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, Althea Dance Company
Date : January, 20 | Time : 7:30pm | Facebook Event
Covid : Please respect the general physical distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance. According to the latest announcements, you will be asked to present your COVID Certificate or a negative PCR test taken within the last 24h.
Choreography: Thea Bautista in collaboration with Geovanni Perez
Dancers: Thea Bautista, Gildas Lemonnier
Music and writing: Olivier Benyahya
Lazar was performed as a short work-in-progress at the FEU in 2018 after a week-long workshop and residency. Thanks to the support of the Antigua Estación del Ferrocarril cultural center in Oaxaca, Mexico, the ten-minute piece became an hour-long performance. Tonight is the world premiere of this version
Film Director: Samantha Mandich
Choreography: Thea Bautista
Dancers: Thea Bautista, Chloé Dorémieux, Déborah Lotti, Roman Vikouloff
Photography: Samantha Mandich
Camera assistants: Agnieszka Kardasz and Pia Pentzlin
Make up: Clara Landais and Victoria Pinto
World premiere of Nothing to Do, a film created in 2020 during the pandemic. The chapter that was filmed at FEU received support from the United States Embassy via the FEU.
Choreography: Thea Bautista
Dancers: Thea Bautista, Gildas Lemonnier, Pauline Richard
World premiere of Soloïde, a new piece by Althea Dance Company, entirely created at FEU as part of their artistic residency.
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. Follow Althea Dance on Facebook and Instagram!
Thea Beautista 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.
Born in Brittany in 1989, Gildas Lemonnier began his training as a professional dancer at the age of 19 at the IFPRO in Paris. In 2012 he joined the Martha Graham School in New York where he became a member of the Graham II dance company. He then danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, two companies with which he will have the chance to perform internationally. As a freelance dancer in New York Gildas also collaborates with many companies such as Rioult Dance NY, Bennyroyce Dance, Shawnbibledanceco, Bare Dance Company, Now Dance Project, Project44 and Christopher Williams Dance. Today, Gildas is based in Paris, he dances with the company Althea Dance Company and Ifunamboli. He has also taught the Graham technique at the IFPRO as well as in many studios such as Dansez Maintenant, Studio Harmonic, Micadanses. Gildas is also a Yoga teacher.
Pauline Richard began her studies at the Geneva Dance School under the direction of Patrice Delay and Sean Wood. In 2013, she entered the Basel Theater Ballet School (Ballettschule Theater Basel) under the direction of Amanda Bennett, where she continued her professional training as a classical and contemporary dancer. There, Pauline has the chance to dance choreographies by Richard Wherlock, George Balanchine, Heinz Spoerli and Armando Braswell. She was hired in 2016 at the Delattre Dance Company in Mainz, Germany. For three years, she danced there including pieces by Kaloyan Boyadjiev, Mohammad Sufri Juwahir, Connor Scott, Sharon Vazanna, Can Arslan and played the role of Esmeralda in the ballet Notre-Dame de Paris by Stephen Delattre. In August 2019, she moved to Paris, where she danced, among other things, on the musical show Les Souliers Rouges choreographed by Tamara Fernando and Marie-Agnès Gillot, and directed by Jérémie Lippmann. She works with the IFunamboli company (Fabio Crestale), the Mamma Company (Tamara Fernando), the IDEM company in Switzerland (Matthias Kass & Clément Bugnon) and also appears in various dance clips and videos. Since arriving in Paris, Pauline has devoted her career to projects rich in encounters and exchanges with actors in today’s cultural world from all walks of life.