Caroline Cornélis - Belgian Choreographer

Ayelen Parolin

The Choreographer

Caroline Cornélis founded in 2006 the Compagnie Nyash. The company’s goal is to bring contemporary dance to young audiences, through an invested, engaged and poetical body language. Starting from what is real, familiar and tangible, the audience is invited to travel through and into a universe of sensations. An ambitious project, developed through the contact with children and their universes, which requires and catalyzes are invention of form. Touched and influenced by the world of children, Caroline Cornélis draws inspiration from this universe and is nourished by their vision of the world and their imaginary tracks, by their singular natures. And, evidently, spectator children, in turn, recognize themselves in what they see and perceive, and find the paths to discover this contemporary language and make it their own.

While her pieces stem from the specificities of working with young audiences, Caroline Cornélis also wishes to consider and take into account the adults who accompany them. Whether parents or teachers, it is essential that the adults also feel invested, touched, affected by what they see, as they have a fundamental role, a responsibility as «passeurs», «middle(wo)men», who invite the children to get involved in this common cultural heritage. The company has just finished the creation of their sixth performance, and has been feeding on strong, long term artistic collaborations with a lighting designer, a musician/ composer, a plastic artist, and choreographic accomplices, as well as a philosopher for children, who helps with the exploration of this dialogue between the language of the body and the mind. A precious circle that allows the company to keep the research evolving and reinventing itself.


The Performance

On stage, some chairs… Two dancers, paced by the rhythm of a cello and a voice, revisit these familiar objects. They organize, transform, go through these spaces. As they settle into them and share them in different ways, the chairs become their playground, a territory for any kind of daring, encounter. And dance emerges out of their stability, their unbalances, between lightness and brutality, construction and deconstruction… As we play with the chairs, everyday objects which remind us of home, and offer, in their multitude, a mobile and endlessly transformable playground, the performance tackles the theme of place: How do we inhabit this space, this town, this site, at home? Where do we feel at home? The matter becomes object, but always keeps hinting at a transformation through the body. Our research was most notably inspired by the work and books of Jean François Pirson, pedagogue-artist who expresses his relationship to space through different practices (drawing, photo, installation, text, walk).

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