Fondation des États-Unis | Thursday, July 11 at 7:30pm: Show – « Contemplation » by Althea Dance Company
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Thursday, July 11 at 7:30pm: Show – « Contemplation » by Althea Dance Company

Contemplation is a full length show that presents 5 pieces, all very different in style and atmosphere. This set of multiple pieces introduces the different ways of looking at the living world. How much importance do you give to each little detail that makes life what it is? How much do you allow it to have an impact on yourself? Come enjoy dance, poetry by Baudelaire, dance projections and one piece performed by the participants of the workshop that will take place from July 6-12 as part of Althea Dance’s short artistic summer residency at the FEU.

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About the company 

Althea Dance Company focuses on international collaboration with artists from different fields such as writers, musicians, painters or visuals artists. The company explores new ways of sharing dance with the audience and how to reach to people who may not be used to the contemporary dance scene.

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Creative team 

Thea Bautista is a French, Mexican and American dancer and choreographer and founder of Althea Dance Company. She started dancing in Paris and decided to move to New York in 2014. She studied music and dance for 10 years at the Maurice Ravel conservatory in Paris and graduated from the Peridance Capezio Center in New York in June 2016. In France, Thea danced for the Ballet Ethéry Pagava and for the Corps à Sons ensemble. More recently she worked on several projects with renowned choreographers such as Charlotta Öfverholm, Milton Myers, Ronald K. Brown, Catherina Rago, Shawn Bible and with companies such as Oniin Dance Company. In 2017, she created her own dance company, Althea Dance Company and is currently working on worldwide projects.

Sarah Le Guenno is a contemporary dancer from Brittany, France. She started ballet at the age of 4 at Valerie Martie Dance school and explored other techniques such as modern jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, at the Ecole de Danse Martine Gicquello. Sarah performed in musicals and competitions for the CND. She also joined the association A Portée de Choeur where she danced and choreographed various pieces, raising funds for the Resto du Coeur charity. At 18 Sarah went to London and trained at Danceworks Studio. In 2015 Sarah moved to New York to follow a professional program at Peridance Capezio Center and worked and performed with various companies and choreographers such as Oniin Dance Company, BS Mouvment, Catherina Rago, Jackie Nowiki and Igal Perry.

Jovanski Castañeda‘s training starts in Mexico with informal practices of martial arts and athletics. At the age of 15 he discovers the Butoh technique and the Noh Theater, which allows him to have a better understanding of the use of weight, the breathing and how to translate emotions. Jovanski also experience chi-kuing and contemporary dance with the company ki dance. He keeps training and exploring other techniques at the University of Performing Arts such as, Cuban contemporary, traditional dances and complements of acrobatics. In 2015, Jovanski launches Humana, a project designed to investigate principles of human movements, using ancestral foundations to apply it to contemporary dance. So far, Jovanski has performed with several companies in Mexico, in festivals and for independent projects worldwide. Today, he focuses on integrating different disciplines to his body practice, eliminating the boundaries between disciplines and observing how to respond to a more comprehensive practice.

Roman Vikouloff  was born on May 12, 1990 in Montmorency where he spent his childhood surrounded by his parents, who were themselves artists in Russian and Gypsy music. He studied piano for 8 years and discovered capoeira, an art that would later lead him to dance. At the age of 17, he returned to the Centre Choreia where he stayed for 2 years. Passionate about travel, Roman continues to explore his art and to be inspired by the culture of the countries he visited such as Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Portugal and Japan. He continued his dance studies in Brazil in Salvador de Bahia for 5 months before returning to Paris for one year to join the Académie Internationale de la Danse. He won several contracts in Paris including two in major musicals. He worked with great choreographers such as Kamel Ouali, Guillaume Bordier and Nicolas Paul from the Opéra de Paris. Then, he diversified and danced in various films and clips as well as in events. In 2014, Igal Perry invited him to follow an intensive course at Peridance in New York. After one year, he joined the I KADA company and, at the same time, co-created “Pheromones” with the choreographer Vivake Khamsingsavath. Moreover, Roman worked with the Complexion company for 6 months before returning to France. Currently, Roman continues to dance for various dance projects and opens up to new arts such as film.