PROFILE: Cie Hervé Koubi

with men balanced atop one another, diving into waiting arms.” With gravity-defying moves and jaw-dropping leaps, Cie Herve Koubi is set to astound Fort Collins at The Lincoln Center on January 27 with its groundbreaking piece, What the Day Owes the Night.

Founded by Algerian-French dancer, Hervé Koubi, there is nothing quite like the tableau that dance company Cie Hervé Koubi paints on stage. The Washington Post describes their choreography as “full of explosive acrobatics, executed with the freedom and nonchalance of dolphins in the surf. Human architecture assembled before our eyes, with men balanced atop one another, diving into waiting arms.” With gravity-defying moves and jaw-dropping leaps, Cie Hervé Koubi is set to astound Fort Collins at The Lincoln Center on January 27 with its groundbreaking piece, What the Day Owes the Night.

“All my childhood, before discovering and becoming fully devoted to the art of dance, I was fascinated by drawing,” says Koubi. “Even to this day, I still have this obsession with what I call—in my work—my appetite for constructing gestures and their movement through space.”

For Koubi, creating the choreography is an exercise in bringing together the threads of time and space, making the choreography a complicated weaving comparable to lace.

Like lace, the thread of each member’s talents and dance experience combines to create a complex but ultimately pleasing whole—entwining capoeira, martial arts, acrobatics, riurban and contemporary dance with powerful imagery.

“For this work,” says Koubi, “I wanted to lean on historical elements to find the setting that would inspire the dance forms, gestures, and choreography. The supposed origin of lace is that it came from the East and relied on embroidery. Algeria is not a part of the East, but it is a world of grand artistry and literature that calls up the image of the Orient. So, like that Orientalist from the 19th-century that came to Algeria to give life to their Oriental dreams, I would like to give life to my dreams of being born in France but not discovering until later that the real origins of my parents as ethnic Algerians.

Koubi has lived his life thinking that he was a pied-noir, a name used for those of European and French ancestry that were born in colonial Algeria. When Algeria won its war for independence, the majority of the pied-noir returned to France or Corsica, though many only had a generational memory of their home country.

Upon Koubi’s father’s deathbed, Koubi discovered that he was not French at all, but ethnically Algerian. Being Algerian in France was akin to second-class status, so his parents hid their heritage from not only their children but their friends and neighbors.

It is only understandable that Koubi would choose the work What the Day Owes the Night to situate his feelings. What the Day Owes the Night is a 2010 novel by famous Algerian writer, Yasmina Khadra. The saga spans from the 1930s to the present day, and tells the story of a young Algerian named Younes who is forced to live with his affluent uncle, a man who was estranged from his family for marrying a pied-noir. Younes struggles through a sprawling backdrop of the Algerian revolt between two worlds: European and Algerian.

“The day constitutes an ideal ‘pretext’, a wonderful transposition of the path I have walked with those traversed by each of the dancers in Algeria, … the day in my history and why not, without appearing too ambitious and even less pretentious, in history. It constitutes an ideal “pretext”, a marvelous transposition of my paths and those traversed by each of the dancers encountered in Algeria, as so many threads mingling and intertwining, so many links also unite us in a history and a geography, that of the great Mediterranean basin. ”

“To celebrate the lace in its refinement, its beauty while attaching itself to a work of memory. This project is at the crossroads of two preoccupations: my appetite for construction and the choreography and a deep need to bring me closer to my origins in the land of Algeria—links to be found, others to be renewed and still others to be built.”

Cie Hervé Koubi will perform What the Day Owes the Night at The Lincoln Center on January 27. Seats from $15 at

Translation by Alison Baumgartner

No Trash Talk Here, We’re Composting!

Looking around The Lincoln Center’s beautiful facility, you’ll notice we’ve implemented some subtle changes that are making a big impact on our community and our environment. These changes include slightly different cups served by our bars, the addition of new compost receptacles greeting you outside of our theatres and more specific instructions on how and where to dispose of your throwaway waste. Our latest initiatives will drive our facility and our City towards achieving Zero Waste, in alignment with the City of Fort Collins’ ongoing commitment to sustainability and waste reduction.

