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Franchir La Nuit Rachid Ouramdane


An evocative and deeply moving dance work exploring the lived experience of refugee children.

Franchir La Nuit
© Patrick Imbert

17 Nov—30 Nov

Born in Nîmes to Algerian parents, Rachid Ouramdane (presented at DDF2009 with Loin...) has long been fascinated with the concepts of uprootedness, difference and distant lands – themes which run through much of his body of work.

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Available to watch online from 12pm (midday), Thurs 17 Nov – 12am (midnight) Wed 30 Nov

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In Franchir La Nuit, empathy has its own beauty.

The Financial Times

Above all, [Ouramdane succeeds] in creating poetry with one of the most central contemporary problems of our society: migrants, refugees.

Inferno Magazine

Franchir La Nuit is a culmination of a project that follows and unravels this thread through the perspective of migrant children. Those who, at a very young age, are confronted with fleeing far from home, with the hopes of a brighter future. Their voices and experiences echo on stage in this piece performed by a group of children, joined by dance artists.

Strong motifs conjure vivid imagery in this evocative and deeply moving dance work. Performing on a stage covered in water and traversing expansive landscapes, the dancers echo the tragic Mediterranean crossings so many are forced to make and draw unexpected connections between countries of origin and of adoption.


  • Concept & Choreography Rachid Ouramdane, in collaboration with
  • Video Artist Mehdi Meddaci
  • Assistant Choreographer Agalie Vandamme
  • Music Deborah Lennie-Bisson
  • Sets Sylvain Giraudeau
  • Lighting Stéphane Graillot
  • Sound Laurent Lechenault
  • Costumes Sigolène Petey, Sarah Chabrier and Pauline Hervouet (intern)

Produced by CCN2-Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble and directed by Yoann Bourgeois and Rachid Ouramdane. With the support of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Spedidam and DRAC Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes. Co-produced by Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse, Théâtre national de Bretagne – Rennes, Julidans – Amsterdam, Festival Bolzano Danza / Tanz Bozen. In partnership with Le Verderet school in Grenoble and the departmental public establishment Le Charmeyran foyer de l'enfance in La Tronche and the Ceméa. With the technical assistance of the MC2: Grenoble and Ruben Sanchez Dance Wear. CCN2 is financed by the Drac Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes/Ministry of Culture and Communication, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, the Département de l'Isère and the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Directed by Louise Narboni. A co-production of 24 images and La Biennale de la danse de Lyon. With the participation of France Télévisions and the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'Image Animée.

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