In the Nigerian Yoruba culture, the world consists of two distinct realities: the visible world of the living and the invisible reality (orun) of the ancestors and the dead. More than just a performance, Out of This World is an installation powered by the omnipresence of the other world which is found in both listening and in the divinatory process.
The choreographer and curator Qudus Onikeku has imagined this dialogue between the invisible and the visible through a system of 16 Totems—oracles/speakers—that offer access to oral histories and sound archives, encouraging audience participation. The artist uses these sound materials, both artistic and social, to create a performance that mixes music, dance, and words. Out of This World is part of Moviment at the Centre Pompidou, in a gallery 3 that opens onto the city: a multidisciplinary stage in constant metamorphosis where works from the collection, encounters, screenings, workshops, shows, and performances cohabit.
A work produced and realized within the framework of the New World program to support artistic creation.
Qudus Onikeku conception, director, set design and performance
Varna Marianne Nielsen, Olatunde Obajeun, Dinesh Pandit live musicians
Charles Amblard Fernando Velázquez Olatunde Obajeun sound artists
Qudus Onikeku staging in collaboration with Adèle Hamelin, Mathilde Coudière-Kayadjanian, Inès Forgues, Michel Abdallah, Alma Bousquet and Marie Grenier
Olayinka Oladosu (Osha) sculptor
Jubril Olambiwonnu, Jamaal Fashola, Temitayo Giwa Oraqu software developers
Pierre Carré IRCAM computer music design
Yann Bouloiseau IRCAM sound diffusion
Construction of totems Atelier Menuiserie du Centre Pompidou, Pierre Roncier et Quentin Hascoat, coordination Fabien Lepage