Kiss & Cry, MA De Mey, J Van Dormael

Tags: Anne De Mey, Jaco Van Dormael, Brussels, Charleroi Danses, UMS, Bruno Olivier, Gregory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig, Kiss & Cry, Sound Design Dominique Warnier Sound, associate artists, Gregory Grosjean Cameraman Julien Lambert Camera Assistant, Friday evening, Walter Gonzales, Carlos Paredes, Yvan Fox Hernandez, Gottfried Michael Koenig, Performances, Yu Jin Tae, Gabriella Iacono, Vanina Bogaert, Renegade Ventures Fund, Maarten Vanden Abeele De Mey, lighting operator, Daniel Scahaise, Belgium, NICOLAS OLIVIER, France and Belgium, jazz guitarist, lighting design, Van Dormael, creative artists, Ballet Royal de Wallonie, creative collaboration, Danses, Pierre Van Dormael, Thierry De Mey, Pierrot Garnier, Jaco Van Dormael Texts, Nicolas Olivier Choreography, Julien Lambert, Jaco Van Dormael Lighting, Michel Vinck Conception, Sophie Ferro Set Management Nicolas Olivier Technicians Gilles Brulard, Venice Film Festival, set designer, Thomas Hauert, Charleroi Danses Biennale, Eric Pauwels, Sacre en Couleurs, Sylvie Oliv�, George Frideric Handel, Michel Vinck Stage Design, Belgium Friday Evening, Angelo Bison, Anne De Mey Frauke, Antonio Vivaldi, Elisabeth Houtart, Pierrot Garnier Construction, Anne Masset, Marteen Vanden Abeele, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund, Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, Coordinator Thomas Beni
Content: UMS PRESENTS KISS & CRY Original concept Michиle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael In creative collaboration with Gregory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivй, and Nicolas Olivier Choreography, NanoDanses Michиle Anne De Mey and Gregory Grosjean A production of Charleroi Danses, Belgium Friday Evening, October 10, 2014 at 8:00 Saturday Evening, October 11, 2014 at 8:00 Sunday Afternoon, October 12, 2014 at 2:00 Power Center · Ann Arbor Third, Fourth, and Fifth Performances of the 136th Annual Season 24th Annual Dance Series Photo: Kiss & Cry; photographer: Marteen Vanden Abeele. 23
CREATIVE TEAM Stage Design Jaco Van Dormael Texts Thomas Gunzig Script Thomas Gunzig, Jaco Van Dormael Lighting Design Nicolas Olivier Camera Julien Lambert Camera Assistant Aurйlie Leporcq Set Design Sylvie Olivй assisted by Amalgame: Elisabeth Houtart and Michel Vinck Stage Design Assistants Benoоt Joveneau, Caroline Hacq Sound Design Dominique Warnier Sound Boris Cekevda Stage Manipulation Bruno Olivier, Gabriella Iacono, Pierrot Garnier
Construction and Props Walter Gonzales, Amalgame: Elisabeth Houtart and Michel Vinck Conception, Second Set Anne Masset, Vanina Bogaert, Sophie Ferro Set Management Nicolas Olivier Technicians Gilles Brulard, Pierrot Garnier, Bruno Olivier Music George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pдrt, Gottfried Michael Koenig, John Cage, Carlos Paredes, Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, Jacques Prйvert, Gyцrgy Ligeti, Henryk Gуrecki, George Gershwin Narrators Jaco Van Dormael (French) Valentijn Dhaenens (Flemish) Yvan Fox Hernandez (Spanish) Toby Regbo (English) Marcus Himbert (German) Angelo Bison (Italy) Yu Jin Tae (Korean) Dimitris Mastoros (Greek)
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These performances are supported by the Renegade Ventures Fund, established by Maxine and Stuart Frankel. Additional support by David and Phyllis Herzig. Endowed support for Friday evening's performance provided by the Herbert S. and Carol L. Amster Fund, in memory of Herb Amster. Endowed support also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund. The Saturday evening performance is hosted by the Susan and Richard Gutow Endowment to support Renegade Performances. 24
