Angelin Preljocaj

Angelin Preljocaj 800pxAngelin Preljocaj was born in the Paris region, in France, and began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance, which he studied with Karin Waehner.

In 1980, he went to New York to work with Zena Rommett and Merce Cunningham, after which he resumed his studies in France, there his teachers included the American choreographer Viola Farber and the French one Quentin Rouillier. He then joined Dominique Bagouet before founding his own company in December 1984.

Angelin Preljocaj collaborates regularly with other artists including Enki Bilal (Roméo et Juliette, 1990), Goran Vejvoda (Paysage après la bataille, 1997), Air (Near Life Experience, 2003), Granular Synthesis (“N”, 2004), Fabrice Hyber (Les 4 saisons…, 2005), Karlheinz Stockhausen (Eldorado - Sonntags Abschied, 2007), Jean Paul Gaultier (Snow White, 2008), Constance Guisset (Le funambule, 2009, The Nights, 2013), Claude Lévêque (Siddharta, 2010), Laurent Garnier and Subodh Gupta (And then, one thousand years of peace, 2010), Laurent Mauvignier (What I call oblivion, 2012), Azzedine Alaïa and Natacha Atlas (The Nights, 2013)...

His productions are now part of the repertoire of many companies, many of which also commission original production from him, notably La Scala of Milan, the New York City Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet.

He has made short films (Le postier, Idées noires in 1991) and several full-length films, notably Un trait d’union and Annonciation (1992 and 2003), for which he was awarded the “Grand Prix du Film d’Art” in 2003, the “Vidéo-Danse” First Prize in 1992 and the Prague Video Festival Prize in 1993. In 2009, he directed Snow White, featuring his own piece, and in 2011 he signed, for Air France, the commercial L’Envol, based on the choreography of Le Parc.

Since then he has collaborated on several films of his own choreographic work: Les Raboteurs with Cyril Collard (based on the painting by Gustave Caillebotte) in 1988, Pavillon Noir with Pierre Coulibeuf in 2006 and Eldorado/ Preljocaj with Olivier Assayas in 2007.

Several books have been written about his work, notably Angelin Preljocaj (2003), Pavillon Noir (2006), Angelin Preljocaj, Topologie de l’invisible (2008), Angelin Preljocaj, de la création à la mémoire de la danse (2011).

Throughout the course of his career, Angelin Preljocaj has received numerous awards, including the “Grand Prix National de la Danse” awarded by the French Ministry of Culture in 1992, the “Benois de la danse” for Le Parc in 1995, the “Bessie Award” for Annonciation in 1997, “Les Victoires de la musique” for Roméo et Juliette in 1997, the “Globe de Cristal” for Snow White in 2009. He is an “Officier des Arts et des Lettres” and a “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur” and he was appointed an “Officier de l’ordre du Mérite” in May 2006. He has received the Samuel H. Scripps/ American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2014.

Since October 2006, the Ballet Preljocaj and its 24 permanent dancers have resided at the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence, a building entirely dedicated to dance, with Angelin Preljocaj as its artistic director.

Made with Valérie Müller the first long film by Angelin Preljocaj, Polina, danser sa vie, adapted from the graphic novel by Bastien Vivès, which will come out in cinemas on 16 November 2016.


Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar

eyal behar eyal nevoSharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem in 1971 and danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 to 2008. She was Assistant Artistic Director for the company and, from 2005 to 2012, was their Associate Choreographer.

She has created many works for them: "You got to Live", "Pan" (2001), "Ink, Static" (2002), "Quiet Village" (2004), "Part II" (2005), "Bertolina" (2006), "Makarova Kabisa" (2008), and "Bill" (2010).

In 2009 Sharon Eyal began to develop works for other companies throughout the world: "Killer Pig" (2009) and "Corps de Walk" (2011) for Carte Blanche Dance in Norway, "Too Beaucoup" (2011) for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in USA and "Plafona" (2012) for the Oldenburg Dance Company in Germany.

In 2004 the Israeli Ministry of Culture gave her the prize for young choreographers and in 2009 she won the Landau Prize for performing arts (dance). In 2008 the Foundation for Cultural Excellence in Israel named her Artist of the Year.

