Murmuration [Création 2017]

Choreography: Rachid Ouramdane 
Music: Jean-Baptiste Julien

Murmuration © Arno Paul

Premiere on June 29th, 2017 at the Opéra national de Lorraine

Choreography : Rachid Ouramdane
Music: Jean-Baptiste Julien
Lights : Stéphane Graillot 
Costumes : La Bourette
Choreographer assistant: Agalie Vandamme
With the complicity of Maud Blandel
Production : CCN – Ballet de Lorraine

30 MINUTES 
20 DANCERS

Murmuration [Créations 2017]
Rachid Ouramdane

“The misleadingly sketched-in vocabulary I have been developing for several years for my work is based on an accumulation of choreographic themes knit together at very high speed, creating a kind of dancing which is hard to take in visually and which is therefore a metaphor for life itself. The dancing reveals the uniqueness of each person onstage and highlights how we each need to deal on a daily basis in order to find where we stand relative to others. This dance concentrate invents a heightened, tight environment in which the relationship between the individual and the group is constantly changing. Declaring one’s uniqueness and having the courage to own one’s differences seems to me to be essential in this time when we are scared by the Other, when he or she is unfairly stigmatized.

The crisis into which I place these bodies reveals the dancers’ ability to react on a stage where everything is constantly accelerating. We see a collective intelligence emerging from these protagonists, bringing solutions to ‘extreme’ situations or moments of chaos, when the collective only brings us saturation and blockages.

The spontaneity of the dancers’ movements toward each other creates a sort of concentrate of humanity in which we glimpse fleeting bits of choreographic themes. It is this material which I try to grasp to invent my dance, where a shape appears only to be erased and immediately replaced by another shape, so fast that you are not sure you actually saw it happen.

The musical work of Jean-Baptiste Julien reinforces this sensation of overflow and acceleration barrelling through the dancers, creating a world crisis. Once again I will be trying --- working through a heterogenous abundance of actions – to reflect what I believe to the logic of our social cohesion, our ability to copy with all these differences.”

- Rachid Ouramdane

Rachid Ouramdane 

After earning his degree at the CNDC in Angers in 1992, Rachid Ouramdane began his career as a choreographer and a performer, which brought him dancing with a number of ranking choreographers, among them Meg Stuart, Emmanuelle Huynh, Odile Duboc, Christian Rizzo, Hervé Robbe, Alain Buffard and Julie Nioche …
He created a number of works dealing with the structures of performance, performed worldwide. He has long emphasized the danced portrait. He cultivates an art of encounter, whose sensitive and entire experience requires the questioning of all prejudices. For a time his work involved the painstaking collection of personal testimony, led in collaboration with documentary filmmakers or authors, interspersing video segments to further explore the real of intimacy. Thus, he tries by the art of dance to contribute to debates of society through choreographic pieces that develop a poetic testimony. He builds his current choreographic vocabulary using the concept of accumulation for big ensembles, such as Tout autour for the 24 dancers of the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon or his creation Tenir le temps for 16 dancers which premiere was presented at the Festival Montpellier Danse on July, 2015.
He's being invitated in France and abroad: Superstars (2006) and Tout autour (2014), created for the Lyon Opera Ballet; Borscheviks … Une histoire vraie… (2010) for the dancers in the Russian company Migrazia; Looking back (2011) for the Candoco Dance Company (UK). In parallel to his creation projects, Rachid Ouramdane is developping a work of transmission and exchange in France and abroad. 
Rachid Ouramdane was an Associated Artist at Bonlieu – Scène nationale d’Annecy from 2005 to 2015 and at the Théâtre de la Ville- Paris from 2010 to 2015.
In January 1, 2016, Rachid Ouramdane became, with Yoann Bourgeois, co-directors of the CCN in Grenoble.

PRESS

« Ainsi Murmuration est-elle un archétype de belle pièce réussie pour un grand ensemble. » 
Danser Canal Historique, 30 juin 2017, Gérard Mayen, http://bit.ly/2vfEbAm

« Rachid Ouramdane jette ses danseurs dans un tourbillon complexe […] et propose par là une réflexion envoûtante sur l’intelligence collective» 
I/O  Gazette, 9 juillet 2017, Youssef Ghali, http://bit.ly/2uUfU3P

« Les dix huit danseurs, au bout de leurs forces, offrent un enchantement visuel […]. » 
Les danseurs semblent toujours en transhumance, telles des nuées d’oiseaux dans le ciel qui se relayent pour avancer sans que jamais aucun d’eux ne perdent ni le rythme, ni le cap, c’est prodigieux. » 

Inferno Magazine, 10 juillet 2017, Emmanuel Serafini, http://bit.ly/2sSuYxm.