Twisting as motif, and intimacy as engine.
In TORDRE, Rachid Ouramdane dives deep into the hearts of his performers and, with great delicacy, displays dance that is stripped bare.
Two women. It could be a duet, but in fact what we have on stage are two solitudes. Two extraordinary dancers, Lora Juodkaite (Des témoins ordinaires, Sfumato and Tenir le temps) and Annie Hanauer (Looking back, Polices ! and Tenir le temps), favourites of the co-director of the national choreography centre (CCN) in Grenoble. Their physicality and velocity fully occupy the scene.
In this piece, Rachid Ouramdane delves into what constitutes the dance of these performers. Though it starts with a ceremony heavily inspired by American musicals, with suggestive and codified postures, it quickly becomes clear that the subject lies elsewhere. He paints two juxtaposed portraits of exemplary sobriety. The set is stripped down to a fan upstage and two mobile bars creating lines. The costumes are also reduced to simple black outfits. The power of the dancers pours out from a full engagement with the purity of the dance, taken down to the bone, creating a strange sensation of suspension. Each of the dancers establishes a particular relationship with the movement. One spins in place, as she has done since childhood, in a type of daily ritual, coming from a compelling need, and that led her to develop a highly personal gyrating technique on demi-pointes, achieving incredible velocity. The other dancer has an articulated arm prosthesis that goes nearly unnoticed in the beginning because she has integrated it so completely. The lines she cuts in space are so fluid and clear that they create a personal geometry. This abstract dance takes on a kind of supernatural charm in combination with the recording of a live performance by Nina Simone.
TORDRE takes its strength from contrast and digs down into dance in search of absolute strangeness, that which cannot be expressed. Created in November 2014 for the reopening of the Bonlieu Scène Nationale in Annecy, this piece by Rachid Ouramdane is one of his finest, confirming his talent as an artist capable of seizing on the invisible and sharing it with the audience. This contemplative and hypnotic work questions the very essence of choreographic art: that point of tension that reverses a spectator’s perspective and his perception of movement.
[RUN TIME] 1HR
DUO CRÉATION 2014 - Conception et chorégraphie Rachid Ouramdane Avec Annie Hanauer, Lora Juodkaite Lumières Stéphane Graillot Décors Sylvain Giraudeau Production déléguée Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble – codirection Yoann Bourgeois et Rachid Ouramdane Coproduction L’A./Rachid Ouramdane, Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève dans le cadre du projet PACT bénéficiaire du FEDER avec le programme INTERREG IV A France- Suisse Avec le soutien de musée de la danse, Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et Bretagne Pièce créée avec le soutien du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/DRAC Île-de-France dans le cadre de l’aide à la compagnie conventionnée et de la Région Île-de-France au titre de la permanence artistique. Le Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble est financé par le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, la Ville de Grenoble, le Département de l’Isère, la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes et reçoit le soutien de l’Institut français pour les tournées internationales.