Team

Artistic direction
Mauro Paccagnella

Mauro Paccagnella 1964 Padova - Italy
Dancer - choreographer - actor - director

Mauro Paccagnella (I/B) is an Italian dancer, actor and choreographer who has lived in Brussels for the past 20 years. He switches between choreography, staging and the act of performing. Working with many Belgian companies (Flamand, Ponties, Traoré, De Soto, and so on), and has danced in films by Thierry De Mey and Nicole Mossoux. Since 2002 he has performed with choreographer Caterina Sagna in Relazione Pubblica, Heil Tanz!, Basso Ostinato and P.O.M.P.E.I.
A co-founder in 1993 of the 'Un oeuf is un oeuf - Biters Productions' company, he created the Woosh'ing Mach'ine collective in 1998. After Cyber Beans (SACD Award 1998) and research project Dog-Tricks (among them Babylonia Kiss with Alessandro Bernardeschi),), he created The Siegfried's Swan Song (2006-2011) tetralogy.
He set and directed the last two creations of the Belgian contemporary circus company Feria Musica Infundibulum in 2009 and Sinué in 2012.
He is currently performing in creations by Caterina Sagna for Bal En Chine and with Olga de Soto for Autour de la Table Verte by Kurt Jooss.

Performers

Alessandro Bernardeschi 1963 Volterra - Italy
dancer performer

Native from Tuscany, Alessandro Bernardeschi studied at the D.A.M.S of Bologna and wrote a thesis on « the new French Dance during the eighties' ».
In 1990, he setteled in France to work with the choreograph Paco Dècina and performed in the shows Vestigia di un corpo, Ciro esposito fu vincenzo and Fessure. In 1996, he joined the Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne directed by Catherine Diverrès where he contributed to the creation of the shows Fruits, Stances and Corpus. In Brussels, he met the choreograph Karine Pontiès and took part in Negatovas, Les Taroupes and Brucelles.
He also worked with Marco Berrettini, Mauro Paccagnella and François Verret (Ice).
Since 2000, he has been performing in all of Caterina Sagna's shows: La Signora, Sorelline, Transgedy, Relation publique, Heil Tanz !, Basso Ostinato, P.O.M.P.E.I., Nuda Vita and now with Bal en Chine.

Dog-tricks#0
Le Bal - Crossover
Babylonia kiss

Happy Hour
Gaëtan Bulourde 1968 France
Dancer performer, musician

In 1989, after studies shortened in mathematics and further to meetings with pupils of the School of Fine Arts and the CNDC (National Center of Contemporary Dance) in Angers (Maine-et-Loire, France), he begins to participate in artistic and choreographic projects.
He also plays the bass in various rock and experimental music bands in Angers, Paris then Berlin and follows regularly lessons of dance and theater. Since 2003, he lives and works in Brussels as dancer and musician and develops his own projects!

Harsh Songs
The Magnificent 4
Stéphane Broc 1966 Paris
Videographer, musician, comedian

A videographer and musician, he has worked with stage artists (Moleskine Company/Laure Bonicel, CLoy Company/Cécile Loyer, Louise Vanneste Company/Laura Scozzi, Art Mouv' Company, amongst others) and plastic artists (Vincent Epplay, Katia Kaméli, EchoparK). He is also the co-founder of "+/- L'épicerie" with Jean-Louis Chapuis). He makes short films: Emerge (2006) and The Magnificent 4 (2008).
For 2012, he is creating the vidéos of two opéras set for the stage by Laura Scozzi: Opheus in the Underworld (Bern Opera) and Les Indes galantes (Capitole de Toulouse/Nuremberg Opera). He is co-founder of the DVDanza festival (dance video festival) in Havana, Cuba.

Jyggery/Pockery Subalina
Emerge
Siegfried Forever
Bayreuth FM
The Golden Gala
Ziggy, the Dragon, the Bold Nurse & the Swan Song
The Magnificent 4
OVERTHETOP
Fabienne Damiean Belgium
Costume designer, props master

Graduated from INSAS, (Belgian School of Performing Arts) in 1990.
Fabienne is a costume designer and props master for theatre and dance, as well as props master in the museography domain.
As a costume designer, Fabienne has worked with the Woosh'ing Mach'ine company since 2006.
Over the past few years, she has created the costumes, props or stage set for pieces by: Stéphane Oertli and Bénédicte Davin; Claude Semal and Ivan Fox; Céline Taubenest; Xavier Lukomski; Isabelle Gyselinx; Erika Zueneli; Flavia Ribeiro Wanderley; Magali Pinglaut, Laurence Vielle and Isabelle Pousseur; Jean-Michel D'hoop; Compagnie Mossoux/Bonté, etc.
For the "Tempora" and "Collections et Patrimoine" museography companies.