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PROGRAM Kiss & Cry is approximately 90 minutes in duration and is performed without intermission. Please join UMS at a Tune In on Friday evening at 7:30 pm in the Michigan League Henderson Room, Third Floor. Following Friday evening's performance, please feel free to remain in your seats and join us for a post-performance Q&A with members of the company. Media partnership is provided by WDET 101.9 FM. Special thanks to Clare Croft for her participation in events surrounding this residency by Charleroi Danses, Belgium. Michиle Anne De Mey is associate artist at Charleroi Danses, the Choreographic Centre of the WalloniaBrussels Federation. Charleroi Danses, Belgium appears by arrangement with Menno Plukker Theatre Agency. 25
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TOURING TEAM Director Harry Cleven The Dancers Michиle Anne De Mey Frauke Mariлn and Gregory Grosjean Cameraman Julien Lambert Camera Assistant Aurйlie Leporcq Lighting Bruno Olivier / Thomas Beni Set and Props Stefano Serra, Jackie Delevoye, and Florencia Demestri Sound Boris Cekevda Technical Coordinator Thomas Beni Artistic Coordinator Grйgory Grosjean Production: Charleroi Danses / le manиge.mons -- Centre Dramatique Co-production: Les Thйвtres de la Ville de Luxembourg With the support of the Fйdйration Wallonie Bruxelles Scan for nano-dancing! UMS is hosting a nano-dance competition. Check out the photo and video submissions, or add your own. Download a free QR code reader app on your smart phone, point your camera at the code, and scan to see multimedia content; or visit to find these stories.. 26
A bout 10 years ago, after a week of improvisation and filming hands dancing on a table, the form and language of Kiss & Cry came to life. We created a short scene for a cabaret evening. From this starting point came the idea to develop the piece into a full-length performance that would combine our two worlds: dance and cinema. Ten years later we started improvising once again, working with friends from dance and movies, creating a collective experience to which everyone contributed their own special skills. There were three, four, five of us -- then more. The challenge was: is it possible to make a feature film on the kitchen table? And is it possible to create a dance performance with just a couple of hands? In the beginning we worked on the table, using anything we could find in the house: our children's toys, dolls' houses, tiny plastic figurines, sand, earth, water, milk, our tortoise, cotton wool, cardboard boxes, sticky tape, and two bare hands. With these miscellaneous items we came up with a series of short, unrelated scenes. We carried on experimenting, ending up with a stage littered with tracks, cables, pulleys and projectors, just like a miniature film studio. The camera shows on the screen what is too small to be seen by the human eye and, conversely, the eye sees what the camera cannot see, the hors-champ -- that is, what is off-camera or out of range.
Hands became the story's main protagonists, and the story -- written by Jaco Van Dormael and novelist Thomas Gunzig -- alongside the ongoing improvisation work, gradually became the bittersweet tale of Gisиle and her five lovers (like the five fingers of a human hand), a story of love, loss, disappearance, regret, and recovery. Depending on where we play, the interpretation and resonance is very different. In Santiago de Chile, Beirut, and Seoul it's been seen almost as a political piece, referring to the victims of war and totalitarian regimes in which people have vanished without trace. In other places the audience is simply touched by the notions of true love, loneliness, and regret. Kiss & Cry tells a story, and at the same time reveals the mechanics of how the story is brought to life. Strangely, the more we show that all is fake, the more the spectator believes and the deeper the emotion. -- Michиle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael
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MICHИLE ANNE DE MEY (Brussels, 1959) is a Belgian choreographer who studied at
choreographic universe, she has worked with renowned composers Thierry de Mey, Robert Wyatt, and Jonathan Harvey.
