No Soulier 

No Soulier (Paris, 1987) started his training as a dancer at the Paris Conservatoire National Suprieur de Musique et de Danse. He continued these studies at the National Ballet School of Canada and at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, where he graduated in 2010. Meanwhile he was active as a performer in the work of a.o. Daniel Linehan. No studied the harpsichord and in 2013 he completes his Masters degree in philosophy at the Sorbonne. In 2011-12 he took part in the residency program of Le Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Often combining different interests, the work of No Soulier is characterized as highly reflexive. In hybrid lecture performances such as Ideography, Soulier analyses the language of dance as well as canonical philosophical discourse, in an attempt to revive and actualize their meaning. Also in the solo Kingdom of Shades, the trio Little Perceptions and the quartet D'un pays lointain, Soulier generates a polyphony of meaning by confronting various points of view in one dynamic perspective.

Currently No is working on a new lecture performance that investigates the ways in which we talk about movement and the ways in which movement generates discourse. In Movement on movement, No Soulier reproduces physically sequences from the Improvisation Technologies where William Forsythe demonstrates different tools used to generate movements. By using them as dance material within an artwork, Soulier shifts their status, addressing the question: how can movement be about movement? Next season, he will make a creation for the Ballet de Lorraine which will prolong his research on the disruption of the ballet vocabulary.


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