Compagnie Thor (BE)
Choreography: Thierry Smits
Dancers: Emilie Assayag, Benjamin Bac, Juliette Buffard, Nicola Leahey, Víctor Pérez Armero, Rafal Popiela, Ruochen Wang
Assistant to the choreographer: Benjamin Bac
Artistic advisor: Marta Coronado
Original music composed and performed by: Maxime Bodson, Steven Brown, Blaine Reininger
Scenography and lighting design: Simon Siegmann
Costumes: Luc Gering
Light and stage management: Jani Afar
Sound: Jarek Frankowski
Production management: Jean-Christophe Zelis
Booking & communication / production assistant: Sarah Vanden Abeele
Production: Compagnie Thor
Coproduction: Charleroi Danses, Théâtre Royal de Namur and Théâtre de la Place (Liège)
With the support of the Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - Direction générale de la Culture - Service de la Danse, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse
Taking inspiration from today’s melancholy atmosphere, Thierry Smits gives us a paradoxically formal creation. Anticipation of regret for what is disappearing is the filter applied to the dance - the precise, well-controlled steps without a hint of pathos communicate an aura of uneasiness, suffocation and having nowhere to go, as well as attempts to ward off this feeling and with hope for new breathing room.
Clear Tears | Troubled Waters unfolds in a moving set whose components play a part, with a musical creation, performed by musicians on stage as it accompanies or leads the dance. The atmosphere is dark, but it embodies the energy to pierce and transcend nostalgia.
From the media:“The dance is pure and it is impossible to stay indifferent; it speaks for itself. The audiene is simply mesmerized from beginning to end by this simplicity. This performance you simply must see!“
About the company:Brussels based Compagnie Thor was founded in 1990 by choreographer Thierry Smits, whose work explores, often in an eclectic fashion, the bonds between mystic and erotic, the ambiguities between the sacred and corporeal, all the while probing the metaphysical problems of an individual’s state of mind and emotions.
About the author:Thierry Smits studied ballet and modern dance in Brussels and Paris, and following a brief career as a dancer, he soon began to choreograph. He presented his first choreography, La Grâce du tombeur, in 1990 at the Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels, soon gaining international acclaim in the world of contemporary dance. He has since been indefatigable in his choreographic output through both his company and other theatre and dance groups.
Over the years Smits has received many accolades: in 1995, his work was recognized when he was awarded the SACD-Belgium prize. In 1998, he received Belgium’s Océ prize for the performing arts of the French-speaking community for Corps(e). In 2008, he won the Prix de la Critique 2007 for V.-Nightmares, conferred by the journalists of the French-speaking community in Belgium for the best dance performance of the 2007-08 season.
He choreographed more than twenty dance productions, notably: Eros délétère (1991), Cyberchrist (1995), Soirée dansante (1995), Corps(e) (1998), Red Rubber Balls (1999), L’Âme au diable (1994/2002), Dionysos’ Last Day/ Stigma (2003), Reliefs d’un banquet (2004), d’Orient (2005), V. -Nightmares (2007) and To the Ones I Love (2010) for which he recieved Audience Award on Dance Week Festival in Zagreb in 2010.