▶ Philippe Chosson
Dancer. Philippe lives and works in Lausanne.
Philippe Chosson discovered the profession of acting in 1986 with the La Découpe company.
In 1987, he received the Rhône-Alpes Academy of Dramatic Arts "Prix d’humour" for improvisation.
After a high school diploma in Philosophy and Arts, he decided to attend the Marcel Marceau International Mime School in Paris, and later the Etienne Decroux School of Dramatic Body Mime.
From 1993 onwards, he moved towards physical theatre with the Laura Scozzi theatre company.
He works as an assistant for Rachel Bénitah (choreographer) and Hélène Mathon (director).
His crucial meeting with Bernard Glandier (Alentours Co.) led him to dance in 1997.
Other choreographic and film projects followed with Bruno Dizien, Laura de Nercy, Mathieu Poirot-Delpech (Director, Laure Bonicel, Coline Serreau (Director), Pascal Montrouge, Michèle Rust, Jean-Marc Heim, Héla Fattoumi and Eric Lamoureux, Benjamin Silvestre (Director), Philippe Saire, Lionel Baier (Director) and Christian Rizzo.
▶ Isabelle Duthoit
Singer. Isabelle lives and works in Paris and in Vienne.
Isabelle Duthoit, after she obtained her first prize in clarinet in CNR of Tours and Paris, she went to CNSM of Lyon in 1991 in the class of J. Di Donato. She obtains her diplom and her first Prize of clarinet in 1995, and pass 80% upward. Being interested by “musique actuelle”, she participates in this Conservatory to the workshop of “Atelier Instrumental du XXème siècle” directed by G. Amy. With J. Di Donato,, she create “le temps du souffle” (time of breathing), piece from G.Amy, for 2 feench horn in Radio France.
In 1995, 94, 98, she tour in USA as a soloist and duestist with J. Di Donato.
She plays chamber music with Sonia Wieder Atherton, Raphael Oleg, to ply the quintet of Brahms, les Constrastes de Bartok, Pierrot Lunaire de Schoenberg… She is invited many times to participate in the Festival Musique Action in Vandoeuvre les Nancy, Musique en scène de Lyon, Uzeste Musical.
She tour in Roumanie and in Ukraina with Tricot et Cie. Create in 1997, 2 to 5 steel band where she plays medieval, contemporary and impro music.
She plays clarinet in Trio Krizda with Christine Wodrascka (piano) and Gunda Gottschalk (violin). She plays in Archipel, project from EmmanuelPetit with fabrice Charles, Sophie Agnel, pascal Battus, Lionel Marchetti, Thieery madiot. Create in 3D the voice of a trio with J. Di Donato (drums) and D. Chiesa. Create the trio Bord de Mhere, project photo/phongraphy and music with Kristof Guez and Marc Pichelin.
Participate in many projects with Camel Zekri, Michel Doneda, Geraldine Keller. In 1994, she create with J. Di Donato, the festival “Fruits de Mhere”, les champs de l’improvisation.
Since 1997 she teach clarinet and impro in Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental d’Evry (Essone)Being since the beginning attracted by voice, she developed a peculiar vocal approach, a langage before langage. She sing alone and improvise as a soloist and in uo with Phil Minton. In 2008, she win the Villa Kuyojama in Kyoto (Japan) to realise a vocal performance linked with No theatre and Bunraku.
▶ Philippe E. Colas
Philippe E. Colas (Brussels/Bel) is a composer of electro-acoustic music
After studying classical guitar and music theory at the Académie Grétry of Liège, he spent five years in London soaking up the English music scene. During his time there he formed an art rock band 'Eden', and also composed songs with Geoffrey Osborne for theatrical presentations.
In Brussels in the 2000s, his music started to evolve in a more experimental direction, including the creation of a set in which improvisation played an important role. This is embodied in the concept of 'beursplatform', a musical ensemble and a platform where sound, image, performance, technology and poetry come together. This resulted in several concerts/performances in galleries, art centres and academies. Other collaborations were to follow: in 2005, with Benoît Lachambre for the 'Antipodes Festival' in Brest. Or in 2007, during a play written in collaboration with David De Buyser, which was used by the Dutch artist, Judith Nab, for her 'Nightshot' installation.
