Intro

The company Zemiata was created in 2017 to promote and gather under the same name the work of two choreographers, Youri De Gussem (BE) and Julie Querre (FR).

Zemiata Company in representation

This collaboration started in 2014 by assisting each other on different choreographic projects and by creating the duet Undeux for the festival From Three Two Four at the theater Cité Culture in Brussels. Since 2016, we have collaborated on Zemiata, first group piece of the choreographer Youri De Gussem, which premiered in Belgium in January 2017 and performed several dates in Greece, France, Danemark and Holland.

For more information about the company.

Un 2 : Play for theater and unconventional spaces – 2018/2019

Distribution

Concept and choreography :
Youri De Gussem
Julie Querre

Creation and interpretation :
Youri De Gussem
Julie Querre

Music :
Decay III – Jerome Faria
Photography :
Stan Warden
Jennifer Rohrbacher

Synopsis

Un 2 (translation: A Two/One Two) is a duet about the relationship between two persons. It is about love, friendship, passion, deception, doubt, incomprehension and love again. It is a research of an individuality within a couple and of an individual need of collectivity.

Description

Un 2 is a duet that explore the relationship between two persons. It’s about love, friendship, passion, deception, doubt, incomprehension and love again. It’s a research about the collective need of an individuality and the need individual of collectivity. How a person can find his individuality inside of a relationship and how this union of two persons can represent and contained the two individualities?

We created this duet in 2016 for a festival and today, we would like to retake, rework, rethink in order to deepened our researches and refine our work. We would also like to give more flexibility to the piece on the practical level and to make it more accessible in order to dance it everywhere (scene, streets, parks,…) and in front of any kind of audiences.

Partners

  • Théâtre Cité Culture (BE)
  • Tanznetz Freiburg (DE)
  • Archipel 19 - Le Fourquet Centre Culturel (BE)
  • Centre de Création Chorégraphique - 3-CL (LU)
  • Garage of Performing Arts Center (GR)

Zemiata - 2016/2018

Distribution

Concept and choreography :
Youri De Gussem
Creation and interpretation :
Youri De Gussem
Julie Querre
Jessica Eirado ou Francesca Chiodi Latini
Paola Madrid ou Anna Senognoeva
Music composition:
Michaël Denis
Light designer :
Gaspar Schelck
Video Edit :
Fa.Bamovska
Photography :
Fred MCK

Synopsis

In a world of conflict, Zemiata seeks to bring us closer to our human nature; to our inner ritual. Zemiata investigates the significance of being a part of a ritual in today's society and interprets the social and emotional aspects evolving in a group of people, who shares the same faith and the same beliefs.
Zemiata gives us new perspectives on the global world we live in and embodies the ritual aspect of today's society.

Description

The contemporary dance performance, Zemiata, is inspired by the different relationships that exist in a group of people during a common ritual (religious, traditional and/or spiritual) in our present day world.
We are interested in the social and emotional aspects, which will evolve between the people who share the same faith and the same beliefs. We explored and experimented together around the signification of being part of this ritual’s practice in society nowadays. We are interested in feeling and understanding what brings a person to being part of rituals and what binds her to her group.
Zemiata is a physical contemporary dance piece intertwining emotion, movement and expression which will make you travel inside different characters during a ritual’s practice.
We are interested in the different cultures and how these cultures can coexist together in a world more and more multicultural.
That is also why we are a team of four people coming from different countries and different cultures (Belgium, France, Italia, Russia).
This multiculturalism brought more inspiration and ideas during the creation process.

For more information about the performance, to receive the portfolio or to watch the video of the performance : Contact us.

Partenaires

  • Garage of Performing Arts Center
  • Cité Culture
  • Bij - Artichok
  • Kiss Kiss Bank Bank
  • Destelheide
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Moi, voyageur de rêve - 2018/2020

Distribution

Concept and choreography :
Youri De Gussem
Creation and interpretation :
Youri De Gussem
Choreography assistant :
Julie Querre
Photographies :
Jonathan Couvent
Léa Junet
Video Edit :
Raoul Henri

Synopsis

Man have always migrated.

"Man migrates out of envy or need, for political or religious reasons, to discover the world, or to go back home. Migration follows a very different logic depending on the people and the regions of the world, but it has offered us, in its different forms, richer societies in their diversity.
"Moi, voyageur de rêve" aims, through the story of a man's journey, to reconcile us with the notion of migration. To show us the beauty that emerges through it and its beneficial aspects while paying tribute to a man, a grandfather, a Dedo.";

Description

I am a grandson of a migrant. My grandfather, at the age of 18 left his country, Macedonia, to obtain what he couldn’t receive in his country. The possibility to choose his own path of life.

When he was a child, the country, formerly Yugoslavia, was in a trouble period and the war rose in a fragile country.
Misery and poverty became the result of this conflict.
My grandfather decided to leave, with only some pictures. During his journey, he passed through snowy mountains, forests, rivers, always during the night to not get caught or killed by patrols in function near the frontier. His transit in the camp made stronger his determination and will of a better life far away from war, pain and horror.

This solo is a tribute to my grandfather, my Dedo and to his journey.
I want to show a vision more personal, more human and emotional about migration. Many people do not feel attached to this subject. They don’t connect it to their own story. But we are, in a way, all coming from the migration and it is what makes the beauty of the human being. Sharing and exchanging culture with others.
Today migration, as it is described, is often negative. We do show and talk only about the bad side of migration.
With this solo, this story, which will be for me a journey through my heritage, I would like to show the beauty of the migration and allows people to see it’s beneficial aspect.

