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Review: Compagnie Kafig leaves dancers and audience exhausted and euphoric

Compagnie Kafig, featuring 11 athletic Brazilian dancers, is at Jacob’s Pillow for a return engagement of their crowd-pleasing 2012 program.
Photographer: Christopher Duggan/Jacob’s Pillow
Compagnie Kafig, featuring 11 athletic Brazilian dancers, is at Jacob’s Pillow for a return engagement of their crowd-pleasing 2012 program.
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Compagnie Kafig inspired Jacob’s Pillow’s artistic director, Ella Baff, to depart from her usual practice when planning a season. Typically, Baff will not have the same company perform in consecutive years, unless the ensemble returns with a completely different program. That was not the case for Compagnie Kafig, the Brazilian/French hip-hop sensation that dazzled audiences last year. The all-male ensemble, directed by Mourad Merzouki of France, returned with an encore performance of “Correria” and “AGWA,” ...

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