Milena & Michael
Long term collaborators of Emanuel Gat, Milena Twiehaus and Michael Löehr share years of a joint artistic collaboration, as well as an intimate knowledge of Gat's creative process. A dance reduced to its most fundamental elements, Milena & Michael is a reflection on the act of dancing, and at the same time a simple story of two people looking to connect. The work is a sort of zoom-in on the voids between movements, choreographic fragments, sounds and the two dancers.
Source: Company's website
More information: emanuelgatdance.com
Emanuel Gat was born in Israel in 1969. He started dancing at the age of 23 during a workshop led by Israeli choreographer Nir Ben Gal. Few months later he joined the Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Company with whom he toured internationally. He started working as an independent choreographer in 1994.
Ten years later, Emanuel founded his company Emanuel Gat Dance at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, with whom he has created several pieces of which « Winter Voyage » (2004) and « The Rite of Spring » (2004) won a Bessy Award; « K626 » in 2006 and « 3for2007 » in 2007, before choosing to settle in France, at the Maison Intercommunale de la Danse in Istres. « Silent Ballet » (2008) was the first piece created in France, followed by « Winter variations » in 2009 and « Brilliant Corners » in 2011.
In 2013, Emanuel Gat was associated artist to the Montpellier Danse Festival for which the company developed the project « Up Close Up » proposing two new works : « The Goldlandbergs » and « Corner Etudes », a photographic installation « It’s people, how abstract can it get ? » and a choreographic event « Danses de Cour ».
In 2014 Emanuel Gat creates "Plage Romantique", a one hour work for 9 dancers, in the Agora courtyard during the 34th Festival Montpellier Danse.
Emanuel is associated choreographer to Montpellier Danse Festival for the seasons 16-18, and has presented « Sunny », a choreography for 10 dancers, as his first piece within this association at the festival during summer 2016. The work is a collaboration with musician Awir Leon, former dancer with the company, who is playing live for this piece. Emanuel is currently preparing his second project as part of his residency at Montpellier Danse, which will include two productions; a unique collaboration with the Ballet de l'Opera de Lyon, « Tenworks » (for Jean-Paul), a program of ten short new pieces mixing dancers from both companies, and « Duos », a série of duets presented at different public locations around the city of Montpellier during the festival.
Emanuel is regularly invited to set his work and create new choreographies for dance companies around the world including: The Paris Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Tanztheater Bremen, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ballet de Marseille, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Ballet de Lorraine, Cedar Lake, Ballet British Colombia and Ballet de l'Opera de Lyon among others.
Source : Emanuel Gat '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
Milena & Michael
Michael Löehr, Milena Twiehaus
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Maison de la Danse, 2017