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Biografien der Künstler_innen

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Benoit Lachambre
Constantly developing himself in the field of dance since the 1970s, Benoît
Lachambre discovered the release technique in 1985. Hence, the kinaesthetic
approach to movement and improvisation leaves its marks on his choreographic
work. He devotes himself to an exploratory approach of movement and
its sources, with the aim to seek the authenticity of the gesture. His approach
is based fundamentally on his work sharpened with the senses where the
artistic and the somatic become a necessity. There is something significantly radical in his approach.
His work is based on the awakening of senses, imagining the dreaming body
transformations outside of the self-notion, passes by the analyses of gesture
in a context and space, a lively space. Benoît Lachambre thus develops a language
that is based on the present and on the future of a more authentic
conscience. In his creations, he equally aims at modifying the performer’s empathic
experience with the audience. Among the artists who influenced him
the most, Benoît Lachambre counts Meg Stuart (a regular collaborator), but
also Amélia Itcush with her work on the dispersal of the weight in the body.
Besides his work as choreographer and dancer, Benoît Lachambre gained a
high degree of recognition as teacher by giving workshops and classes all
over the world for over 15 years.
In 1996, Benoît Lachambre created his own company Par B.L.eux in Montréal:
“B.L.” for Benoît Lachambre, and “eux” for “them,” creative artists he collaborates
with and who are becoming more and more influential in his career.
He multiplies artistic encounters and dynamic exchange and collaborates
with numerous international choreographers and artists coming from different
disciplines: Boris Charmatz, Sasha Waltz, Marie Chouinard, Louise Lecavalier
or again Meg Stuart and the musician Hahn Rowe; with latters he
created one of his masterpieces Forgeries, Love and Other Matters in 2003 for
which he received the prestigious Bessie Award in 2006.
Benoît Lachambre is one of the major artists / choreographers of his generation,
he created 16 works since the foundation of Par B.L.eux, participated in
more than 20 others productions and was the choreographer of 25 commissioned
works, for example I is memory (solo for Louise Lecavalier in 2006) and
JJ’s Voice that he created for Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm in 2009. In March
2013, he created High heels too, a new choreography commissioned by the
Cullberg Ballet.
During the presentation of Snakeskins in Montréal in the 2012-2013 season,
Benoît Lachambre was awarded, in November 2013, the Grand prix de la danse
de Montréal.

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Fabrice Ramalingom
studied from 1986 to 1988 at the Centre national de
danse contemporaine in Angers – then directed by Michel Reilhac – before
beginning his professional career as a dancer-performer at the Centre chorégraphique national in Montpellier. Fabrice danced with them from 1988 to
1993, performing in all of the works by Dominique Bagouet, an emblematic
French choreographer known for the refinement of his signature, and whose
work remains a major chapter in the history of French dance. He also danced
in One story, as in falling, a work created for the Bagouet company by Trisha
Brown in 1992. In 1993, he was a founding member of Les carnets Bagouet, a
group for reflection and transmission of the works by the late choreographer.
At the same time, he co-founded the company La Camionetta with Hélène
Cathala. Over the next thirteen years together, they choreographed 11 works
and were associate artists at the Équinoxe Scène nationale in Chateauroux,
at the Théâtre de Nîmes, then at the Scène nationale in Sète and Bassin de
Thau.In 2002 in Montpellier, La Camionetta tried out a new collective experience
with two other choreographers and two stage directors, in an alternative
space for creation and production called Changement de propriétaire, for
interdisciplinary projects, residencies, performances and training. The housing
market and problems in the neighborhood brought the dream to an end,
but new ones were to come. Fabrice opened a new door to the future, and decided
to leave La Camionetta. In 2005, he became artistic advisor to the group
EX.E.R.CE at the Centre chorégraphique national in Montpellier.
In 2006, he founded the company R.A.M.a, where each project is an opportunity
to open up to other media, and to extend an invitation to collaborators
from different cultural contexts. The ten works he has created since R.A.M.a
was founded are so many open spaces, offered up, to reflect and provoke
thought about the paradoxes that he holds so close, such as : man / animal,
individual / community, presence / absence… The question of territory is
also predominant in his new project. Fabrice has been artist in residence at
the ADDMD11, associate artist at l’Agora, cité internationale de la dance in
Montpellier, as well as associate artist at CDC Uzès Danse. Fabrice is also wellknown for his committment to education and learning in all its forms (professional training, appearances at universities and in choreographic centres,
master classes, performance conferences, workshops and classes geared towards
professionals or dance amateurs). Along with his own choreographic
and teaching work, he continues to dance with Anne Collod…
R.A.M.a is contracted by la DRAC Languedoc-Roussillon / Ministère de la
Culture et de la Communication and by la Région Languedoc-Roussillon, is
supported by le Conseil Général de l’Hérault et la Ville de Montpellier. R.A.M.a
is also supported by Réseau en Scène Languedoc-Roussillon.

