Choregraphy

Josef Nadj

 

Performers

Djino Alolo Sabin, Timothé Ballo, Abdel Kader Diop, Aïpeur Foundou, Bi Jean Ronsard Irié,

Jean-Paul Mehansio, Marius Sawadogo, Boukson Séré

 

Artistic collaboration

Ivan Fatjo

 

Lights

Rémi Nicolas

 

Soundtrack

Tatsu Aoki & Malachi Favors Maghostut, Peter Brötzmann & Han Bennink, Eureka Brass Band, Jigsaw, Lucas Niggli, Peter Vogel

 

Technical direction

Sylvain Blocquaux

 

Sound engineer

Shoï or Ivan Fatjo

 

Coproductions

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 | MC 93-Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis | La Comédie de Valence, Centre dramatique national Drôme-Ardèche | Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles | Le Grand Angle, Scène régionale du pays voironnais | Les Salins, Scène nationale de Martigues | Centre chorégraphique national de Tours / Thomas Lebrun (Accueil studio)  | Théâtre des Quatre Saisons – Scène Conventionnée d’intérêt national «Art et Création»

 

Supports

Ministère de la Culture – Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de France | Région Ile-de-France | l’Institut Français et le programme Teatroskop (programme initiated by the French Institut, the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Europe and Foreign affairs) | 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

 

Creation

The premiere of OMMA was originally scheduled at Festival Les Nuits de Fourvière – Lyon, 25-27th june 2020  and canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. OMMA eventually premiered on the 9th and 10th february 2021 in the Grand Théâtre – Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

There are eight of them, in jackets and black trousers, a nod to Josef Nadj’s timeless silhouette. In lending them his costume, he commits each dancer not to walk in his footsteps, but to reveal his own singularity. Above all, OMMA is a story of sharing and passing on.

 

In this new work, the Hungarian choreographer has put together a group of eight dancers hailing from Mali, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The piece is steeped in as many influences, movements, cultures and stories. Together, they form one single body – black, or fekete, as they proclaim… in Hungarian. A plural body in which each affirms his own language, identity, his own dance : a captivating feedback loop between group and individual that leads us, inevitably, to the human being as universal.

 

A true ensemble took shape during a creative process full of trust, sharing and respect, so much so that the audience cannot ignore each performer’s pleasure and generosity or the harmony emanating from the collective. OMMA’s strength lies in the involvement of the group and the truthfulness of the piece they created together. For Josef Nadj, it was necessary to focus on bodies and movement, keeping only what is essential. This principle of simplicity extends both to the stage itself, kept deliberately bare, and to the sound design- a world of breaths, voices, silences and heady jazz rhythms. Onstage, bodies, light, and sound are enough, without artifice.

 

Can the piece be called organic? OMMA undoubtedly hails back to the roots of dance, with movement as its essence and the universe as its horizon. In other words, OMMA is a choreographic origin quest, seeking to demonstrate Josef Nadj’s hypothesis: dance was born alongside humanity. And if so, does going back to the source of dance and movement not equate to going back to the origin of the universe? It is with this in mind that the choreographer shapes the raw materials provided by his dancers and constructs with them and their bodies a dance that is shared, plural, and resolutely universal.

 

Josef Nadj has embarked his artists on a voyage to the roots of dance that might reveal the equilibrium of our universe. Echoing the circle of life, this new choreographic piece looks into something essential: our ability to look at what’s in front of us so we can better see what lies deep within us, in a common destiny. Hence, OMMA’s ancient Greek meaning shines new light: ‘eye’ but also ‘what is seen or looked at’. There lies an invitation to keep our senses awake so we can better capture this dance, dedicated to the genesis of humanity.

 

 

Marylène Malbert

20 > 24, 26, 30, 31 october 2021

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

Bobigny (FR)

 

27 october 2021

Charleroi Danse Biennale

Charleroi (BE)

 

9 november 2021

Le Trident – scène nationale de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (FR)

 

19 november 2021

Desire Central Station Festival

Subotica (SRB)

 

21 november 2021

Pannon Várszínház

Veszprém (HU)

 

2 décembre 2021

Les Salins – scène nationale de Martigues

Martigues (FR)

 

5 décembre 2021

Flow Festival

St Gheorghe (RO)

 

14 décembre 2021

Le Grand angle

Voiron (FR)

 

21 janvier 2022

Théâtre Romain Rolland

Villejuif (FR)

 

2 mars 2022

Théâtre des quatre saisons

Gradignan (FR)

 

4 mars 2022

Espace Jéliote

Oloron-sainte-Marie (FR)

 

22 > 23 mars 2022

La Comédie de Valence

Valence (FR)

 

6 > 7 avril 2022

Théâtre de Lorient

Lorient (FR)

 

12 mai 2022

Le Grrranit

Belfort (FR)

 

19 mai 2022

Théâtre du Passage

Neuchâtel (CH)

 

 

Season 2022/2023 under construction

 

 

 

Past performances :

 

25 > 27 june 2020 – CREATION – cancelled

Les Nuits de Fourviere

Lyon (FR)

 

28 june 2020 – cancelled

Napoli Teatro Festival

Naples (IT)

 

8 octobre 2020 – cancelled

Mess festival 

Sarajevo (BA)

 

15>16 october 2020 – cancelled

Territory festival 

Moscow (RU)

 

12 november 2020 – cancelled

Théâtre des Salins

Martigues (FR)

 

19 november 2020 – cancelled

Le Trident – scène nationale 

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (FR)

 

21 november 2020 – cancelled

Interferences International Theater Festival

Cluj-Napoca (RO)

 

23 november 2020 – cancelled

Desire Central Station Festival

Subotica (SRB)

 

1 décember 2020 – cancelled

la Scène nationale d’Orléans

Orléans (FR)

 

8 décember 2020 – cancelled

Le Grand angle

Voiron (FR)

 

20 > 22 january 2021 – cancelled

Le Train théâtre / Comédie de Valence

Valence (FR)

 

28 > 31 january 2021 – cancelled

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

Bobigny (FR)

 

09 > 10 february 2021 – PREMIERE ! 

Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg

Luxembourg (LU)

 

2 march 2021 – cancelled

Théâtre des Quatre saisons

Gradignan (FR)

 

4 march 2021 – cancelled

Espace Jéliote

Oloron-Sainte-Marie (FR)

 

20 march 2021 – cancelled

Théâtre du Passage

Neuchâtel (CH)

 

09> 10 june 2021

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

Lyon (FR)

 

09> 11 july 2021

Festival de Almada

Almada (PT)

 

17 july 2021

la Scène nationale d’Orléans

Orléans (FR)

 

29 > 30 july 2021

Biennale di Venezia

Venice (IT)

 

23 > 24 august 2021

FITS – Sibiu International Theater Festival

Sibiu (RO)

 

12 september 2021

FIAT – Festival of international alternative theater

Podgorica (ME)

 

15 > 16  september 2021

Eleusis 2023 european capital of culture & aeschylia festival

Elevsis (GR)

 

2 october 2021

Mess Festival

Sarajevo (BA)

 

 

 

* cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.