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D'Eux Sens

Piece dedicated to my father-in-law, Salim AiT Benalla (April 1949 - March 2008)

" While immersing myself in the poetry of Omar Khayyâm – a great Persian poet, philosopher and mathematician of the 11th century, I've been immediately seduced and inspired by the deepness and the humility of his discourse about the meaning of life and by his way of lauding the "joyousness of God".

Khayyâm, with his Rubaiyat (quatrain in Persian), described himself as an infidel but a worshipper , and was critical towards the Muslim religious people. This is what interrogated me with questions, being myself a Muslim.

In this duo, I'm inspired by some of his quatrains, which raises questions on the passage of time, the fleeting pleasures of life and the immicence of death. Through spiral movements, between sky and earth, in a fluid dance thwarted by breathing, it seemed evident to me to talk about love in couple, burning desire, love of the one another another until self-loss and loss of the other. The dancers transcend this duo, exhilarated by the musical fusion of Sufi tradition and occidental electronic music. An original soundtrack by Eric Aldea and Ivan Chiossone mingles with iranian santûr and with the a cappella version of Omar Khayyâm's quatrains by the Afghan singer Massoud Raonaq. Finally, the dan cer NawalAit Benalla Lagraa and myself are conversing and exploring "from the inside", to let our own truth reverberate in each of us."


Source : Abou Lagraa


En savoir plus : www.aboulagraa.fr

Lagraa, Abou

Born in Annonay, Abou Lagraa began dancing at the age of 16 before entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, Lyon. He began his career as a dancer at the S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre, Frankfurt with Rui Horta and became his assistant on a project at the Calouste Gulbenkian Centre, Lisbon. He was soon noticed and went on to work with Robert Poole, Denis Plassard and Lionel Hoche. His qualities as a performer have been rewarded twice:  in 1998 by the 2nd Prize for performance at the Paris International Dance Competition, then in 2009 by the prize for Best Male Dancer, awarded by the International Movimentos Dance Prize. In 1997 he founded his own company, La Baraka.


Once again, recognition came quickly; numerous French venues programmed the young choreographer and he received proposals for collaboration. As a result, after 4 years as an associated artist at Bonlieu Scène Nationale in Annecy, since 2009 Abou Lagraa and his company have been hosted in production residency at Gémeaux Scène Nationale, Sceaux. The fame of the company spread rapidly beyond France's borders and tours followed one after the other, throughout Europe and also in the United States, Algeria, Tunisia and Indonesia… Alongside his work with the company, Abou Lagraa is regularly in demand by large organisations.

In 2001 he devised Fly, Fly for the CCN Ballet de Lorraine. This piece later was subsequently added to the repertoire of the ABC Dance Company of St Pölten in Austria.


In 2003 he devised a work for the second-year students of the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine, Angers, then in 2007 for the pupils of the Frankfurt Hochschule and the pupils of the Centre Méditerranéen de Danse Contemporaine, Tunis.

In 2006 his work entered the repertoire of the Paris Opéra Ballet with Le Souffle du Temps, a piece for 21 dancers, including 3 étoiles (Marie-Agnès Gillot, Manuel Legris, Wilfried Romoli). Then, in 2008, he composed Everyone's One at the invitation of Ballet Memphis (USA).


Since 2009, in association with the Algerian Ministry of Culture and th Algerian Agency for the Cultural Brilliance, he works, with Nawal Aït Benalla-Lagraa, in the elaboration of a “Mediterranean Cultural Bridge", the project of French-Algerian cooperation for the development of the dance and the artistic exchanges which will contain a program of Training and creation. In this frame, he sees confiding for July, 2009, the choreography of Closing ceremony of the 2nd Pan-African Festival of Algiers. In 2010, he creates the Ballet Contemporain d'Alger, under the Nawal Aït Benalla-Lagraa's educational responsibility, with a first piece NYA. The success of which ends in several national and international tours.


This piece was to be distinguished in 2011 when it was awarded the Grand Prix de la Critique as “Best Choreography of the Year”.

In 2016, he becomes the « Dream up » ambassador, an international arts-based education programme set up by the BNP Paribas foundation. This programme will help some 30,000 underprivileged or disabled children and teenagers to develop and find fulfilment by practising an artistic or creative activity. 


In 2016, he becomes “Chevalier des arts et des lettres” nominated by the French ministry of culture. 


Source : Cie La Baraka


More information : https://www.aboulagraa.fr/ 

Riolon, Luc

After studies of mathematics preparatory class and medecine studies, Luc Riolon begins to make films within the framework of his Faculty of Medicine, then met the famous choreographers of the 80s (Maguy Marin, Mark Tompkins, Josef Nadj, Daniel Larrieu Daniel, Odile Duboc, Josette Baiz, Angelin Prljocaj, etc.) with whom he shoots numerous films (re-creation for the camera, the illegal securements). In the 80s with the American choreographer Mark Tompkins he introduces the video on the stage, broadcasting live on big screens the images which he shoots with his camera by being on the stage with the dancers, mixing live images and pre-recorded images. With Daniel Larrieu he participates in the creation of the famous show WATERPROOF, the contemporary choreography which takes place in a swimming pool, by filming live) the dancers dancing in the water and mixing the live images with pre-recorded underwater images. This choreography has been shown in many countries (USA, Canada, Spain, England…)
Then he collaborates during 10 years with the famous french TV producer Eve Ruggieri for her programs" Musics in the heart ". He shoots with her of numerous documentaries about classical music, opera singers and dance. From 1999 he directs documentaries of scientific popularization, by following researchers attached to the resolution of a particular ecologic enigma. These two artistic and scientific domains which can seem separated are nevertheless, for Luc Riolon, connected by the same approach : the deep desire to understand the world, by the art or by the scientific research, and to restore it to the largest number. Among his recent scientific documentaries, we can quote for example " The Enigma of the Black Caiman ", Living and dying in the swamp " or " The Nile delta: The end of the miracle ". “Chernobyl, a natural history ? “ These documentaries of scientific popularization recently have been awarded in international festivals.


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D'Eux Sens

Choreography : Abou Lagraa

Interpretation : Nawal Aït Benalla Lagraa, Abou Lagraa

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Patricia Porasse, Sandrine Maisonneuve

Original music : Eric Aldéa & Ivan Chiossone

Additionnal music : Robert Ashley, Madjid Kiani

Lights : Gérard Garchey

Costumes : Michelle Amet

Technical direction : Antoine de Gantho

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Compagnie la Baraka, laBiennale de la Danse de Lyon, Les Gémeaux / SCEAUX / ScèneNationale, L'Onde, Espace Culturel Velizy-Villacoublay

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Production 24 images

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