#JeSuis, Aakash Odedra Dance Company

Period: December 2017 – December 2019

The international production #JeSuis was be the first long-term choreographic piece by Aakash Odedra, co-produced by paradise is here. #JeSuis is a contemporary dance work, created, among others, also in Ticino.

#JeSuis is 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.


Originally created and performed by Melissa Ugolini, Su Güzey, Beril Senöz, Gizem Aksu, Yasin Anar, Taner Güngör, Evrim Akyay
Concept, Direction & Choreography: Aakash Odedra
Assistant Choreographer & Rehearsal Director: Konstantina Efthymiadou
Composer: Nicki Wells
Dramaturge: Lou Cope
Lighting Designer: Alessandro Barbieri
Production Manager: Salvatore Scollo
Set & Costumes: Ryan Dawson Laight
Voices: Dance Artists
Additional Voice: Mohammed A Bakri
Oud Recording: Fady Fareed
Audio Fragment: Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator © Roy Export SAS
Kafkas track “Deeper” written and performed by The Soft Moon permission courtesy of Captured Tracks and Low Profile NYC

#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.