The ballet of Sam Hogue & Augustus Benjamin

What does it mean, in this highly codified and symbolic society, to attempt to communicate in a kinetic way, without using a referential and representational language? “The Ballet of Sam Hogue & Augustus Benjamin” is an action of embodiment, in which emotions, thoughts and images are processed and translated in a perceptible, physical reality. A strictly non-representational kinetic system is the basis of this new movement language. We see a kinetic dialogue between bodies communicating without the use of symbolism, and yet generating theatricality. The result is a ritual, mystic ballet in which the public is invited to meditate on the perception of meaning in movement.

Participating artists:
Creation & Interpretation: Thomas Steyaert (BE) & Raul Maia (PT)
Original Soundscape: Tomate Del Monte (IT)
Light Creation: Bas Devos (BE), Thomas Steyaert (BE) & Raul Maia (PT)
Dramaturgy: Tawny Andersen (BE)

After a creation period of residencies in different European cities, “The Ballet of Sam Hogue and Augustus Benjamin” was successfully premièred in CC De Spil, Roeselare (BE) on March 5, 2011.

Further Touring:
WUK Werkstatten- und Kulturhaus, Vienna (AT) / March 31 & April 1 – 2, 2011
Burning man Westhoek festival, Mesen (BE) / April 16, 2011
Burgenländische Tanz Tage Festival, OHO, Oberwart (AT) / May 3 – 6, 2011
BE festival, Birmingham (UK) / July 7, 2011
eXplore dance festival #6 / October 18 & 19, 2011
iDans 05, Istanbul (TU) / October 14, 2011
Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna (AT) / December 7, 2011
Tanztage Potsdam / May 24 and 25, 2013

Thomas Steyaert
(1978, Roeselare/BE) studied contemporary dance at the Hoger Institute voor Dans in Lier (BE). From 2002 till 2005, he worked with Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez and dances in Blush (2002), Sonic Boom (2003) and the reprise of Les Porteuses de Mauvaises Nouvelles (2004). Later he decided to make his own work and founded Ponyhill vzw, a collective of young artists active in dance, performance, music, photography and film. In 2007, he was for the first time supported by the Ulti'Mates, Ultima Vez' supporting program for young artists. Together with Raul Maia and Gabrielle Nankivell, he made Of Raving Gods and The Dogs Who Made Them in 2008, coproduced by danceWEB Europe and Ultima Vez. Since 2006, Thomas Steyaert is part of a delegation of artists of the KVS (BE) and Ultima Vez, which organises cultural exchange programs between Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this frame, he created Mist in 2009, a performance with six Congolese dancers and musicians

Raul Maia (1981, Porto/PT) studied at the Balleteatro School in Porto (PT) and joined the Balleteatro Companhia in 2011. In 2002, he began an additional dance education at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance), but started a bit later to work with Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez where he dances in the reprise of Les Porteuses de Mauvaises Nouvelles (2004). In 2005, he participated in the danceWEB Scholarship Programme in Vienna. Hereafter, a series of collaboations with several international choreographers and companies followed. In 2007, he founded with Adriana Cubides his own collective: Mariquita Blues. Supported by the Ulti'Mates (Ultima Vez' supporting program for young artists), he created in 2008 together with Thomas Steyaert and Gabrielle Nankivell the piece Of Raving Gods and The Dogs Who Made Them. Again in collaboration with Thomas Steyaert, he took part in 2008 in the cultural exchange program between Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo, supported by KVS and Ultima Vez. Later, he created his first solo With Subtitles (2009).

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