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Mist presents Damien Jalets debut as choreographer at NDT. The creations by the Belgian-French maker are visual stunning, kinetic and thought provoking. The film was created in collaboration with Japanese visual artist Kohei Nawa and videographer Rahi Rezvani. Jalet was inspired by the Dutch landscape; fog banks, wind and sea are depicted in the flowing movements of NDT 1 dancers.

“Filmed with a razor-sharp camera, the fog is almost palpable. The texture of the dancer’s skin has been portrayed in an exceptionally fine manner.” – Trouw ★★★

Damien Jalet
Film debut on the big screen

Watch the film

Amare, The Hague

Friday 9th of September at 8:15 PM (CEST) at Amare

Tickets – €12,50

 

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

Sunday September 11 at 3 PM (CEST) in Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

Tickets – €12,50

About 'Mist'

Mist marks the NDT debut by the Belgian-French choreographer Damien Jalet, whose creations tend to be visually stunning, kinetic, and thought provoking. Jalet created Mist, a multidisciplinary dance film, in close collaboration with Japanese visual artist Kohei Nawa and videographer Rahi Rezvani. 

Metaphoric and metamorphic, Mist was created in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic and captures a sense of surrendering to its ambient bluriness, while finding a transcendent beauty that plunges the viewers into a hypnotic like state. Following Jalet’s and Nawa’s critically acclaimed pieces VESSEL and PLANET [wanderer], Mist uses the confrontation of bodies with different materials to reveal the constant shape shifting nature of life, and to explore a liminal space between science and mythology. Mist is inspired by the phenomenon of fog banks that are often associated with the Netherlands, where the film was created and shot, and explores the ephemeral space between reality and mirage through a physicality that recalls the dynamics of evaporating, condensing, and falling water. Using various kinds of fog through Nawa’s interactive and minimal set, the eighteen nearly naked dancers of NDT 1, interact, fuse, appear and disappear through fumes that evoke at times fire, underwater volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, waterfalls, clouds, rivers, or snow avalanches. Additionally, the work tends to evoke the style of Italian Renaissance paintings, and in particular the Leonardo da Vinci technique of « sfumato » that blurred the boundaries of the subject and its surroundings. Inspired by different myths about the transmigration of the souls after death as well as Japanese Shinto beliefs, Jalet’s visceral, carnal yet ghostly choreography takes a new intimate dimension through the lens of Iranian cinematographer Rahi Rezvani and light design by Urs Schonenbaum.

Mist is made possible by Ammodo.

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancers: Luca Tessarini, Donnie Duncan Jr.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancers: Luca Tessarini, Tess Voelker.

Choreographer

The work by the French-Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet is presented all over the world. In his collaborative work, Jalet combines different media including visual arts, music, film, theater and fashion. He has worked as a choreographer and dancer for companies such as Ballet C. de la B., Sasha Waltz and guests, Chunky Move, Eastman, NYDC, Hessiches Staatballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre, Icelandic Dance Company, Gothenburg Dance company. In 2017, he was Artistic Director of the UK National Youth Dance Company, for which he created tarantiseismic, which premiered in Sadler’s Wells. Since 2017, Jalet has also been a resident artist at Theater National de Bretagne (TNB) under the direction of Arthur Nauzyciel. He choreographed for the film Suspiria directed by Luca Guadagnino, starring Tilda Swinton, Jessica Harper, Ingrid Caven with an original score by Thom Yorke. In February 2018 he directed his first opera Pelleas en Melissande together with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with a set by Marina Abramovic, costumes by Iris Van Herpen and videos by Marco Brambilla at the Antwerp Opera. Damien Jalet was named a Knight of the Arts and Letters by the French government in 2013.

