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Tijen Lawton

Tijen is a professional dancer, performer and teacher based in Belgium. She was born in 1972 to a Turkish mother and British father. She began her dance studies while living in İstanbul, later continued at The Arts Educational School London, The Place London and The Juilliard School New York. She has danced with Pierre Droulers, Thierry De Mey, Caterina & Carlotta Sagna, Mauro Paccagnella & Wooshing Machine, Harold Henning, Erika Zueneli, Inaki Azpillaga & Rodrigo Fuentealba and Manngold, Karlien De Savoye & Quan Bui Ngoc. In 1998 Tijen became a longtime member of Needcompany, directed by Jan Lauwers and Grace Ellen Barkley.

 

As a teacher, creator and coach Tijen works in professional, educational and social artistic fields throughout Europe. She is a regular guest teacher at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp.

Recently she collaborated as a performer with Mokhallad Rasem, Claudio Bernardo and Mauro Paccagnella & Whooshing Machine. Tijen creates and performs her own solo work through investigating and challenging her body as an archive, a communicative vessel. By questioning the internal limit of thinking, her work aspires to look deeper into the purity and complexity of the body and the ‘life’ it lives.

Iris Bouche

Iris Bouche graduated in 1993 from the Stedelijk Instituut voor Ballet in Antwerp. She then continued her studies at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center in N.Y.C. and at the Dance Theater School Rudra in Lausanne under the direction of Maurice Béjart.

 

From 1995 to 2001 she was part of the permanent core of the Rosas dance company led by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Since then she has worked freelance on several co-productions. In November 2004 she worked with Goele van Dijck on Lilium, a dance performance for young people with and without a motor handicap (Fabulous). Iris Bouche danced in 2007 in MYTH (Toneelhuis / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui) and in A history of the world in 10 1/2 chapter (Toneelhuis). She worked on a research trajectory under the name "Cutting Space", a work-in-progress in collaboration with musician and composer Kobe Proesmans.

 

In September 2010 she follows the Apass training in the Singel in Antwerp and the Advanced Performance Training, in which she wants to further develop her personal work on Cutting Space as an investigating artist. Since October 2011 she works as Artistic Coordinator of the dance training within the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. For this training she created Aporie, Venn in collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and A Corps Perdu. She leads several research projects on inclusion in dance.

Leif Firnhaber

Leif Federico Firnhaber lived his childhood between Paraguay, Chile, Germany and Spain where he began to practice Breakdance in the streets of the Canary Islands. With an increased interest in dance but also in history, technology and biology, he continued to multiply the meetings that brought him to Madrid in 2005. 

 

He moved to Brussels in 2008 and has been developing there for a multifaceted style. He is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, photographer and recently chef. As a performer, he works for renowned choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, David Zambrano, Michelle Anne de Mey, to name a few.

 

As a teacher, he shares his interest in the movement with professionals and amateurs around the world. The Royal Antwerp Ballet Conservatory, ARTESIS, Kunsthumaniora, Cie. Akram Khan (U.K), Co. Ultima Vez (Belgium), RICTS (Brussels), Festival "Marco Zero" (Brazil) among many others. He directs the rehearsals for “Pelleas & Melissandre by Damien Jalet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Marina Abramovic. He created end-of-studies shows with students from art schools such as Cie Fontys (Tilburg), the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, and Boheme 2020 Musikfestspiele Dresden.

 

In 2018, he co-founded SiiPR, an interdisciplinary collaboration with Carmelo Fernandez, Yaara Dolev, Saïd Gharbi and Claudio Conti whose productions are both educational and artistic.

Edouard Hue

Edouard Hue trained at the Ballet Junior de Genève. Then, he worked with the Hofesh Shechter Company, Olivier Dubois, Damien Jalet ... He received the 2019 Swiss Dance Prize "Exceptional dancer".

 

In 2014, he created the Franco-Swiss company Beaver Dam Company and his first piece Murky Depths. The show won numerous prizes and was a great success from the first performances in Europe and around the world.

 

In 2016, Edouard Hue, with the Beaver Dam Company, officially entered the triennial residence at L’Auditorium Seynod - Scène Régionale.

 

In 2017, for his creation Meet me halfway, he was supported by Pro-Helvetia, Swiss Foundation for Culture, which set up mentoring with Olivier Dubois. The play has been selected by several platforms, has been shown internationally and has received numerous press reviews. In November 2017, he co-founded the FDAM - Festival of Dance and Art in Motion with the Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture Novel.

 

In 2018, he created and performed the solo FORWARD. The creation integrates the Dance & Dramartugia Program initiated by Philippe Saire - Théâtre Sévelin 36. The same year, Edouard Hue re-created with 8 dancers his piece Into Outside for the School of Contemporary Dance in Montreal.

 

In 2019, he choreographed “Domine Jesu” for the performance Requiem by Yoann Bourgeois. He produced the piece Into Outside for the Frontier Danceland Company in Singapore and he created the piece IDENTITY for the graduates of the CFC Danse de Genève.

Brandon Lagaert

Brandon Lagaert followed a theatrical journey at SKI Ghent. In 2012, he studied contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.

 

The following year, he joined Peeping Tom for the creation of Vader. He is also part of Moeder. In addition to his work with Peeping Tom, Brandon collaborates with various artists, notably at the School of Physical Theater in Strasbourg, where he carries out cinematographic research. He also stands out as a versatile artist in various disciplines, including theater, dance, film, staging... His work is called ‘Kaiho’.

 

After the creation of Vader, he also created the play Subdued, based on some of the material from Vader's rehearsals that had not been used. For this piece he received an Outstanding Performer Award at the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition.

 

In 2016, Brandon obtained a BILL Award for young emerging Belgian artists, in the 'visual arts’ category.

Christine Bastin

Laureate of numerous international choreography competitions, Christine Bastin created her company in 1986, became an "associated choreographer" in many French theaters and acquired international renown. All of her creations tour regularly in France and abroad. 

Christine Bastin combines dance with text, theater, circus, hip hop, painting, live music, electro-acoustic music, in a deep passion for gathering the arts together and writing movement. She creates as much for the stage as for public spaces, outdoors or in unusual places. She collaborates with visual artists, directors and regularly participates in improvisation meetings between dancers, actors and musicians.

A recipient of the Beaumarchais Foundation, in 2000 she won the cultural prize of the city of Bourges, and in 2001 she received the distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Since 2015, she is co-founder and artistic director of La Fabrique de la Danse.

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