“It is telling to me that Rachid Ouramdane’s Ordinary Witnesses…begins not with the sense of sight, but with a demand upon its audience to listen.”

-Thom Donovan, The Brooklyn Rail

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Context Notes: Biba Bell for Rachid Ouramdane

Multiple currents run through the work of Company L’A./Rachid Ouramdane: current as in circulating force; current as in present-day; current as in currency, garnering value through common use. The problem of contemporary identity occurs as one navigates through the unresolved quality of these varied meanings. A collective of figures appear in his work – intimate, solitary, traumatized, violated, applauded, alienated, displaced, embodied, animated, The multiplicity of these figures, and their ability to transmit vast wells of experience, bring into focus the complexity of the individual wrestling with identity, power, and the politics of an aestheticized body.


The Village Voice: Rachid Ouramdane’s Ordinary Witnesses Gets Some Buzz

Brian Seibert reviews Rachid Ouramdane’s Ordinary Witnesses

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“…Rachid Ouramdane, the Algerian-French founder/choreographer of the group, commands an original and effective vocabulary.”

-Robert Gottlieb, The New York Observer

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A brief history of Rachid Ouramdane (aka reasons to buy your ticket now)

Discreet Deaths
Presented by Dance Theater Workshop

“Born to a poor family of Algerian immigrants in France, Mr. Ouramdane has talked to American interviewers about his sense of dislocation from the cultures to which he has been exposed. Revealingly, he prepared for “Discreet Deaths” by researching youth, death and suicide on the Internet. In the end, the piece’s knowingly cool sophistication says more about dislocation than anything in the solo itself.

Mr. Ouramdane and his 10-year-old company, the fin novembre Association, make their American debut with “Discreet Deaths.” Troublingly untroubling though the piece is, considering the subject, I look forward to seeing more of his work.” – Jennifer Dunning, The  New York Times, 2006

Presented by Dance Theater Workshop

“The multiple layers of “Far …” — a personal, poetic and extraordinary hourlong work of multimedia dance theater by Rachid Ouramdane — express aspects of what might be called shared post-invasion, post-traumatic stress syndrome. Political, sociological and psychological, “Far …” is an engrossing work of art, devoid of any explicit agenda, frequently ambiguous and often touching on the ineffable: a one-man show about the collective unconscious.” – Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times, 2008

“Mr. Ouramdane is slippery and smart, and the dance managed to evoke a host of complexities without ever growing heavy-handed. Much of this adroitness, certainly, is due to his skill as an artist. But I suspect that the fact of growing up as both an insider (French passport) and an outsider (Arabic roots) has honed Mr. Ouramdane’s sensitivity toward the ambiguities of identity. Often, when artists tackle the big, heated subjects, they play paint-by-number and ignore all of the pesky shadings. Mr. Ouramdane sinks his teeth into them, and we get to feast on the rich results of these simultaneous encounters with the Other and the Self. ” – Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times, 2008

Ordinary Witnesses and World Fair
Co-Presented by New York Live Arts and FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival

“While there are conceptual ideas in all that he tackles, Mr. Ouramdane’s approach is full of oppositions: his touch is piercing, but the dark, cruel worlds to which he is drawn reveal something more about humanity than horror. He also a master of pacing; his dances lull one into an almost hallucinatory state of focus. ” – Gia Kourlas, The New York Times, 2011


New York Live Arts presents Company L’A. / Rachid Ouramdane

Ordinary Witnesses, October 11-12 at 7:30pm
World Fair, October 14-15 at 7:30pm
Co-Presented with FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival

New York, NY, September 15, 2011 – New York Live Arts presents Company L’A. / Rachid Ouramdane in the North American Premiere of Ordinary Witnesses on October 11-12 at 7:30pm and the New York Premiere of World Fair on October 14-15 at 7:30pm. Both programs are co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s Crossing the Line Festival. (more…)

“The world he presents is a gray one, through which survivors wander, forever numbed in some way by what they endured.”

Deborah Jowitt of DanceBeat on Rachid Ouramdane’s Ordinary Witnesses

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NYTimes: A Question of Identity and Its Mark on the Body

Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times reviews Rachid Ouramdane’s World Fair

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“the most remarkable dance-theater works of our time.”

Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times on Rachid Ouramdane’s Ordinary Witnesses.

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Purchase Tickets to Rachid Ouramdane


“…Ordinary Witnesses is an emotionally powerful work that makes its purposes very clear, right from the start.”

-Mark Rifkin of This Week in New York reviews Rachid Ouramdane’s Ordinary Witnesses

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