Hahn Rowe
This Korean-American composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has
been working for twenty years on the frontier between rock, electronic music,
improvisation and new music. Hahn Rowe has performed and recorded with such artists as Hugo Largo, David Byrne, Antony and the Johnsons, Hassan Hakmoun, Glenn Branca, Moby, Swans, Foetus, and R.E.M. His work between Brussels and Berlin with choreographer Meg Stuart and her company Damaged Goods led to the compositions Disfigure Study, No Longer Readymade and Swallow My Yellow Smile. He was part of four editions of Crash Landing. He composed and performed live
the score for Forgeries, Love and Other Matters and he wrote the scores for
Replacement and Blessed. Hahn Rowe has also composed for film and television,
notably for Clean, Shaven (directed by Lodge Kerrigan), Spring Forward
(directed by Tom Gilroy), and Married in America (directed by Michael Apted).
In 2008, Hahn Rowe collaborated with Benoît Lachambre and Louise Lecavalier
for the creation of Is You Me. He also collaborated with Par B.L.eux for
music of Snakeskins.

Matthieu Doze
studied dance with Joëlle Faure in Marseille, at New York’s
Merce Cunningham Studio, then as part of the second round of professional
training with the Bagouet company in Montpellier. He performed in Necesito
and So schnell, the two last works by Dominique Bagouet, and in restagings of
Saut de l’ange, Les petites pièces de Berlin, Meublé sommairement, as well as in
One Story as in falling, the work that Trisha Brown created with the Bagouet
company in 1992. A performer above all, he has worked with Daniel Larrieu, Olivia Grandville, Alain Buffard, le Quatuor Albrecht Knust, Loïc Touzé, Christian Rizzo, Emmanuelle Huynh, Fanny de Chaillé, and Claudia Triozzi…

Maryse Gautier
Lighting artist rather than designer, as she prefers to be called, Maryse Gautier
plays with shadow and light for such stage directors as Claude Régy, and
choreographers such as Loïc Touzé, Régine Chopinot and La Camionetta.
She has been working with Fabrice Ramalingom since 1996.

Emmanuelle Debeusscher
is a scenographer, a constructor and a stage manager. She is a founding member of the Adesso e Sempre cie. Since 1994, she has conceived and created most of the sceneries for Julien Bouffier plays, four of which were made in collaboration with the National Dramatic Center, Théâtre des Treize Vents. Since 2010, she has also created the scenographies for the director Hélène Soulié (Collectif Exit) and has assisted Gillone Brun and Julie Bureau, Jean – Marc Bourg’s scenographers. For
15 years she has designed spaces and stage elements for Marc Baylet, Hélène
Cathala,Yann Lheureux, Fabrice Ramalingom, Claire Le Michel, Fabrice Andrivon,
Christophe Laluque, Frédéric Borie, Lonely Circus, Anna Delbos-Zamore ,
Claire Engel, Richard Mitou, Mitia Fedotenko, Vanessa Liautey.
She has accompany different directors and choreographs in a continuous and
discontinuous way. Her work orientates itself, through experiences, around
devices questionning video supports, the spectators status and the evolution
of mental spaces. Since 2010, she leads a workshop of scenography in practice at Paul Valéry University (Montpellier) . In the same line, she intervenes as a layout artist, in the scenography section, for the student’s « grands » projects at the Ecole
Nationale des Arts Décoratif de Paris. Recently, she took part in the making of a piece in volume for the painter André Cervera and in the installation of the video and visual artist show, Guillaume Robert.

Su-Feh Lee
is a choreographer, dancer and dramaturge. Born in Malaysia, it was there that she grew up and first performed at the National Children’s Theatre (1980-1982). There, she was exposed to a wide variety of dances, from the more traditional forms from Southeast Asia to more contemporary and experimental techniques. Since 1987, she has been training intensively in Chinese martial arts, more specifically internal martial arts, and is currently studying BaguaZhang. Since moving to Vancouver in 1988, her work portrays the contemporary body as a place where history and uprooted tradition are intertwined. She cofounded the Battery Opera in 1995 with the artist and writer David McIntosh. She works alone or in collaboration with other artists, including David McIntosh, DD Kugler, Steven Hill and Benoît Lachambre

Alexandra Bertaut
is an explorer. She uses the body as a subject, not as a
pretext. Because it’s the body that is in question. The staging of self that is inherent in clothing. To define - to shape spaces, identities, individualities. Multiples - the social body, living organisms. Alexandra began her studies in the applied arts, fashion and the environment. She continued her research with such names as Carlotta & Caterina Sagna, Edmond Russo & Shlomi Tuizer, Frank Micheletti, Fabrice Lambert, Maud Le Pladec, Herman Diephuis, Thomas Quillardet, Richard Siegal, Su-Feh Lee and Benoît Lachambre. In 2012, she designed the costumes for Snakeskins (un faux solo) for Par B.L.eux.