Two of Ouramdane’s longtime collaborators, Lora Juodkaite and Annie Hanauer, perform lonely solos in a haunting duet. Intensely physical performances of hypnotic, whirling gestures foreground the specificity of each woman’s body as she paints a raw, captivating self-portrait. Compelling in its repetition, Ouramdane’s choreography pushes the performers to find the gesture that makes them who they are.
“All my works testify to a capacity in each of us to overcome difficulties, to fight against what imprisons us, to transform reality rather than suffer from it.” Rachid Ouramdane
Rachid Ouramdane has been creating works of choreography since 1995. He has collaborated with the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Russian dance company Migrazia and with Candoco Dance Company. Ouramdane founded L’A. dance company in 2007. His body of work is inspired by his studies of diverse subject matter and is often developed in collaboration with filmmakers or authors. Ouramdane strives to create art that contributes to ongoing social debates and evokes the poetics of testimony. Since 2016, Ouramdane is co-director of CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble.
The performance is presented in collaboration with Dansens Hus. Supported by Institut francais de Norvège.
Conception and choreography Rachid Ouramdane, with Annie Hanauer & Lora Juodkaite
Light design Stéphane Graillot
Set design Sylvain Giraudeau
Executive production CCN2-Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble - Direction Yoann Bourgeois and Rachid Ouramdane
Coproduction L’A./Rachid Ouramdane, Bonlieu – Scène nationale d’Annecy, la Bâtie – Festival de Genève
Supported by Musée de la danse, Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et Bretagne
The Ascension, Glenn Branca, album the Ascension (1981), Label Reg Bloor
Laika's journey, Max Richter, album Memory House (2012), LabelFat Cat Records
Feelings, Nina Simone, album Live in Montreux (1976), composition Loulou Gasté, Label Eagle Records
Ouverture, BO du film Funny girl (1968), compositeur Jule Styne, Label CBS Records