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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
ONON is a mobile labyrinth.
In ONON human and non-human agents create a multi-rhythmic performance reminiscent of Fernand Légers Ballet Méchanique.
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.

Clément Layes

Clément Layes has been living and working as a choreographer and performer in Berlin since 2008. Here, he co-founded the company Public in Private together with Jasna L. Vinovrski. At the interface between choreography, the visual arts and philosophy, the point of his works is found in observations on daily life. His performances - among them Allege (2010), Der grüne Stuhl (2012), Things that surround us (2012), dreamed apparatus (2014), and TITLE (2015) - are shown internationally. In October 2017, Layes premiered The Eternal Return at Berlin’s Sophiensæle. The group piece is the first choreographic work of a new series, in which Layes deals with the manifestation and mechanics of rhythm.


Choreography: Clément LayesPerformance: Asaf Aharonson, Nir Vidan, Cécile BallyStage: Jonas Maria Droste, Clément LayesLight: Ruth WaldeyerSound: Steve HeatherCostume: Malena ModéerVideo: Christopher HewittDramaturgy: Jonas RutgeertsInternational communication: Inge KoksPress and production: björn & björnProduction: Public in Private / Clément LayesCoproduction: Platform 0090Funded by: Berlin Senate Departement for Culture and Europe and NPN GermanySupported by: SOPHIENSÆLE (Berlin), BUDA (Kortrijk), STUK (Leuven) ​and ​wpZimmer (Antwerp​)