Elizabeth (Lisi) Estaràs (1972) begins to dance in Cordoba (Argentina). After trying to combine her studies in social work with a professional dance training, she chooses dance. Thanks to a scholarship she leaves Argentina at age 19 to study at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Quite soon afterwards she joins the ranks of the Batsheva Ensemble in Tel Aviv.
After five years in Israel Lisi moves to Europe and starts her career with les ballets C de la B in 1997. She creates and dances Iets op Bach, Wolf, vsprs, pitié!, C(H)ŒURS and tauberbach by Alain Platel, and Tempus Fugit by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She is also part of the educational project and gives workshops and master classes in Belgium and around the world.
Over the years she also creates her own work. She makes and dances: Bartime with Einat Tuchman (Campo, Ghent), Cocina Erotica and No Wonder with Constanza Macras (Schaubühne, Berlin), Leche (Passerelle, Kortrijk) and A distancia (Teatro Real, Cordoba, Argentina). For les ballets C de la B she choreographs Patchagonia, Bolero, The Gaza Monologues, primero-erscht and Dance Dance, a coproduction with het KIP (Ghent).
Lisi also makes choreographies for other directors. She works on Hiob by Sandra Strunz (Theater Bonn), Das Brennende Haus by Emilio Garcia Wehbi and Maricel Alvarez (City Theater Bern) and het Hamilton Complex by Lies Pauwels. (HETPALEIS). Antwerp)
In 2015 she creates the solo La esclava with choreographer Ayelen Parolin (La Biennale de Charleroi, shows in les Brigitines, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles (Paris), Le Gymnase (Roubaix), Julidans (Amsterdam), …).
In 2016, she creates the performance Monkey Mind with three dancers with Down syndrome for Platform K (Campo, Ghent) and the solo The speech for dancer Irene Russolillo (Festival Equilibrium, Rome).
She also performs the new creation by Benny Claessens Learning how to walk (05/18/16, NTGent).
Composer and musician Mirko Banovic (1970) studied at conservatory Ghent (Jazz Bass)
He recorded with: Arno, Arsenal, Zita Swoon, An Pierlé, Sioen, Meuris, Jane Birkin, Olla Vogola, Axel Red, Julien Doré, Adamo, Arid, PJDS, Marie Warnant, Anton Walgrave, Deus, Jasper Steverlink, Cinerex, Tom Pintens, David Bovée, Eva De Roovere, Belle Roscoe, Sarah Ferri, Teun Verbruggen, Yasmine, Lais, Magic Ballet ensemble, Woodface, White wine dark grapes, Roland, Lunascape, Root, Baloji, Gabriel Rios , Ultrasonic, Stefan Eicher, Dick Annegarn, Stella Kumalo (Paul Simon) & Kaya Machlandu (Hugh Masakela).
He performed live with: Arno, Arsenal, Zita Swoon, Lou Reed, Jane Birkin, Adamo, Arid, Daan, Shawn Smith, Meuris, Ozark Henry, John Garcia (Kyuss), Garland Jeffries, Pieter Jan De Smet, Viktor Laslo, Roland, Peter Vermeersch, Sioen, Lais, Lidmor, Miossec, Anton Walgrave, DJ Grasshopper, K’ choice, S.w.a.n., White wine dark grapes, Steppe, Woodface, Wicona Airbag, Charlelie Couture, BJ Scott, Aaron Perrino, Kenny Wheeler, Mike Ladd, Willy Willy and Lidmor.
Banovic composed music for compagnie Cecilia’s theatre performances de Drumleraar and Soeur Sourire.
Currently he is performing with Arno, Tjens Matic, Arsenal, Wycona airbag, P4P, S.w.a.n., Moondog project, Modderhed PJDS, Roland Van Campenhout and Flat Earth Society/Boggamasta..
