Erna Omarsdottir &
CoachingProject: The source of your chaos - The return
Week 4, 6.8.–10.8.2007
The source of your chaos- The return
Our main goal of this coaching is to encourage every participant to develop a personal and original language made of movements, voice and words, using sensitive intuition and spontaneous instinct rather than academical and conventional references. Our idea is to create a personal mythology through dance, story telling, singing, and voice soundscapes. Relying on our intuitive intelligence we will be investigating relationships between emotional states and movements, exploring and conciliating our own extremes, and finding ways to transform and explore all our "selves". This workshop will also look at how
relationships between two or three people may give birth to something unexpected and how the link between people is actually the creation itself – rather than being a beforehand individual decision. Through improvisations and transformed movement phrases issued from our previous collaborations (like "ofætt" and "the unclear age") we will support you finding ways to compose solos, duos or other forms: daring to go from virtuosic to clumsy, from beautiful to monstruous, from comic to tragic and going all way to the pathetic. We will have the overall task to conciliate instinct and rationalisation in order to structure our own chaos.
In 1998 Erna Ómarsdóttir graduated from P.A.R.T.S. under the direction of Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. Since then she worked as a dancer for several companies and choreographers, to name in the first place Troubleyn directed by Jan Fabre creating and dancing various works, ao the solo „My movements are alone like streetdogs“. Since 2002 she has been working with Les Ballets C. de la B. and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creating and performing „Foi“. At the same time she has actively persued her own work. Her recent projects are „IBM – 1401, a user's manual“ and „The mysteries of love“, both in cooperation with the musician and composer Johann Johannsson, „Poni“ (Project 1 and 2) and „We are all Marlene Dietrich FOR“ in cooperation with Emil Hrvatin for the Icelandic Dance Company, both being presented at ImPulsTanz 2005, and „Ofaett“ with Damien Jalet and visual artist Gabriela Fridriksdóttir. Since 1996 Erna Omarsdottir established Ekka Dancetheater in Reykjavik. 2006 she was selected the artist of her hometown Kopavour in Iceland.
Damien Jalet is French and Belgian. After his first studies in theatre at the I.N.S.A.S. (National Institute of the Performing Arts, Brussels) he shifted to contemporary dance studying it in Belgium and in New York. He started his dance career with Wim Vandekeybus on the show "The Day of Heaven and Hell" in 1998 and danced with the choreographers Ted Stoffer and Christine De Smedt ao. In 2000 he began an intense collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as his artistic partner within the company Les Ballets C. de la B. They co-created "rien de rien" (2000), "Foi" (2003), "Tempus Fugit" (2004), and "Myth" (2006). In 2002 he created the piece "d'avant" in collaboration with Cherkaoui, Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola. In 2005 he did the short movie "The Unclear Age", co-directed with Erna Ómarsdóttir and the movie makers Dumspiro. Together with Ómarsdóttir, Gabriela Fridriksdóttir and Raven he created the piece "Ofaett" (Unborn) for the Theatre National de Bretagne.
In 2006 he created the short duet "Aleko" for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Aomori, Japan, in collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Alexandra Gilbert. He has been collaborating with the French director Arthur Nauzyciel and the actress Anne Brochet for the creation of "l'image" of Samuel Beckett for the celebration of his centenary in Dublin.
He 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 of Geneva. Damien Jalet studied Ethnomusicology and polyphonic singing with Giovanna Marini, Christine Leboutte, Nando Acquaviva, and Nicole Casalongua ao.
DAMIEN JALET will also perform with the Company SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI & TONEELHUIS at ImPulsTanz 2007 with “Myth” on July 24, 26 and 27 at the Volkstheater.
Erna OmarsdóttirDamien Jalet