A photography & performance project

 

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Conception & performance

Josef Nadj

 

Lights

Rémi Nicolas

 

Set construction & technical manager

Sylvain Blocquaux

 

Music

Peter Vogel, Schubert performed by Emmanuelle Tat

 

 

 

EXHIBITION

 

Photographs & video

Josef Nadj

 

Artistic collaboration photographs & video

Szabolcs Dudás

 

Lights & scenography design

Rémi Nicolas

 

Framing

Jean-Pierre Haie | Atelier Demi-Teinte

 

Technical direction

Sylvain Blocquaux

 

 

Coproduction

Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018, Centre Chorégraphique National – Orléans, La Filature Scène nationale – Mulhouse, Le CENTQUATRE – Paris

 

Supports

Ministère de la Culture – Direction générale de la création artistique – Délégation à la danse, Région Île-de-France, La Villette – Paris, Résidence Sainte-Cécile – Orléans, CENTQUATRE-Paris, residencies program of Ville de Paris / Récollets

 

Creation

Biennale de la Danse de Lyon – Musée des Beaux-Arts, 22 septembre 2018

Mnémosyne

A photography & performance project

 

Mnémosyne to express the memory of a world: the world of the choreographer and visual artist Josef Nadj. Thirty years after the creation of his first performance, he produces a global piece, both photographic project and theatrical performance. All along his journey, since he was a student at the school of Fine Arts of Budapest, the artist has taken pictures. Reclaiming a practice developed alongside his main work, Josef Nadj digs into his own memory to widen once again his creative horizon. Artistic turning point or return to the roots? For Mnémosyne, he has conceived a large photographic exhibition and a black box in which he stages himself – acting, dancing, performing – in a close distance with his audience.

Imagine a narrow space, closed and dark, a camera obscura in the waiting. The visitor becomes a spectator, or even an observer. In the intimacy of this cabinet where a few curiosities come to life, Josef Nadj gives us a short performance of a rare density: every movement, every action, every second is an echo of his personal and artistic journey, magnified by a clean sketch in the vein of Beckett.

Then comes the thought that the title Mnémosyne sounds a little bit like Las Meninas, Velasquez’ masterpiece. Like the famous painting, Mnémosyne contains a multiplicity of looks that keep enhancing and enriching each other.

 

Around the black box where the performance takes place, Josef Nadj has imagined a diverse photographic exhibition. Each one of the pictures displayed around the box tells a story, to be viewed as individual shows hung in space. Each image contains a unique memory, known only to the artist -there are found objects kept because of their suggestive power, pieces of art that keep inspiring him and all kinds of souvenirs. Along with the brevity of the performance, these images evoke a relation to time that spans through many years, from the search for forms to the composition of the images, from the choice of the technique to the actual moment the shot was taken.

 

Personal and surreptitious tribute to The Atlas – German art historian Aby Warburg’s unfinished project – Mnémosyne is all in all a total piece of art – installation, performance, and exhibition at the same time. Each spectator retains one final image, an impression that questions our vision and our memory: what did we see?

 

Marylène Malbert, interview with Josef Nadj

Available for touring.

 

 

Upcoming performances:

 

14 – 16 november 2019

FLOW FESTIVAL

Sfantu Gheorge (RO)

 

23 – 30 november 2019

DESIRE CENTRAL STATION FESTIVAL

Subotica (SRB)

 

History:

 

30 july – 03 august 2019

Paris L’été Festival

Paris (FR)

 

19 – 23 july 2019

Kalamata Dance Festival

Kalamata (GR)

 

26 april – 10 may 2019

La Filature / Galerie d’Exposition

Mulhouse (FR)

 

16-21 april 2019

Le CENTQUATRE

Paris (FR)

 

27 march – 6 april 2019

Charleroi Danse / La Raffinerie

Bruxelles (BE)

 

25 february – 16 march 2019

LE QUARTZ – SCENE NATIONALE DE BREST / FESTIVAL DANSFABRIK

Brest (FR)

 

30 january – 9 february 2019

Le Trident / Le Point du Jour

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (FR)

 

5-25 january 2019

Teatro Nacional São João

Porto (PT)

 

22-27 september 2018 (creation)

Biennale de la danse de Lyon

Lyon (FR)