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Recording: 2019-12-14 , Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Clément Layes, Public in Private



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A choreographic labyrinth: ONON looks at the things and digital systems that organize our everyday lives.

Like the systems that surround us, the people who operate them are always in action. ON ON instead of OFF. In a choreography, human and non-human elements combine to form a multi-rhythmic machine. Mobile walls form a labyrinth. Following their own rhythm, the elements move across the stage as if drawn by magic. The performers follow the mechanical choreography of this inorganic body – but not without testing their limits and possibilities of resistance. Can the system be subverted from within?

The company PUBLIC IN PRIVATE, founded by Clément Layes and Jasna Vinovrski in Berlin in 2008, investigates, reflects and questions social, political and cultural structures in its artistic works with the aim of expanding the boundaries and understanding of dance as an art form in a collaborative approach and reflecting on its media conditions.

CLÉMENT LAYES lives and works as a choreographer and performer in Berlin since 2008. At the interface of choreography, visual arts and philosophy, his works emerge from observations of the everyday life. His performances are shown internationally. Recently: Allege (2010), Der grüne Stuhl (2012), Things that surround us (2012), Dreamed Apparatus (2014), Title (2015) and The Eternal Return (2017).

ONON looks at the walls we live in and the rules we live by
ONON builds an allegory of our time
ONON is half human, half mechanical
ONON explores the line between the stability of structures and the fragility of movement
ONON cuts movement into fragments
ONON seeks to better understand the (inter)dependence between the human body and anonymous systems
ONON is a machine without a purpose
ONON is a mobile labyrinth
In ONON human and non-human agents create a multi-rhythmic performance
In ONON things move

In recent years, Clément Layes has been working with rhythm as a fundamental element for the operation of theater and dance. In the group performance The Eternal Return (2017), rhythm was used to explore the liminal spaces that are produced by our daily actions. In The Emergency Artist (2018), rhythm served as a break, as an element that abbreviates, interrupts and displaces the temporal structures of our existence, and in doing so, suspends these actions. ONON is the third performance in this series.

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TFB Nr. 1402

Cast & Credits

PERFORMANCE: Asaf Aharonson, Cécile Bally, Nir Vidan, Mariana Vieira
STAGE: Jonas Maria Droste, Clément Layes
LIGHT: Ruth Waldeyer
SOUND: Steve Heather
COSTUMES: Malena Modéer
VIDEO: Christopher Hewitt
DRAMATURGY: Jonas Rutgeerts
PR, PRODUCTION: björn & björn

A production by Public in Private/Clément Layes in coproduction with Platform 0090, C-Takt, supported by the cultural department of the flemish community.
Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ co-production funding Dance, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Supported by SOPHIENSÆLE, Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Stuk (Leuven), wpZimmer (Antwerp) and Flutgraben.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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