The two dancers met in 2018 while rehearsing William Forsythe’s most recent work, A Quiet Evening of Dance. This sparked a desire to compare their choreographic backgrounds on stage. The master’s piece provided inspiration, as they embarked together on an exploration of their differences that would then yield a single language, elevating their respective techniques through contact with each other.
Operating at the cutting-edge of their discipline, Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit, a self-taught artist known for composing inconceivably fluid forms with his body, and dancer-choreographer Brigel Gjoka, an elegant exponent of the classical and contemporary genres, engage in a dialogue replete with transformational and contemplative moments.
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Yasit, Rauf "RubberLegz"
Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit is a dancer, choreographer, film director and visual artist of Kurdish heritage, born and raised in Celle, Germany, and now based in Los Angeles.
He has collaborated with many artists and organisations, including: William Forsythe, Opéra National de Paris, USC, CalArts, LACMA, Nike RT, Burberry, Arashi, Puma, Sadler’s Wells, Flying Steps, CNDC Angers, Red Bull, Muscle Milk, Moderat, Sony, Sonos, Feat, WAD MAG, Tumi, HP, Pandora, Pfadfinderei, Art Factory International and Bodytraffic.
RubberLegz’ style defies categorisation. He has invented his own language through unique movements that he has developed himself over the years.
Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit is a cross-disciplinary artist. He also gained a degree in 3D Animation & Visualisation in Switzerland, and has worked as a visual artist for many design and communications agencies.
Source: Biennale de la danse
The Albanian-born choreographer, dancer, performer and teacher Brigel Gjoka trained at the National Ballet School in Tirana, at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, and at Cannes Jeune Ballet. From 2006 onwards, he performed solo roles with leading companies such as Ballet de l'Opéra National du Rhin, Staatstheater Mainz and Nederlands Dans Theater. In 2011 Brigel joined The Forsythe Company, taking part in new works and performing a broad array of Forsythe’s repertoire. In 2015, he collaborated with William Forsythe on DUO2015, a revised version of Duo, dancing it worldwide as part of Sylvie Guillem’s farewell tour, Life in Progress. For that performance he was awarded the Leonide Massine Prize for contemporary dancer of the year at the 2015 Positano Premia la Danza in Italy. In 2016, he performed at the Paris Quartier d'Eté festival and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Brigel has taught, danced and choreographed internationally for more than 18 years, performing in at least 33 countries. From 2014-2020, he was artistic director of the international contemporary-dance programme Art Factory in Bologna, Italy. He also collaborated with the Goethe Institut from 2013-2017 as an artist-choreographer, developing and promoting German dance culture around the world. He choreographed Front to Confront with Leggere Strutture Company, supported by Tonino Lamborghini; SWTH for Maggio Danza Italy, RECRECiT for Kwang Tung Dance Company, SYNC with Hector Solari for Staatstheater Passau and BMW, Eksod with Leggere Strutture, Among Fog and Hotel Propaganda for Karachi International Theater Festival, and DELEGATET for Théâtre Vorpommern.
Brigel’s collaboration with William Forsythe continues: since 2018 he has been dancing in Forsythe’s most recent piece, A Quiet Evening of Dance, in major venues worldwide, pushing his personal choreographic investigations ever deeper and further refining Forsythe’s style.
Brigel also runs dance and choreographic improvisation workshops at festivals, universities and companies in various countries, informed by his own artistic research and inspired by his 10-year collaboration with William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company. In 2019, Sadler's Wells London and PACT Zollverein Essen co-produced his latest piece, Neighbours, with Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit.
Source: Biennale de la danse
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
Choreography : Brigel Gojka, Rauf "RubberLegz" Yasit
Choreography assistance : Wiliam Forsythe
Original music : Ruşan Filiztek
Live music : Ruşan Filiztek
Technical direction : Adam Carrée
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Sadler’s Wells, en co-production avec PACT Zollverein Essen
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la danse - Fabien Plasson, 2022
DANCE AND DIGITAL ARTS
Roots of Diversity in Contemporary Dance
Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces
Dance to exist
Write the movement
This Parcours questions the idea that contemporary dance has multiples techniques. Different shows car reveal or give an idea about the different modes of contemporary dancer’s formations.