Josef Nadj



Djino Alolo Sabin, Timothé Ballo, Abdel Kader Diop, Aipeur Foundou, Irié Bi Jean Ronsard, Jean-Paul Mehansio, Sawadogo Sombewendin Marius, Boukson Séré


Artistic collaboration

Ivan Fatjo



Rémi Nicolas


Technical direction

Sylvain Blocquaux



Les Nuits de Fourvière, Festival International de la Métropole de Lyon | Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg | Le Trident, Scène Nationale de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin | Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles | Le Grand Angle, Scène régionale du pays voironnais | Centre chorégraphique national de Tours / Thomas Lebrun (Accueil studio)  | MC 93-Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis | Théâtre des Quatre Saisons – Scène Conventionnée d’intérêt national «Art et Création»



Ministère de la Culture – Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de France | Région Ile-de-France | Angers – Centre National de Danse Contemporaine | CN D – Centre national de la danse | La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne | la Scène nationale d’Orléans |  Teatroskop (programme initiated by the French Institut, the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Europe and Foreign affairs)



Originally scheduled at Festival Les Nuits de Fourvière – Lyon, 25-27th june 2020. Postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

New premiere at Mess Festival – Sarajevo (BA) – 8th october 2020

“For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.”

Blaise Pascal, Thoughts



  Eye, look, sight, what is seen and even spectacle, « omma » in ancient Greek, says it all. Josef Nadj’s new performance, OMMA, delves into something essential: our ability to look at what happens under our eyes and see what lies deep within us.


With that in mind, the choreographer has followed his desire to go back to the essence of dance and to work in a simple way, by drawing his main focus on the movements, voices, breathings, rhythm and musicality of the piece.


Thus, in an empty space that is both infinite and indefinite, eight men dance together: it is a kind of humanity in itself. Each one carries his own universe and the combination of movements creates a cosmogony of which the aim is to explain the formation of the universe. “We have separated ourselves from an origin that won’t let go of us. We need to fail, get back to it and fail better” wrote Etienne Klein, quoting Samuel Beckett. This is the thread that the Hungarian choreographer has followed through his new work: to start living again, and again, to stay awake, to be present to the world.


By confronting his imaginary world to those of his dancers, he has built with them several short narratives, like various atoms constituent of a plural matter. They broach themes such as the encounter with the other, our relationship to nature, infinity, time, traces and destiny. Through dance, Josef Nadj tells us a global history of the genesis of our humanity. Quite simply.


Marylène Malbert

Available for touring 2021/2022



Upcoming dates* :


8 octobre 2020 – PREMIERE

Mess festival 

Sarajevo (BA)

*Initialy scheduled from the 25 to 27th june 2020 at Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival in Lyon


15>16 october 2020

Territory festival 

Moscow (RU)


12 november 2020

Théâtre des Salins

Martigues (FR)


19 november 2020

Le Trident – scène nationale 

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (FR)


21 november 2020

Interferences International Theater Festival

Cluj-Napoca (RO)


23 november 2020

Desire Central Station Festival

Subotica (SRB)


1 décember 2020

la Scène nationale d’Orléans

Orléans (FR)


8 décember 2020

Le Grand angle

Voiron (FR)


20>22 january 2021

Le Train théâtre / Comédie de Valence

Valence (FR)


28>31 january 2021

MC93 – Maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis

Bobigny (FR)


09>10 february 2021

Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg

Luxembourg (LU)


2 march 2021

Théâtre des Quatre saisons

Gradignan (FR)


4 march 2021

Espace Jéliote

Oloron-Sainte-Marie (FR)


20 march 2021

Théâtre du Passage

Neuchâtel (CH)


04 > 06 june 2021

Les Nuits de Fourvière – in complicity with the Biennale de la danse de Lyon

Lyon (FR)



* depending on the evolution of the sanitary situation