Mnémosyne (creation)

The B&W and then colour output of Nadj, a genius of all trades, informed his creative process before becoming art in its own right. Centre stage, with his most recent pictures on display, the choreographer gives a singular performance in a visual installation that calls to mind both the 19th-century camera obscura and black-box theatres. Mnémosyne is thus the medium for an engrossing experiment that mixes the arts of imagery and the stage.

Piece for 1 dancer

Conception, performance, photographs and video Josef Nadj
Artistic collaboration on photographs and videos  Dudás Szabolcs
Lighting and design (exhibition) Rémi Nicolas 
Frames Jean-Pierre Haie (Atelier Demi-Teinte)
Set construction and technical production  Sylvain Blocquaux

In partnership with the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon


The company : Josef Nadj

Born in 1957 in Kanjiža, Serbia, Josef Nadj initially studied drawing.

After his time at the Fine Arts School of Budapest, he moved to Paris, took classes in mime, tai chi, butoh and contemporary dance, and began performing for Sidonie Rochon, Mark Tompkins, Catherine Diverrès and François Verret.

His insolent and novel approach established him in the 1980s as a pioneer in contemporary dance. Since Canard Pékinois (1987), his defining piece, he has set the standard for highly demanding and radical choreography. Whether inspired by marginal writers or in his work with plastic artists and musicians on stage, his scope knows no bounds. Fluctuating between realism and fantasy, tradition and modernity, he raises the essential question of man’s relationship with himself.

Choreographer and dancer, but also an artist and photographer, he takes a poetic and passionate view of humanity, as he seeks out new forms of expression. The originality of his gestural language finds its source in an artistic career shaped by the upheavals of European history. Author of more than 40 works and exhibits shown in 50 countries, Josef Nadj rises above borders and barriers.
He has been a guest artist at major international events, including the Festival of Avignon.

He directed the National Choreography Centre in Orléans from 1995 to 2016. In 2017, he created a new company, Atelier 3+1, in Paris, with a renewed focus on visual arts, at the core of his work on staging and the body.

He was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2002, for the contribution of his work to promoting the arts in France and around the world. He was promoted to the title of Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011.

Conceiving of dance as a gathering place

Josef Nadj


Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon


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