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Rachid Ouramdane — L’A (Paris)

April 24 - 26, 2014


April 25th and 26th, 2014 at 8 pm
Additional performance on April 24th at 8pm

Far… Rachid Ouramdane investigates his father’s military carnet; his father, who was tortured by the French army during the occupation of Algeria but who was also a conscript for that very same army during the occupation of Indochina. For this autobiographical solo, the choreographer uses his father’s writings and reportage to connect history to his personal story.

A provocative and stirring work, Far… (2008), sucks us into the gulf of post-traumatic stress disorder, and gives voice to lives affected by foreign invasions and colonization. The faces of people victimized by war appear on screen, their words revealing their confusion and desolation. To the sounds of a heavy metal guitar, *Ouramdane*’s frenetic convulsions pass up, down and across his body, his hands fluttering like agitated moths, turning in circles as if embodying their experiences.

Multimedia artist Rachid Ouramdane is a graduate of the prestigious Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers. In 2007, he founded his own troupe, L’A, which seeks to blur the boundaries between dance and documentary. An admirer of the Beat poets and, in particular William Burroughs, he has created several commissioned works including Superstars (2006) for the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, and Looking Back (2011) for the Candoco Dance Company in Britain, which includes dancers living with disabilities.

« (…) Mr. Ouramdane’s physical performance, its most exceptional sequences. Watching them, we seem to pass from ego to id, from conscious into unconscious, and they seem to embody changing states of post-traumatic feeling. » – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Quebec premiere


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