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Solide Traces

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Thierry De Mey

Simplexity / Solid Traces / From Inside / Prélude à la mer / Musiques de Table / ...

Presentation

"Thierry De Mey studied at the IAD in the 1970s. After meeting Fernand Schirren, the “rhythm teacher” at Mudra, he began to focus his thoughts on the creation of rhythm and gesture. This was to be the first stage in his personal re-examination of the grammar and vocabulary of music. The principle is simple. The musical phrase, like any movement, comes from an impulse that triggers it. Life is organised from a simple impulse. After that, any construction is possible. A simple sequence can lead to a very complex epic. (…)

From great vividness to nebulous atmospheres, each new opus from Thierry De Mey – be it film, composition or installation – represents a particular study of moving bodies. In their own way each one tells the magical story of time unfolding and man wrapped up in it. (…)

De Mey composes a choreography on choreography; he produces a work of creation by sublimating that of its partners. The image naturally involves music and dance in his creative process, giving his art the sense of a three-strand plait. (…) Everything shifts with De Mey, especially boundaries. (…)"

Camille Guynemer, April 2011
In special ‘Mouvement’ supplement dedicated to Thierry De Mey

Tours

2017
08.04 - SIMPLEXITY la beauté du geste - Osterfestival Tirol - Hall in Tirol (AU)

2016

05 & 06.02 - Counter phrases -  l'Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse et Ballaké Sissoko sur les films de Thierry de Mey - Maison de la musique - Nanterre (FR)
20 > 22.05 - SIMPLEXITY la beauté du geste - Kunstenfestivaldesarts - Kaaitheater - Bruxelles (BE)
02 & 03.06 - SIMPLEXITY la beauté du geste - Centre Pompidou, Ouverture du Festival ManiFeste - Paris (FR)
9.10 > 18.12 - Musique de tables, Violin Fase, Rosas danst Rosas (films) - Exposition STEP UP! - ARGOS - Bruxelles (BE)
9.11 - SIMPLEXITY la beauté du geste (extraits) - Cérémonie de Remise des Prix AWEX - PBA - Charleroi (BE)
12.11 -  Ma mère l’Oie, Dom Svobode & One flat thing, reproduced - Torinodanza Festival - Turin (IT)
17.11 - Equi Voci avec l’Orchestres Philharmonique Royal de Liège - Festival Ars Musica - Salle Philharmonique de Liège - Liège (BE)
18.11 - Equi Voci avec l’Orchestres Philharmonique Royal de Liège - Festival Ars Musica - BOZAR - Bruxelles (BE)
22.11 > 31.12 - Rosas dans Rosas, Prélude à la mer & Fase - Exposition Hors du cadre - Espaces Pluriels - Pau (FR)
23.11 - SIMPLEXITY la beauté du geste - Théâtre de Liège (BE)
25 & 26.11 - SIMPLEXITY la beauté du geste - Charleroi Danses, Les Écuries - Charleroi (BE)
26.11 - La Valse (film) - Tanzfestival Winterthur - Winterthour (CH)

2015


17.01 - Musique de tables - La percussion dans tous ses éclats - Solistes de l'Ensemble intercontemporain - La Philharmonie - Paris (FR)
15 > 18.05 - Light Music, From Inside, Counter Phrases, Musique de Tables, Love Sonnets, Dom Svobode, Rosas danst Rosas et Tippeke - Compositeur en résidence - Musica Electronica Nova - Wroclaw (PL)
24 > 28.11 - Counter Phrases - Senghor - Bruxelles (BE)

2014
17 > 25.01 – What the Body Does Not Remember – Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch – KVS – Brussels (BE)
17.01 > 14.02 – Dom Svobode and 21 études à danser – Galerie Sans Nom – Moncton (CA)
27 & 28.01 – What the Body Does Not Remember – Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch – Stadschouwburg – Amsterdam (NL)
22.01 – Light Music – Conservatoire à rayonnement intercommunal Jean Wiener – Saint-Dizier (FR)
14 & 15.02 – What the Body Does Not Remember – Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch – Les Écuries – Charleroi (BE)
14 > 20.02 – Light Music – Timara technology Department – Oberlin (US)
07 & 08.03 – What the Body Does Not Remember – Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch – Teatro Central – Sevilla (ES)
04 & 05.04 – What the Body Does Not Remember – Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch – Schauspiel – Köln (DE)
11 & 12.04 – What the Body Does Not Remember – Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch – Hellerau – Dresden (DE)
19.04 –  From Inside & Tresse à 5 voies – Festival MolenDance – Bruxelles (BE)
09.05 – Musique de tables & TRACELESS (creation 2014) – Festival Acht Brucken – Cologne (DE)
02.06 – April Suite – French May – Academy for performing arts – Hong Kong (CN)
10.06 > 30.09 - Top Shot (installation) - VormingsCentrum Destelheide - Dworp (BE)
21.06 - Prélude à la mer (film) - Sadler's Wells - London (GB)
13 & 17.08 - La Valse (film) - TanzPlan Ost - St Gallen (CH)
27.09 - Floréal, Love Sonnets, Dom Svobode and One Flat Thing Reproduced (films) - Festival vidéo-danse - CCN d'Orléans (FR)
21.11 - Les nouveaux gestes et langages instrumentaux (Colloque) - Ars Musica - L'Ancienne Belgique - Bruxelles (BE)
25.11 - Chambre d'écho - 2 / Philippe Terseleer (Concert pédagogique) - Ars Musica - Musée Charlier - Bruxelles (BE)
29.11 - Bl!ndman (concert) - Ars Musica - La Raffinerie - Bruxelles (BE)