Mudra, the school founded by Maurice For several years, she has been working in
Bйjart in Brussels, from 1976­1979. close collaboration with artists including
She took contemporary dance in a new Simon Siegmann, Stйphane Olivier, and
direction with her early choreographies: Grйgory Grosjean.
Passй Simple (1981) and the duets
In June 2006 she recreated one of
Ballatum (1984), and Face а Face (1986). her seminal pieces from the 1990s --
At the same time, she worked with Anne Sinfonia Eroica -- for nine dancers. This
Teresa de Keersmaeker for six years on has gone on to be performed more than
the creation and interpretation of several 100 times across the world. In December
of her choreographies, namely Fase 2007 she created P.L.U.G, a show all about
(1982), Rosas danst Rosas (1983), Elena's the mechanics of mating. Michиle Anne
Aria (1984), and Ottone, ottone (1988).
presented Koma, a solo for a female
Although special consideration is dancer, during the Made in Korea Festival
always given to the relationship between staged by BOZAR in June 2009. This solo
dance and music, the choreographic is one of a series of four, with the other
structure of Michиle Anne De Mey's three by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Arco Renz,
creations cultivates a strong theatrical and Thomas Hauert. Neige opened the
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content and places the dancer in a specific Charleroi Danses Biennale in November
and innovative relationship between 2009 before going on tour. For the VIA
the stage and the audience. In 1990, she festival in March 2011, she worked
founded her own company and created with Jaco Van Dormael and in a group
Sinfonia Eroica. Fifteen more creations comprising Gregory Grosjean, Thomas
followed which met with international Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Nicolas Olivier,
acclaim, among them Raining Dogs and Sylvie Olivй on Kiss & Cry, a highly
(2002), Utopie (2001), Katamenia (1997), original and ambitious show confronting
Pulcinella (1994), Love Sonnets (1994), film, dance, words, theater, and brilliant
Chвteaux en Espagne (1991), and Cahier DIY. She presented her latest work
(1995). Her teaching contributions have Lamento in May 2012, a solo created for
also been significant (in Amsterdam, at and performed by the dancer Gabriella
INSAS in Brussels, CNDC in Angers, and Iacono based on Monteverdi's Lamento
Йcole en Couleurs).
For three years, she worked with
Michиle Anne De Mey is now
the children at Йcole en Couleurs on associate artist at Charleroi Danses, the
the elaboration of Sacre en Couleurs, a Choreographic Centre of the Wallonia-
creation presented on the occasion Brussels Federation.
of Bruxelles/Brussel 2000. Her
choreographic work has been the starting point for several films, such as Love Sonnets and 21 Йtudes а danser by Thierry de Mey and Face а Face by Eric Pauwels. Using the power of music to create her
J ACO VAN DORMAEL was born on February 9, 1957 in Ixelles, Belgium and spent part of his childhood in Germany. After studying film at LouisLumiиre in Paris and INSAS in Brussels, he
became a children's theater director and joined Michиle Anne De Mey, working
clown. He has written and directed several with her on six new works as a dancer
fictional short films and documentaries -- and artistic adviser. These include Utopie, Maedeli-La-Breche (1980), Stade (1981), Raining Dogs, and 12 easy waltzes in a duet
L'imitateur (1982), Sortie de secours with Michиle Anne and, most recently, the
