Thierry Malandain

Thierry-Malandain2Thierry Malandain followed the usual path of a classical dancer but with a strong leaning towards the unconventional and a remarkable persistence. Instead of undertaking training in recognised well known institutions, he followed the teachings of Jacques Chaurand, Monique de Dily, René Bon, Daniel Franck, Gilbert Mayer and Raymond Franchetti. All of them are eminent and engaging teachers with strong and colourful personalities...
Having won several choreographic competitions (Prix violin in 1984, Prix Concours International de Nyon in 1984 and 1985) he stopped dancing in 1986 in order to set up the Compagnie Temps Présent in Elancourt (Yveslines, France). Here he contributed to the development of dance in the suburbs while still declaring his commitment to the vocabulary of classical dance. His company subsequently moved to Saint-Etienne (France) as the "Associate Company" of the Esplanade Saint Etienne Opéra. During his twelve years at the head of this company Thierry won many important prizes: from the Fondation de la Vocation, the Fondation de France, the Fondation Oulmont and the "Rising Talent" prize from the SACD.
In 1998 a new Centre Choréographique National / Ballet Biarritz was created and the Minister of Culture, Mme Catherine Trautmann, appointed Thierry to set it up and direct it .
Thierry Malandain's body of work includes some 70 pieces many of which are included in the repertoires of other companies: Ballet National de Marseille, Ballet de l'Opéra de Bordeaux, Latvian National Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong, Sadamatsu Hamada Ballet Company, Florida Ballet, Ballet Junior de Genève, Ballet national de Nancy, Ballet de L'Opéra d'Avignon...etc...
He has also made notable forays into the world of operatic theatre, such as his collaboration with Robert Fortune (Cinderella, Orpheus in the Underworld), Peter Busse (Capriccio), Alberto Fassini (Aida), Jean-Louis Pichon (Richard Coeur de Lion, Hérodiade), Frédéric Pineau (La Poule Noire) or even Orphée et Eurydice which he choreographed and directed in 2006.

He was made a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters in 1999. In 2004 he was nominated at the prestigious Benois de la Danse in Moscow for his ballet "Les Créatures" and he won the Critics Prize at the International Ballet Festival of Havana, Cuba. In 2005 he was awarded the Culture Prize by the Fondation Sabina Arena in Bilbao. In 2006 he was once again nominated at the Benois de la Danse in Moscow for "L'Envoi d'Icare" which he had created for the Paris Opera Ballet. Finally having been the Artistic Director of Le Temps d'Aimer dance festival in Biarritz from 2000 to 2004, he has returned to lead this event since 2009.

Stijn Celis

Stijn Celis Staatstheater Saarbrucken500pxChoreographer and stage designer Stijn Celis was born in 1964. He grew up in Zaire and moved to Belgium in 1972. He studied dance at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp before joining the Royal Ballet of Flanders where he spent two seasons. In 1986 he joined Zurich Ballet under the direction of Uwe Scholz. During this time he also spent one year in the Ballet des Stadttheaters in Bern. In 1992 he became a member of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève where he created his first work "Airpockets"
Since 1997 Stijn Celis has devoted himself to choreography and stage design. His works have been performed by the Gulbenkian Ballet, Mainz Ballet, Wiesbaden Ballet, Nuremberg Ballet and the Cullberg Ballet. In 2002 the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal commissioned him to create "Noces" with well known music by Stravinsky. In 2003 the GBCM called on his talents again to create the ballet Cinderella – "She who, it is said, lost her slipper".
It was while he was at the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, under the artistic direction of Gradimir Pankov, that Stijn Celis showed his talents as a choreographer during a dance workshop.
As a stage designer he has worked with Didy Veldman and Nicole Fonte and has assisted Jan Verzweyveld with many operas and plays.
In 2001 Stijn Celis was described as one of the most promising young choreographers of the year in the journal Ballet International / Tanz Aktuell in Berlin.
In 2004 Stijn Celis was appointed Artistic Director of the Ballet des Stadttheaters Bern. He is also their Principal Choreographer.

