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Nag Doro

Leda

Espace Albert Camus, Bron

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Dance and Performance

Performance is at the heart of this Biennale edition. Learn more and discover the shows.

 

Things to see

 

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Hip hop, enriched by traditional and contemporary dance, here serves an environmental message in the form of a love song to the unspoilt African wilderness. Or how to dance against “leda”, the plastic bags that are literally suffocating the continent.

Banal and toxic. That is the “leda” at the heart of Rodrigue Ousmane’s piece. “They’re everywhere,” says the Chadian choreographer. In the streets, in the gutters, stuck in trees, suffocating everything, in the ocean and rivers, blocking the penetration of light.” “Leda” is the name given to the plastic bags that have littered the African continent since the 1980s. Focusing on this fairly recent phenomenon and their damage to nature, Rodrigue Ousmane created his first piece in 2010, featuring dizzying assemblages of the bags as trees, fabrics and rugs, combining hip hop moves with invocations of traditional dance and contemporary gestures. He enlists chants, apostrophes and dances to howl about a Chad unable to manage its natural resources and perhaps to envision a different Chad. He developed a taste for openness and blending different sources very early. As a child in N'Djamena, son of a musician and a dancer ofthe Chad National Ballet, he abandoned his studies in mathematics and threw himself into the world of dance. The name of his company says it all: Nagdoro, meaning “We can” in Chadian Arabic. And it set the stage for what was to come in the next 20 years. The original idea? A hip hop base enriched with national traditions coming from more than 130 ethnic groups. His encounter with Farid Berki and the Melting Spot company at the first hip hop festival in N'Djamena set things into motion. All the while teaching others about hip hop, he was himself learning about contemporary dance. Ousmane danced for Berki in Deng Deng (2008) and then created his own piece, Leda, cheered by Serge Aimé Koulibaly, Farid Berki and Kader Attou. This was followed by Cri Cra, “cra” meaning “just one” in the Mbaye dialect. Here, he explores the repercussions of the Arab Spring and how to dance the synchronisation of a mass cry for freedom. “Nagdoro” once again.

Espace Albert Camus, Bron

Dates et horaires

  • Fri 26 Sep14:30
  • Fri 26 Sep20:30
  • Sat 27 Sep18:00
  • Durée : 50 min environ

Tarifs

  • Plein tarif 16€
  • Tarif réduit 13€

Abonnement

  • CatégorieC

Solo 2010 — Run time 50 min

Chorégraphe et interprète : Rodrigue Ousmane

Musique : Malhik Berki et un montage de musique traditionnelle africaine (Dhafer Youssef) — Scénographie et costumes : Rodrigue Ousmane — Création lumières : Patrick Barbanneau et Stéphane L’Hereynat

Accueil : Espace Albert Camus, Bron - Biennale de la danse

Coproduction Cie Meltingspot / Centre Chorégraphique National de la Rochelle / Poitou Charente - Kader Attou / Cie Accrorap – Avec le soutien de La Compagnie hada mood love et l’Institut Français du Tchad 1er prix de chorégraphie au 16th International Solo-Danse-Theatre Festival de Stuttgart le 18 mars 2012

Photo et portrait © Lars f. Menzel

To be explored

 

Lecture

Performative dances: deframed French choreographies, 1990-2010.

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Wed 17, 4 pm - Free Entry

Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre is Laurent Goumarre’s special guest for a conversation that’s open to the public. 

Théâtre Les Ateliers
Sat 20, 2pm - Free entry

History

Performance: a history in commentary and images. This lecture, open to all, offers a journey through the history of performance with video excerpts enriched by commentaries. 

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Fri 19, 6pm - Free entry

Cinema

Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present by Matthew Akers. A retrospective of her work which will be the opportunity for Abramović to answer the  question she is constantly asked: how is this art?

Cinéma Le Comoedia
Sun 21, 11.15am – Single price: €4.80

DVD

An event around the DVD Anna Halprin, Danser sa vie,  just released in France. An invitation to discover the career of this wonderful dancer through a historical presentation, screenings, and an exploration of the body. 

Théâtre Les Ateliers
Sat 27, 5.30pm - Free entry

Frigo Group

Performance art was one of the forms of artistic action produced by the Frigo group in Lyon in the 1980s. The Biennale has invited the players in that adventure to comment on a screening of their major performances of the time. 

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Sat 13 at 2pm

To be experienced

 

Ambra Senatore

Asta, an auction
Performance: Ambra holds an auction of everyday acts. The winning bidder will have their purchase performed at their home by Ambra Senatore.

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Thu 18, 12.30-2.30pm

Free entry 

 

Les Thermes

France Distraction - Living installation

A swimming pool filled with 25,000 black balls. On each ball, inscriptions borrowed from the Stoics. All you need to do is dive in, for a perfectly
literal immersion in a “big bath of morality”. A philosophical yet highly entertaining experience.

Café Danse - Palais du commerce
Wed 10, 17 and 24 and Sat 13 and 27, 1-5pm

Free entry, unlimited experimentation (subject to space)

Sat 20 at 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
Experiment assisted by Julien Fournet and Alice Popieul.

Free entry, booking required at ticket office

Thu 18 and Fri 19
Assisted experimentation, for schools only (booking required)