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Girls and Boys

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2017 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Assaf, Roy (Israel)

Video producer : Maison de la Danse

Girls and Boys

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2017 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Assaf, Roy (Israel)

Video producer : Maison de la Danse

Girls and boys

"With Girls & Boys I did not want to do research on gender or gender relations. The piece is an excuse to project images that have to do with the unknown or the unspeakable. The  scenes tend towards the clichés but it is the intensity which is given to them which defines the way in which they are perceived."(Roy Assaf)

After being Emmanuel  Gat's leading performer, Roy Assaf started his own creative work with the duet Six Years Later and the men's trio The Hill which is at the origin of Girls and boys.

Source: Geneva Dance School

Assaf, Roy

Roy Assaf was born in 1982 in the rural community of Sde Moshe in southern Israel.  Though he did not train formally, Assaf has been dancing and creating since he remembers himself.

In 2003 he started working with Emanuel Gat and danced alongside him until 2010. In 2005, Roy Assaf created his first work, « We Came for the Wings, Stayed Because We Couldn't Fly », as part of the Shades In Dance competition in Tel Aviv. The work won the Judges Choice and Audience Favorite awards. From 2006 through 2010, Assaf worked as assistant choreographer of Emanuel Gat, developing new works and re-staging existing repertoire throughout the world.

In 2010, he was appointed Artistic Associate at the NND company in Groningen, creating for them « Rock ».

In 2011 he created and danced in « Six Years Later » which was awarded first prize in choreography at the 5th International Choreography Competition in Copenhagen. The following year, he created and danced in « The Hill », which was won first prize in the 27th International Competition For Choreographers Hanover. The production prize given by the Staatstheater Tanz Braunschweig at this competition eventually culminated in the commission of "Girls & Boys", premiered in the company’s November 2014 season.

More recently, Roy’s invitation to participate in 7th edition of [re]connaissance danse contemporaine with The Hill resulted in being awarded first prize of both the jury and audience as well as a residency in the 2016/2017 season through the Maison de la Culture de Grenoble.

Assaf continued to explore the theme of gender with two distinct full length works « Girls » (2014) and « Boys » (2015), both supported by the Intima Dance Festival hosted by Tmuna Theatre in Tel Aviv.

In September 2014 he created « II Acts for the Blind » for L.A. Dance Project under the direction of Benjamin Millepied, which premiered in the Biennale de Lyon, followed in February 2015 by Ballader, a collaboration with the Swedish pianist and composer Roland Peter Pöntinen, for the Royal Swedish Ballet.

In 2016 Assaf will create new works for National Dance Company Wales and for the Batsheva Dance Company.

Source: Roy Assaf Dance

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Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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Girls and boys

Choreography : Roy Assaf


Additionnal music : Roy Assaf

Lights : Eric Pellin

Costumes : Marion Schmid

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