3 visages - Pre-opening of the "Pays de danses" festival
Friday 21 January 2022 at 8pm
Ayelen Parolin, Louise Vanneste and Thomas Hauert are choreographers from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation who are being hosted as part as in-house artists at the Théâtre de Liège between 2018 and 2022. In order to celebrate the end of this partnership through movement, the Pays de Danses Festival is offering the three artists carte blanche at the Trinkhall Museum for a dialogue between dance and plastic arts.
The title, 3 visages, in reference to the ‘Visages/Frontières’
exhibition presented at the Trinkhall Museum, which inspired the three choreographers.
After training in classical dance, Louise Vanneste took a new direction towards contemporary dance, studying at P.A.R.T.S. A grant from the SPES Foundation (BE) allowed her then to continue her training in New York, notably within the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Since returning to Europe, she has worked on choreographies, favouring collaborations with artists from disciplines other than dance. She created her first group piece Sie kommen in 2008, followed by the solo HOME, the trio Persona and lastly the duet Black Milk (Critics’ Award 2013). In 2014, she produced her first video installation Going West. Her works have been performed in Belgium and abroad (Netherlands, Estonia, Italy, Brazil, Hong Kong, France etc.) She created Gone in a heartbeat at the KVS as part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2015 and Thérians in 2017 at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, co-produced by the IMPACT Festival. This project comprises a period of research related to her combined interest in dance and novels, which is continuing into 2019 with À travers les Aulnes. In parallel, she has been a regular contributor at ISAC (Institut Supérieur des Arts et des Chorégraphies) since September 2016. Louise Vanneste is also artistic partner at the Halles de Schaerbeek and Charleroi danse.
Ayelen Parolin is a Buenos Aires-born choreographer and dancer who now lives and works in Brussels. She studied at the National School of Dance and the San Martin Theatre in Buenos Aires and then in Europe took the e.x.e.r.c.e course in Montpellier. She worked as a dancer, among others, with Mathilde Monnier, Jean-François Peyret and Mossoux-Bonté. Ayelen Parolin has been producing her own work since 2004. Each of her creations is centred on a recurrent motif, building up the choreography around it. Autobiography in the solo 25.06.76, Exotic World, La Esclava, Wherever the Music Takes You, the animal dormant in each of us in Troupeau/Rebaño, femininity and group dynamics in the piece SMS and Love, and the male figure in DAVID. In her more recent creations Hérétiques, Nativos (an order from Théâtre de Liège to the Korean National Contemporary Dance Company), La Tribu and Autoctonos II, Ayelen Parolin has immersed herself in writing rigorously precise, calculated and persistent movements to talk about the social and the ritual in an abstraction that takes the body to its limits. Ayelen has been one of the 4 winners of the Pina Bausch Foundation grant in 2016. In May 2019, she will create a group performance with Carte Blanche, the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance. Ayelen Parolin has created and shown her work in Europe, South America, New York and South Korea. She is also artistic partner at Charleroi danse.
After a career as a dancer, Swiss-born Thomas Hauert set up his own company ZOO in Brussels and has created some twenty or so shows including Cows in Space, Verosimile, Modify, Walking Oscar, Accords, You’ve Changed, From B to B, Like me more like me, a piece for young audiences Danse étoffée sur musique déguisée, MONO, the solo (sweet) (bitter) and inaudible. His latest group piece How to proceed was created at Théâtre de Liège as part of the festival Pays de Danses2018. Thomas Hauert also created the piece Hà Mais with Mozambican dancers and several pieces for P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. He produces work notably for Zurich Ballet, the Toronto Dance Theatre, Candoco Dance Company, an English company of disabled and able-bodied dancers, for the Barcelona-based collective LaBolsa and for the CCN Ballet de Lorraine. Performed on over 200 stages around the world, Thomas Hauert’s work has evolved out of his research on movement, with a particular interest in improvisation-based writing, exploring the tension between freedom and constraint, the individual and the group, order and disorder, form and formlessness. The choreographer has developed teaching methods that are now recognised the world over. He gives workshops worldwide. Thomas Hauert has been the artistic director on the contemporary dance bachelor’s course at La Manufacture in Lausanne since 2013.