Kristien De Proost
Kristien De Proost (1972) is a Belgian artist and writer who works mainly in the theatre. After studying Dutch and English literature at the University in Leuven, she receives a Master Degree in Performing Arts at the Studio Herman Teirlinck in Antwerp (2000) She works as a freelancer at Toneelhuis (Luk Perceval, Jasper Brandis), het Paleis, Victoria (Christoph Frick), Crew (Eric Joris), KVS, BRONKS (Johan Dehollander), Transquinquennal and LOD (Josse De Pauw).
From 2004 until 2017 she is part of the artistic core of the Brussels based theatre artists collective Tristero, with whom she creates and performs i.a. Abigail’s Party, Iemand van ons, Face to the Wall, Living, Coaltion and We Want More. These, often multilingual, performances tour throughout Belgium firstly, and later on also internationally, mostly in the Netherlands and France.
In 2013 Kristien De Proost creates her first solo performance Toestand, a theatrical self-portrait. She develops the concept, writes the text and performs the extremely physical performance: running on a treadmill for more than 70 minutes while describing her present state. The French version of the performance, Au courant, has its opening night at the Printemps des Comédiens festival in Montpellier, France. The English version, On Track, plays a four weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The three versions have been performed at venues and festivals in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Germany, Lithuania and Brazil and are still touring.
In 2017 Kristien De Proost decides to leave the Tristero collective to focus on writing and more solo work.
Besides theatre work, Kristien De Proost also acts in movies (Girl (2018), Problemski Hotel (2015) and tv-series (De Twaalf (2018), Kinderen van Dewindt (2006-2008).
Sara Vanderieck (1978) obtained her degree in theatre directing at RITS in Brussels.
In 2006, she joined les ballets C de la B, first as production manager for VSPRS and pitié! (Alain Platel) and for Patchagonia (Lisi Estaras) later as artistic assistant to Alain Platel for Out of Context – for Pina and C(H)OEURS and to Lisi Estaràs for Dans Dans and Leche.
In 2012, she leaves les ballets C de la B to join the artistic direction of De Grote Post a brand new cultural centre in Ostend.
She also starts working as a dramaturg/outside eye for different dance creations from then on. She works with Claron McFadden/Muziektheater Transparant (Lilith, 2012), Serge Aimé Coulibaly/FASO DANSE THEÂTRE (Fadjiri, 2013; Nuit Blanche à Ouagadougou, 2014; GLOED, 2015; Kalakuta Republik, 2016 and Kirina, 2018), Bára Sigfúsdóttir (The Lover, 2015; Tide, 2016 and being, 2017) Ayelen Parolin & Lisi Estaràs (La Esclava, 2015), Platform K/les ballets C de la B/Lisi Estaràs (Monkey Mind, 2016) and Naïf Productions (La Mécanique des ombres, 2016; des gestes blancs, 2017-2018 ; la chair a ses raisons, 2018)
Partner from the start – Serge Aimé Coulibaly
The first stages of research and creation of When I look at a Strawberry, I think of a Tongue in 2016 and 2017 happened in a close and intense collaboration with Serge Aimé Coulibaly. Due to the tour schedule of his own creations Kalakuta Republik and Kirina during the season 18/19, Coulibaly will join the team as a guest artist. Since one of the starting points of this creation is exactly the development of a flexible and adaptable structure, this evolution fits the artistic concept fully.
Serge Aimé Coulibaly is a dancer and choreographer from Burkina Faso. He was born in Bobo Dioulasso, and has worked in Europe and the rest of the world since 2002.
His inspiration is rooted in African culture and his art is committed to the necessity of powerful contemporary dance, rooted in emotion but always the bearer of reflection and hope. His vigorous expressiveness makes his work universal and finds a response on several continents. Since he set up his Faso Danse Théâtre company in 2002, Serge Aimé has been exploring complex themes, with the desire to offer young people a genuine positive dynamism. His productions have been presented in many theatres in Europe and Africa and have also been invited to several festivals.