Siegfried Forever
Bayreuth FM
The Golden Gala
Ziggy, the Dragon, the Bold nurse & the Swan Song
OVERTHETOP
Joz Deconinck 1960 Belgium
A plastic artist, comic book artist, graphic artist, video artist, illustrator and light creator.

He is the co-founder, graphic artist, video artist and light designer of Woosh'ing Mach'ine (1998) and is involved in all the group's creations.
He is also the co-founder of Un oeuf is un oeuf – Biters Productions (1990) with Gilles Monnart and Mauro Paccagnella: he creates a visual universe on large screen, with a mixture of slide-drawing projections and video.
He is currently an illustrator and website creator.


CyberBeans
wit
Formol
Dog-tricks#0
Le Bal - Crossover
Babylonia kiss

Siegfried Forever
Vincent Epplay Visual artist & musician
France

Vincent Epplay is a french sound artist. Since the early nineties, he develops an unclassifiable artwork exploring the interaction between sound process and visual shapes. He starts to develop a peculiar and prospective approach to electronic music, focused on aleatory composition, learnings of musique concrete and a poetic/humorous reappropriation of vintage sound/film material.
He has produced a dozen of records for various music labels: Blackest ever Black, Grautag record ,AKA, Planam alga marghen, LDDR... He keeps on archiving anomalous novelty/library/spoken words records and
vintage 8mm educational movies.
Vincent Epplay is a creator of material sonic environments. He creates loci for listening by staging sound and interrogating its mode of distribution and reception. From sonic device installations to live performance, the context of production and dissemination, as well as the behavioural dynamics of listeners-spectators
In his work, the visual artist and musician Vincent Epplay focuses on the notion of experience linked with music. This interest takes shape as a reflection on the process of listening, the transmission and reception of sound, the different ways it is placed in an environment, its temporality and its context. Epplay's various set-ups for listening sound installations and live interventions delve into the connection between sound and image, offering visitors an experimental terrain, as they become attentive listeners as well. Created in a public area, on the Web, his pieces occupy particular spaces to create individual and collective listening conditions.

Bloom Studio #1, 2013
Bloom Studio #2, 2013
Ziggy, the Dragon, the Bold nurse & the Swan Song, 2011
Ben Fury 1976 Maroc
Brussels
Break Dancer

Ben Fury was born in 1976 in Morocco. He started exploring and developing his own break dance technique in La Galerie Ravenstein, a popular spot in Brussels.
His first experiences in mixing breakdance with contemporary dance happened with the companies Hush Hush Hush, K'dar and Tupac. With the choreographer Fatou Traore he collaborated on the performances Vegemad and Passages. With Johanne Saunier he created Petite pièce pour voix et gestes with the music of Antoine Prawerman. Ben Fury has been one of the founders of the group Mad Spirit with whom he has performed in several European countries. With this group he realised several improvisations together with the jazz-funk-ethnic band Greetings from Mercury and Aka Moon. He also made improvisations with Aka Moon and dj Grasshopper in Amsterdam.
As a break dancer Ben Fury was part of the third generation of the famous Dynamics team. With them he won the first award in the Benelux Competition 2001 and other awards in Europe.
In 2005 he premiered De Farra, a play by Roberto Olivan. In February 2006 he danced in Turin in Il colore bianco, a production by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti in collaboration with Fatou Traoré.
He also gives many classes in break-dance, notably with the Rosas company of Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker for the project Bitches brew and in Gerona (Spain) with Roberto Olivan.
In April 2006 he created with Harold Henning Leopoldo, a duet presented at La Raffinerie, Brussels.
He is now dancing in Puz/zle et Babel for choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Jiggery Pockery/Subalina
Emerge
Siegfried Forever
Bayreuth FM
The Magnificent 4
Ina Geerts Actress & singer
Belgium

Ina Geerts is a freelance theater and film actor. In 1992, she moved to Brussels to work with Jan Lauwers at Needcompany in "Snakesongs Trilogy" and "Macbeth". In 2002, she joined Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez for "Blush" and "Sonic Boom".
Over the past decade, she has performed with various companies, such as De Parade, Barre Weldaad, Wooshing Machine and Sanja Mitrovic.
On the big screen, she has played remarkable roles in "Le bonheur de l'autre" by Fien Troch, "Adem" by Hans van Nuffel, "Bo" by Hans Herbots and in the thriller "De Behandeling" by Hans Herbots. Since 2009, Ina has been involved in a musical singer-songwriter project by the name of INA.

