Conception, choreography: Rachid Ouramdane
Performers: Annie Hanauer & Lora Juodkaite
Lights: Stéphane Graillot
Set design: Sylvain Giraudeau
Stage technician: Laurent Lechenault
Sound technician: Antoine Strippoli
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
Duration: 60 min.
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 subsidised by the Drac Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes/Ministère de la culture et de la communication, by Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, by the Département de l’Isère, by the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and supported by the Institut français for international projects.
It is the second time when Rachid Ouramdane is invited to Lithuania. In 2014, International dance festival AURA 24 presented his piece “Sfumato” where Lora Juodkaite also performed.
TORDRE opens rather mischievously with the music from “Funny Girl”, William Wyler’s American musical film. Two dancers come charging onto the stage and, as they do so, we smile at the sweeping body beautiful archetypes which lay behind so many of Broadway’s fantasies.
This sets up the titular twist as we embark upon another, more intimate and more fragile, body story. This is the story of two performers who have been closely involved with Rachid Ouramdane’s work. According to him, they both have something specific that they transformed for art and therefore became artists. They gave another direction to their life by using their singularity.
It is the story of the Lithuanian dancer Lora Juodkaite who, spinning dizzyingly on the spot, has developed her own way of moving which has accompanied her ever since she was a child. It is also the story of the American 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 of them, in her own way, has developed a know-how known to them alone and come up with a way of working which has now become consubstantial.
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. (Eve Beauvallet)
Rachid Ouramdane has been creating art projects since 1995. He has been an Associate Artist at the Theâtre de la ville in Paris from 2010 to 2015 and at the Bonlieu from 2005 to 2015 Theater in Annecy, France.
He is regularly invited to work on many collaborations: with the Lyon Opera Ballet; for the dancers of the Russian company Migrazia during a residence in Siberia for the Intradance project (Russia); and for the 20th birthday of Candoco Dance Company (UK) with disabled dancers (Looking back, 2011). He employs the art of dance to contribute to social debates through choreographic pieces that develop a poetics of testimony.
Since beginning January 2016 Rachid Ouramdane co-direct 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. As member of Candoco Dance Company, Annie taught and played all over the world with pieces of Trisha Brown, Marc Brew, Nigel Charnock, Claire Cunningham, Emanuel Gat, Thomas Hauert, Wendy Houstoun, Sarah Michelson, Hofesh Shechter, and at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing and the closing ceremony of Paralympic Games in London.
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 choreographer. After L. Juodkaite graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts (BA in scenography), she studied dance in Experimental Dance Academy of Salzburg (SEAD, Austria). L. Juodkaite was teaching dance in Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilniaus kolegija, Klaipeda University, established her own dance theatre. She is collaborating with musicians, leading dance seminars, has been working with Rachid Ouramdane since 2005.