In early 2010, he released a new solo project 'Live a quiet life work with your hand.' His work ranges from refined piano composition to research on composition and the aesthetics of sound.
A new project is planned for late 2014.
▶ Alessandra Cristiani
Dancer. Alessandra lives and works in Rome
She began her artistic career by learning about theatre with companies close to the Odin Theatre, like Teatro Potlatch, Toni Cots, Jean Paul Denizon, Teatro de los Andes, Nino Racco, Naira Gonzale, etc. In 1997, she received the Premio Excelsior as best actress in the short film ‘La foto’, directed by Sara Masi. Her thorough understanding of an actor's training was to gradually lead her towards dance.
She studied contemporary dance with Moses Pendleton, Giovanna Summo, Dominique Dupuy; the technique of transparent mime with Hal Yamanouchi; breathing and movement with the coach Giuseppe Ravi; Qi gong with Solene Fiumani; ideokinesis, placement and constructive rest with Ursula Stricker.
She discovered butoh dance with Masaki Iwana, Akira Kasai, Akaji Maro, Tadashi Endo, Ko Murobushi, Yoko Muronoi, Hisako Horikawa, Toru Iwashita, Daisuke Yoshimoto, Atsushi Takenoushi, and Koshou Nanami.
She graduated in Performance Methodology and Criticism by writing an experimental thesis: ‘Masaki Iwana and White Butoh tradition; The intensity of the vacuum, a methodology of dance’.
She followed training courses at the European Shiatsu Institute (SEI) in Rome.
As a performer, she has worked with Sylvia Rampelli's Habillé d'Eau dance company, since 2002. She has been involved in each of the creations that were in turn to receive awards: the Enzimi Danza 2002, Generazione scenario (2003), Movin'up; Premio per il circuito Giovanni dei Artisti Italiani; Premio all'International Teaterfest in Sarajevo (2004), Biennale di Venezia 37, Premio Speciale Ubu (2006) Fabbricca Europea; and ZTL pro (2008).
She has worked with the most representative authors of Italian experimental theatre, including Alessandro Serra de Teatropersona, with whom she won the Premio Europeo Beckett and Puppet in 2006, while the piece ‘Trattato dei manichini’ was to be presented at the prestigious Busan Film Festival in South Korea in May 2009, and at the Strastnom Festival in Moscow, in September 2011.
In September 2009, she began a triptych with the dancer Akira Kasai - Progetto Eliogabalo (Rome, September 2009); The Anarchico Incoronato Secondo Studio su Artaud (Rome, May 2010); Aetas Aurea. L’eta dell’oro. Insurrezione e rovina (Palermo, September 2010), with the support of PAJ Europe Japan Foundation Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe.
In 2012, she participated in the show ‘Tutto per bene’ by Gabriele Lavia, produced by Teatro di Roma.
With the Lios company, she created and directed the international butoh dance festival, Trasform'azioni, with the support of the Teatro Furio Camillo and the Teatro dell 'Orologio in Rome. In 2000, she created her first solo, ‘Non si puo rubare la luna’. This was followed by ‘Fiori’, ‘Notturno’, ‘In canto’, ‘Geynest Under gore’, ‘Langelo’, ‘Entrana’, ‘Irelallabye’, ‘Oro e Rosso’, ‘Materia ve uoto’; ‘io è un altro’, ‘nudo.nuda’, ‘Miele’, ‘Opheleia’, which she presented at, among others, Inequilibrio 2006, Castiglioncello, ZTL pro, Scenari Independenti, Teatri di Vetro, Teatro Palladium, and Sofia Dance Week 2009 as the representative of Italian dance.
In 2012, she became resident choreographer for two years at the Academia Filarmonica di Roma.
She trains professional dancers at the IALS in Rome.
Her articles about dance have been published in various magazines like Hic sunt Leones and Editorial e spettacolo.
▶ Marie Drach
Video maker and visual artist. Works and lives in Nancy (France)
After she studied fine arts successively in Nancy then Paris, marie drach set up shop as artiste in 2004.
Her realm of creation is open and multiple. She didn’t take a particular care to one precise medium; nevertheless, the cinematic language is the one that allow her to give her vision as close as possible of the sensation of images living in her.
She realised and product her first movie, Traverses, in 2006 and prepares the next one whose shoot is intended for 2008.