Artistic team

KOHEI NAWA
Concept / Set Design

Kohei Nawa is a multidisciplinary artist whose diverse practice explores the perception of virtual and physical space and examines the relationship between nature and artificiality, and between the individual and the whole, illustrating how parts aggregate together, like cells, to create complex and dynamic structures. Notable solo exhibitions include: L_B_S at Ginza Maison Hermes, Tokyo (2009); Synthesis at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2011); SCULPTURE GARDEN at Kirishima Open-air Art Museum, Kagoshima, (2013); and Throne on view as part of the Japonisms 2018: les âmes en resonance at the Musée du Louvre, Paris (2018). He has participated in the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, Australia, 2009; the 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010 (Grand Prize winner); Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, Japan, 2013, amongst others. Nawa is currently an Associate Professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. Mist is Nawa’s third creation with Damien Jalet, following VESSEL and PLANET (wanderer).

Rahi Rezvani was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Tehran University of Art, and in 2008 a Master’s degree in photography from The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Rezvani started working with Nederlands Dans Theater in 2006 and is since the company’s resident photographer. He has collaborated with performance artist Marina Abramović, Atelier Versace, and photographed various artists and designers such as Donatella Versace for 1843 magazine and GQ Magazine UK, Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, Ricardo Tisci and Willem Dafoe. Rezvani captured the imagery and portraiture for the Royal Ballet Flanders’ 2018 reincarnation of Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande by Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The production included sets by Abramović and costumes by Iris van Herpen. Rezvani won the Best Art Vinyl award for Editors’ 2018 album Violence.

AIMILIOS ARAPOGLOU
Associate choreographer

Aimilios Arapoglou is a Greek dancer, choreographer and a long-time collaborator of Damien Jalet, who has been creating and performing work professionally worldwide since 2011. He is a graduate of both the International and European Relations program at the University of Piraeus and the Greek National State School of Dance. Now Brussels based, Aimilios has worked with many talented artists, including Linda Kapetanea and Josef Frucek (Rootlessroot Dance Company), in collaboration with the musician John Parish and his band, David Zambrano, Damien Jalet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Scottish Dance Theatre, Mor Shani, Jukstapoz Dance Company and fashion designers Hussein Chalayan, Riccardo Tisci and Iris van Herpen.

Damien Jalet & Aimilios Arapoglou. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.

CHRISTIAN FENNESZ
Music

Christian Fennesz is an Austrian producer and guitarist active in electronic music since the 1990s, often credited simply by his last name. His work utilizes guitar and laptop computers to blend melody with treated samples and glitch production. He lives and works in Vienna, and currently records on the UK label Touch. Fennesz first received widespread recognition for his 2001 album Endless Summer, released on the Austrian label Mego. He has collaborated with a number of artists, including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jim O’Rourke, Ulver, David Sylvian, and King Midas Sound.

URS SCHÖNEBAUM
Light

After training as a photographer in Munich, Urs Schönebaum worked in the lighting department of the Münchner Kammerspiele from 1995 to 1998. After assistant directorships at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Lincoln Center New York and the Münchner Kammerspiele, he began working as a lighting designer for opera, theatre, dance, art installations and performances in 2000. He has worked in over 150 productions at major theatres and festivals, including the Royal Opera House, the Bolshoi Theatre, and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as at Salzburg Festival, and the festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and has collaborated – among others – with Thomas Ostermeier, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Sasha Waltz, Vanessa Beecroft, Anselm Kiefer, Dan Graham and Marina Abramović, and was a long-time employee of Robert Wilson.

SRULI RECHT
Costumes

Sruli Recht is a designer and artist. He was born in Jerusalem, Israel and holds Australian and Icelandic citizenship. Recht studied Fashion Design at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia but left for London in 2005 where he worked with British designer Alexander McQueen. Recht’s work is considered to be innovative in its use of indigenous, new and unconventional materials and technologies though also seen by many to be controversial due to the use of materials such as minke whale foreskin, spider silk, seal and human skin. Although he is known mostly as a fashion designer, some garments and show pieces from his seasonal collections are seen to blur the relationships between art, design and fashion.

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