Barak Marshall

barak marshall2Born and raised in Los Angeles, USA, Barak Marshall is the son of the dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved. He became involved in dance quite by chance in 1995 and, since then, Barak has quickly made his mark as one of the principal Israeli choreographers. His work draws its sources from the dynamism, physicality and energy of Israel while looking back at the colourful traditions and ancient rituals on which its unique contemporary society is founded.
In 1998 Barak Marshall received the First Prize and the Author's Prize at the prestigious Bagnolet International choreographic competition of Bagnolet as well as the Bonnie Byrd Prize for New Choreography and the National Prize of the ADAMI
Barak Marshal has created several pieces for the Batsheva ensemble, the Philadanco Dance Company, the MDT Dance Company and the ABCD Dance Company. He has been the resident choreographer at the American Dance Festival in 1998 and 1999 and has been asked to create two new pieces for the Israel Festival.
In 1999 Ohad Naharin invited Barak Marshall to become the resident choreographer for the Batsheva Dance Company.
Barak is also a singer of oriental and classical music. He has performed as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project. This year his work was awarded first prize at the Joyce Foundation A.W.A.R.D. Show which took place in Los Angeles. He has received a grant for his next production with Margarlit Oved and Tamir Muskat of the Balkan Beat Box.
He recently created a the piece "Castaways" for Rambert Dance Company in London.

Patrick Delcroix

Delcroix Patrick2Patrick Delcroix trained at the Centre International de danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes. In 1982 he gained his first contract with the Iwanson Dance Company. In 1985 he left to join the Scapino Ballet (Netherlands) where he met Jiri Kylian who had just choreographed "Piccolo mondo" for the company's 40th anniversary. The following year Patrick joined the Netherlands Dance Theatre where he danced the full repertoire and worked with many celebrated figures from the dance world including Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Edouard Lock, Ohad Naharin, Hans van Manen, Nacho Duato.
Patrick began as a choreographer in the context of annual workshops with NDT. His first work was noticed by the director of Djazzex (Netherlands) who offered him the opportunity to create "Sac de noeuds" in 1990 and "Bidonville" in 1993.
Ever since he began, Patrick has regularly choreographed works for all three companies of the Netherlands Dance Theatre as well as for Introdans (Netherlands), Cisne Negro (Brazil), Artscape and Capetown City Ballet (South Africa), Prague Ballet, Ballet Jazz de Montréal (Canada), Itzdansa (Spain)...
In 2001 the French government made him a "Chevalier" in the Order of Arts and Letters in recognition of his career as a dancer and a choreographer.
In April 2003 Patrick Delcroix choreographed a piece for Vienna Opera Ballet directed by Renato Zanella.

Hofesh Shechter

Hofesh Shechter Hugo Glendinning webHofesh Shechter graduated from the Jerusalem Academy before moving to Tel Aviv and joining the celebrated Batsheva Dance Company where he worked with Ohad Naharin and other choreographers including Wim Vandekeybus and Paul Selwyn Norton. In Tel Aviv he studied drumming and percussion. As a result he began to experiement and develop his own music while also taking part in many projects which include dance, theatre and body percussion.
In 2002 he moved to UK
In 2004 Hofesh was commissioned by The Place Prize to create the sextet "Cult". This work received the Audience Choice award. From 2004 to 2006 Hofesh was an Associate Artist at The Place and received a commission from the Robin Howard Foundation for which he created his best known work "Uprising", a piece for seven dancers.
In 2007 three major dance venues, The Place, Southbank Centre and Sadlers' Wells, commissioned Hofesh to create "In your rooms", a work which won the Critics' Circle Award for Best Choreography in 2008.
In 2009 Hofesh created "The Choreographer's Cut" for which he repeated his famous double programme "Uprising / In your rooms". In the same year he was asked by the Brighton Festival to create the work "The Art of Not Looking Back".
Hofesh has created and set works for a number of different companies such as Bare Bones Dance Company, Edge and Verve, CeDeCe Ballet (Portugal), Hellenic Dance Company (Greece), Bern Ballet (Switzerland), Skanes Dansteater (Sweden), Carte Blanche Dance Company (Norway) and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York).
Hofesh has choreographed works at the Royal Court Theatre: Motortown by Simon Stephens (2006) and The Arsonists (2007) in collaboration with the director Ramin Gray. He was also the choreographer of the award winning production of Saint Joan at the National Theatre in 2007 and he choreographed "Maxxie Dance", the routine that introduced the well-known Channel 4 TV series "Skins".
Hofesh is an Associate Artist of Sadler's Wells and the Hofesh Shechter company is Resident Company at Brighton Dome. Recently Hofesh has created "Political Mother" and "Sun" both of which received immediate international recognition.
In April 2015 Hofesh made his choreographic debut with the Royal Ballet with "Untouchable", for which he also composed the score.

