Workshop Poetry for Dancers: MIMESIS with Billie Hanne

The classes encourage the dancer to allow the body to be penetrable so speech and dance can lock into each other. Tongue interacts with skeleton and muscle and fuses into space, scale, matter and audience. When choreographic output heightens the poetic experience its arrangement can strengthen and focus the material into unity.

In pacing actions the dancer conceives of textural qualities and is able to convey the flow of time. He or she enters the imagined space evoked by language. Words then, as an active ingredient for the dance, can create the bodily movement that fulfils the image. This image is dynamic and sensual in essence. Students learn to bear its weight as well as navigate its lightness and humour.

MIMESIS asks / requires the dancer to go into detail and further his or her elemental understanding of making improvised compositions.

Where: Secret Teachings, Ultima Vez, Brussels

When: 27 Jun -01 Jul 2017

Deadline for application: 27 Jun 2017

Billie Hanne is a dance artist and poet, a maker, a teacher. She composes dance and poetry in instant choreographies through radical handling of body and speech. Unafraid of taking risks her work is original and pushes the boundaries of the art form by constantly developing and changing the technique. In her art she examines human intimacy with body, tongue, object, light, space and time.

Currently she is on tour with her sixth solo piece Deep Brown Sea (2014-2016) which has been shown in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Den Haag as well as in different places in Greece, Iceland and Hungary. With her company Bilile & Wheelgod she currently refines the latest piece ‘Melchior’ (2015-2016) and in 2017 she goes on tour with a piece titled ‘All for Big B!’.

Since 2009 she has performed with Allen’s Line, the Julyen Hamilton Company. This includes the latest pieces ‘Goat Ocean’ (2014-2015) and ‘Mud Like Gold (2015-2016) which were shown in different places in Europe (Oslo, Paris, Berlin, Strasbourg, Brussels…)

She has performed duets with vibraphone player Els Vandeweyer (Be), visual and sound artist Hallveig Agustsdottir (IS),  pianist Josep-Maria Balanyà (SP). She has performed in line ups with dancers such as Paolo Cingolani, Kenzo Kusuda, Maya M. Carroll as well as in duets with world renowned improvisation dancers such as Katie Duck and Julyen Hamilton, to name a few.

She performs and teaches widely in Europe and is able to transmit her wide experience effectively and with zest.

To apply, please send a motivation letter + CV to

Costs: 250€

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