choreolab 2006

Things have been fairly mental the last week with everyone wanting applications for everything… I think I said that before… so between sitting up till 3am burning scores of DVDs and reading Neal Stephenson‘s first book of The Baroque Cycle Quicksilver, I am safely not blogging. But I am still consuming information like a plague-sucking leech, and when I found out Chunky Move‘s Choreolab for 2006 is one of my favourite dancer/performer/choreographers Erna Ómarsdóttir, I almost unpacked my bags and decided to stay. I saw her perform IBM 1401 (a users manual) in Vienna in 2003 and amongst the 50-or-something performances I saw in ImPulsTanz, hers was one of the top three.

Choreolab June 7 – 10

Chunky Move is delighted to announce that choreographer / filmmakers Erna Ómarsdóttir (Iceland) and Damien Jalet (Belgium) will be our guest Choreolab artists this June.

Ómarsdóttir and Jalet are considered two of the most dynamic and influential young choreographer / performers to have emerged from Europe in recent years. Their work is dark, edgy and highly intelligent. DVD’s of two of their works The Unclear Age and Unborn are available upon request for viewing at Chunky Move.

Choreolab

Chunky Move’s Choreolab initiative offers Australian dancers and choreographers (tertiary qualified or equivalent) the opportunity to develop their skills and gain insights into choreographic practice from notable international dance practitioners. Choreolab is a free program, however numbers are limited and there is a brief application process. Please contact Kate Steele, Assistant Producer at kate@chunkymove.com.au or Tel: 03 9645 5188 to request an application form.

— Chunky Move

Choreolab June 7 – 10

Chunky Move is delighted to announce that choreographer / filmmakers Erna Ómarsdóttir (Iceland) and Damien Jalet (Belgium) will be our guest Choreolab artists this June.

Ómarsdóttir and Jalet are considered two of the most dynamic and influential young choreographer / performers to have emerged from Europe in recent years. Their work is dark, edgy and highly intelligent. DVD’s of two of their works The Unclear Age and Unborn are available upon request for viewing at Chunky Move.

Choreolab

Chunky Move’s Choreolab initiative offers Australian dancers and choreographers (tertiary qualified or equivalent) the opportunity to develop their skills and gain insights into choreographic practice from notable international dance practitioners. Choreolab is a free program, however numbers are limited and there is a brief application process. Please contact Kate Steele, Assistant Producer at kate@chunkymove.com.au or Tel: 03 9645 5188 to request an application form.

Biographies:

Erna Ómarsdóttir
Erna graduated from PARTS (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Belgium in 1998. Since then she has worked as a dancer and creator with various companies including Troubleyn (Jan Fabre), Les Ballet C dela B and Sidi Larbi Cherkoui, creating and performing Foi. During the same period Erna has actively pursued her own work.

Her most recent projects include IBM 1401 (a users manual) created in cooperation with musical composer Johann Johannson and Poni a dance performance installation by Frank Pay. Erna has performed all over the world in recent years and has been invited to some of the most renowned festivals and venues. She was announced Best Young Dancer by Ballet International in 2002 and Best Dancer and Young Choreographer to watch in 2003.

Damien Jalet
Damien Jalet is French and Belgian. Following Theatre Studies at the National Institute of the Performing Arts in Brussels, Damien trained in contemporary dance both in Belgium and New York. He started his choreographic career with Wim Vandekeybus in 1998 (The Day of Heaven and Hell) and danced with choreographers including Ted Stoffer and Christine De Smedt. In 2000 he began an intense collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as his artistic partner with the company Les Ballets C de la B. creating Rien de Rien (2000), Foi (2003), Tempus Fugit (2004), d’avant 8 (2005). Jalet and Cherkaoui then co-devised a piece for Belgium’s 175 Birthday celebrations that was danced by 40 000 people across the country simultaneously. He also assisted Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for the creation of the piece In Memoriam for les ballets de Monte-Carlo and Loin for the ballet of the Grand Theatre de Geneve. In 2005 Jalet created a short movie The Unclear Age, co-directed by Erna Ómarsdóttir and movie makers Dumspiro. Damien Jalet has also studied ethnomusicology and polyphonic singing with Giovanna Marini, Christine Leboutte, Nando Acquaviva and Nicole Casalongua.