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Rachid Ouramdane

Wondrous and poetic, TORDRE fascinates as it stirs the soul. A plunge into the depths of intimacy, an ode to difference and human fragility. A haunted, hypnotic dance.


Dizzying and irresistible, TORDRE is a work that grabs spectators in order to transform them. A masterful composition about fragility and difference, this piece by French choreographer Rachid Ouramdane touches the soul with grace and finesse. A magical spell that combines modesty and melancholy in a tribute to the uniqueness of the female dancers.

With an incandescent presence, the dancers Lora Juodkaite and Annie Hanauer fill time and space with a sweet obstinacy, the better to puncture appearances. One turns in a spinning rotation, a fascinating comet trapped in a bedevilled merry-go-round, then a shooting star saved by that very whirling and twirling. The other transcends the space with sweeping movements and contortions, neutralizing the spectator with her tactile, skittish gestures. Deftly playing with presence and absence, Ouramdane makes use of the dancers’ experience and unusual life histories, turning our prejudices head over heel. A hypnotic double portrait, profound and bewitching, TORDRE is a declaration of love for dance.


Produced by CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble initially produced by L’A. / Rachid Ouramdane
Concept and choreography Rachid Ouramdane
Performed by Annie Hanauer + Lora Juodkaite
Lighting design Stéphane Graillot
Decor Sylvain Giraudeau

Co-produced by Bonlieu – Scène nationale d’Annecy + La Bâtie – Festival de Genève
Avec le soutien du Musée de la danse – Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et Bretagne

Presented with the support of Institut Français + Service de coopération et d’action culturelle du Consulat général de France à Québec

Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch

Premiered at Bonlieu scène nationale d’Annecy, on November 5, 2014


Rachid Ouramdane (Grenoble)
CCN2 - Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble

Renowned for his documentary dances about the history of colonization, exclusion, war, torture and climate-change refugees, the French choreographer Rachid Ouramdane has developed a poetics of testimony over the past two decades.

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