In the way of the griot who renews the path of his tale each time, Opiyo
Okach improvises and evokes the world of the nomadic people of east Africa,
reinvents their mythology of rocks… Each performance a new event
in symbiosis with the moment, the place, the audience.
Through his favoured choreographic tools, improvisation and instant composition,
Opiyo Okach inhabits and interrogates african dance at its source where
performance is an act of interaction between constantly evolving diverse
and interpretation :
Lighting : Christophe Barnier
: Fabienne Sabarros
Music: « Disiko » et « Desma
» traditional music recorded by Thomas Dorn and Editions Florent
Coproduction : Ballet Atlantique-Régine
Chopinot, Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier With support from : Association Française
d’Action Artistique, French Ministère of Culture (DAI),
Ville de La Rochelle, Office Artistique de la Région Aquitaine,
Gare au Théâtre- Vitry/Seine. Acknowledgements: Centre National de la Danse,
Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Hivernales d’Avignon.
Création selected by Plateaux de la Biennale du
Val de Marne.
…vertical and angular in the image of
the guttural chant and leap of the maasai…curved and fluid like
the song of the Hammar to the rhythm of the grinding stone…
Point of departure:
Kit Jajuok - one of the legendary rocks constituting the pillar of luo
mythology. Jajuok is a specialist of intuitive perception, identification
of causes and remedies, prediction of social or individual events. Kit
jajuok embodies a system of dualism and ambivalence that changes polarity
in relation to context. It is alternately associated with high deity,
savage witches, legendary warriors or diviners and ancestral spirits of
a clan or individual.
was created as part of a series of explorations, Rituals of the Rock, on
the traditions of people historically linked to the Nile or its source,
Lake Victoria. A choreographic inquiry on some of the traditionally nomadic
cultures of Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya (the Samburu, Maasai, Luo, Turkana,
Gabra…), particularly their mythology of rocks.