Sol Invictus

Hervé Koubi

Three dancers jumping on stage with open arms
© Nathalie Sternalski
Hervé Koubi
75 min

In 2024, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting The Joyce Theater for the presentation of
Sol Invictus by Hervé Koubi.

Named after the “unconquered Sun” deity, the work upholds love as the guarantor of peace, that despite fracture, communion emerges as humanity’s saving grace. The music score  includes a composition by Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson, with excerpts by Steve Reich and digital composer Maxime Bodson. “I want to talk about light, solidarity, and those bonds that unite us,” says Koubi. “Here, the sun and the dance will emerge victorious.”

about the artist

Portrait of Hervé Koubi

Hervé Koubi

Of Algerian roots, Hervé Koubi grew up in France where he studied biology and dance at the University of Aix-Marseille before graduating as a Pharmaceutical Doctor in 2002. After deciding to concentrate on a dancing career and graduating from the Rosella Hightower School of Dance in Cannes, Koubi gained professional experience as a dancer before creating his first project entitled Le Golem and collaborating with Guillaume Gabriel for all his works and more recently also with Fayçal Hamlat. Since 2010, he has been working with a group of 12 to 14 all male street dancers from North Africa on several works including What the Day Owes to The Night, The Barbarian Nights or The First Dawns of the World, Boys Don't Cry (October 2018), and Odyssey (January 2020).

In July 2015, he has been Associate Choreographer at the Pole National Supérieur de Danse in France and has been awarded the French medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. His company is based mainly in Calais, at the BCMO - Ballet Contemporain des Mers d'Opale, Choreographic Pole Hervé Koubi, in Northern France, and keeps strong relationships with Cannes and the region Nouvelle Aquitaine.

The company's past four seasons of extensive touring included a total of about 85 performances annually in both Europe and all over North America, from Hawaii to Ottawa via New York’s Joyce Theater as a result of its US debut at City Center Theater’s Fall For Dance festival in October 2015.

Photo : © Véronique Chochon

Two dancers jumping backwards
01 / 05 — “Sol Invictus”, Compagnie Hervé Koubi © Nathalie Sternalski
A dancer in a white dress performing a turned jump, a dancer in blue and one in red on the floor in the background.
02 / 05 — “Sol Invictus”, Compagnie Hervé Koubi © Nathalie Sternalski
dancer turning on his head in the middle of a huge survival blanket
03 / 05 — “Sol Invictus”, Compagnie Hervé Koubi © Nathalie Sternalski
Dancers in a group on the floor in colorful clothes, a single dancer standing in the middle.
04 / 05 — “Sol Invictus”, Compagnie Hervé Koubi © Nathalie Sternalski
Dancer in purple sarong doing an acrobatic handstand, group of dancers with their backs to the background.
05 / 05 — “Sol Invictus”, Compagnie Hervé Koubi © Nathalie Sternalski