Market Theatre stage set for unique dance production through the French Institute of
South Africa

Rachid Ouramdane is at the forefront of dance innovation, extending definitions of performer and choreographer and blurring the line between dance and documentary. His work is based on a meticulous collection of evidence, in collaboration with filmmakers or authors. Through the art of dance, he aims to contribute to social debates through choreographic pieces that develop a poetics of testimony.

His internationally acclaimed production TORDRE, is a haunting duet in which two dancers perform lonely, intensely physical solos. Through hypnotic, whirling gestures, each woman’s body paints a raw, captivating self-portrait.

TORDRE (meaning Wrought or to twist) is the story of Lithuanian dancer Lora Juodkaite who, spinning dizzyingly on the spot, has developed her own way of moving which has accompanied her since childhood. It is also the story of the British dancer Annie Hanauer, moving with an articulated prosthetic arm which is at the same time both an extension and an integral part of her body.

Rachid Ouramdane has been making art projects since 1995. He has been an Associate Artist at the Theâtre de la Ville in Paris, and at the Bonlieu Theater in Annecy, France. He is regularly invited to work on a variety of collaborations, such as the Lyon Opera Ballet (Superstars – 2006, All around – 2014); the Russian company Migrazia during a residence in Siberia for the Intradance project (Russia) (Borscheviks… a true story… – 2010); and for the 20th birthday of Candoco Dance Company (UK) with disabled dancers (Looking back – 2011).

Johannesburg audiences will have the unique opportunity of experiencing Ouramdane’s TORDRE during a brief season at the Market Theatre on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December.

The Johannesburg season is made possible through a partnership between the Market Theatre Foundation and the French Institute of South Africa.

“Through our partnership with the French Institute of South Africa, we are able to offer our audiences unique productions that have been performed at some of the world’s greatest stages and festival. Rachid Ouramdane and his duo of dancers have won international accolades and we excited about giving our audiences the opportunity to experience his remarkable talent,” says Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation.

An MOU signed between the Market Theatre Foundation and the French Institute of South Africa in 2016 has resulted in several collaborative projects at the Market Theatre. In 2016, The Market Theatre in partnership with the French Institute of South Africa presented a sold-out season of Robyn Orlin’s production, In a world full of Butterflies.  

“After signing an MOU last December, the French Institute have delighted in bringing productions to all venues of the Market Theatre Foundation : a special Fête de la Musique event at the Windybrow Theatre on Youth Day as well as in Newtown Precinct, the beautiful “Alchemy of Words” with brought animation, live music, theater and puppetry to enchant Market Lab students end audiences with the poems of Rimbaud and of course TORDRE which, a year after Robyn Orlin’s production, brings the best of contemporary dance to Johannesburg”, says Marion Claudel, Deputy Director of the French Institute (IFAS).


To make block bookings, please contact:
Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641 ext 203 or
Yusrah Bardien 011 832 1641 ext 204

For further information and interviews please contact:
Lusanda Zokufa – Senior Publicist Market Theatre Foundation
011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867