Thierry De Mey [BE] Ensemble intercontemporain + Ircam

SIMPLEXITY. La beauté du geste

SIMPLEXITY. La beauté du geste
SIMPLEXITY. La beauté du geste

20.05 – 22.05.2016

Thierry De Mey has been exploring the grey area between dance and music for more than 30 years. He has composed music for dance performances, directed films about dance, and constructed choreographic multimedia installations. In 2016, for the first time, he has created a dance performance for the big stage, in collaboration with Ensemble intercontemporain, the legendary Paris music ensemble founded by Pierre Boulez.

SIMPLEXITY underwent a long and intensive research process beforehand. De Mey merges dance, music, and digital technology to achieve formal structures wherein the performers are able to move freely. Visible opposites attract one another: structure versus body, digital versus organic, mathematics versus nature, science versus poetry. As in a particle accelerator, performers and musicians collide with each other and seek new compositions. SIMPLEXITY is a Gesamtkunstwerk, a pedal point in De Mey’s career and at the same time a new phase in his work. Adventurous and simply stunning.


Concept, music & choreography Thierry De Mey | Ensemble intercontemporain musicians Frédérique Cambreling (harp), John Stulz (viola) Jérôme Comte (clarinet), Samuel Favre (percussion), Victor Hanna (percussion) | Created with & performed by the dancers Ildikó Tóth, Louise Tanoto, Peter Juhász, Sara Tan Siyin, Víctor Pérez Armero | Choreographic assistant Zsuzsanna Rozsavolgyi | Artistic consultant Manuela Rastaldi | Musical collaborator François Deppe | Musical assistant Stéphane Orlando | Ircam computer music production Benoit Meudic | Costumes Gioia Seghers | Technical coordinator and lighting Nicolas Olivier | Sound and sensor control Xavier Meeus, Benoît Pelé | Stage and video control François Bodeux | Production associate Ludovica Riccardi | Presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Charleroi Danses, Kaaitheater | Production Charleroi Danses, Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles | Co-production Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Ensemble intercontemporain (Paris), Ircam/Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou (Paris), Théâtre de Liège, Ars Musica | Performances in Brussels supported by SABAM for Culture