World Tour: Rachid Ouramdane’s TORDRE is coming to South Africa



TORDRE opens with the music from Funny Girl, William Wyler's American musical film. Two dancers come charging onto the stage. After an epic opening of determinedly false starts a series of impassioned solos follows, but nothing is quite what it seems. Solid sculptures start to move, gentle spinning becomes a dangerous compulsion, and calm is interrupted.

TORDRE is the story of two performers who have been closely involved with Rachid Ouramdane's work for a number of years. It is two performers's distinctive physicalities that finally unite through a series of raw and captivating self-portraits, threaded with emotion.

It is the story of the Lithuanian dancer Lora Juodkaite who, spinning dizzyingly on the spot, has developed her own way of moving which accompanies her since childhood. It is also the story of the British dancer Annie Hanauer, moving with an articulated prosthetic arm which is at the same time both an extension and an integral part of her body. Each in their own way, have developed a know-how known to them alone and come up with a way of working which has now become consubstantial.

French Rachid Ouramdane is co-director of CCN2-Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble. With this dual portrait, which was first performed in 2014, he is probing the delicate place where movement wavers between poetry and testimony. He sets out to achieve the documentary feel which has brought him an international popularity with a register of a modest disclosure and a patient and delicate staging of confidences. The atmosphere is all-encompassing and hypnotic, with a listening, contemplative quality...

In TORDRE, Rachid Ouramdane has perfected his subtle art of composition and placed the focus as only he knows how - somewhere between implacable strangeness and closeness. More generally, his work frequently blurs the lines between dance and documentary, between public performance and private contemplation – achieved here with a refreshing simplicity of means.


28 November 2017 | 7.30pm | Unmute ArtsAbility Festival

1st & 2nd December 2017 | 8pm | Market Theatre



Rachid Ouramdane has been creating art projects since 1995. He was an Associate Artist at the Theâtre de la Ville in Paris from 2010 to 2015 and at the Bonlieu Theatre in Annecy (France) from 2005 to 2015. He is regularly invited to work on many collaborations: with the Lyon Opera Ballet (Superstars, 2006; All around, 2014); for the dancers of the Russian company Migrazia during a residence in Siberia for the Intradance project (Russia) (Borscheviks... a true story..., 2010); and for the 20th birthday of Candoco Dance Company (UK) with disabled dancers (Looking back, 2011). Since Rachid Ouramdane founded L'A dance company, his work has been based on a meticulous collection of evidence, in collaboration with filmmakers or authors. So he employs the art of dance to contribute to social debates through choreographic pieces that develop a poetics of testimony. In his recent work, he has explored the principles of writing for a big group of dancers. Alongside his creative projects, Ouramdane is working to enhance learning and exchange through the management of international workshops for artistic research in France, Romania, Netherlands, Brazil, and the United States. Since the beginning of January 2016 Rachid Ouramdane directs the CCN2-Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble with Yoann Bourgeois.

Annie Hanauer is a dancer performer and teacher; she lives between the UK and France. Originally from United States, she is a graduate of Fine Arts in Dance University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. As member of Candoco Dance Company, Annie taught and played all over the world with pieces of Trisha Brown (Set and Reset / Reset), Marc Brew (Parallel Lines), Nigel Charnock (Still), Claire Cunningham (12), Emanuel Gat (In Translation), Thomas Hauert (Notturnino), Wendy Houstoun (Imperfect Storm), Sarah Michelson (The Hangman), Hofesh Shechter (Perfect Human), and at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing and the closing ceremony of Paralympic Games in London, as well as a solo recently written by Lea Anderson (Miniatures).
TORDRE is her third collaboration with Rachid Ouramdane after Looking Back and POLICES!

Lora Juodkaite is a choreographer and a dancer born in Lithuania. Since her childhood, she practiced movement gyration. This daily ritual allows her to develop a spinning out of the ordinary. Thereafter, she joined this singular practice within her own work as a choreographer. She trained in dance at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and experimental Dance Academy Salzburg, which she graduated in 2005. After some experience in film and theatre, she joined the dance company V. Jankauskas. She also creates many pieces in collaboration with musicians and especially for the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre. She works with Rachid Ouramdane on several projects since 2005 (Ordinary witnesses, Sfumato...) Apart from her choreographic work, she teaches at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, in Vilnius Kolegium for art and directs the Academic Dance Theatre of Vilnius.



Conception & choreography: Rachid Ouramdane

With: Annie Hanauer & Lora Juodkaite

Light design: Stéphane Graillot

Set design: Sylvain Giraudeau

Executive production: CCN2-Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble - Direction Yoann Bourgeois and Rachid Ouramdane

Coproduction: L'A./Rachid Ouramdane, Bonlieu – Scène nationale d'Annecy, la Bâtie – Festival de Genève dans le cadre du projet PACT bénéficiaire du FEDER avec le programme INTERREG IV A France-Suisse

With: the support of Musée de la danse, Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et Bretagne

Piece created with the support of: Ministère de la culture et de la communication/DRAC Île-de- France dans le cadre de l'aide à la compagnie conventionnée et de la Région Île-de-France au titre de la permanence artistique.

The CCN2 is supported by: the Drac Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes/Ministère de la culture et de la communication, by the Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, by the Département de l'Isère, by the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and supported by the Institut Français for international projects. 


TORDRE is brought to you in South Africa by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) 

and the CCN2 - Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble.





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