Company production | 2018

Aakash Odedra Company presents #JeSuis, a touching dance-theatre piece about individuals struggling to find their voice in the stand against oppression.

Through a diversity of dance, music and cultures, these seven dancers from Turkey deliver a tribute to all the people, whether they are in prison, a refugee camp, or in a house behind closed curtains, whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and where their freedom of movement, their speech, religion or liberty remains at stake.

#JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.



Concept, Direction & Choreography
Aakash Odedra

Originally created and performed by
Melissa Ugolini, Su Güzey, Beril Senöz, Gizem Aksu, Yasin Anar, Taner Güngör, Evrim Akyay

Assistant Choreographer & Rehearsal Director
Konstantina Efthymiadou

Anand Bhatt

Nicki Wells

Lou Cope

Lighting Designer
Alessandro Barbieri

Production Manager
Salvatore Scollo

Set & Costumes
Ryan Dawson Laight

Dance Artists

Additional Voice
Mohammed A Bakri

Oud Recording
Fady Fareed

Kafkas track “Deeper” written and performed by The Soft Moon permission courtesy of Captured Tracks and Low Profile NYC

Audio Fragment
Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator © Roy Export SAS

#JeSuis is supported by Lottery Funding from Arts Council England and Paradise is Here.

Co-commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi; Journeys Festival International; The Movement (a partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry); Curve; and Contact Theatre, Manchester.

Research and development supported by the British Council, Turkey and DanceXchange.

#JeSuis - Trailer

#JeSuis - Desert Promo

**** “Gritty, authentic and bold”

***** “A stunning piece of contemporary dance”

“The dancers’ powerful expressive bodies, fired by absolute commitment, vividly create a world of low-level relentless terror.”