Althea Dance Company, currently in artistic residency at the Fondation des États-Unis (FEU) and at the Salle Ravel in Levallois, is preparing its next show Soloïde which will be presented on November 26 at the Salle Ravel.
Come discover the creative process and some excerpts of this new piece during a short mid-residency performance on October 27 at the FEU. That same afternoon, the rehearsals with the dancers will be open to the public. The evening will be concluded by an informal exchange with the choreographer and the dancers.
In an age where uncertainty rules, where landmarks change or disappear, in an age that destabilizes our relationship to each other and to the world, the themes of instrospection, isolation, reflection, renewal, and the cycle of history are omnipresent. Is the relationship between what we see and Reality what we actually think it is? Does it change when we are in a group and when we are alone? Seeing without seeing is the risk of a society where information is everywhere and without distinction. The decisions of individuals that result from it mark and redefine the world in which we evolve. How can our daily life, what we know so well and take for granted, suddenly change? The need to readapt and reinvent ourselves is born. It is the crossing of an unknown, mysterious world in which the shadows are both the questions and the answers.
~ Thea Bautista, Artistic Director
Date : October, 27 | Access plan available here
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. Althea Dance Company has been in residency at the FEU since 2018. Follow Althea Dance on Facebook and Instagram!
Thea Bautista (Artistic Director) is a French, Mexican and American dancer and choreographer and she is the founder and artistic director of Althea Dance Company. She started dancing in Paris and decided to come to New York in 2014. 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 arrived in New York in 2014 and graduated from the Peridance Capezio Center 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. Today, Thea dances for iKADA Contemporary Dance Company, Althea Dance Company and Azul Dance Theater. Thea choreographed several piece over the last few years such as Eyes opened in 2015, the duet Search (2016) in collaboration with Omer Ephron, Power Imbalance and Multitudes in B Minor in 2017 and Lazar in 2018. Thea recently created her own dance company – Althea Dance Company – and she is currently working on several projects to be presented in New York, France and Mexico.
Logan Pedon (Dancer) began his training at the age of 13 in a small studio in Columbus, Ohio. After attending Walnut Hill School for the Arts, he graduated with a BFA from SUNY Purchase where he performed works by José Limón, Ori Flomin, MadBoots Dance, Shannon Gillen, and 2nd Best Dance Company. Since graduating he has trained at Springboard Danse in Montreal, and performed work for the Merce Cunningham Trust, Cornfield Dance, Keerati Jinankunwiphat, Althea Dance Company and Christopher Williams Dance.
Ludmila Gilles (Dancer) is a French dancer and choreographer. After completing her training at Rambert School in London, she joined the company Verve where she graduated with a Masters in contemporary dance performance with distinctions. Over the past couple of years, she had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers such as Botis Seva, Caroline Finn, Barnaby Booth and others. In addition, she started to create her own works to explore her visions on dance and movement in general. She sees dance as an anchor to the present moment, as our bodies are constantly fed by memories and experiences. In that sense, she is interested in dance as a tool to connect, express and share, as an opening to an infinite palette of emotions. When she creates or performs, she explores rawness and vulnerability as a path to thoroughness and power.