L’A. / Rachid Ouramdane (FR)
“[…] It is a very personal story that Ouramdane [...] tells here, just as it is a piece specifically for these two dancers […]. It is kind of hypnotic watching Juodkaite spinning around constantly; sooner or later one can’t help but think of the dance of the dervishes. […] The strengths of this dancer [Annie Hanauer] who comes from the USA and lives in Europe, lie elsewhere: namely, in the ability to respond to the slightest nuances. Her interpretation of Nina Simone’s live version of the song ‘Feelings’ […] is so brilliant primarily because of her sensitive reaction to Simone’s extemporising with which she repeatedly interrupts the song. […]”
Cellesche Zeitung, 11 September 2015
Rachid Ouramdane, a French choreographer with Algerian roots, has dedicated this work to two extraordinary dancers, Annie Hanauer and Lora Juodkaite. The latter appeared in Ouramdane’s production “Sfumato” at the festival in 2013, impressing audiences with her highly virtuous spins. Annie Hanauer has had a prosthetic arm since childhood, with which she has evolved her very own style of movement. But what is the enigmatic source of their strength? And what does dance reveal about the dancer? While Rachid Ouramdane has previously arrived at dance by exploring universal questions, here he takes it as his point of departure. In “Tordre”, (meaning to twist, or turn received wisdom on its head) he paints a sensitive dual portrait of the two charismatic dancers. In a pared-down set, separating the two women within one space, Ouramdane spotlights their strengths and personal trajectories. It is a declaration of love for dance and those who live it.
(approx. 60 Min.)
cast & credits
Conception/ choreography: Rachid Ouramdane
Performers: Annie Hanauer, Lora Juodkaite
Light Design : Stéphane Graillot
Set Design: Sylvain Giraudeau
L’A. is supported by: DRAC Île-de-France/ Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/ Region Île-de-France
Rachid Ouramdane is associated to Théâtre de la Ville, Paris and Bonlieu, Scène nationale Annecy.
Co-production : Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy and La Bâtie - Festival de Genève dans le cadre du projet PACT bénéficiaire du FEDER with the programme INTERREG IV A France-Suisse
With the support of: Musée de la Danse - Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne
This event was made possible with support of the Institut français and the French Ministry for Culture and Communication/ DGCA.