Damien Jalet / ceprodac


Thu 31.10., 19.30 h Opening

Opening party after the performance

Staatstheater Darmstadt - Großes haus

approx. 60 Minutes

Damien Jalet is considered a shooting star in contemporary dance. He has elated audiences worldwide with his powerfully pictorial pieces. After his first cooperation with the Hessisches Staatsballett in 2016, the Belgian-French artist is returning to the Rhine-Main region with a remarkable production.

Twenty dancers of the Mexican Centro de Producciòn de Danza Contemporánea (CEPRODAC) move vibrantly on a huge satellite dish to music by Marihiko Hara and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Together with Jalet, they build a bridge between Europe and Mexico, between the ruins of contemporary civilization and indigenous myths. In touchingly intense images, they reflect on the position of human beings in the world. In Omphalos, Jalet devotes himself to subjects that have drawn his attention in many of his pieces: nature, the cosmos and human life. He creates an overwhelming Gesamtkunstwerk of choreography, stage and music. It reveals forgotten stories while addressing current questions and issues.




Direction & Choreography: Damien Jalet Sound Design / Sound Design: Ryuichi Sakamoto & Marihiko Hara

Additional Soundtrack: Tim Hecker

Costumes: Jean Paul Lespagnard

Set: Jorge Ballina

Light Design: Víctor Zapatero

Choreographic Advisors: Aimilios Arapoglou & Gabriela Ceceña Dramaturgische Beratung & Inspizienz / Dramaturgical Advisor & Stage Management: Catalina Navarrete

Visuals: Daniel Lugo

Dance: Ana Paula Ricalde Castillo, Bryant Pineda Torices, Claudia Nayeli Olvera Rodríguez, Ernesto Peart Falcón, Guillermo IV Obele Bustos, Guillermo Magallón Armenta, Héctor Manuel Ortíz Valdovinos, Ilse Orozco Corona, Jairo Cruz González, Jorge Emmanuelle Sanders Bustos, Juan Ángel Garnica Vázquez, Luis Alberto Ortega Valdez, María Alejandra Corona Pérez, Marlene Coronel Ortiz, Paulina del Carmen Fernández Sánchez, Paulino Josafat Medina Domínguez, Samantha Nevarez del Castillo, Sergio Anselmo Orozco, Yansi Méndez Bautista, Zurisadai de Jesús González Fuente


Production:Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporánea (CEPRODAC) del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL), Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA)  Coproduction: Kampnagel, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Conjunto de Artes Escénicas de la Universidad de Guadalajara and Institut Français d‘Amérique Latine (IFAL),Französische Botschaft in Mexiko / French Embassy in Mexico. CEPRODAC dancers are suppor-ted by: Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Program Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporánea.


Photos and Video: Daniel Lugo