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29
Apr
2010

RESPOND – REACT

The Residency

3 days of experiments, new ideas and new music working towards three new commissioned pieces for Kompany Malakhi’s 2012 tour.

What an amazing weekend we had with:

Kwesi Johnson (Kompany Malakhi, UK ) Anthony Egéa (Cie Revolution, France) Victor Quijada (Rubberbandance, Canada)

Respond-React was for dancers interested in the synthesis of Urban dance styles, particularly Breakin’, with contemporary dance and physical theatre, with three choreographers  at the forefront when it comes to synthesising these styles of movement. They were  joined by three world class musicians, Franck II Louise, Jasper Gahunia and Luke Harney who  created original music daily.

Stay tuned and we will post the footage here soon.

Biographies of the Choreographers

Kwesi Johnson, Artistic Director/Choreographer Kompany Malakhi

Inside your head

A self‑styled ‘Griographer’, who is part of a new generation of artists who are bringing their eclectic experiences to dance and physical theatre. Using physical theatre, contemporary dance and vernacular dance forms he has been pushing creative boundaries and developing fresh and sophisticated ideas since 1994. He is interested in movement that’s created from an emotional foundation, which allows the styles he uses to create narratives. After being immersed in Hip Hop culture and taking the path of Bboyin and later being influenced by UK Jazz Fuzion, Kwesi went on to train at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and worked with companies and choreographers such as Lloyd Newson, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Companie Duroure, CandoCo Dance Company and The Hittite Empire before creating Kompany Malakhi in 1994.

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Anthony Egéa Cie Revolution

CIE REVOLUTION IN URBAN BALLET. Photo Jean-Jacques Mahé.As early as 1984, Anthony Egéa set out on a long process of learning hip hop dance. After having become familiar with a large variety of techniques, he joined the Ecole Supérieure Rosella Hightower in Cannes on a choreographic scholarship program to complete his training. Having also won the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères Lavoisier scholarship, Anthony Egéa went on a study course at Alvin Ailey’s Dance Theater in New York. This drove him to purify dance moves and think up more abstract forms. He measures virtuosity against the infinitely small, what can be shown against what can be expressed. His creations include Triptyk (2001), and Amazones (2003), Soli (2005) – Soli 2Urban Ballet (2008), a piece for ten dancers and Clash (2009)

www.cie-revolution.com

Victor Quijada

Choreographer/Co-Artistic Director Rubberbandance Group

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The path of choreographer Victor Quijada began in Los Angeles, where from a young age, he was deeply influenced by Hip Hop culture. Introduced to formal dance and theater at L.A. County High School for the Arts, Quijada became a protégé of Post-modern pioneer Rudy Perez before working with dance icon Twyla Tharp. Quijada worked shortly with Eliot Feld before becoming a demi-soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. In 2002 he formed RUBBERBANDANCE GROUP, after years of exploring dance and theater from urban, classical, and contemporary angles.

Quijada has directed dance on film, video, and for televised broadcast. He has created work for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Met, Jeune Ballet du Quebec, Peter Boal & Company (NYC), Transitions Dance Company (London), Chamber Dance Project, and notably Self Observation Without Judgement for Scottish Dance Theater, which won the 2004 National Dance Award for Best Modern Repertory. He has received the Peter Darrell Choreography Award (UK), Bonnie Bird North American Award (UK), Choreography in Media Honors, and was nominated for an American Choreography Award. In 2008, Quijada was invited to participate at the Big Intensive on Directing Dance at Sadler’s Wells in London. In 2009 he was awarded the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize for his work Punto Ciego. Since September 2007, Victor Quijada is Resident Artist of Cinquieme Salle at Place des Arts de Montreal.

www.rubberbandance.com

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2 comments

  1. Lucy Foster-Perkins on August 26, 2010

    Such an great weekend! It was amazing to work with such inspiring. encouraging and fun people. I can’t wait to see where this goes, but it can only produce good things! It’s the future!! L

  2. Marc on September 1, 2010

    C’était vraiment cool!!!!
    Que du beau et bon travail avec les chorégraphes et leurs musiciens et aussi avec les danseurs et danseuses.
    Merci à tous et très vite 😉

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