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Jozef Nadj / Nagy József


Jozef Nadj was born in 1957 in Kanjiza, a village in Vojvodina (former Yugoslavia). He studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and the university of Budapest, where he starts by chance a theatre class while practicing martial arts. Following his master's advice, he leaves Budapest and arrives in Paris in 1980, where he discovers modern dance and works with Mark Tompkins, Catherine Diverres and François Verret. In 1986, he sets up his own company, the Theatre Jel. In 1987, he creates Canard Pékinois ("Pekinese Duck") inspired by memories of his home village. This first play insists on the duality of a style between theatre and dance. It becomes his trademark and the first step of an international career. In 1988, he stages 7 Peaux de Rhinocéros ("7 Rhinoceros' Skins"), in 1989 la Mort de l'Empereur ("The Emperor's Death), in 1990 Comedia tempio, in 1992 Les Echelles d'Orphée ("Orpheus' ladders"), in 1994 Woyzeck, in 1995 L'Anatomie du fauve ("The Wildcat's Anatomy"), in 1996 Le Cri du caméléon ("The Chameleon's Cry") for the Centre national des Arts du Cirque. In 1996, he stages a new version of Woyzeck and creates Les Commentaires d'Habacuc ("Habacuc's Commentaries"), and in 1997, Le Vent dans le sac ("The Wind in the bag").
At the Festival d'Avignon 1999, Jozef Nadj creates Petit psaume du matin ("Small Morning Psalm") for Dominique Mercy. In 1999, he stages at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris Les Veilleurs ("Those Who Never Sleep"), inspired by the work of Franz Kafka, and Le Temps du repli ("The Time of Withdrawal)", for two dancers and a percussionist,a the Scéne nationale d'Orléans. In 2001, he dances Petit psaume du matin with Dominique Mercy and presents a new version at the Festival of Venice. He creates Les Philosophes ("The Philosophers") for five dancers, a tribute to Bruno Schulz, at the Dance Festival of Cannes. He performs in 2002 Journal d'un inconnu (An Unknown's Diary") at the Biennale of Venice, creates in 2003 Il n'y a plus de firmament ("There's no Sky Anymore"), a tribute to the painter Balthus (a command of the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne E.T.E.), stages in 2004 Poussiere de soleils ("Sun's Dust") and in 2005 Last Landscape at the Festival d'Avignon.

Jozef Nadj is director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans since 1995.

At the Festival d'Avignon, Jozef Nadj has already presented Les Echelles d'Orphée in 1992, Le Cri du caméléon by the Cirque Anomalie and Les Commentaires d'Habacuc in 1996, Woyzeck ou l'Ébauche du vertige inspired by Büchner in 1997, Petit psaume du matin in 1999, Le Temps du repli in 2001, Les Philosophes inspired by Bruno Schultz in 2002, After Midnight - Kanjiza, 2002.
Eden - Le Havre, 2003; Kanjiza, 2004 and Last Landscape with the percussionist Vladimir Tarasov in 2005, Asobu and Passo doble in 2006 Last Landscape 2. new variation-Orléans, 2006, Entracte - Orléans/Kanjiza, 2007/2008, Sho-bo-gen-zo, Magyarkanizsa, 2008.

Jozef Nadj was "artiste associé" of the Festival in 2006.
From 2006 he has been working at the Regional Creative Atelier Jozef Nadj, Kanjiza.

The Regional Creative Atelier in Kanjiza

The plans of the Regional Creative Atelier

29 July 2016