In 2013 Sharon Eyal founded the L-E-V company with her long-term collaborator Gai Behar who was well already well known in the world of music and performing arts in Tel Aviv. From 1999 to 2005 he was responsible for "underground" live music events and rave parties. His mobile sound systems filled empty buildings, basements and deserted car parks where live performances and installations of plastic arts were then put on.
In 2006 Gai Behar joined Sharon Eyal to create "Bertolina". Since then they have collaborated on several works for the Batsheva Dance Company: "Makarova Kabisa", "Bill", "Petrushka" and "House".
In 2013 Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar created "Untitled Black" in collaboration with the Goteburg Opera Dance Company of Sweden.

Ken Ossola

Ken OssolaKen Ossola was trained by Claude Boucherin and then by Beatriz Consuelo at the École de Danse de Genève. In 1989 he was spotted by Jiri Kylian who selected him to join his junior company. In 1992 he joined the Netherlands Dance Theatre I (NDT I). Here he worked with the foremost choreographers from Jiri Kylian to William Forsythe. It was in The Hague that he created his own first pieces for NDT workshops.
In 1999 he left NDT to establish his career as a freelance choreographer and he has created many different works which have been performed internationally.
During the 2001–2002 season he was Ballet Master for the Gothenburg Ballet and during the 2004-2005 season he took on the role of rehearsal director for NDT I.
Having become a specialist in the works of Jiri Kylian, Ken Ossola travels the world to set the works of this master choreographer for many different companies (ABT, Paris Opera Ballet, Grands Ballet Canadiens, Munich Opera Ballet, Vienna Opera Ballet....)
Since 2010 Ken Ossola has received many commissions for his own work. This has led to the creation of "Sed Lux Permanent" for the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and "White Lies" for the Tanz Luzerner Theater in 2010 and "Fine Line" for the NDT2 and "MIR" for the Jeune Ballet de Lyon in 2011.
In 2012 the Ballet Junior de Genève invited Ken Ossola to create a new work, "Kiokou", for the company. Four of his works are currently in the repertoire of the Ballet Junior de Genève.

Jos Baker

Jos profileWebFrom 2008 to 2014; Jos worked for Peeping Tom as a dancer, actor and collaborator, principally with the productions 32 Rue Vandenbranden [2009], and A Louer [2011]. Since then he worked for DV8 Physical Theatre on the production of John [2014] then began directing and performing in the promotional events for Petit Bateau’s Cedric Charlier collection. Other stage work includes In the process of…[2009] by Zoi Dimitriou and Plastic Junkies [2014] by Antonin Comestaz.
On film Jos made a music video for the song Forgot to live [2013] by Ay Wing, the short film J’te Ramene [2014] directed by Yves Housmann and Biegga savkala duoddariid duohken lea soames [2006] by Elle Sofe Henrikseni as well as several commercials.

He has created several of his own works, including: Afla [2008] Creature Man Don’t Tell
Me [2008], Feedback [2009], What do you do? [2015], We were youth [2016], Tidal Breath [2016] and Of no fixed abode [2016]

He also teaches internationally, offering a range of classes and workshops for professional dancers at intstitutions including SEAD, Ballet Junior de Geneve, PARTS Summer School, TrinityLaban, The Place, Amsterdam Theatre school, Deltebre Dansa, El Danseu Festival, Tripspace Projects, Ravnedans, Jetsummer and many others.

Jos started his dance training at the age of 7 with Oxford Youth Dance and then continued his formal education first at The Laban Center London and then at PARTS [Performing Arts Research and Training Studios] in Brussels.

