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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 elements.

Choreography and interpretation :
Opiyo Okach

Lighting : Christophe Barnier

Costume : Fabienne Sabarros

Music: « Disiko » et « Desma » traditional music recorded by Thomas Dorn and Editions Florent Massot

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.

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…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.

Dilo 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.

Gara Projects : Missions Opiyo okach Contacts Works : Shift...centre No man's gone now Abila Dilo Calender
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