German premiere

L’ A. / Rachid Ouramdane (FR)

Ein Bild aus der Produktion "Sfumato"
© Jacques Hoepffner


“[…] There is a cloudburst and, on the soaked stage, a dancer ties his limbs in knots in his neck-breaking attempts to stay upright. And while a woman speaks of the tidal wave, a dancer leans backwards as if trying to avoid contact with her, turns a somersault, and dives and rolls in a dance of survival which is breathtaking just to watch. […] It is wonderful how Ouramdane reflects the human aspect of climate change scenarios and captures it in energy and really strong emotions.”
Deutschlandfunk, 2 September 2013    

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In dreamlike scenes, Rachid Ouramdane’s six performers appear as if from nowhere, whirling across the stage and slicing the air with their arms, only to disappear again – but not without trace. “Sfumato” brings the elements on to the stage, both their creative and their destructive force, and is a profound reflection on humankind’s relation to its environment, on exile and memory, and the ineradicable traces humans leave behind in their natural surroundings. Rachid Ouramdane, a French choreographer with Algerian roots, has always been concerned with investigating human traces and consistently seeks cultural positioning in his sensitively pitched works. Accompanied by live music and a text by Sonia Chiambretto, the dancers, trained in different dance styles, experience hope and despair, acceleration and deceleration, and so create a multi-faceted image of our world.

(approx. 70 Min.)


Watch a video clip from the production on vimeo


cast & credits

Conception, choreography: Rachid Ouramdane
Text: Sonia Chiambretto
Music: Jean-Baptiste Julien
Voice: Deborah Lennie-Bisson
Set: Sylvain Giraudeau
Lights: Stéphane Graillot
Sound Management: Franck Morel
Video: Jacques Hoepffner, Aldo Lee
Costumes: La Bourette
Creation assistant: Erell Melscoët
Performance: Jean-Baptiste André, Brice Bernier, Lora Juodkaite, Deborah Lennie-Bisson, Mille Lundt, Ruben Sanchez
Production: L'A.

Coproduction: Bonlieu, Scène nationale Annecy/ Théâtre de la Ville, Paris/ Biennale de la Danse, Lyon/ Kaaitheater, Brussels/ Le Quai, Angers/ Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours/ King's Fountain/ Théâtre national de Bretagne

With the help of: MC2 – Grenoble/ Musée de la danse - Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne/ Centre national de danse contemporaine, Angers
With the support of association Beaumarchais – SACD and of SPEDIDAM.
Thanks to: Handicap International, Mathilde Burille, Charlotte Giteau, Alice Kinh, Tidiani N'Diaye, Virginie Vaillant

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