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The choreographic approach of the Compagnie K. Danse develops a contemporary movement language by the dialectic confrontation between the physical body (lived, experienced) and the visual body (seen, virtual).

The performances question the borders between fiction and reality, the social construction of the body, and the psychological structures in human relationships.

They investigate various digital technologies:
_ Monster 2014 (visual design and digital scenography) with duo 1minute69

The Tiger’s Bride 2013, Tactile Sensations 2011-2012 (reactive costumes and augmented tactility) with Scenocosme

Echo Room 2009, Para_site 2007 (physiological sensors)

Gameplay 2005 (semi autonomous objects and  interactive tracking) with digital artist Antoine Schmitt

Nuit Ecran 2006,Lovely user  2004/5 (interactive real time image-sound environments)

Icare Ecart 2003 (body sensors, interactive 3D and motion capture)

Danse e-Toile 2009, Fronter@ 2004, Danse et Toile 2002 (tele presence via internet ) …

 The company develops four main areas of activity: performance making, mediation, research, and organization of events.

Co organizer partner of the european project Metabody (2013-2018) /

videos of the kick-off workshop in Madrid (July 24-27,  2013) – Metabody on TV (video presentation “la Aventura del Saber”)

Project CorpusMedia 2012 / Art-Science-Dance / CorpusMedia (2007-2011): Digital Performance, connecting the French and Spanish regions of Midi-Pyrénées, Languedoc-Roussillon, Catalonia, Balearic Islands and Aragon http://corpusmedia.k-danse.net/en/

Residency

The company is invited by the city of Villeneuve-Tolosane (Théâtre Marcel Pagnol) to produce a full program of performances, workshops, community dance, special events …

The choreographers:

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Anne HOLST, choreographer.

Dancer, choreographer and artistic director. BA (1st) Dance in Society, MA Dance Studies (Choreography), University of Surrey, UK. Trained in ballet, contemporary dance, physical theatre, and choreography. Her choreographic research centres on the development of movement abstracted from existing structures in various fields of human experience. She has choreographed more than 30 pieces which have been shown in France and in Central America, Morocco, England, Venezuela and Mexico.

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Jean-Marc MATOS, choreographer.

Dancer, choreographer and artistic director. Trained at the Cunningham Studio in New-York, he has performed with David Gordon (Judson Church). He is interested in the impact of digital technology on society, in order to develop a meaningful relationship between dance and new media. He has choreographed more than 45 pieces which have been presented extensively in France (Avignon Festival, the Pompidou Center, etc.) and in many countries (Europe, Central and South America, USA, Canada, North Africa, India, Pakistan).

full bio

Since 1983, K. Danse has been present in major festivals and cultural events in France and abroad: Festivals of Aix en Provence, Avignon, la Rochelle, Châteauvallon, Métafort d’Aubervilliers, American Center of Paris, Georges Pompidou Center, Grande Halle de la Villette, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Maison de la Danse de Lyon, Centre National Art et Technologie de Reims, Centre National de la Danse, ISEA 2000 à Paris, Monaco Dance Forum, Espace Odyssud de Blagnac, Cité de l’Espace de Toulouse, Digital Art Center Le Cube of Issy Les Moulineaux, Festival “Les Bains Numériques” of Enghien les Bains, …

The company has toured in Central America, Senegal, India, Vietnam, Morocco, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, Great Britain, Germany, Pakistan, Belgium, Hungary, Canada and USA and has presented performances in the Soros Center of Budapest, Video Fest and Podewill Centrum, Berlin, Hambourg International Festival, Foundation Polar in Caracas, Festival Medi@rte in Monterrey, Festival VAD Girona and IDN Barcelona (Catalonia), The international Video Art Festival of Casablanca (Morocco), The National Theatre of Guatemala, NIAS of Bangalore (India), Festival Llunes d’esBaluard of Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands), ScenoFest Festival Quadriennale of Prague (Czech Republic), …

Price for the most innovative performance at the International Dance and Theater Fair of Huesca, Spain, 2012 (with the Tactile Sensations performance).

Associated artists

Dancers (Marianne Masson, Mario G Sáez, Coline Baudouin, Clément Garcia, Aude Miyagi, Julien Lecuziat, Benjamin- Aliot Pagès, Yuko Yamada, Alexandra Karsenty, Dhami Panjwani, etc.), actors/actress (Julie Pichavant), visual artists (1minute69, Scenocosme, Antoine Schmitt), Indian choreographer and scientist Sharada Srinivasan, composer Roland Cahen, multimedia artist Ivan Chabanaud, video artists (Guillaume Bautista, Albin Bousquet, Claude Jeanmart, Karine Labrunie), composers (David Fieffé)

Areas of activity:

Performance making: K. Danse produces performances (full evening long pieces and short pieces), informal performances, site specific choreographies and telematic pieces connecting via internet distant cities and countries.

Mediation: K. Danse directs numerous workshops on contemporary dance and digital arts, for children and adults. Other proposals contain: lecture demonstrations, conferences, open rehearsals, theoretical courses: dance analysis.

Research: artistic research linked with technological development (partnership with the IRIT, Research Institute in Computer Science, University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse).

Organization of events: Metabody_Toulouse Lab, CorpusMedia euroregional Festival in Midi-Pyrénées / artistic advice / curator ship.