(1983), E pericoloso sporgersi (1984), and De Boot (1985) -- before going on to write and direct three feature-length films: Toto the Hero (1991) with Michel Bouquet, which won a Camйra d'or award at the Cannes Film Festival; The Eighth Day with Pascal Duquenne and Daniel Auteuil (1996), which won the "Best Actor" prize (ex aequo) at Cannes; and Mr. Nobody (2009) with Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, and Lin Dan Pham, which won a prize at the Venice Film Festival and three prizes at the Magrittes awards ceremony ("Best Film," "Best Director," and "Best Original Screenplay"), as well as the Audience Prize at the European Film Awards. Jaco Van Dormael has also directed for theater, including Est-ce qu'on ne pourrait pas s'aimer un peu? with Eric De Staerke. In 2012 he directed his first opera, Stradella by Cйsar Franck, to mark the reopening of the Opйra Royal de Wallonie in Liиge. In the dreamy atmosphere of his productions, Jaco Van Dormael explores the power of the imagination and the contribution of childhood. In under 30 years he has developed a poetic and ambitious world of his own with nonlinear narrative forms. He lives with the
collective creation Kiss & Cry. SYLVIE OLIVЙ (set designer) is a set creator for film and stage. Her career began in theater as assistant to the stage designer Dominique Pichou in 1987, before moving to film in 1990 with sets for Christian Vincent's film La discrиte. She recently designed the sets for Rйgis Roinsart's first film, Populaire, earning herself a Cйsar nomination in 2013. She won the award for the best set design at the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009 for Jaco Van Dormael's most recent film, Mr Nobody. She has also worked as a set designer on the collective creation Kiss & Cry. Most recently, she created the sets for Guillaume de Gallienne's film Les Garзons et Guillaume а table. Sylvie Olivй created the set for Neige by the choreographer Michиle Anne De Mey and for the ballet Le Corsaire by Kader Belarb, as well as for the play La Fausse Suivante directed by Lambert Wilson. Her career has taken her to New York, Montreal, Berlin, and Brussels. Alongside her established work, she has also been heavily involved in working in contemporary dance and experimental Performing Arts.
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choreographer Michиle Anne De Mey and has two daughters, Alice and Juliette. His brother Pierre Van Dormael (1952­2008) was a composer and jazz guitarist.
After studying painting at the 75 in the early 1990s, NICOLAS OLIVIER (lighting design) trained in set design and stage direction at INFAC. Meeting the stage director Daniel Scahaise in
After studying at the Conservatoire National Supйrieur de Paris, GRЙGORY GROSJEAN (co-choreography, NanoDanses) pursued a career in classical dance with various companies in Spain, Belgium, Scotland, and Japan. In 2001, he
1993 marked a crucial turning point in his career, with Mr. Scahaise steering him towards lighting. Between 1993 and 1999 he gained experience as a lighting operator, honing his skills. Notable collaborations include Pascale
Vyvere, Pierre Aucaigne (Momo), Toots way of musical theater (Belle а mourir,
Thielemans, and Stephane Steeman.
staged at Le Public in 1999). He also
From 1999­2013, he was initially worked with Jaco Van Dormael, Harry
the lighting designer and then the stage Clevens, and Comиs on a film adaptation
manager at Charleroi Danses. During this of the comic strip Silence in 2006. His
period, he worked closely with Frйdйric works have been adapted for the stage in
Flamand, Wim Vandekeybus, Mossoux- France and Belgium.
Bontй, Michиle Anne De Mey, and Jaco
In 2008, he trod the boards himself
Van Dormael on shows including Kiss & for the first time in his own play, Les
Cry and Neige.
Origines de la vie, which he directed with
Now freelance, he is part of the Isabelle Wery. His Spiderman has also
Groupe Entorse which creates hybrid been adapted for the screen by Christophe
pieces, dances, music, and lighting. Periй in a Jan Kounen production. His
Notable lighting designs include Cйsar books have been translated into several
Franck's opera Stradella staged by Jaco languages, including German, Russian,
Van Dormael for the reopening of the Italian, and Czech.
Opйra Royal de Wallonie.