Furthermore, she work in collaboration with dancers choreographers and get involved in scenography, light, and shot image in the heart of their creations.
She also is graphic designer and work since 2004 for divers book, records publishers and others aids to artistic creation.
“ I am submerged every moment by a stream of disordered images, creation permits me to set in order, to write and to show the complexity and the fastness with which our psyche swallow and spit out images which haunt and acts us. I am looking for a language which frees image and releases me of it.” marie drach
▶ Juan Jose Eslava
Eslava is currently working on the commissions received from the Spanish National Center of Diffusion of Music (CNDM), the Symphonic Orchestra of Navarra, the Plural Ensemble andthe Li(Luo) dance company.
He has received commissions from well known institutions and performers in Spain, France and Japan. The most recent works are "LʼOeil" (sax quartet with electronics), written for the Sigma Project sax quartet, "Senderos de la risa" (Symphonic orchestra, electronics and 9 soloists) written for the Orchestra of Madridʼs Community thanks to a commission from the Consejería de Cultura y Turismo of Madridʼs Community, "Under Construction" (guitar and electronics) written for the Japanese guitarist Norio Sato and « Máscaras sonoras » and a sound installation commissioned by the Gustavo Maeztu Museum. He also as collaborated with the koto player Kimura Maya.
His music has been played in major festivals, such as the International-Computer-Music-Conference (2008 and 2011), the Seoul-International-Computer-Music-Festival (Korea, 2007 and 2010), the Transitio-Festival (Mexico, 2007), the Argentine-Contemporary-Music-Festival (Argentine, 2007 and 2009), the World-Saxophone-Congress (Slovenia, 2006), Festival Résonnances (Paris, 2004), La Kitara Soi (Finland, 2010) and at the most important festivals in Spain : Sinkro Festival (2007), the International-Music-Festival-of-Alicante (2010), Punto de encuentro (2011), Musikaste (2011), II Circuito de Música Contemporánea del País vasco (2011). Those performances have taken place in well known concert halls, such Ircam (Paris), the Seoul Arts Center (Korea), the most important concert halls in Japan (Tokyo Opera City, Meguro-Bashomon-Hall, Shibuya-Classics, Kunitachi-College-of-Music), the Cervantes Institute (Paris, Tokyo), and the most important places in Spain: National Auditorium of Madrid and Teatros del Canal (Madrid).
He has received the ICMAʼs Regional-Composition-Prize at the International-Computer- Music-Conference 2008, and is finalist at the Transitio-International-Electronic-Art- Competition 2007.
As a researcher, he has collaborated with Ircam Institute and the Kunitachi-Col lege-of-Music. He has received the Madridʼs grant for International artistic Collaborations in 2008. He also as collaborated in a project involving the study of infancyʼs aesthetic development and has published several papers on this domain.
He has collaborated with performers such as 2e2m, Court-Circuit, Didier Aschour, Pascal Rophé, Rody van Gemert, Norio Sato, Rie Watanabe, Yoshiko Kanda, Nomad-Ensemble and well known spanish performers such as José Ramón Encinar, Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, Plural-Ensemble, Sigma Project and Josetxo Silguero.
He has given seminars about his work in Sibelius Academy (Helskinky), Kunitachi-Collegeof- Music (Tokyo) and the Korea-National-University-of-Arts (Seoul). He is a member of the Spanish Association for Electronic Music (AMEE) and the Association of Basque Navarresse Composers.
Eslava studied composition in Paris (France) and in Saragossa (Spain), following the superior studies o composition in both countries : National Superior Conservatory of Music of Paris and Superior-Conservatory -of-Saragossa. He has completed that formation at the Ircamʼs Composition and Computer Music Program, the composition courses of
Szombathely, Veruela, Centre-Acanthes, Foundation-Royaumont-Voix Nouvelles, and at the Aix-en-Provenceʼs Art-Lyric-Festival. He has worked with composers such as Claude Ballif, Teresa Catalan, Marc André Dalvabie, Brian Ferneyhough, Gérard Grisey, Jonathan Harvey, Michael Lévinas, Philippe Leroux, José Manuel López-López, Mikhail Malt, Philippe Manoury, Luis Naon, Emmanuel Nunes and Yizak Sadai.
