Thierry Smits' new creation will deal with liberation, insubordination and the necessity of revolt.

While we were used in Smits' latest creations to large scale productions with numerous male performers, the choreographer this time chose to make a solo performance for a young woman: Australian dancer Nicola Leahey, who showed great technical virtuosity in Clear Tears / Troubled Waters and explosive theatricality in the recent Cocktails.

Through her body and movements, Smits intends to deliver a choreographic metaphor for the oppression of the female body, for the constraints women are subject to even today, in our "progressive" society as well. But he also makes allusion, on a more universal level, to the yoke of conventions, the power relations which any individual – man or woman – can experience... and subsequently refers to the necessity of revolt to break free, to the breach which can be found and to the freedom which has to be won.

Premiere: April 2015



Season 2014/15      
12.04.15 PREMIERE - BIPOD Festival Beirut LB
14 > 25.04.15 Théâtre Le Public Brussels BE
03.05.15 Tunis Capitale de la Danse Tunis TN
18 > 19.06.15 Dance Week Zagreb Zagreb HR
Season 2015/16      
09.10.15 Biennale de Charleroi Danses Charleroi BE
10.10.15 CC Berchem Berchem BE
16.10.15 Salon Bombardon Schaerbeek BE
17.10.15 CC De Werf Aalst BE
18.10.15 Salon Bombardon Schaerbeek BE
24 > 25.10.15 Intercity Festival Firenze IT
28.10.15 De Velinx Tongeren BE
10 > 13.12.15 Tanzfaktur Köln DE
24 > 27.02.16 La Balsamine Brussels BE
11.03.16 C-Mine Cultuurcentrum Genk BE
05 > 07.05.16 The Dance Centre Vancouver CA



Nicola Leahey AUS | dancer

Nicola Leahey was born in Australia where she studied classical dance at the Terry Simpson Studios and then continued her training at the New Zealand School of Dance. In 2009, she was invited by Dance North to dance in Nowhere Fast by Ross McCormack before joining the company full time the following year, dancing for Raewyn Hill and guest choreographers such as Rob Tannion, Ross McCormack and Elie Tass. In 2011, she moved to Europe, working for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, guesting in Faun, in the premiere of Puz/zle at the Festival d'Avignon, and appearing in the music video Valtari by Icelandic band Sigur Rós. In 2012, Nicola joined Compagnie Thor for Clear Tears|Troubled Waters (2013) and Cocktails (2014).


Maxime Bodson BE | music

Musician and sound artist, Maxime Bodson has to date released three albums with the group paTTon (Prohibited Records), including Hellénique chevaleresque récital (2009). He is also working on his own musical project squellette, drawn from specific sound objects. Given his keen interest in the performing arts, he has collaborated with various artists, such as Groupe TOC, Cali Kroonen, Christophe Sermet, Manah De Pauw, Collectif Rien de special, Natacha Nicora and Hervé Koubi. As a sound designer, he has also created soundtracks for short films. Maxime Bodson has been working with Thierry Smits since 2005 and composed the music and soundscapes of D'ORIENT (2005), V.-Nightmares (2007), To the Ones I love (2010), Clear Tears | Troubled Waters (2013), Petite Tragédie (2014) and Cocktails (2014).


Mina Ly KR | costumes

Mina Ly studied fashion at Seoul Women's University and pursued her training at the Institute Marangoni in Milan. Now based in Paris, she designs costumes for performances, operas and movies in Europe, South-Korea and the United States. She has worked with stage directors and choreographers such as Kaori Ito, Bernard Sobel, Philippe Calvario (notably for the Gentry de Paris with Dita Von Tees), Fatou Traoré, Catherine Dreyfus, Stéphanie Loïk, Armel Roussel and John Malkovitch (in his adaptation of Dangerous Liasons), and has collaborated for several years with the Dragone company. Her creations have been presented in venues such as the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Lincoln Center in New York, Baluarte in Spain, the National Opera of south-Korea and the Almada Theater in Portugal.




Duration of the show: 50 min

Touring team: 5 (1 dancer, 2 technicians, 1 choreographer, 1 tour manager)

Setting-up: on the day of the performance

Stage dimensions:
• opening : 7m
• depth : 7m
• height under flying pipes : 5m

Dance mat: black, covering the entire stage

Masking: black box


Technical contact:
Gilles Brulard
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