Choregraphy & scenography

Josef Nadj



Josef Nadj et Cécile Loyer


Musical composition 

Joëlle Léandre (doublebass)

Akosh Szelevényi (saxophonist and poly-instrumentist)



Rémi Nicolas



Jacqueline Bosson



Aleksandra Pesic, Françoise Yapo



Julien Fleureau



Régional Creative Atelier Jozef Nadj, Kanjiza



Jugokoncert-Beograd, Pecs 2010 ECC, Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans, Théâtre de la Bastille – Paris



Conseil Régional d’île-de-France



Kanjiza (Serbie), 11st september 2008



55 min

A ‘quartet’ for two dancer-choreographers and two musician-improvisers, Sho-bo-gen-zo opens with the apparition of a Samurai in armour and an onnagata curiously interpreted by a woman1 – in other words, an almost excessive image of a bygone Japan… which in fact has little relationship with any Japanese reality. Here it is a question of a dreamed Japan, an elsewhere, a faraway land whose extreme strangeness will be precisely the means to return to our present, here and now. In itself, the piece’s title – which in Japanese means ‘The True Law, Treasure of the Eye’ – already orients us in the direction of this ‘elsewhere’, by assuming the name of Master Dogan’s major work, Shobogenzo, which founded the Soto school of Zen in thirteenth century Japan. Struck by the contemporary relevance and depth of Dogan’s teachings, Josef Nadj has focused his attention on Dogan’s life and works, in particular on his quite singular conception of Time and of presence. This exploration of time, the subject of several texts in Shobogenzo, crosses the entire work and expresses itself in metaphors of profound poetic power.


With Cécile Loyer, Joëlle Léandre and Akosh Szelevényi, Nadj has found his inspiration there, creating ‘his own’ Sho-bo-gen-zo – a meditative work, structured into tableaux that are as many variations on the question of Time.


Myriam Bloedé, translated into English by David Vaughn

History :


30 novembre 2013

Festival Neuf 9 Salle Allegora

Auterive (FR)


12 novembre 2013

Biennale de danse en Lorraine, Théâtre Gerard Philippe Scène conventionné

Frouard (FR)


8 novembre 2013

Biennale de danse en Lorraine, La Merideienne Scène conventionnée

Lunéville (FR)


5 novembre 2013

Biennale de danse en Lorraine, Le Carreau Scène nationale de Forbach

Forbach (FR)


19-21 juin 2013

Festival international de théâtre A. Tchekhov

Moscou (RU)


9 décembre 2011

Théâtre de Cahors

Cahors (FR)


9-10 novembre 2011

Festival EuroScene

Leipzig (DE)


14 avril 2011

Théâtre Sept Collines

Tulles (FR)


17 mars 2011

Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (FR)


1-4 janvier 2011

Pôle Sud

Strasbourg (FR)


16-18 mars 2010

Pôle Sud, Scène Nationale d’Orléans

Orléans (FR)


18-28 janvier 2010

Théâtre de la Bastille

Paris (FR)


11 septembre 2008

Regional Creative Atelier

Kanjiza (SE)