We dance to forget
We dance to forget (2007) was the breakthrough performance for Koen De Preter and toured for 6 years through 11 countries.
A woman and a man. They dance. Next to each other. With one another. Apart from each other. One upon the other. For one another. They dance together. A whole evening long.
The pop soundtrack of Belgian DJ Bobby Ewing (Discobar Galaxie / Shameboy) drives them over the dance floor. The two dance the most different styles onto his music, they tell the most different stories. Or one story. The story of a woman and a man. The story of constant alteration: alternation of interest and absent-mindedness, boredom and excitement, insanity and serenity, aversion and devotion.
We dance to forget reminds you of the moments where nothing or no-one could hold you back from dancing to your favourite song.
De Preter, Koen
Koen De Preter (1981, Bonheiden) is both choreographer and performer. In his work, he has a fascination for performers of all kinds of ages and backgrounds. He strives for the human touch instead of looking for technical perfection. The use of eclectic soundtracks are a constant in his creations. In 2016, Koen created « YoYoGi », a big participatory site-specific event in collaboration with festival Zomer van Antwerpen.
At the beginning of his career he made a number of creations under the wing of fABULEUS (Leuven), including the internationally successful « We dance to forget » with Maria Ibarretxe.
As a dancer Koen has worked for several international companies and choreographers, including Raimund Hoghe (Brussels/Bruges), Sasha Waltz & Guests (Berlin), Fanny & Alexander (Ravenna), T.R.A.S.H. (Tilburg), Keren Levi (Groningen) and United-C (Eindhoven). He obtained the bachelor's degree in dance at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg.
Source: Koen De Preter 's website
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 Numeridanse.tv, 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
More information: fabione.fr
fABULEUS (Leuven) is a unique production house for dance and theater. Central is the artistic collaboration between young talent and experienced creators. fABULEUS offers young people and young professionals artistic approaches to develop their passion and talent as a player, dancer or creator and also has an international exemplary role in this area. fABULEUS achieves a wide audience of all ages, with special attention for young people and children.
Source: fABULEUS 's website
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We dance to forget
Artistic direction / Conception
Koen De Preter
Koen De Preter, Maria Ibarretxe
Annette van Zwoll
DJ Bobby Ewing
Vinvent Van den Bossche (Diffusion), Klaartje Vermeulen (DJ/régisseur)
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Coproduction STUK Kunstencentrum, Ville de Louvain
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Maison de la Danse