Benoît Nieto Duran + Yipoon Chiem

Protéiforme + B++++

Protéiforme - All audiences - 40 minutes

What is good movement? What is beautiful? What is ugly? What if ugliness were not the opposite of beauty, but one of its categories? Would beauty remain an end in itself? Protéiforme questions the expression of ugliness, which is more linked to individuality, as a counterpoint to the idea of beauty, which is in essence the quest for an ideal. This minimalist piece is a danced aesthetic experience. The dancer and choreographer from Liège deconstructs the gestures of breakdance, an extremely codified discipline. He takes raw movement as his starting point to create a unique choreographic language. The quest for an ideal. Almost inhuman.

Choreography and interpretation by Benoît Nieto Duran
Music: Simon Carlier Lighting design: Aurore Leduc
Choreographer's assistant: Fabio Amato
Acknowledgments: Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Charleroi Danse, Jean Michel Frère Compagnie VictorB, Le Centre culturel Jacques Franck, Le Grand Studio, Les Brigittines, Le Centre culturel de Waremme, Le Centre culturel de Chênée, Point Culture Liège

Photographs: Olivier Piérart, Aurelie Prenassi and Benoît Nieto Duran

- 13 years old and up - 40 minutes

Following her first solo Apsara, Yipoon Chiem embarked on new research that resulted in the performance solo B**** (pronounced Bitch). B**** is a continuation of the first solo, which questioned the roles of executioner and victim by looking at the history of the Khmer Rouge genocide. In this piece, Yipoon invites the audience to visit the shadowy parts of the character embodied on stage in an intimate moment and share dark episodes in the life of a young woman and mother facing her own difficult moments. She captivates us, taking us on her journey through emotions ranging from laughter to tears to anger. Her dance is inspired by hip-hop, martial arts, Cambodian Apsara dance and Japanese Geisha dance. She combines it with a bewitching set design that makes use of projected video clips. Author: Yipoon Chiem

Choreography/performance: Yipoon Chiem
Music: Louc Sadu, Torben Hens, Yipoon Chiem
Lighting design / Stage management: Lucien Elskens
Videos: Elen Sylla Grollimund
Costumes and set design: Caroline Fainke
Set design: Yipoon Chiem
Coach: Mike Van Alfen
Choreography coach: Alesandra Seun (Cie Vocab Dance)
Delegated production: Citylab Pianofabriek, Lezarts Urbains
Coproduction: KVS, Stad van Brussels, Mestizo Arts Platform/ Wipcoop, Rataplan, Zinnema
Diffusion: Get Down - Dancers Management
With support from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and the VGC