OVERTHETOP, 2015
Ziggy, the Dragon, the Bold nurse & the Swan Song, 2011
The Golden Gala, 2010
Bayreuth FM, 2007


Lisa Gunstone Birmingham (UK)
Dancer

Lisa Gunstone was born in 1970 in Birmingham, England, and left as quick as possible to study a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and choreography at London Contemporary Dance School. Lisa's first professional performance job was with a company called Freakshow. This rough beginning threw her onto an artistic pathway that lead her to work as a performer with an eclectic mix of choreographers that shifted, moulded and genuinely inspired her for a lifetime: Alain Platel, Carlotta and Caterina Sagna, Pierre Droulers, Thomas Hauert, Claire Croizé, Inne Goris and Mauro Paccagnella. Lisa has recently diverted her creative passion into other areas of the arts. She works with Caroline Rottier to produce beautiful performances with handicapped people. On the un-seen side of stage Lisa works with Christel Simmons at the School van Gaasbeek, Stephanie Pecourt at the Belgian Artistic Distric (B.A.D.), Ultima Vez and Wim Vandekeybus.

Bayreuth FM
The Golden Gala
Ziggy, the Dragon, the Bold nurse & the Swan Song
Bloom Studio #1


Harold Henning Dancer & actor

After having graduated from theatrical education at INSAS (Brussels), Harold Henning worked with dance companies Pierre Droulers (1997-2001), Hush-Hush-Hush, Les Ballets C de la B (Hans Van den Broeck, Christine Desmet), Refug Collectif/Rasmus Ölme, Compagnie Giolisu, Diederik Peeters... and with theatre companies Dito'Dito', Bronks, Christine Grégoire, Union Suspecte...
As a dramaturge he collaborated a.o. with Cie Mala Hierba (BE/ES).
In 2000, he co-founded the theatre collective Clinic Orgasm Society with Blaise Ludik and Ludovic Barth.
Since its creation in 2001, he took part in most of the SOIT / Hans Van den Broeck productions (Almost Dark, En Servicio, Settlement, We Was Them, Cafe Prückel, Messiah Run!...).
In 2007 he created the platform LapsProductions, that co-produced together with Charleroi Danses, the piece Leopoldo, a duet with Mohamed Benaji (L'été des Hivernales, Avignon 2008). His first personal project – Stay On the Scene – part of triptych Close To The Distance, has been presented in April 2013 in Brussels during the festival Compil d'avril (Charleroi Danses).
He is currently touring with Miet Warlop's Mystery Magnet while preparing his new upcoming piece, Unfocused, second part of his triptych around the disparition.
He has created and directed Un dernier pour la route the new show by French contemporary circus Collectif AOC (1ère on March 2014, on tour 2014-15-16).

Harold is also part of the core group of the impro sessions Rosegarden by Cie Soit at Théâtre Les Brigittines.

Zootrop Kabaret, 2016
The Magnificent 4, 2014

www.haroldhenning.com
Tijen Lawton Dancer
United Kingdom - Turkey

Tijen Lawton is a professional dancer and instructor based in Belgium. Born in 1972 to a Turkish mother and British father, she was educated and brought up in numerous countries, constantly shifting between cultures and environments. She began her dance studies while living in İstanbul, later continuing at The Arts Educational School London, The Place London and The Juilliard School New York. Since coming to Belgium she danced with Pierre Droulers between 1996 & 1998, in the course of which creating her own solo works. In 1998 Tijen began her collaboration with Needcompany. Over a period of twelve years, 1998 to 2010 she was a constant presence in all of Needcompany's work, performing , creating and touring worldwide with Jan Lauwers and Grace Ellen Barkey in 15 productions and over 13 Neeplapbs, and the film Goldfish Game directed by Jan Lauwers. Since 2010 she has danced and toured with Caterina & Carlotta Sagna in the course of which continuing to create her own solo projects. She is currently dancing with Mauro Paccagnella & Wooshing Machine, Harold Henning, Erika Zueneli and creating a performance gig with Manngold. Tijen is teaching and instructing in Brussels, Paris and İstanbul, where in collaboration with the dance department at MSGSU Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University İstanbul she has created and preformed her own works.

Harsh Songs, 2013
Lieve Meeussen Dancer, actor & costume designer
Belgium

Lieve Meeussen was part of the Ultima Vez company from 1988 to 1999, and has danced in several pieces by Wim Vandekeybus. She has acted in pieces by Inne Goris: 111 Zusters, Nachtevening, Hoog Gras and has performed many duos with Dirk Hendrikx.
Since 2005, she has created costumes for Inne Goris: De dood en het meisje, La fille qui aimait trop les allumettes, Droesem, Naar Medeia, Muur and Hoog Gras; for Ravel Ruell: Martino, Platonov and In de eenzaamheid van de katoenvelden; for Arne Sierens: De Pijnders; and for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Play.
She has worked with Mieja Holvoet on La belle & la bête, Petroesjka, De idioot, Kleine Sofie, Zwijnen, De slag bij Dobor and Othello; with Annelies Van Damme on Vrouwen van Mozart (by Walter Verdin) and with Isabelle Lhoas on Bête Noire, Nieuw Zwart, Oedipus (by Wim Vandekeybus); with Lot Lemm on Lobstershop, Porcelain Project, Deer House en Marketplace 76 (by Needcompagnie).

