Présentation

With To the Ones I Love, Thierry Smits proposes a work entirely devoted to dance and the sheer pleasure of dancing. Given that the art of choreography can at once be culturally charged and changing, he settled upon African dancers or dancers of African origin for this production, although they all have a background in modern dance in order to use a similar choreographic vocabulary.

 

Smits moreover aspires to enrich the choreography with movements he never previously used, derived from cultural backgrounds other than his own and that have the ability, through their implementation, to shape the body differently, to be part of  muscle-training and thus accessible. In addition, he also intends to elaborate on the aesthetic potential of the dancers’ skin colours, all of which have a deep, matt tone that paler skins can only acquire, temporarily and randomly, if exposed to sunlight. This deliberate choice reflects the same spirit of only using male artists, as he has often done in past productions. The nine performers in this ballet all wear brightly coloured T-shirts which they change regularly so as to lend the minimalist set design a sprightly quality, all while the physical beauty of their bodies enhances Johann Sebastian Bach’s music with a startling, albeit sublime element, in all its vigour and exuberance. The title, without any false modesty, is a loud declaration of love to the art of dance and a paean to all those who practice it.

DATE CONTENU

Dates

With To the Ones I Love, Thierry Smits proposes a work entirely devoted to dance and the sheer pleasure of dancing. Given that the art of choreography can at once be culturally charged and changing, he settled upon African dancers or dancers of African origin for this production, although they all have a background in modern dance in order to use a similar choreographic vocabulary.

 

DATE CONTENU
2010/01/27 27 > 29.01.2010 Festival Pays de Danse Liège
2010/02/04 04 > 06.02.2010 Théâtre de Namur Namur
2010/02/12 12.02.2010 Limburghal Genk
2010/03/04 04.03.2010 Waux-Hall Nivelles
2010/03/16 16 > 20.03.2010 Théâtre Varia Brussels
2010/03/23 23 > 27.03.2010 Théâtre Varia Brussels
2010/03/29 29 > 31.03.2010 Théâtre Varia Brussels
2010/04/13 13 > 14.04.2010 Musiekteater Baltoppen Ballerup (DK)
2010/04/17 17.04.2010 CC de Spil Roulers
2010/04/28 28.04.2010 CC Westrand Dilbeek
2010/04/30 30.04.2010 De Schakel Waregem
2010/05/02 02.05.2010 International Platform of Dance Beyrouth (LB)
2010/05/04 04.05.2010 Platform of Dance Damas (SY)
2010/05/06 06.05.2010 Amman International Dance Festival Amman (JO)
2010/05/08 08.05.2010 Contemporary Dance Festival Ramallah (PAL)
2010/05/25 25.05.2010 Hangar 23 Rouen (FR)
2010/05/29 29 > 31.05.2010 International Dance Week Festival Zagreb (CRO)
2010/08/05 05.08.2010 Centrum Kultury Zamek Poznan (PL)
2010/08/27 27.08.2010 Internationale Tanzmesse Düsseldorf (DE)
2010/10/06 06.10.2010 Forum Leverkusen (DE)
2010/11/17 17 > 20.11.2010 The Barbican Centre Londres (UK)
2010/12/03 03.12.2010 De Werf Alost
2011/01/21 21 > 22.01.2011 Les Ecuries Charleroi
2011/02/01 01.02.2011 Maison de la Culture Tournai
2011/02/04 04.02.2011 De Velinx Tongres
2011/02/09 09.02.2011 Schouwburg Arnhem (NL)
2011/02/17 17.02.2011 De Warande Turnhout
2011/02/19 19.02.2011 Cultuurcentrum Evergem
2020/03/11 11.03.2020 Centre des Arts Pluriels Ettelbruck (LU)
2020/03/19 19.03.2020 Stadsschouwburg Utrecht (NL)
2011/03/22 22.03.2011 Magdalenazaal Bruges
2011/03/26 26.03.2011 Schouwburg Saint-Nicolas
2011/04/04 04 > 05.04.2011 Wolubilis Brussels
2011/04/08 08.04.2011 CNCDC Chateauvallon Oullioules (FR)
2011/05/18 18.05.2011 Festival Afro e Oltre e Altro Turin (IT)
2011/06/19 19 > 20.06.2011 Kuopio Dance Festival Kuopio (FI)
2011/07/18 18 > 19.07.2011 Festival Bolzano Danza Bolzano (IT)
2011/07/24 24.07.2011 Tanzfestival Bielefeld (DE)
2011/08/16 16.08.2011 Quincena Musical San Sebastián (ES)
2011/09/22 22.09.2011 AURA International Dance Festival Kaunas (LT)
2011/10/29 29 > 01.10.2011 Next Wave Festival / Brooklyn Academy of Music New York, New York (US)
2011/11/01 01.11.2011 Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ES)
2011/12/02 02.12.2011 De Meent Beersel
2011/12/08 08.12.2011 Maison de la Culture Arlon
2011/12/13 13 > 17.12.2011 Théâtre Varia Brussels
2011/12/20 20 > 22.12.2011 Théâtre Varia Brussels

Distribution

— Chorégraphie

Thierry Smits

— Danseurs

Rudi Cole, Daudet Grazaï, Christian D. Guerematchi, Nestor Kouame, Alpha Sanneh, Dean Lee Sefton, Iquail Shaheed, André M. Zachery

— Autres danseurs en tournée

Damien Chevron, Oliver Tida, Christophe Jeannot, Alexandre Gbeblewoo, Pascal Beugre-Tellier

— Musique

J.-S. Bach

 

— Décor sonore

Maxime Bodson

— Assistant à la chorégraphie

Benjamin Bac

— Scénographie

Thierry Smits et Thomas Beni

— Eclairages et coordination technique

Thomas Beni

 

— Régie son

Benoit Ausloos

— Costumes

Luc Gering

— Production

Compagnie Thor

— Coproduction

Théâtre de la Place, Théâtre de Namur - Avec l’appui de CNCDC Châteauvallon, Musikteater Baltoppen et De Velinx -Tongeren - Avec le support du Ministère de la Communauté française de Belgique, Service de la Danse ; Wallonie-Bruxelles International

 

Videos

To The Ones I Love - Trailer