These changes are made possible by The Lincoln Center’s latest partnership with Colorado Compost, who will be helping us further our mission by carting away all of our compostable materials. We were first introduced to Colorado Compost when the company offered to provide their services for the City of Fort Collins Employee Holiday Party this past December. Composting for that event of over 1,000 people was a resounding success, and thus this cooperative partnership was born! It is now more important than ever that we dispose of trash items responsibly in their proper receptacles, and we need the help of our community to do it. Don’t worry, we’ll make it easy for you!

Over the past decade, The Lincoln Center has strategically converted all its service-ware to compostable products and has required all vendors follow the same guidelines. This significant modification means that when you grab your usual Shirley Temple from the bartender before your show, everything you have in your hand can be composted—from the skewered cherry at the bottom of the cup to the cup itself. And when you attend one of our Art Gallery Receptions in the lobby, the small plates you load with delicious appetizers can be composted right along-side any of the food waste. Whatever occasion you’re joining us for, remember to take a moment to evaluate what is compostable, recyclable, and trash. Examples of compostable materials include: food waste, napkins and paper towels, tea bags and certified compostable cups, plates and utensils like the ones you will find at The Lincoln Center bars. If you’re unsure which receptacle to use for a specific waste item, one of our dedicated volunteers or staff members will be happy to assist you.

Our commitment to sustainability mirrors that of the City of Fort Collins as a whole, and we are proud to further their mission with our waste-reducing initiatives. According to the 2019 Municipal Sustainability and Adaptation Plan produced by City leadership and the Sustainability Services Area of the City, “In 2013, Fort Collins City Council adopted community-wide goals to achieve 75% waste diversion by 2020, 90% by 2025 and to be zero waste by 2030.”  Objective 4.3.3 of this goal highlights a priority for City operations to reduce disposable waste, and more specifically, to responsibly manage waste originating from public spaces and public activities. This is where The Lincoln Center fits in. We are advancing this objective through our diligent waste diversion practices; including composting and recycling. As one of the first three venues of its type built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Standard, we strive for continuous improvement in these areas, and you will see more positive, earth-conscious changes around our facility as time goes on.

Next time you’re inside The Lincoln Center enjoying a theatre performance or attending an event in one of our ballrooms, remember to look out for the compost and recycling receptacles around the facility. Feel free to ask questions, offer suggestions, and share our practices with others. Sustainability is a community effort, and we sincerely appreciate your support of our mission.

Go Wild with National Geographic Live

The National Geographic Live Speaker Series returns to The Lincoln Center with three new adventurers that promise to take audiences deep into underwater caves, scaling steep mountain cliffs and into the heart of Africa’s  Gorongosa National Park. This “wildly” exciting series brings to the stage world-class National Geographic explorers, scientists and photographers who will share immersive, first-hand stories and iconic, visually stunning imagery. This three-show series kicks off in January so be sure you don’t miss your chance to go a little wild with these unforgettable speakers!

On January 20, experience Extreme Cave Diving with Dr. Kenny Broad, National Geographic’s 2011 Explorer of the Year. As an environmental anthropologist and accomplished cave explorer, Dr. Broad uses his research to solve problems of climate change and freshwater resource management. Through his incredible images and video of the “blue holes” of the Bahamas, Dr. Broad will reveal a potential treasure trove of scientific knowledge.

We invite you to come meet paraclimber, Maureen Beck, on February 17 as she presents Improbable Ascent. This 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year will chronicle her journey as one of the foremost leaders in the sport of paraclimbing. From learning how to rock climb one-handed, with innovations like taping a metal ladle to her arm, to tackling some of the hardest climbs ever done by a one-handed athlete, Beck relates how she remains in constant pursuit of new challenges.

We close this season’s journey into the wild with Nature Roars Back on March 31. In his six-part PBS/Nat Geo International series, Bob Poole, an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, documented the rebirth of a lost Eden: Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. This jewel of Africa’s parks system was almost destroyed by civil war. By joining forces with rangers and scientists (including Poole’s own sister, renowned elephant researcher Joyce Poole) for likely the biggest conservation project on the planet, Poole learned that the wild places we’ve broken can be put back together.  

Perhaps the best part of attending these events is knowing that a portion of the revenues goes directly to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. From the vivid stories and stunning imagery to protecting the wonder of our world, now you’ve got lots of reasons to come and go a little wild with us!

Nat Geo Live packages are still available starting at $66. Individual shows start at $15 and student tickets are available for $12.  You can find more information about the Nat Geo Live series here.