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Adrien Ouaki is a French stage director/filmmaker and choreographer. He studied dance at the Paris-based International Dance Academy (AID). After graduating at the age of 21, Adrien further enriched his knowledge of contemporary dance by attending workshops with first-class choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, Wim Vandekeybus, Ohad Naharin, and Crystal Pite.

During his career as a dancer, he worked for many companies and choreographers in France and abroad such as Giuliano Peparini & Franco Dragone, Itzik Galili, James Thierré, and Raphaelle Boitel.


Adrien has been passionate about stage directing and filmmaking for many years.. He has directed his own short films, such as Dust of Life, Contact, The Line,  Wild, Silence of tears shot in Orsolina 28 and the last one The Loners.  They have been well received in many international festivals: San Francisco, Paris, Santiago (Chile), London, Lisbon, Valencia (Spain), Salt Lake City (Utah), Thessaloniki, Helsinki and Bucharest. 
- Dust of Life has been part of Yad Vashem’s Visual Center collections for more than six years.

- The Line received the Best Film award at the 2017 Bucharest International Dance Film Festival.

- Wild was awarded the 2018 Utah Dance Film Festival prize for Best Choreography .
- In September 2018, Adrien was invited to be part of the jury of the 2018 Bucharest International Dance Film Festival.

In 2023 Adrien decide to create his own company named OpenDor wich aims to create powerful and evocative works that merge contemporary dance and physical theater combined with a strong aesthetic of staging. 

(c) photo Frederic Apuertes

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