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Damien Jalet

BABEL [words]
9 to 12 December 2010

Damien Jalet was born in Brussels in 1976. After his first studies in theatre at the I.N.S.A.S. (National Institute of the Performing Arts, Brussels) he shifted to contemporary dance studying it in Belgium and in New York. He also studied Music Ethnology at the University of Paris with Giovanna Morini. In 1998 Jalet started his dance career with Wim Vandekeybus on the show The Day of Heaven and Hell and worked with choreographers such as Ted Stoffer and Christine De Smedt.
In 2000 he began an intense collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as his artistic partner within the company Les Ballets C. de la B. They created Rien de rien (2000), Foi (2003), Tempus Fugit (2004), and Myth (2007). In 2002 he created the piece D’avant in collaboration with Cherkaoui, Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola (this piece is still touring all over the world as a piece of the repertoire of Sasha Waltz & Guests), in 2005 the short movie The Unclear Age, co-directed with Erna Ómarsdóttir and the movie makers Dumspiro. Together with Erna Ómarsdóttir, Gabriela Fridriksdóttir and Raven, he created the piece Ofaett (Unborn) for the Theatre National de Bretagne.
In 2006 Jaled created the short duet “Aleko” for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Aomori, Japan, in collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Alexandra Gilbert. He has been collaborating with the French director Arthur Nauzyciel and the actress Anne Brochet for the creation of “L'image” of Samuel Beckett for the celebration of his centenary in Dublin. This piece has been presented in 2008 at the Fiaf Festival in New York with this time the French actress Lou Doillon. On the invitation of the philosopher Giorgio Agamben, he also signed the choreography for the contemporary opera “Il cielo sulla terra” by Stefano Scodanibbio, for the Opera of Stuttgart.
In 2008 together with Nick Knight and Bernhard Willhelm he directed the video men in tights, presentation of the Willhelm Men’s collection 2008-09, this being a first step of an artistic collaboration with the designer. He also signed the choreographic work of Julius Caesar for the American Repertory Theater, Boston and Ordet for the festival d’Avignon 2008, both pieces directed by Arthur Nauzyciel. In March 2008 he premiered three spells at the Tokyo International Arts Festival, live music by Christian Fennesz.
He assisted Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for the creation of the piece In Memoriam for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and Loin for the Ballet of the Grand Theatre of Geneva, End for the Cullberg Ballet and Sutra for 16 Shaolin Monks. In 2009 he played one of the key roles of the first theatre play of writer Marie Darrieussecq, Le musée de la mer directed by Arthur Nauzyciel for the National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavík. He also co-directed the performance transaquania – out of the blue in collaboration with Erna Ómarsdóttir and visual artist Gabriela Fridriksdottir for the Icelandic Dance Company. The piece took place in the mythical Blue Lagoon. He then co-directed with Ómarsdóttir the piece Black Marrow for the Australian company Chunky Move, which premiered in the respected Melbourne Arts Festival. Damien Jalet stars with Alexandra Gilbert in the video you don’t know love from Editors, shot by cinematographer Christopher Doyle and directed by Arni and Kinski.

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