This open view of the world and of differences, which he always questions, plus his constructive energy and will to persevere, has led to collaboration with several other artists since the beginning of his career. He regularly works on international productions, both as a performer and choreographer.
Serge Aimé’s work, always in motion and fuelled by curiosity and generosity, has aroused the interest and confidence of a great many organizations. In addition, his desire and will to share his knowledge has led him to make dance pieces for amateur dancers.
During his artistic training with the FEEREN company in Burkina Faso, headed by Amadou Bourou, and afterwards in his time at Le Centre National Chorégraphique de Nantes, under Claude Brumachon, Serge Aimé Coulibaly was able to develop his talent and personal tastes and then transfer them into art. He aims to develop an original creativity and involves the dancers and choreographers who attend his master-classes in questioning their responsibility as performing artists and the power of the vocabulary that has a significance in their role as citizens.
To provide a place for experiment and concrete reflection for his creations and his concept of artistic commitment, Serge Aimé set up ANKATA in Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso): an International Laboratory for Research and Production in the Performing Arts. It is open to everyone and is a crossroads for exchanges between different continents, disciplines and communities with the common aim of inventing the future.
(this list is in constant development)
Alois Reinhardt, born in Switzerland, first graduated as a theatermaker at the Theater St. Gallen before he began his theater studies at the University of Music and Theater in Berne in 2003. During his studies, he worked on HIGHWAY 101 by Meg Stuart. At the theatertreffen of German-speaking theatre students, he was awarded the first ensemble and audience prize for the production LIVING IN OBLIVION. He worked with the performance artist Simone Aughterlony, toured with the Berlin based band “Bonaparte” as a dancer and performer and worked on several projects at the Heimathafen Neukölln with the group “Suite 42”. From 2007 to 2011 he was a member of the German Theatre in Göttingen, where he played the leading role in CRIMINAL CRIME (director: Thomas Bischoff) and MACBETH (director: Mark Zurmühle). In 2012, he developed an evening with Ayman Harper (Forsythe Company) for the dance festival of the Berlin Hebbel am Ufer (“X choreographers”).
Alois Reinhardt has been a member of the ensemble of Theater Bonn since 2013.
Ayelen Parolin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. She studied at the National School of Dance and the San Martin Theatre in Buenos Aires. In Europe, she followed the exerted formation in Montpellier. As a performer, she worked for Mathilde Monnier, Mossoux-Bonte, Jean-François Peyret, Mauro Paccagnella, Louise Vanneste, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Anne Lopez and Riina Saastamoinen.
Since 2004, Ayelen Parolin develops a personal work. Each of her creations centres around a recurring motif, from which the choreography is built up. She created her solo 25.06.76 in which she explores her autobiography. With Troupeau/Rebaño she confronted the animal that lies dormant in each of us, with SMS and Love she questioned femininity and its development within a group. For her work DAVID, she contemplates the male figure. This piece is also an exploration of senses and a deconstruction of clichés from a canonical model, a motive as well, and symbol of manhood: the David of Michelangelo. For Heretics, Ayelen Parolin collaborates with composer Lea Petra for the first time. Lea performs a piano piece live during the performance. Heretics is an obsessional triad involving endurance, repetition, and variations on the triangle as a leitmotiv.
She was laureate of Pépinières Européennes for Young Artistes Programme XXL.
In 2015, she has focused on women. First with the duet Exotic World with the director and former stripper Sarah Moon Howe and then with her new solo La Esclava, co-written and performed by Lisi Estaràs.
In July 2016, she presented Nativos in the Seoul Arts Centre, a new work with 4 Korean dancers in which Ayelen sought to reactivate the choreographic materiel from Heretics whilst confronting it with Korean culture and in particular, its strong shamanic tradition.
She is one of four winners of the Fellowship awarded by the Pina Bausch foundation for 2016.
In May 2017, she presented Autóctonos for the Kunstenfestivaldesarts and Montpellier Danse 2017. In June 2017, she participated in 7even, a project initiated by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten for the Festival de Marseille and for November 2017 she decided to create Autóctonos II, for the Next Festival in Roubaix and for la Raffinerie in Brussels.
