ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF ULTIMA VEZ, CHOREOGRAPHER, DANCER, FILM-MAKER & PHOTOGRAPHER / BELGIUM
Wim Vandekeybus (1963) is a choreographer, dancer, film-maker and photographer. He founded his dance company Ultima Vez in the mid-eighties. He made a remarkable artistic debut with his first performance What the body does not remember (1987). The performance won a Bessie, an award granted for ground-breaking work. His second performance Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles (1989) was also honoured with this award. In his unique style, Vandekeybus has created milestones in the development of modern dance, at home and abroad. He created a language of movement wherein he juxtaposes intuition, impulse and instinct with energy, risk and danger.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF CIE MPDA, DIRECTOR & SCENOGRAPHER / FRANCE
Alexandra Lacroix studied stage direction and scenography (ENSAD Paris) and co-founded Musical Theatre Company MPDA. She is experimenting with innovative ways of presenting opera by questioning the scene / theatre hall relationship, a deeper connection with the audience and the free movement of the musicians. She directed and designed the set of 22 performances, musical projects and operas, including Britten’s Illuminations (dir. Adrien Perruchon) at Centquatre with the Paris Chamber Orchestra, L’Arlésienne at the Opéra Comique with the Orchestra Pelléas, Offenbach (dir. Benjamin Lévy) at Musée d’Orsay, a trilogy after Bach’s Passions (dir. Christophe Grapperon). Currently, she is working on The Carmen case with the composer Diana Soh, the conductor Elena Schwarz and the support of enoa.
ARTIST COLLECTIVE / BELGIUM
Thomas Verstraeten (1986) studied Drama at the former Studio Herman Teirlinck in Antwerp and gained a MA in Liberal Arts from Sint-Lucas. As a member of FC Bergman, he created a.o. 300 el x 50 el x 30 el (2011), Van den vos (2013), Het land Nod (2015), JR (2018) and The Sheep Song (2021). Working under his own name, Thomas makes performances, structures and videos rooted in the public space which may dismantle or provoke human, almost ritual patterns of behaviour. Examples include Moving Things, Nachtasiel, Pont Roi Baudoin and Pierre Menards paradox. In 2016 he and Benjamin Verdonck made Nocturama. In 2017, Thomas Verstraeten presented De parade van mannen, vrouwen en diegenen die vanuit de verte op vliegen lijken.
Marie Vinck (1983) studied Germanic philology and then acting at the former Studio Herman Teirlinck. As a member of FC Bergman, she created a.o. 300 el x 50 el x 30 el (2011), Van den vos (2013), Het land Nod (2015), JR (2018) and The Sheep Song (2021). She played in Freud (2019) by Ivo van Hove, and worked on the adaptation of Sartre’s original script. Marie has played the lead in films including De kus (2004), Loft (2008), Amsterdam (2009), Smoorverliefd (2010), Adem (2010) and Sprakeloos (2017). In 2005 the VAF nominated her Belgium’s SHOOTING STAR at the Berlinale. She has won a number of awards for her film work, including the Joseph Plateau Award for Best Belgian Actress for her role in De kus.
THANDAZILE SONIA RADEBE
DANCER, TEACHER, CHOREOGRAPHER, FACILITATOR
& ASSESSOR, CENTRE FOR THE LESS GOOD IDEA / SOUTH AFRICA
Thandazile Sonia Radebe is an award winning contemporary dancer, teacher, choreographer, facilitator and assessor. She graduated in Theory and Practice of Dance Teaching from Moving into Dance Mophatong in 2003 and has enjoyed over 18 years of professional practice in dance, theatre and education. Radebe has traveled with her work throughout Africa, the USA, and Europe. Her ability to perform and choreograph witty yet emotionally charged works dealing with universal socio-economic issues has allowed her to explore both con-ventional theatre and alternative multidisciplinary spaces.