Jules Beckman, is an American interdisciplinary performing artist and teacher living in France since 2002. He has been making work collaboratively, teaching, and touring steadily in contemporary dance, performance and new circus since 1987.
From 1982 to 1986 the Dutch Anna Sophia Bonnema studied at the theatre school in Amsterdam. She staged several plays and also wrote a great many, including De bomen het bos, staged with the Nieuw West theatre company, and Tegenmaat.
From 1987 to 1995, Hans Petter Dahl worked with the Norwegian company Bak-Truppen. In 1995, together with Anna Sophia Bonnema, he founded the L & O Amsterdam performance group.
Misha Downey was born in Leicester in England. He trained at the London Contemporary Dance School from 1989 to 1992.
Julien Faure, born in France, studied performing arts at INSAS in Brussels from 1995 till 1998. After his studies he worked with Pierre Droulers on Multim in Parvo (1998) a creation for the KunstenFESTIVALdesArts.
Born in London Hounslow in 1975, Nicolas Field arrives in Switzerland at age 6 and grows up between Basel and Geneva. He starts playing the drums at 12 and starts discovering over the years the massive potential of the instrument.
Yumiko Funaya was born in Japan and studied dance at the Japan Woman’s College of Physical Education in Tokyo (2002-2004). In 2004 she entered P.A.R.T.S.
Benoît Gob studied painting at the academy of art in Liège and then continued studying at INSAS in Brussels. In 1998 he joined Wim Vandekeybus’ dance company Ultima Vez and danced in several productions including The day of heaven and hell, In spite of wishing and wanting and Inasmuch as life is borrowed.
Mélissa Guérin completed her training as a dancer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure in Marseille. In 2012 she joined Jan Fabre’s Troubleyn company and until 2016 performed in ‘The power of theatrical madness’ and ‘This is theatre as was to be expected and foreseen’.
Ludde Haberg, born in Sweden, studied dance at the Swedish Ballet School. He worked for several years with The Royal Swedish Ballet (1991-1995) and afterwards with Carte Blanche (1995-1999) in Norway.
Sung-Im Her is born in South Korea. She studied contemporary dance at Han-Sung University in Seoul and then worked with JI-Gu dance theater for 6 years.
After her Plastic Arts studies, Muriel Hérault – born in France – took dance courses in the Faculté de Danse, at the University Paris IV Sorbonne from 1983 to 1986. Then she followed classes at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d'Angers from 1986 to 1988.
Romy Louise Lauwers studied dance at secondary arts school in Brussels. She has already worked with Inne Goris on Naar Medea (2008), with Peter Seynaeve onmondays (2010) and betty & morris (2011) and with Abattoir Fermé onApocalypso (2012).
Lot Lemm has worked at Needcompany since 1993. She initially started as costume designer on various productions including Le Voyeur (1994), Le Pouvoir (1995), Needcompany’s Macbeth (1996), Le Désir (1996), Caligula (1997), The Snakesong Trilogy (1998), Morning Song (1999), Needcompany’s King Lear (2000), Images of Affection (2002), Goldfish Game (langspeelfilm, 2002), No Comment, Isabella’s Room (2004) and The Lobster Shop (2006), The Deer House (2008), The art of entertainment (2011), Marketplace 76 (2012) and Begin the Beguine (2014), all by Jan Lauwers, and All is Vanity (2006) with Viviane De Muynck.
Simon Lenski studied the cello at the Conservatoire in Antwerp. He is a cofounder of Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung (DAAU).
Sarah Lutz completed the final stage of her training at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris. She is a participant in Jan Fabre’s creation ‘Mount Olympus 24H, To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy’, a 24-hour performance.
Elik Niv is a dancer, performer and choreographer. He was born in Israel and studied dance at the Sadana Performing Arts School in Kibbutz Ga’aton.
Louise Peterhoff, born in Sweden, studied dance at The Royal Swedish Ballet School and theater at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. She started working with The Royal Swedish Ballet in contemporary and classical repertory (1997-1998).
The actor, writer, director and musician Emmanuel Schwartz creates his own work for the theatre and has already collaborated with several directors: Serge Denoncourt, Jean Baudin, Claude Poissant, Geoffrey Gaquère, Dave St. Peter, Marc Beaupre, Alice Ronfard, Choynière Olivier, Denis Villeneuve, Todd Haynes, Eric John and Wajdi Mouawad.
Taka Shamoto was born in Sendai, Japan. At the age of three, she started to dance at the Sendai City Ballet School.
Born in Tunis, Mohamed Toukabri began dancing at age 13, starting with break dance. Later he joined the Sybel Ballet Theatre led by Syhéme Belkhodja.
Catherine Travelletti graduated at the Haute Ecole de Théâtre de Suisse Romande in 2008. She has worked with Eric Vigner, Ingrid Von Wantoch Rekowsky, Mathieu Bertholet and Claudia Bosse among others.
Inge Van Bruystegem studied dance at the London Contemporary Dance School (1996-99), followed by various workshops in Antwerp, Vienna, Luxemburg, London and elsewhere. She worked as a photographic model for several years, but in the meantime participated in several projects: performances including wolv goes international (2002) with Veronika Zott in Vienna, drindrunkmehr (2003) for the Tanzqwartier Wien, Pasavoir (L’Aeronef/Victoria, 2001), Aarschot-Mechelen (Gand Cru, 2004) and a guest performance in Project 1 (Poni, 2004).
Rombout Willems is a musician and composer. He lives and works in Haarlem.
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