Soirée d’études was born out of Cassiel Gaube’s passion for the vocabulary of house dance, an urban dance he articulates with contemporary dance. Conceived as a series of short, nested pieces, this choreographic “evening” is a duet for three. It was devised with the dancer Diego “Odd Sweet” Dolciami in mind, who was then joined by Federica “Mia” Miani, the performers taking it in turns to compose different duets.
Based on an attempt to map the lexicon of the steps that make up house dance, Soirée d’études deconstructs these steps so as to better play with them. From its characteristic jacking to the rocking of the torso, the ingredients of this style are reappraised through the prism of an encounter between two bodies. In music, a study is viewed as an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a technique; here, Cassiel Gaube, inspired in particular by the works of Bruno Beltrão and William Forsythe, probes the bodily and musical logic of his favourite type of dance.
Source : programme of the CND
Born in Belgium, the dancer and choreographer Cassiel Gaube graduated from the P.A.R.T.S. school (Brussels) in 2016. As a performer, he has worked with Benjamin Vandewalle, Fabrice Samyn and Manon Santkin, and he spent three years learning house dance in Paris and New York. As an associate artist at the Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) in 2019 and 2020, he created the solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude (2019) and initiated an ongoing collaboration with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Choreography : Cassiel Gaube
Interpretation : Cassiel Gaube, Federica « Mia » Miani, Diego « Odd Sweet » Dolciami
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Expertise en house dance Diego « Odd Sweet » Dolciami Dramaturgie Liza Baliasnaja, Matteo Fargion, Manon Santkin, Jonas Rutgeerts
Technical direction : Soutien technique et lumières Luc Schaltin
Sound : Marius Pruvot
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Enregistré au CND le 16 octobre 2021