Damien Jalet is an independent Belgian and French choreographer and dancer whose work has been presented all over the world . Interested in the capacity of dance constantly reinventing itself by conversing with other media such as visual art, music, cinema, theatre and fashion; his works are often collaborative. He worked as a choreographer and dancer for companies such as Ballet C. de la B., Sasha Waltz and Guests, Chunky Move, Eastman, NYDC, Hessiches Staatballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre, Icelandic Dance Company , Gothenburg Dance company and many more.
His latest works as choreographer include: "Babel(words)" co-signed with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with a set by Antony Gormley (two Olivier Awards), presented in 2016 at the Cour d’Honneur du Palais des Papes in Avignon; "Les médusés", a choreographic installation for 30 performers in some of the main rooms of the Louvre in Paris; "Yama" for the Scottish Dance Theatre with a set design by American artist Jim Hodges; "Bolero" which he directed together with Cherkaoui and the performance artist Marina Abramovic for the Paris Opera Ballet "inked" for the British Kathak dancer Aakash Odedra; "obsidian pieces" for the Icelandic Dance Company in collaboration with Erna Omarsdottir (Icelandic national Performing Art Award Grimman 2015 for the best choreographer).
In October 2015 he choreographed "gravity fatigue", conceptualised by fashion designer Hussein Chalayan at Sadler’s Wells in London. "THR(O)UGH", a choreography for Hessisches Ballett, collaborating again with Jim Hodges, Austrian composer Christian Fennesz and designer Jean Paul Lespagnard , nominated for best choreographer at German theater awards “der Faust"
He created "the ferryman" with the director Gilles Delmas, highlighting the relation between his works and existing rituals practiced in Bali and Japan, this film gets the exclusive participation of Marina Abramovic and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. It is presented during the whole Venice Biennale at Palazzo Fortuny starting May 2017.
He directed "vessel" together with Japanese visual artist Nawa Kohei, a collaboration initiated during a four-month-long residency at Villa Kujoyama (Japanese medics villa in Kyoto). The performance for seven dancers has been presented in many important venues in Japan such as Rhom Theater Kyoto and Naoshima’s Art Site and will be played next march at the Perth international festival in Australia .
He is the 2017 artistic director of the UK National Youth Dance Company, for which he created "tarantiseismic" premiered at Sadler's Wells . He is as well since 2017 resident artist at the “theatre national de Bretagne (TNB) directed by Arthur Nauzyciel.
In 2017 he directed Skid for the Gothenburg dance company , 17 dancers piece entirely performed on a 10 square meter platform inclined at 34 degrees
Damien Jalet choreographed consequent sections of the upcoming film "Suspiria" directed by Luca Guadagnino, starring a.o. Tilda Swinton, Jessica Harper , Ingrid Caven with an original score by Thom Yorke.
In february 2018 , he directed his first opera “Pelleas and Melissande” together with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with a set by Marina Abramovic , costumes by Iris Van Herpen and videos by Marco Brambilla at the Antwerp’s opera
As a teacher Jalet has also taught his specific technique using centrifugal force in many companies and institutions including Pina Bausch Company, ImPulsTanz Vienna, Atelier de Paris, Architanz Tokyo…
Damien Jalet has been entitled knight of the arts and letters by the French government in 2013 .
Picture by Mats Bäcker
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