Olivier Dubois

dubois1Born in 1972 Olivier describes himself as an author rather than a choreographer. Intensity of gesture and power of engagement on stage are key strengths of his works.
He created his first solo "Under cover" in 1999.
In 2005 he produced the duo "Féroces" with Christine Corday. In 2006 he created "Pour tout l'or du monde" as part of the Sujet a vif event in Avignon.
He has both taught and directed workshops abroad: National Opera of Vienna, National School of Athens, National Opera of Cairo, Troubleyn/Jan Fabre, the Preljocaj Ballet, École des Beaux Arts de Monaco.
In 2007 he founded the COD (Compagnie Olivier Dubois) and that same year he received the jury prize from the Syndicat professionnel de la critique for his accomplishments as a dancer and for the piece "Pour tout l'or du monde".
At the Avignon Festival in 2008 he created "Faune(s)" which was based on Vaslav Nijinski's "L'Apres-midi d'un faune". For this piece he worked with Dominique Brun, Christophe Honore, Sophie Perez and Xavier Boussiron.
In 2009 he choreographed "La Périchole" by Offenbach for the Opera companies of Lille, Nantes and Limoges in a production that was directed by Bérangère Jannelle. The same year he created "Révolution" for 14 dancers: this was the first part of his Trilogy. There then followed "L'Homme de l'Atlantique (based on Frank Sinatra, for the 2010 Biennale de la danse in Lyon, "Rouge" (second part of the Trilogy 2011) at "Envers et face a tous" (2011).
"Tragédie", was created for the Avignon Festival of 2012 with 18 dancers as the final part of the Trilogy
In 2013 he created "Elégie" with 17 dancers for the Ballet National de Marseille as part of the Marseille-Provence 2013 events.
His latest work "SOULS", choreographed for six dancers from six African countries, was shown in Cairo in December 2013.
In January 2014 he succeeded Carolyn Carlson as director of Centre Chorégraphique National de Roubaix Nord Pas-de-Calais.
In 2015 he collaborated with Yan Duyvendak on the musical "The Sound of Music" created for the festival La Bâtie in Geneva.
As a performer he has performed works by, among others, Jan Fabre, Sasha Waltz, Angelin Preljocaj, Andy Degroat, Nasser Martin-Grousset, Cirque du Soleil and Karine Saporta.

Pierre Pontvianne

pierre pontvianneAfter training at the Conservatoire de Saint-Étienne, Pierre Pontviane continued at the École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes. He won an award at the Prix de Lausanne in 1999. In 2000 he joined the Nederlands Dans Theater where he worked with many different choreographers in creation such as Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Hans Van Manen... In 2002, he decided to become freelance, working in Holland, Germany, Belgium and Norway alternating independant projects and international companies (Frankfurt Ballet, Carte Blanche).
In 2004, he founded with Emilie Tournaire the company PARC.

In 2015 he danced in Maguy Marin's work MAY B.
Since 2014 he has been artistic collaborator in projects by choreographer Mehdi Walerski (Oslo Opera, NDT and Ballet BC).
It is with his own company that he has been directing since 2012 that Pierre Pontvianne has been developping his choreographic research.
In 2012, he created the solo "Souffle". In 2013 the SACD in France invited him to create a choreographic object in collaboration with Marie Barbottin, Punkt. (Vif du Sujet Itinérant au Festival June Events).
In 2014 he created the duet "MOTIFS", in 2016, the solo "Janet on the Roof" for the dancer Marthe Krummenacher.
The company PARC is an associate of the project RAMDAM art center.

Andonis Foniadakis

foniadakisWebAndonis Foniadakis studied classical and contemporary dance at the Greek National Ballet School, then in 1992 he pursued his training at the Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne.
In 1994 he choreographed "In Between" for the Béjart Ballet in Lausanne, then "Court Mettrage" two years later. During these two years he also performed many works by Maurice Béjart including "King Lear" and "Shéhérezade".
Alongside his career as a dancer he continued to work as a choreographer in Europe: he presented "Fila Filon" at the Cannes Dance Festival and "Lava Mana" at the Opéra de Lyon in 1999.
In 2001 his career as a choreographer continued to develop abroad : "Shadows" was shown at the Copenhagen International Festival and "In Memoriam Suberbiae" at the Athens Concert Hall. The following year he created "Solo for Email", a musical by Dominique Boivin, "Pièce Inconnue" for the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Lyon and "Handle with Care" for the National Theatre of North Greece.
He has frequently collaborated with the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève creating three pieces for their dancers: "Selon désir", "The Rite of Spring" and "Glory".
In 2012 he received the Danza e Danza award for best choreographer for his work "Les Noces" for the Maggio Danza ballet company.
In 2013 he created "Horizons" for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet of New York.
In 2014 Foniadakis collaborated with Darren Aronofsky, director of "Black Swan", on his latest film, as well as choreographing for the Sydney Dance Company.
In 2015 Andonis Foniadakis he recreated his work "Selon désir" this time for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

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