How can we find freedom when we are subjected to "blind" machinery? How can we avoid becoming subservient to these systems? How can we preserve areas of the unknown in which we aren't defined by external factors?


"ONON" builds an allegory of our time: a half human, half mechanical system that offers the opportunity to consider what it means to be a "structured human."

"ONON" playfully explores the fine line between the stability of existing structures and the simultaneously fragile and strong human inside of them. Material and digital systems determine today's world more and more. To not become subject to these systems, we have to deal with them directly.

"ONON" seeks to better understand the (inter)dependence between the human body and anonymous systems.


In recent years, Clément Layes has been busy with rhythm as a fundamental element in both the theater and in "real life. In the group performance "The Eternal Return" (2017), rhythm was understood as a phenomenon that exposes liminal spaces, as a product of our daily actions. In "The Emergency Artist" (2018), rhythm served as a break, an element of syncopation that interrupts the temporal structures of our existence, able to suspend and question them. In "ONON," duration and continuity are at the center of the work, becoming an exploration of the "longue durée" of these systems and to work through the rhythmic relationship between persistent systems and our day-to-day actions.


choreography Clément Layes 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 artistic assistance Jasna L. Vinovrski international communication Inge Koks PR, production björn & björn

production Public in Private / Clément Layes coproduction Platform 0090, C-Takt supported by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, The Cultural Department of the Flemish Governement, NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ coproduction funding Dance supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media  with the support of SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin, Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Stuk (Leuven), wpZimmer (Antwerp) and Flutgraben