie Accrorap), Opéra de Saint-Étienne, IADU la Villette (Fondation de France – Parc de La Villette), Groupe des 20 (Rhône-Alpes – Auvergne) : Centre culturel de La Ricamarie, Théâtre du Parc (Andrézieux-Bouthéon), L’Heure Bleue (St Martin d’Hères)
Funding: DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Département de la Loire, Ville de St Etienne, ADAMI, SPEDIDAM
With the support: Le Groupe Caisse des Dépôts, CDN Comédie de St Etienne (La Passerelle), Espace des Arts (St Denis, la Réunion), Accès Soirs (Riom), Quelques p’Arts… Centre National des Arts de la Rue et de l’Espace Public (Boulieu-lès-Annonay), Espace Montgolfier (Davézieux), l’Échappé (Sorbiers)
The Dyptik Company is subsidised by: DRAC, Région Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes, the Département de la Loire and the city of Saint-Étienne
La Compagnie Dyptik is associated artist with: la Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2017/2018 and le Théâtre de Cusset 2017-2020.