On 15 September Erarta Stage will host the new dance performance by the Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble in the choreography of Rachid Ouramdane: a diptych of two intimate and modest portraits in which the invisible emerge from the surface of the move.
There’s the show itself and then there’s what goes on behind the scenes. There’s the light from the spots and the half-light all around it. Side A and side B. There are the movements, not just those that a dancer performs but also all those underlying the performance. Tordre opens rather mischievously with the music from Funny Girl, William Wyler’s American musical film. Two dancers come charging onto the stage and, as they do so, we smile at the sweeping body beautiful archetypes which lay behind so many of Broadway’s fantasies. This sets up the titular twist as we embark upon another, more intimate and more fragile, body story. This is the story of two performers who have been closely involved with Rachid Ouramdane’s work for a number of years (the first of them danced in Des Témoins Ordinaires, Sfumato and Tenir le Temps, the second in Looking Back, Sfumato and Tenir le Temps). It is the story of the Lithuanian dancer Lora Juodkaite who, spinning dizzyingly on the spot, has developed her own way of moving which has supported and comforted her ever since she was a child. It is also the story of the British dancer Annie Hanauer, moving with an articulated prosthetic arm which is at the same time both an extension and an integral part of her body. Each of them, in her own way, has developed a know-how known to them alone and come up with a way of working which has now become consubstantial.
With this dual portrait, which was first performed in 2014, Rachid Ouramdane is probing the delicate place where movement wavers between poetry and therapy. Having been a portrait artist in Superstars and Cover, the author of his own autobiography in Loin…, an investigator in Des Témoins Ordinaires, here he sets out to achieve the documentary feel which has brought him international popularity, with a hushed narrative, self-conscious revelation and the patient, delicate staging of confidences. The atmosphere is all-encompassing and hypnotic, with a listening, contemplative quality… In Tordre, Rachid Ouramdane has perfected his subtle art of composition and placed the focus as only he knows how — somewhere between implacable strangeness and closeness.
Rachid Ouramdane is making arts project since 1995. He is Associate artist to the Theâtre de la ville in Paris and to the Bonlieu theater in Annecy.
He is regularly invited to many collaborations: with the Lyon Opera Ballet (Superstars — 2006, All around — 2014); for the dancers of the russian company Migrazia during a residence in Siberia for the Intradance project (Russia) («Borscheviks... a true story...» — 2010); and for the 20 years birthday of Candoco Dance Company (UK) with disabled dancers (Looking back — 2011).
Since Rachid Ouramdane founded L’A. dance company, his work is based on a meticulous collection of evidences, in collaboration with filmmakers or authors. So he tries the art of dance to contribute to social debates through choreographic pieces that develop a poetics of testimony. Since his last pieces he wants to explore principles of writing for a big group of dancers.
Alongside his creative projects, Ouramdane is working to enhance the transmission and ex-change through the management of international workshops for artistic research in France, Romania, Netherlands, Brazil, United States...
Yoann Bourgeois and Rachid Ouramdane codirect the Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble from the 1st January 2016.
Lora Juodkaite is a choreographer and a dancer born in Lithuania. Since her childhood, she practiced movement gyration. This daily ritual allows her to develop a spinning out of the ordinary. Thereafter, she joined this singular practice within her own work choreographer.
She trained in dance at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and experimental Dance Academy Salzburg, which she graduated in 2005. After some experience in film and theater, she is back to Vilnius to join the dance company V. Jankauskas. She also creates many pieces in collaboration with musicians and especially for Lithuanian National Drama Theater.
She works with Rachid Ouramdane on several projects since 2005 (Ordinary witnesses, Sfumato...)
Apart her choreographic work, she teaches at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, in Vilnius Kolegium for art and directs the Academic Dance Theatre of Vilnius.
Annie Hanauer is a dancer performer and teacher; she lives between the UK and France. originally from United States. She is a graduate of Fine Arts in Dance University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. As member of Candoco Dance Company, Annie taught and played all over the world with pieces of Trisha Brown (Set and Reset / Reset), Marc Brew (Parallel Lines), Nigel Charnock (Still), Claire Cunningham (12), Emanuel Gat (In Translation), Thomas Hauert (Notturnino), Wendy Houstoun (Imperfect Storm), Sarah Michelson (The Hangman), Hofesh Shechter (Perfect Human), and at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing and the closing ceremony of Paralympic Games in London, as well as a solo is recently written by Lea Anderson (Miniatures). TORDRE is her third collaboration with Rachid Ouramdane after Looking Back and POLICES!
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