From 26 February 2019 to 16 March 2019

EXHIBITION Mnémosyne, a performance and photography project



Multifaceted genius, Josef Nadj got interested in photography at the beginning of 90s. At the beginning, used as a framework for his creation process, his photos in black and white and later in colour became a piece of work on their own that he has regularly exhibited for 15 years already. This time he imagined an original, plastic and scenic configuration. In the middle of space where the most recent part of his photographic work is presented, the choreographer offers us a very singular performance in a visual setting that reminds us of the 19th century camera obscura and theatre like black box.

Understanding dance above all as a site for encounter – this is how Josef Nadj defines his work. Beyond his role as choreographer the man is in fact an artist without borders and without barriers. Dancer, but also visual artist and photographer, his vision of humanity is poetic and passionate. Constantly in search of new forms. Ceaselessly willing to explore humanity as close as possible to human truth. Across his career, from Canard pékinois (1987) to Mnémosyne (2018), Josef Nadj has relentlessly pursued exigent and passionate choreography where gravity and compassion take turns, where depth and humour alternate. Whether he is visiting atypical authors (Beckett, Kafka, Michaux) or bringing painting along on stage with him (in performance with Miquel Barceló), Josef Nadj flourishes in complete corporal freedom. Oscillating between reality and fantasy, tradition and modernity, he explores the essential: man’s relationship with himself. Because for Nadj, dance is fundamentally a humanist act. Over the years, the works of Josef Nadj have become references in contemporary dance.
Beyond his national influence (Carte Blanche at the Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris in 2014; Associated Artist at the 2006 Avignon Festival that officially designated him as “creator without borders”), his work is recognized and celebrated around the globe. Enthusiastically received in nearly 50 countries, more than 400,000 audience members across five continents have appreciated his works in the most important international venues. Drawing his inspiration from the depths of the great myths of humanity, passionately intertwining both artistic disciplines and cultural references, Josef Nadj is elaborating a universal language. From 1995 to 2016, Josef Nadj has been director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans. Since 2017, he established his new company Atelier 3+1 in Paris.

infos pratiques

Le Quartz gallery



Photographs & video | Josef Nadj
Artistic collaboration | Dudás Szabolcs
Framing | Jean-Pierre Haie - Atelier Demi-Teinte
Technical manager | Sylvain Blocquaux
Production & Touring | Bureau PLATÔ - Séverine Péan, Emilia Petrakis
Administration | Bureau PLATÔ – Marie de Heaulme

Executive producer | Atelier 3+1
Coproduction | Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018, Centre Chorégraphique National - Orléans, La Filature Scène Nationale- Mulhouse, Le CENTQUATRE-Paris
With the support of | Ministère de la Culture - Direction générale de la création artistique – Délégation à la Danse, Région Ile-de-France, La Villette-Paris, Résidence Sainte-Cécile-Orléans - Josef Nadj is artist in residency at the CENTQUATRE-Paris and laureate of the international residency program of the Ville de Paris - Récollets

Creation | 22 September 2018 | Biennale de la danse de Lyon - Musée des Beaux-Arts