She has created and shown her work in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Serbia, Holland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Israel, New York, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina and South Korea.
Mathieu Desseigne Ravel
Mathieu Desseigne-Ravel was born in 1979 in Avignon, “a city surrounded by ramparts, whose symbol is a bridge that leads to nowhere”, in his words.
During his adolescence, “driven by desires for something else”, he will discover acrobatics and hip-hop dance in the hall of a local MJC.
Continuing on this journey, he follows a five-year training at the National Centre of Circus Arts in Châlons-en-Champagne to become an “acrobat-balancer-dancer”.
At the end of this training, by chance and through auditions, he joins les ballets C de la B of Alain Platel. He stays and develops his art there during six years, creating vsprs, pitié! and Out of Context – for Pina.
In 2006, he joins Nabil Hemaïzia and Sylvain Bouillet – two teenage companions – to found the company Collectif 2 Temps 3 Mouvements. “Contemporary dance”, “new circus” and “hip-hop”, are the labels given to their work and which they choose to research and challenge to understand their meaning. Together they create Reflets, La stratégie de l’échec and Et des poussières.
In 2014, Mathieu Desseigne-Ravel and Sylvain Bouillet leave the collective to give birth, with Lucien Reynes to Naïf Production, a structure without format, without hierarchy: an authentic artistic workspace that apprehends the creation as the resultant of ” a fully collective process” that “cultivates differences and supports the circulation of body and mind movements”.
Within Naïf Production they develop collective projects, such as Je suis fait du bruit des autres (2014), La Mécanique des Ombres (The Mechanics of Shadows, 2016) and Des gens qui dansent, a piece for five acrobats whose creation is scheduled for 2018.
They also create projects carrying their own singularity. In 2017, Mathieu Desseigne Ravel starts a reflection on the question of the solo. La chair a ses raisons, a solo of the flesh rather than a solo of the body. An attempt to continue to “understand this moment where the individual testimony transcends its anecdote to speak to us, to delve into this manifest and fugitive common ground that connects us all”.
After a childhood spent in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Sayouba Sigué came back to Burkina for high school and entered the cultural and artistic scene in Ouagadougou. He is trained in traditional and contemporary dances.
Discovered in 2001 by a young Burkinabe choreographer Souleymane Porgo, he joins his company (Téguérer) and is initiated to “contemporary” dance and “afro-contemporary” dance. He also benefits from training by several other choreographers with different styles and from different origins. That is how dance, goes from being an extra-curricular activity, to progressively becoming a passion that he chooses today to make his work.
He takes part in many creations with big names in the African dance world such as Irène Tassembédo (in Souf es, Carmen Falinga Awa and Le sacre du tempo), Serge Aimé Coulibaly (in A Benguer, Babemba, Nuit Blanche à Ouagadougou and Kalakuta Republik) and Kathrin Wehlisch (Schiff der Traüme). Today he lives in Lyon (France) and is creating his own company.
Sam Serruys (1977) is a guitarist/composer who graduated from the Dutch Tilburg-based Rockacademie (1999- 2003). In addition, he attended the audio engineering training course at the School of Audio Engineering in Rotterdam. He toured Belgium and Holland as a member of Bertus Borgers’ band (saxophonist with Herman Brood and Raymond van het Groenewoud). In 2005, he started working at les ballets C de la B, moved to Het Toneelhuis (Antwerp) and returned to les ballets C de la B as sound engineer and composer of electronic music for Koen Augustijnen (IMPORT/EXPORT, Ashes, Au-delà), Ted Stoffer (Aphasiadisiac), Lisi Estaràs (primero-erscht, patchagonia), Alain Platel (Out of Context-for Pina and Gardenia) and Rosalba Torres Guerrero (Pénombre).
This list of guest will be extended in the coming months.