▶ Matthieu Ferry
lighting designer (1974)
After a practical education as lighting designer, Matthieu Ferry graduated in l’Ecole de la Rue Blanche (E.N.S.A.T.T.) in 1999.
He worked then in theater, opera, puppet theater (C. Stavisky, J. Falguières, V. Vidocq, M. Waniowky, B. Vantusso etc.)
In 2001, he takes an interest in the relationship between space and light and become scenographer for E. Laborit’s Pour un oui pour un non.
From 2001 to 2006, he cross theater and opera experiment working with A. Campo, M. Evesque, E. Houzé, G. Lumbroso, F. Meier, S. Tranvouez.
He links his video education to his scenic work in P. Labaune and C. Baqué’s performance.
In 2006, he oriented his light research toward writing in score and direct improvisation. Proust (I. Paquet), Et jamais nous ne serons séparés, Meurtres (P. Labaune), Il ne faudra plus compter sur moi (visual artist M), Mes bibliothèques (F. Meier). He worked with Y. Demichelis for the circus field, with J. Jeanne for the dance field; collaborated on D. Mocellin’s Paranoïa, G. Baron’s Adieu l’Institut Benjamenta, and C. Baqué’s Eaux dormantes.
He created in Mexico DF La llama de mi vida with M. Ulloa.
In 2008, he worked with A. Forestier (Purgatory party), Cie UNTM (MC2, Minimal Connotatif), Léa Drouet (Tableau d’une execution), N. Carcaud (Au plus près).
In 2009 he pursues his work with L. Drouet (La Maladie de la mort) and created lights for an opera (J.C. Marti, P. Carbonneaux) in collaboration with deaf actors.
For The Free Light Medieval Blues Experience, that he conceived and interpret in 2009, he works about interaction in between lights score and music generated by harmonica or singing.
In 2010, he continues his work with A. Forestier for La Divine Party. He meets butoh dance and works about nude with Camille Mutel
▶ Gilles Gobeil
Gilles Gobeil has completed a master’s degree in composition at Université de Montréal, after studying writing techniques.
He has been focusing his work on acousmatic and mixed music since 1985. His works fall close to what is called ‘cinema for the ear’ Many of his pieces have been inspired by literary works and attempt to let us ‘see’ through sound.
Gilles Gobeil has won over 20 national and international awards at Ars Electronica (Austria), Bourges (France), Stockholm Electronic Arts Award (Sweden), CIMESP (Brazil), Métamorphoses (Belgium), Ciber@rt (Spain), and Luigi Russolo (Italy) competitions. His DVD-Audio Trilogie d’ondes has won the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM.)’s Prix Opus for Best album in 2004-05; his CD Le Contrat was nominated in the same category in 2003-04.
Gobeil has received commissions from Codes d’Accès (Montréal), empreintes DIGITALes (Montréal), Groupe de musique expérimentale de Bourges (GMEB, France), Musiques & Recherches (Belgium), Réseaux des arts médiatiques (Montréal), Société Radio-Canada, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM, Germany), and from performers Suzanne Binet-Audet, René Lussier and Arturo Parra.
He has been composer-in-residence in Banff (Canada, 1993, 1995), Bourges (France, 1991), at the GRM (France, 1993) and ZKM (Germany, 2005, 2006, 2007) and guest composer at DAAD (Germany, 2008).
Gilles Gobeil is a professor of Music Technology at Collège de Drummondville since 1992. He has been a guest lecturer in Electroacoustic Composition at Université de Montréal (2005-06) and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (2007). He is a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), and co-founder of réseaux, an organization devoted to producing media arts events.
▶ Ivan Gruselle
Composer, singer, pianist, and white-face clown in ‘Helmut and Champion’ (Avignon-OFF 2008). Character and musician in ‘Le Lit (The Bed)’ (Mamaille). Composer of stage music for ‘L'Enfer (Hell)’ (Cie Label Brut, Avignon-OFF 2009), ‘La bonne âme du Se-Tchouan (The good soul of Se-Chuan)’ (Cie du Jarnisy), rock vocals in ‘KRIBI’. His creations range from solo to orchestral works, like ‘La Philharmonie du bon vide’ (Mamaille). He improvises for dance (Cie Fatoumi-Lamoureux), readings (M.Lonsdale) and circus (Chantiers de Cirque). He also responds to commissions for new compositions.