Mr. Gunzig regularly runs writing
In theater he has collaborated on workshops and gives lectures in Belgium
David Strosberg's Lettre а Cassandre and and abroad. He also teaches classes
on Les 1001 nuits directed by Dominique on literature at the Ecole Nationale
Serron. In another genre entirely, his Supйrieure des Arts Visuels (La Cambre)
stage design and lighting are to be used on and on storytelling at the Institut
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tour by Liиge-based rock group My Little Supйrieur Saint-Luc in Brussels. He puts
Cheap Dictaphone.
a great deal of effort into supporting
Nicolas Olivier's lighting designs are writers within SCAM (the Civil Society of
more like architectural constructions Multimedia Authors) and was elected its
than set designs in the strict sense. He vice president in 2007.
continually demonstrates his interest
Thomas Gunzig has also become
in the encounter between bodies, dance, something of a media personality: he is
voice, video, architecture, and various a columnist for various newspapers and
performing arts disciplines.
magazines, his voice has been heard for
THOMAS GUNZIG (texts, script) was born in Brussels in 1970 and graduated with a degree in political science (International Relations). He embarked
five years on RTBF's radio waves in Jeu des Dictionnaires, and now, on Matin Premiиre, he paints a picture of the day's guest in his Cafй Serrй.
on his writing career with a collection of JULIEN LAMBERT (camera) was born
Short Stories entitled Situation instable in 1983 in Normandy, a place that has
penchant vers le mois d'aoыt which won definitely shaped his particular taste for
the City of Brussels student writer's landscapes with changing light. It is also
prize in 1994. This was the first of steeped in a modern history which has left
many publications and literary awards. a lasting mark. The humane approach he
His writing has since diversified, from takes to his work is associated as much
short stories to a novel (Mort d'un parfait with the way he collaborates with and
bilingue, Rossel Prize 2001) and from learns from his colleagues as it is with the
radio fiction to a book for young people kind of commitment demanded by the
(Nom de code: Superpouvoir, 2005), by work of a cameraman. Specializing early
on in images, Mr. Lambert learned his craft programming of various events such as
at INSAS in Brussels, a place where he the dance Biennale.
encountered his peers working in different
Charleroi Danses offers a year-
art forms: fictional and Documentary Film, round training program for professional
dance, the performing arts, and music. dancers in the form of classes and
Like any good craftsman, he refined his workshops and organizes Master Classes
toolsbytakingthemapart;forhimnothing and "laboratory spaces" led by the
could be more natural than understanding various creative artists of the Centre. In
a camera down to its tiniest detail. collaboration with the schools, Charleroi
However,forJulien,thebasicessentialsare Danses has also set up a program of
elsewhere: they can be found in the journey artistic workshops under the aegis of the
you take getting there.
D.A.S. (Dispositif d'Accrochage Scolaire) in
Brussels as well as a series of interventions
A n off-shoot of the former Ballet Royal de Wallonie, the CHOREOGRAPHIC CENTRE OF THE WALLONIA-BRUSSELS FEDERATION has taken a radical turn towards contemporary creation.
for dance appreciation with the schools of the Hainaut region of Belgium. UMS welcomes Charleroi Danses, Belgium as the company makes its UMS debut this week.
Frйdйric Flamand, its director from
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1991­2004, made it a leading institution on an international scale. It has been run by Vincent Thirion, General Manager and Artistic Director, since 2006. The Centre has three associate artists: Michиle Anne
For Charleroi Danses, Belgium Communication Ivo Ghizzardi Photos Maarten Vanden Abeele
De Mey, Thierry De Mey, and Pierre Production and Sales Droulers. This new management formed Gladys Brookfield-Hampson
the framework for an open project -- a Production Assistant broad association of artists with an Vanessa Spaey
interdisciplinary dimension -- centered on
artistic work shared with choreographers
and artists not only from the French-
speaking community but also from the
international scene, while maintaining
continuous audience engagement.
While the creative work of the three
associate artists/directors lies at the
heart of the activity of CHARLEROI
DA N S E S , the Centre offers custom-
made residencies in accordance with
the specific requirements of the artists.
The activities of Charleroi Danses take
place in Les Йcuries of Charleroi and at
La Raffinerie in Brussels: including the
production and touring of the work of the
artists/directors and residents and the

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