Althea Dance Company has held short, artistic residencies during the summer since 2018, holding contemporary dance workshops in preparation of a performance, open to the public. In 2020, the residency takes on a different form, adjusting to the present circumstances, with a creative residency in the summer and the workshop and performance in November.
Althea Dance Company is a New York-based contemporary dance company based between New York City and Paris, directed by Thea Bautista. Althea Dance’s work is a blend of contemporary flow and seamless movement, yet very physical, which mixes floor work with the lines and extensions of the dancers.
Althea Dance focuses on international collaboration with artists from different fields such as writers, musicians, painters or visuals artists. The company enjoys presenting its work in surprising and unexpected places, like warehouses, artist studios, art galleries or outdoor spaces. The company explores new ways of sharing dance with the audience and how to reach people who may not be used to the contemporary dance scene. So far, Althea Dance Company presents its work internationally in different parts of the world, mainly in the US, France and Mexico, and is aiming to continue expanding its multi-cultural artistic vision throughout the world.
As part of its residency, Althea Dance Company offers an annual workshop open to dancers and amateurs including: technical classes on contemporary dance taught by members of the company, repertoire classes, improvisation and partnering. The workshop also includes daily choreography sessions as part of the creation of a piece that is presented at the end of the workshop and open to the public. In 2021, the participants of the In Motion III workshop danced at the FEU in a creative video project: Inimage.
The Company continues to develop its work in the afternoons reserved for creation. In 2018, during the performance titled In Motion, the company presented the premiere of Locust, a piece created at the FEU. In 2019, the show Contemplation was the perfect occasion to present their new piece Les Fenêtres. In January 2022, Althea presented three world premieres with : Lazar (15min version), the short film Nothing to Do, partly filmed at FEU and, and Soloïde, entirely created at the FEU.
Théa Bautista is a Franco-Mexican dancer and choreographer and is the founder of Althea Dance Company. She studied music and dance for 10 years at the Maurice Ravel conservatory in Paris and did a one-year program at the Rick Odums International Jazz Dance Center in 2013. She decided to go to New York to continue her training in 2014 and graduated from the Peridance Capezio Center in June 2016. In the United States, she worked for different projects with important choreographers such as Charlotta Öfverholm, Milton Myers, Ronald K. Brown, Catherina Rago, Igal Perry, Shawn Bible and with the companies Oniin Dance Company, Azul Dance Theater, Horse Work Dance Project and IKADA Dance Company. It is also in New York that Thea created her company – Althea Dance Company – in 2018.
Since her return to France in 2020, Thea has been dancing for the French compagnies R2 and MLNK while continuing her work as a choreographer and dancer for Althea Dance Company. She is also sometimes invited to create pieces in collaboration with visual artists, notably for PAN Publications during an exhibition at the Cité des Arts in Paris or with the MASI collective, artists of urban scenography. Thea is currently working on various international projects which will be presented in France, the United States and Mexico.