Noé Soulier, Thea Djordjadze, Karl Naegelen Angers-Berlin

Born in Paris in 1987, Noé Soulier studied dance at the CNSMD in Paris, at the National Ballet School of Canada, and at P.A.R.T.S., and holds an MA in philosophy from the Sorbonne University (Paris IV) and took part in the Palais de Tokyo residency programme, Le Pavillon. In 2010 he won first prize in the Danse Élargie competition organised by the Théâtre de la Ville and the Musée de la Danse. From 2015 to 2019 he was artist in residence at the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin. His works have been coproduced, among others, by the Festival d’Automne à Paris, Kaaitheater, Tanz im August /HAU Berlin, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Centre Pompidou, PACT Zollverein Essen, Tanzquartier Vienna, Teatro Municipal do Porto, CDCN Toulouse (FR). He has also been commissioned to produce choreographies for the Ballet du Rhin (D’un pays lointain, 2011), the Ballet de Lorraine (Corps de ballet, 2014), the Fondation Louis Vuitton (Movement material, 2014), Los Angeles Dance Project (Second Quartet, 2017), and the Ballet de l’Opera de Lyon (Self Duet, 2021). In July 2020 he became director of the Cndc - Angers.

Thea Djordjadze (°1971, Tbilisi) lives and works in Berlin. She creates sculptures and installations of singular, idiosyncratic poetry. Her works are suffused with art-historical, musical and literary references ranging from the visual traditions of
her native Georgia to the international avant-garde of the early 20th century, and beyond. The fragile, process-based character of Djordjadze’s practice dissolves the notion of the artwork as a fixed entity. Her sculptures and installations offer
viewers a spatial, physical and psychological experience, casting an unanticipated light on the settings they are occupying. The viewers are invited to enter the artwork. Djordjadze’s installations are interiors that do not function according to known rules and laws, eliciting instead a subtle questioning of our spatial perception. Her work has been shown in major solo and group exhibitions.

Karl Naegelen is a French composer born in 1979. His music results from the patient exploration of sound, developed in close collaboration with musicians. With a diploma in composition from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon and holder of a grant from the Fondation Salabert, he is an active member of the European collective and label Umlaut, which brings together musicians who question contemporary practices of writing and improvisation. Karl Naegelen has written for numerous orchestras around the world and for various stage formats. He prefers long-term collaborations.

Ictus is a contemporary music ensemble from Brussels. Since 1994 it has coexisted with P.A.R.T.S. dance school and Rosas dance company (directed by Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker), with which it has already realised 15 productions, from Amor Constante to Repertoire Evening. The ensemble has also worked with choreographers Wim Vandekeybus, Maud Le Pladec, Noé Soulier, Eleanor Bauer, Fumiyo Ikeda. Ictus is a group of some 20 co-opted musicians (including the conductor, Georges-Elie Octors). From the very beginning, Ictus has taken a chance on the irreversible mutation of ensembles towards the mixed status of the electric orchestra, for example by engaging a sound engineer in the role of instrumentalist. Ictus creates a new season in Brussels each year, in partnership with the Kaaitheater and Bozar. This season, it experiments with new programmes in front of a cultivated but not specialised audience: lovers of theatre, dance and music. Ictus is working on the question of formats and listening devices: very short or very long concerts, hidden programmes (e.g. the Blind Date series in Ghent), concerts with commentary, concert festivals in which the public circulates between podiums (e.g. the famous Liquid Room presented throughout Europe). Ictus shares its releases between the SubRosa label and the Bandcamp platform, while documenting its work on YouTube. Finally, Ictus is leading a course of study: an Advanced Master’s degree dedicated to the interpretation of modern music, in collaboration with the KASK School of Arts in Ghent.

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