Théo Mercier & Steven Michel Looking for female dancers .pdf

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Looking for female dancers for new creation by
Théo Mercier & Steven Michel

The project
This year 2018, the visual artist and theater director Théo Mercier and the dancer and
choreographer Steven Michel created together the show Affordable Solution for Better Living,
in which “Beauty for everyone” is the topic center. On stage, Steven Michel, as the « alpha
male », scripts his everyday life following user instructions and consumer conditions of use.
The theater hall turns into a diorama in which physical performance and domestic drama are
mingled. More info on this project, result of their first artistic collaboration:
For their new creation which the Premiere is planned in je dirais plutôt which will premiere
in Spring 2020, Théo Mercier & Steven Michel want to deal in depth with the topic of the
standardization of shapes, as well as the issue of fake well-being and of human condition in
the twenty-first century.
Required profiles
The parts
We are looking for 3 professional female dancers (no age limit – however, candidates must
be over 18 years of age)
Contemporary dance solid technical skills
High precision physical skills
Ability to improvise, create and compose
Must be observant and have mnemonic ability
Ability to open up and listen
Must be a creative force with partners for creation on stage
Available for the rehearsals in July 2019, and from December 2019 to April 2020,
and then available for touring the show in 2020-2021
Théo Mercier & Steven Michel
The work of Artist and Stage Director Théo Mercier forms a critical inquiry at the intersection
of anthropology, ethnography, geopolitics and tourism. Between choreographed performance
works and the exploration of diverse materials, he is both a creator and a collector, involved
in a rich dialogue between past, present and future, between animate and inanimate, truth
and lies, artisanal and industrial, sacred and profane, real and imaginary. Most of Mercier’s
pieces turn on the anthropomorphisation of objects–whether they are found, assembled, in
collage, or grafted together. He tends to work in series, forming communities of pieces–
roughly grouped as young or old, male or female. Résident at Villa Médicis de Rome, he wrote
his first performance Du futur faisons table rase, performed at Nanterre-Amandiers (Paris) in
December 2014. In the same year, Théo Mercier was nominated for Marcel Duchamp prize.
He has presented personal exhibitions in Mexico, Los Angeles, Paris, and New York. His works
have been showed at Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Moscow Biennial (Russia), Centre Pompidou
(Paris), and Hamburger Bannhof (Germany). His last performance, La Fille du collectionneur,
was shown at Nanterre-Amandiers (Paris) in 2017. He works and lives between Paris and
Steven Michel (France, 1986) studied mime and circus at an early age, and dance and
percussion as a teenager, before settling in Brussels in 2006. He trained at The P.A.R.T.S. dance
school (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), directed by Ann Teresa De
Keersmaeker, and graduated in 2010. He has been working as a dancer with choreographers,
theater director, and filmmaker such as David Zambrano, Falk Richter, Lukas Dhont, Daniel
Linehan, and Maud Le Pladec, as well as plastic artists such as Theo Mercier and Sarah &

Belgian choreographer Jan Martens. Steven is currently preparing a series of performance
laboratories, open to artists from different disciplines. The methodological diversity of the
research builds bridges to new areas of knowledge and experience. His goal is to not limit
himself to a single discipline or tool, but to experience different roles and approaches, to
explore diverse objects, and to blur the boundaries between modes of expression. He
continues to explore and play with correspondences evoked by his research, such as: fiction
and science; miniature and monumental scales; harmony and chaos; major modes and minor
modes; the eye and the ear; the analogue and the digital.
Practical information
Provisional schedule of creation 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 (subject to change):
- 1 week of research July 22 – July 27, 2019
- 3 to 4 weeks of rehearsals December 2nd – December 31, 2019
- 2 weeks of rehearsals January 20 – January 31, 2020
- 2 weeks of rehearsals February 17 – February 28 ,2020
- Final rehearsals week by March 2nd, 2020
- Premiere of the show planned within the week of March 9, 2020
Conditions of entry :
Please send to
please attach compulsorily 2 photos of you ; 1 face portrait and 1 full-length portrait
a video which, in your opinion, reflects the best your dance work
Deadline for submitting your candidacy: Friday, December 7, 2018
Invitations to audition will be sent on Saturday, December 8, 2018 if you are shortlisted
Date, time, and place of audition:
- Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre Dramatique National
7, avenue Pablo Picasso 92000 Nanterre France : shortlisting on site
- Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre Dramatique National 7,
avenue Pablo Picasso 92000 Nanterre : final selection process
Please make sure you are available all day long on those casting days (in the morning and in
the afternoon). Timetable will be specified in the invitation for audition sent by e-mail.

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