Bloom Studio #1
, 2013
Bloom Studio #2, 2013
Christophe Morisset Musician : trombone, sousaphone, tuba, sackbut, serpent, ophicleide
Theatre performer : staging, acting, writing, scenic artist
France (1969)

Born in France in 1969, he has lived in Brussels since 1992 where he has worked as a musician (trombone, sousaphone, tuba, sackbut, serpent, ophicleide) and a theatre performer (staging, acting, writing, scenic artist).
A teacher at the ESAC Circus Arts school since September 2005, along with Benoist Eil, he founded the "Rage Inside Brass Band" within which he composed and played the sousaphone (2002-2005). In 1999, he founded theatre company "La Compagnie des cuivres" ("The Brass Company") (director, scenic artist and actor, working with Delphine Breger). Creations of "Le cosmorama moderne", 1999, "Vivement chaque jour", 2003, and "T.I.R.", a solo performance in 2004.
Since 1995, he has worked in both theatre and music with among others the Théâtre du Tilleul, Maxiphone, Transparent Théâtre, Charlie Degotte, Martine Wijkaert, Isabelle Pousseur, Olivier Thomas, Julia Palermo, Roultabi and he is part of many Brussels-based brass band troupes such as Cramique, Caroline Coiffure, Jour de Fête, etc.
With French singer Machin Chose, he recorded the album "It's not meant for dancing" and he took part in Jean-Paul Lilienfield's TV-movie "Comme sur des roulettes" ("Like Clockwork").
To be completed....

The Magnificent 4, 2014
The Golden Gala, 2010
Bayreuth FM, 2007
Siegfried Forever, 2006


Ayelen Parolin Argentina
Dancer choreographer

Ayelen Parolin was born in Argentina and educated at the National School of Dance and the Teatro General San Marti, before dancing for independent theatre-dance companies. In 1998, she won the Mar de Plata Young Art Biennial Prize for her choreography El Grito, and created Marta. In 1999, she worked as a dancer on Argentine TV, thanks to which she was able to travel to New York then to Europe, before deciding to settle in Brussels in 2000. In 2002, she undertook e.x.e.r.c.e training, directed by Mathilde Monnier in Montpellier. As a performer, she has worked with Mathilde Monnier, Louis Vanneste, Mauro Paccagnella, Alexandra Bachzetsis, the Mossoux-Bonté company and Jean-François Peyret. In 2004, she created 25.06.76, her first solo. In 2005, she won the Pépinières Européennes award, of the mapXXL artistic residence programme. In 2006, she created Troupeau/Rebaño. In 2009, she created SMS and Love, and made a video, Madame Cruck. Her latest work, David, is still touring.


Jiggery Pockery/Subalina
Siegfried Forever
The Golden Gala
OVERTHETOP
Eric Valette Visual artist & teacher
France (1969)

Eric Valette lives in Paris and works in Brussels, Amiens, and Paris. A teacher and researcher in plastic arts at the Jules Verne University of Picardy (Amiens, France), he has worked on the issue of representation, more specifically on perspective and the relationship with real life.
His plastic work often uses video shown in an installation, as well as drawings and most recently, performance. He is currently working with the Suspended Spaces collective, developing artistic and theoretical research (residencies, exhibitions, publications) using spaces marked by conflict and momentarily suspended due to political and economic decisions that may produce and instil a "relaxed" use and representation.
Over the past few years, his work has been shown at the Pompidou Centre in Paris (projection and conference/performance, 2011), Mexico (2011), Zagreb (2010), Amiens (Maison de la Culture, 2010) and in various video programmes broadcast by many structures (Galerie Quenehen, La Brigade des Images in Paris, Imagepassage in Annecy).
Eric Valette has published texts and a portfolio in the collective work by Suspended Spaces / Famagusta (BlackJack publishing, 2011) along with articles in Parasite(s), a subversion strategy (l'Harmattan, 2010), Art in the time of appliances (l'Harmattan, 2005) and is the author of Perspective on the agenda, symbolic functions and aesthetic functions of perspectiva artificialis (l'Harmattan, 2001).


Moonwalk - Function in Forms , 2014

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