Ever since its inception, Compagnie Thor has been continually bringing together top-ranking internationally renowned artists. In addition to the diversity of choreographic and scenographic performances they offer, it has gained itself a reputation thanks to its multi-facetted talents. Programmed multiple times around the world, Thor’s creations have often not only been the source of public enthusiasm, critical acclaim, but also of engaging debate and have even sparked controversy. However, after having toured extensively throughout Belgium and beyond (France, Great Britain, Denmark, Hungary, Croatia, the U.S.A, as well as in the Middle East and North Africa), a new reflection has now emerged at the heart of the artists’ work.
An Environmental and Social Shift
Under the direction of Thierry Smits, and in collaboration with multiple actors from across the artistic sphere, the dancers hired by Thor have participated in more than thirty productions since 1990. Spanning genres, from pure dance performances to developing choreographies with themes that required a complex dramaturgy, Compagnie Thor has constantly explored the scope of possibilities when taking over a stage: the combination of musical scores written specifically or transformed and revisited according to the performance, sophisticated or deliberately pared-down stage designs, the sheer profusion of costumes or their deliberate abandonment in order that the human body be the subject’s sole medium, the delivery of texts commissioned from renowned authors, quotations, voice-overs, live singing, numerous speakers or formulas imagined for one, two or three actors… Compagnie Thor has left few paths for artistic exploration untrodden. Furthermore, its policy when it comes to hiring dancers has always prioritised, insofar as possible, the sustainability of their tenure within the company. It is notably within this framework of stimulating and avant-garde experimentation that Thor has seen its program contract renewed several times by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
Nowadays, the core issue, around which a fresh strategy for disseminating Thor’s activities is based upon, is to find solutions in order to reduce its ecological footprint, as well as to increase its social impact. Over the coming years, the pace of touring will be substantially reduced in order to prioritize performances in Brussels, at their Studio located in the heart of Saint-Josse. Though the smallest municipality in metropolitan Brussels, it is equally the most concentrated and diverse demographic area in Belgium. Given the richness of this environment on our very doorstep, we hope to initiate a shift in dynamic within the cultural sector to make it truly more accessible for the entire community.
Compagnie Thor is taking advantage of its position in order to boost links with its local partners of many years’ standing, such as the Théâtre-Varia, Charleroi-Danse, the commune of Saint-Josse and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
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