Claire Croizé 

Residency: EVOL
17 > 31 July 2016 - Studio

© Joery Thiry / STUK

This summer, choreographer Claire Croizé will be working at wpZimmer on her newest creation EVOL. The title embodies two notions: you can read “Love” backwards and it is a contraction of the word “Evolution”. These two notions will be at the heart of this new creation. Croizé wants to develop, along with a strong musicality of the movements, a personal language for each dancer based on an inner introspection. An intimate narration should appear from this quest, going from a personal speech to a shared dialogue between the dancers and with the audience.

Each of Croizé’s creations pay much attention to the movements of the dancers. Since Primitive (2014) she focuses even more on the readability of the movements, thus becoming better at expressing her feelings and sensitivities. But she always pays attention to the viewers, who can continue to give their own interpretations to the movements, and can continue to use their own imagination. Over the years, Croizé’s attention to the sensitivity of the movement vocabulary of her dancers only increased. Her dance language is nourished by this loving gaze on the body and its movements. EVOL want to share that love with the public.

Première: 25 & 26/10/2016 - STUK (Leuven)

Claire Croizé (France, 1979) graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2000 and has been active as a choreographer and a dancer since. A common thread throughout her work is the relationship between dance, music and light. She got awarded with Prix Jardin d’Europe in 2009, for her memorable solo The Farewell, based on ‘The Song of the Earth’ by Gustav Mahler. In 2012 she created Chant éloigné, a group piece for five dancers on stage, confronted with the music written by composers from the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg, Webern) and Debussy. Her most recent creation is Primitive (2014), an open air creation that premièred in June 2014 in Paris during festival June Events and toured extensively in Europe. Previous performances by Claire Croizé include Donne-moi quelque chose qui ne meure pas (2000), Blowing Up (2002), Runway#1 (2003), Affected (2006), Dido (2007), The Farewell (2009), Vor deinem Thron (2010) and Mouvement pour quatuor (2012). From 2017 on, Claire Croizé and Etienne Guilloteau will form the company ECCE and will be house artists of the Concertgebouw in Bruges.

concept: Claire Croizé - dance: Claire Godsmark, Youness Khoukhou, Emmi Väisänen, Jason Respilieux - light: Jan Maertens - costume: Anne Catherine Kunz - dramaturge: Etienne Guilloteau - production: Action Scénique - co-production:Buda kunstencentrum - supported by: wpZimmer, STUK and Kaaitheater - Action Scénique is structurally supported by the Flemish Community and Buda kunstencentrum (Kortijk) during the period 2013-2016


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