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Friday 19 November
19:00
Friday 19 November
22:00

Atelier 3+1 (Paris)

A choreographic piece by: Josef Nadj

OMMA

Pozorište 'Kosztolányi Dezső'
  • OBSCENE DAYS OF JOHNNY LONG JOHNSON
    Saturday 20 November
    20:00
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    OBSCENE DAYS OF JOHNNY LONG JOHNSON

    Pozorište 'Kosztolányi Dezső'
  • ŠIROM
    Monday 22 November
    20:00
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    ŠIROM / Ana Kravanja – Samo Kutin – Iztok Koren

    Pozorište 'Kosztolányi Dezső'
  • Raphaël Cottin’s Laban workshop
    Tuesday 23 November
    16:00
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    Raphaël Cottin’s Laban workshop / Desiré Academy

    Savremena galerija Subotica
  • SOUNDTRACK FOR A FILM THAT HAS NEVER BEEN MADE
    Tuesday 23 November
    20:00
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    SOUNDTRACK FOR A FILM THAT HAS NEVER BEEN MADE / Kralj Čačka & Nina Bajsić

    Pozorište 'Kosztolányi Dezső'
  • Conversation with Pavlica Bajsić
    Tuesday 23 November
    21:30
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    Conversation with Pavlica Bajsić / Desiré Academy

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OMMA

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

With | Djino Alolo Sabin, Timothé Ballo, Abdel Kader Diop, Aipeur Foundou, Bi Jean Ronsard Irié, Jean-Paul Mehansio, Boukson Séré, Marius Sawadogo

Artistic collaboration | Ivan Fatjo

Light Design | Rémi Nicolas

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

Technical manager | Sylvain Blocquaux

Sound engineer | Ivan Fatjo 

Production & Touring | Bureau PLATÔ - Séverine Péan, Emilia Petrakis, Mathilde Blatgé

Coproduction | 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 / 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»

With the support of | Ministère de la Culture – Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de France | Région Ile-de-France | Teatroskop, a program initiated by French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, French Ministry of Culture, and Institut français à Paris.| 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

For those over 14 years of age.

Photos: Sophie Carles & Severine Charrier

Duration: 00:55

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