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About

The origins of the name Kif-Kif Bledi

 

Kif-kif comes from the Arabic word كيف / kif /, adopted by soldiers in the armies of North Africa and dubbed to express "same, the same".

بلد / balad / generally designates the country. For city dwellers it is synonymous with the countryside, and for emigrants, with the country or village of origin. The final i indicates the possessive.

 

The expression Kif-Kif bledi conveys the idea that each individual, wherever he is and whatever his origin, can develop freely while preserving his roots.

 

The Kif-Kif Bledi troop

The Kif-Kif Bledi troupe promotes an openness to Arab-Amazigh (Berber) culture by exploring with a modern approach the dances from the traditions of North Africa and the Middle East.

 

Although all the dancers live and work in France, they are all immigrants or children of immigrants from countries as diverse as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Senegal.

 

The dancers are deeply aware of the issues concerning the image of North African and Middle Eastern culture in contemporary society and it is with pride that they offer visibility to the cultural richness of these regions. With their multiple identities, they invest themselves with rigor and passion in this visionary and humanist project.

The services offered by the Kif-Kif Bledi troupe

 

Versatile, the troupe offers a range of performances ranging from traditional repertoire (for private events, weddings, festivals and shows) to modernized and merged performances (for electro and world fusion events).

 

Kif-Kif Bledi also offers à la carte dance workshops in traditional styles from North Africa and the Middle East as well as fusion with Waacking, House or Indian dances.

Very adaptable, the troupe is also open to any form of artistic proposal.

Raïssa Leï

Raïssa Lei

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Raïssa Leï is the creator and choreographer of the Kif-Kif Bledi troupe. She is also an engineer. Amazigh zénète native of the region of Oujda in Morocco, she learns very early the traditional dances of the region: reggada, aarfa, hidouss, aalaoui ...

She is trained in modern'jazz, hip-hop and dances of the world. Her specialty is waacking, which she uses in mergers that she has created with her own signature.

The term Raïssa is both a tribute to the committed Amazigh singers of Western Morocco and means "president, director" in Arabic, referring to her status as artistic director of the troupe.

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Astou

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From a Togolese mother and a Senegalese father, Astou grew up in the Val-d'Oise. In parallel with her career in finance, she practices Waacking, new style hip-hop, house and funk styles. She has performed during various creations of urban dances and international battles.

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Hind

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Born in the south of Tunisia and of Tuareg Amazigh origin, Hind studied industrial design in France. She practices traditional and contemporary North African and Middle Eastern dances as well as West African and Indian dances.

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Zaira

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Zaïra is from western Algeria and works as a UX / UI web designer in e-commerce. She grew up lulled by Arab-Andalusian music and raï. Keen on hip-hop and clubbing, she specializes in house dance. She also practices aalaoui and reggada, Kabyle and Algerian dances in general.

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Hanane

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Originally from the province of Tiznit, Hanane has Amazigh and Ahwach roots. It was in Morocco that she discovered Indian culture and fell head over heels in love with it. Bollywood dancer for 17 years, she has been transmitting her passion for 7 years.

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Tania

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Born in Beirut, Tania studied at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts.

She also practices modern'jazz painting and dance there.

When she arrived in France, she worked as a graphic designer and writer-director of documentaries. She also trained there in contemporary oriental dance, Tahtib, singing and corporythmia.

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Keemo

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Keemo is Moroccan with Casaoui, Meknesi and Sahrawi origins. First trained in hip-hop and dancehall, he has been passionate about dances and music from a young age. Completely self-taught, he sets himself the following discipline: knowing the history of each people in order to dance like him.

Eddy - photographer

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Parisian by birth, Eddy developed a passion for photography at the age of 10. As a teenager, he turned to drawing and worked in a pet store, then became a landscaper, bartender and manager.

He then returns to the photo by
specializing in images of live artists and in particular dancers.

Ken - videographer

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Videographer and independent director (Camer'Art, Nect'Art Urbain Vision, ShotbyME), Ken was a hip-hop dancer. This experience allows him to accurately capture the danced movements.