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Un Monde en Soi

"In the beginning was emptiness. An abyssal emptiness, which Nature never abhorred, always adored. An absolute desert, which Nature shelters and cherishes since the beginning of times. A pure nothingness, from which Nature sprung out at the dawn of the world, and that it harboured in its bosom forever. From ' nothing ' comes everything. And in everything 'nothing' feels at home. From the tiniest atoms to the biggest star , the emptiness inhabits us. Haunts us. Founds us. Fool us. Enchants us. In the deepest part of ourselves lies a core of nothingness. At the heart of our intimacy widen some infinite abysses. At the center of the universe burns an insatiable black hole. We are built on an absence. What are we made of? Stardust, past lives, engulfed spaces... the fabric of our dreams. Each of us is an indefinitely spreading unverse, a secret melting pot in which, in a way, the history of the whole cosmos keeps occuring. Thus , through our dance , we stage the creation of a world, from the nakedness of the origins to the explosion of generations, from primitive chaos to the latest complexity. Within a space delimited by the vibrations of sixteen strings, seven deeply and beautifully moving bodies, which are like seven heavenly spheres and all filled with history, embrace a wide journey from the gift of birth to the awakeness of conscience, from self-taming to understanding of the others, from the building of identity to the creation of a community. The metamorphis of a being in constant evolution echoes proliferating kinds of relation: the miracle of meeting, the surprise of alterity, the shine of desire, the violence of conflicts, the dream of melting, the search for difference, the furor for overcoming, the bliss of recognition, the experience of loneliness... Diving into A World of Itself is like throwing oneself's heart, mind and soul into a journey to the heart of evolution and its different dimensions - cosmos, species , individual, society. With musics by John Cage and Anton Webern, this show gathers various forms of arts, the choreographer Abou Lagraa ' s impulsions and the Quatuor Debussy ' s vibrations, the seven dancers' bursting and the dramaturg Gérald Garutti's horizons.


Source : La Baraka


More information : 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/ 

Un monde en soi

Choreography : Abou Lagraa

Interpretation : Nawal Lagraa, Aurélia Picot, Marion Renoux, Anthony Couroyer, Amala Dianor, Rolando Rocha, Oliver Tida Tida

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Gérald Garutti, Sophie Walon

Live music : John Cage, Anton Webern, Jean-Sébastien Bach par le Quatuor Debussy

Lights : Gérard Garchey

Technical direction : Antoine de Gantho

Sound : Christophe Germanique

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Compagnie La Baraka ; coproductions Le Quatuor Debussy, Les Gémeaux / Sceaux / Scène Nationale, le Dôme-Théâtre – Albertville, Bonlieu Scène Nationale – Annecy, la Communauté de Communes du Bassin d'Annonay, La Rampe – Echirolles, la Maison de la Danse – Lyon, le Festival Oriente Occidente – Rovereto

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