2013
17.03 - Equi Voci avec le Limburgs Symfonie Orkest - Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht (NL)
13.04 > 05.05 – Top Shot (installation) – BUDA, Courtrai (BE)
13.04 - Fase (film) – BUDA, Courtrai (BE)
15.05 – Evening dedicated to Thierry De Mey, with Prélude à la mer, Musique de tables, Dom Svobode, Light Music,... - Španski Borci Cultural Centre, Ljubljana (SI)
26.05 - Light Music - Concerts Grame & Multimedia - reMusik, St. Petersburg (RU)
17 > 30.06 – Atelier de composition In Vivo Danse – ManiFeste-2013 – Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
21.06 – Silence must be ! par la master-class de percussion de Steven Schick - ManiFeste-2013 – CENTQUATRE, Paris (FR)
25.06 – Light Music - Séance découverte du dispositif - ManiFeste-2013 – Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
30.06 – Light Music et Présentation publique In Vivo Danse - ManiFeste-2013 – Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
14 & 15.07 - Tresse à 5 voies - Bolzano Danza Festival (IT)
28.09 > 05.01.2014 – Rémanences et Tresse à 5 voies – Fine Arts Museum - Taipei (TW)
03.12 > 20.12 – Top Shot – Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne - Rennes (FR)
04.12 – What the Body Does Not Remember – Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch – Concertgebouw Brugge – Brugge (BE)
12.12 – Rémanences et Dom Svobode – Vertical – Musée des moulages de Lyon (FR)
15.12 – What the Body Does Not Remember – Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch – Stadschouwburg – Amsterdam (NL) Annulé
15.12 – Rémanences (film) – Galerie du Viaduc des Arts – Paris (FR)
18 > 21.12 – What the Body Does Not Remember – Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey & Peter Vermeersch – deSingel – Antwerpen (BE)

2012
23.11 > 02.04 - Counter Phrases - Danser sa vie - Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
05.02 > 04.03 - Prélude à la mer - Festival Pays de danses - Centre Culturel, Huy (BE)
10.02 – Conférence – Filmer la danse, chorégraphier les images - Centre Culturel, Huy (BE)
17.02 – Prélude à la mer – Hors Saison Arcadi - Maison de la Musique, Nanterre (FR)
02 & 03.03 - Equi Voci - L'Arsenal, Metz (FR)
03 > 10.03 - Danser Ravel et Debussy - Festival On Marche, Marrakech (MA)
07.03 - Projection de films - Festival On Marche, Marrakech (MA)
09.03 - Lecture Pour la beauté du geste - Festival On Marche, Marrakech (MA)
03.04 - Conférence - Grande Leçon, Centre National de la Danse, Pantin (FR)
03.05 - Kinshasa, ville en mouvement - Maison de la Musique - Nanterre (FR)
10.05 - Conférence - Projection de films - Journées d'informatique musicale - Mons (BE)
18 > 29.06 - Master Class In Vivo Danse avec la compagnie ZOO - Festival Académie ManiFeste - Ircam, Paris (FR)
29.06 - In Vivo Danse - Festival Académie ManiFeste - Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
21.08 - La Valse - Norsk Festival for Dans og Film, Haugesund (NO)
13 > 26.09 - Tresse à 6 voies et Kinshasa, ville en mouvement - Festival Kanal - Abattoirs d'Anderlecht-Cureghem, Brussels (BE)
20.09 > 16.12 - Traces du Mouvement - Centre des arts, Enghien-les-Bains (FR)
26 & 28.09 - Prélude à la mer et La Valse - Festival Autre Regard, Le Mans (FR)
10.11 > 10.01 - Equi Voci - Digital Life - Roma Europa, Rome (IT) Canceled
22 > 24.11 - Projection loop : Silence Must Be!, Light Music, Tippeke - Festival Loop 5 - Espace Senghor, Brussels (BE)
6 > 8.12 - Silence Must Be : Evenings around and with Thierry De Mey - Festival Percussion IV - Eklekto - Théâtre du Galpon, Genève (CH)
15.12 - Prélude à la mer - with Ictus - Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)