Roy Assaf

Roy Assaf Volker Beinhorn450pxBorn in Israel in 1982, Roy studied dance at the Shivtei Yisrael school in Kiryat-Gat. In 2004, after his military service, he met choreographer Emanuel Gat and danced alongside him in his first two works: "Winter Voyage" and "The Rite of Spring".
Already an accomplished dancer, Roy created "We Came for the Wings, Stayed because We Couldn't Fly" as part of the Shades of Dance festival in 2005. The work won a prize the same year.
In 2006 he worked as assistant choreographer to Emanuel Gat for the creation of K626 and has continued to develop new works and re-stage existing repertoire for the Emanuel Gat Dance Company throughout the world.
In 2010 he was appointed Associate Artist at the NND Company in Groningen in the Netherlands, for whom he created "Rock"
In 2011 he created the duo "Six Years Later" for the Curtain Up festival. This work was awarded first prize in choreography at the 5th International Choreography Competition in Copenhagen.
In June 2013 his work "The Hill" won first prize in the 27th Choreography Competition in Hanover. This award was followed by many others and has led to Roy Assaf being considered one of the most promising creators for contemporary choreography.
Roy has recently created a work for the Los Angeles Dance Project under the direction of Benjamin Millepied.

Wayne McGregor

wayneWayne McGregor (b. Stockport, UK, 1970), director and choreographer, studied dance at University College Bretton Hall and the Jose Limon School in New York. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor Ι Random Dance, resident company of Sadler's Wells, London, for which he has made over 30 works including The Millennarium, Sulphur 16, Aeon, Nemesis, AtaXia, Ossein, Amu, Entity, Dyad 1909, FAR, UNDANCE and Atomos.
He is the Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.
In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Plymouth University.
In 2013 he was appointed Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
In January 2011, McGregor was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance.


Jan Martens Portrait Web
Jan Martens (b. 1984, Belgium) studied at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg and graduated in 2006 from the dance department of the Artesis Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. Since 2010 he has been making his own choreographic work which, over the years, has been performed with increasing regularity before a national and international audience.

Jan Martens’ work is nurtured by the belief that each body can communicate, that each body has something to say. That direct communication expresses itself in transparent forms. His work is a sanctuary in which the notion of time becomes tangible again and in which there is room for observation and emotion as well as reflection. To achieve this result he creates not so much a movement language of his own, but shapes and reuses existing idioms in a different context so that new ideas emerge. In each new work he tries to redraw the relation between public and performer.

Jan Martens’ first show I CAN RIDE A HORSE WHILST JUGGLING SO MARRY ME (2010) was a portrait of a generation of young women in a society dominated by social networks. It was followed by two love duets that he made at Frascati Amsterdam. A SMALL GUIDE ON HOW TO TREAT YOUR LIFETIME COMPANION (2011) was selected for Aerowaves 2011 and SWEAT BABY SWEAT (2011) for the Dutch Dance Festival 2012 and Circuit X 2013. He then created three shows about unconventional beauty, with performers whose bodies you do not expect in the context of contemporary dance: BIS (2012) for the 62-year-old Truus Bronkhorst, LA BETE (2013) for the young actress Joke Emmers, and VICTOR (2013), a duet for a boy and a grown man that Jan created with director Peter Seynaeve.

In 2014 Jan Martens focused attention on the jump as movement in the group performance THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER (2014). The show was selected for the Flanders Theatre Festival and is still touring, just like Jan’s solo ODE TO THE ATTEMPT (2014) and the project THE COMMON PEOPLE (2016), a performance, social experiment and workshop in one, created in collaboration with film director Lukas Dhont. Jan Martens’ latest show RULE OF THREE, a collaboration with the American sound artist NAH, had its premiere at deSingel in Antwerp on 28 September 2017.

Jan Martens makes regular guest performances, such as MAN MADE (2017) for the Dance On Ensemble. He also coaches young makers with their own creations.

Jan Martens has won the North Brabant Prize of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (2014) and the prestigious Charlotte Köhlerprijs (2015) for his oeuvre. He is ‘Creative Associate’ at deSingel international arts campus from 2017 until 2021 and ‘Artiste Associé’ at CDCN Le Gymnase in Roubaix, Nord-Pas-de-Calais from 2016 until 2018.
In 2014 Jan Martens founded, together with business manager Klaartje Oerlemans, the choreographic platform GRIP in Antwerp / Rotterdam, from where they jointly produce and distribute his work as well as support the work of Bára Sigfúsdóttir, Steven Michel and Michele Rizzo.

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