2011
08 & 10.09 - Ma Mère l'Oye - Festival Tanecnich filmu - Prague (CZ)
30.10 - Prélude à la mer, La Valse, One flat thing, reproduced - Moving in November - Helsinki (FI)
21 > 26.11 - Films en triptyque - Biennale de la danse 2011 - Charleroi Danses - Bruxelles (BE)
22 > 27.11 - Prélude à la mer, La Valse - Festival de danse - Palais des Festival, Cannes (FR)
10 > 26.10 - Amisi Mugo, sculpteur et ex-enfant soldat - Théâtre Jeune Public, Strasbourg (FR)
06.11 - Light Music - Focus sur nos compositeurs - Espace Senghor, Bruxelles (BE)
21 > 26.11 - Rémanences - Biennale de la danse 2011 - Charleroi Danses, Bruxelles (BE)
22 > 27.11 - From Inside - Festival de danse - Palais des Festival, Cannes (FR)
10 > 17.12 - Top Shot - Dancing Machine, Monaco (MC)

Biography

Thierry De Mey, born in 1956, is a composer and filmmaker. An instinctive feel for movement guides his entire work, allowing him to tackle and integrate a variety of disciplines. The premise behind his musical and filmic writing is the desire for rhythm to be experienced in the body or bodies, revealing the musical meaning for the author, performer and audience. He has developed a system of musical writing for movement used in pieces where the visual and choreographic aspects are just as important as the gesture producing the sound, such as in Musique de tables (1987), Silence must be! (2002) and Light Music, which premiered at Lyon’s Musiques en Scène biennial festival in 2004. 

A large part of his music production is intended for dance and cinema. He has often been more than a composer for the choreographers Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus and his sister Michèle Anne De Mey, offering his precious collaboration in the invention of "formal strategies" – to use a favourite expression of his. Among his main work let us mention Rosas danst Rosas, Amor constante, April me, Kinok (choreographies by A. T. De Keersmaeker), What the body does not remember, Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles, Le poids de la main (choreographies by W. Vandekeybus), Dantons Töd (dir. Bob Wilson), Musique de table, Frisking pour percussions, un quatuor à cordes, Counter Phrases, etc.

He participated in the foundation of Maximalist! and the Ictus ensemble which created several of his pieces (dir. G E Octors). His music has been performed by major ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, the Hilliard Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Muzikfabrik and the Orchestre Symphonique de Lille. Thierry De Mey’s installations, in which music, dance, video and interactive processes work together, have been presented in events such as the Venice and Lyon biennials as well as in many museums. His work has received national and international awards (Bessie Awards, Eve du Spectacle, Forum des compositeurs de l'Unesco, FIPA, etc). The film/installation Deep in the wood (2002-2004) involved more than 70 dancers/choreographers. For the film Counter Phrases (2003-2004), nine composers answered his dance/film invitation: S. Reich, F. Romitelli, M. Lindberg, T. Hosokawa, G. Aperghis, J. Harvey, L. Francesconi, R. De Raaf and S. Van Eycken. In 2003, the working process with ATDK for April me was the subject of a documentary entitled Corps accord, produced by ARTE which has also broadcast and co-produced most of his films.

In 2006, he realised an installation adapted from Perrault’s tale, Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard), plus a film, One Flat Thing, reproduced based on the choreography by William Forsythe and broadcast by Arte in October. In 2007 he made From Inside for the Charleroi/Danses Biennale, an interactive installation in the form of a triptych. For the 2009 Charleroi Danses Biennale, he created Equi Voci, a polyptych of dance films accompanied by orchestral music and which includes Prélude à la mer, a film based on one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s most beautiful choreographies which he shot by the Aral Sea in October 2009. His latest film – La Valse, choreographed by Thomas Hauert and the ZOO dance company – completes and closes this project.

Finally, his latest installation, Rémanences, is being made with a thermal camera in Belgium and France in March 2010 as part of the VIA and EXIT festivals.

His latest installation, Solid Traces, opened Charleroi Danses’ 2015 Biennale, and coincides with the launch of a DVD box set of the artist’s films. Beyond the Biennale, Thierry De Mey presented Ripple Marks at the Philharmonie de Paris, a work combining spectral music, stage production and video, along with one of the stages in the development of his vast project entitled SIMPLEXITY, a piece for five musicians and five dancers due to premiere at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2016.

Thierry De Mey is now associate artist at Charleroi Danses, the Choreographic Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
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