For more information about the performance, to receive the portfolio or to watch the video of the performance : Contact us.

Partners

  • Garage 29-OFFestival (BE)
  • Shawbrook Dance residency program (IR)
  • Le Théâtre Marni (BE)
  • Garage of Performing Arts Center (GR)
  • Trois C-L – Luxembourg Choreographic Creation Center (LU)
  • With the support of the French Community of Belgium
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Rien ne pousse, tout s'efface - 2014/2015

Description

My main inspiration for this solo was sand, chosen for its textural qualities and the effect this can have on my movement quality.

Distribution

Concept and choreography :
Youri De Gussem
Creation and interpretation :
Youri De Gussem
Video Edit :
Fa.Bamovska
Photography :
Sarah Santos

For my research, I worked with two mains ideas: ‘the body made of sand’ and ‘moving like sand’ as the base of my work.Body Mind Centering informed my research, as I was interested in the relationship between the micro cellular system in our body and sand.
Some movies where we could see sand moving helped me to define a state of mind and by extension to explore a specific movement quality and to generate movement vocabulary.
The concept of moving like sand arrived later in the creation of my solo. It refers to a more physical aspect of the sand. I thought about the different textures (the sand of the desert, the beach, transformed in to glass, iced or even heated) and the elements that move it (waves of the sea and the wind). This second concept allowed me to explore deeper this quality of movement and to discover its nuances.

The concept of dehumanization of the human body and loneliness appeared in the creation process. The dehumanization of the human body helped me to find new ways to move and loneliness is always a part of my solo process. Here it helps to concentrate on my internal movement motivation. It means that in a way my solo gives the image of a human body devoid of humanity travelling aimlessly on the stage.

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Not So Close - 2021/2022

Description

I, the unknown, both free and unfree, knowing and not knowing myself. Not So Close, takes us into ourselves and meet that person who is simply ourselves.

Distribution

Conception and interpretation :
Youri De Gussem
Choreographic assistant :
Julie Querre
Photography :
cloe.bphotography

Not So Close is a new choreographic creation by the company ZEMIATA for one performer dedicated to the street and unconventional spaces.
At the beginning of this project, the subject was related to the health crisis and its repeated lockdowns. The aim was to research and embody the physicality of our experience and feelings during this period.
Today, the project has evolved and is inspired by the notion of the Self, which contains the first research idea without narrowing it down to one topic.
Human beings are social creatures. By being deprived of contact with others, it generates a physical but also mental and emotional isolation, which modifies and transforms human relations, the interactions we have with others as well as our behavior and the way we act with ourselves.
Not So Close projects us into the world of the 'Self', a world we know but are not familiar with.
This reflection on the Self emerged from the feeling of isolation. Who are we when we find ourselves alone and confronted with ourselves?
Why did we come into this world for? What is our purpose? What is this search for the Self in order to experience harmony? What does it mean to dive into ourselves to find answers? Who am I really?
With this solo, I try to express these different states with the body and the movement.
Not So Close is a constant race to know ourselves, to surprise ourselves and to learn to master our own psyche, while reconnecting with the outside world.
This dance solo will be performed mainly on the street and in unconventional spaces.

Partners

  • KANAL Centre Pompidou (BE)
  • Gemeenschapscentrum Everna (BE)
  • Ten Weyngaert (BE)
  • Théâtre Marni (BE)
  • Cirqu'Conflex Asbl (BE)
  • La Fabrique de Théâtre (BE)
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Calendar

2022

Not So Close

  • 30th of May until 10th of June, Résidency for the solo piece Not So Close at the Fabrique de Théâtre de Mons (BE).
  • 09th of June, Public presentation of the solo piece Not So Close at the Fabrique de Théâtre de Mons (BE).

Classes/Workshops

  • 25th until 29th of July, Tic Tac Arts Centre (BE)
2019

Un 2

  • 3rd of April , showing of the work in progress Un 2 at the Creation choreographic center of Luxembourg– 3 C-L (LU).
  • 19th of April , showing of the duet Un 2 at l’Archipel 19/Maison Stepman – Bruxelles (BE).
  • 29th of June, Try out of Un 2 at the Visueel Festival Visuel at Berchem Ste Agathe– Brussels (BE).
  • 8th, 9th and 10th of August, performance of Un 2 at the street art festival Fest’arts in Libourne (FR).

Moi, Voyageur de rêve

  • 26th of May, showing of the work in progress Moi, voyageur de rêve at the theater Marni – Bruxelles (BE).

Classes/Workshops

2018

Zemiata

Un 2

  • 20th of October , showing of the work in progress Un 2 at the theater Südufer Freiburg (DE).

Moi, voyageur de rêve

  • 3rd of April : Evening « 3 du Trois » organized by le Centre de création Chorégraphique, 3-CL / Luxembourg (LU).

Classes/Workshops

  • 10th & 11th of february : Workshop Anima organized by Arnhemse meisje in Arnhem – Youri De Gussem.
  • 19th to 23rd of March : Dance classes at 3-CL (Centre de création Chorégraphique) in Luxembourg – Youri De Gussem.
2017

Zemiata

  • 27th of January : Théâtre Cité Culture / Bruxelles (BE).
  • 30th of June to 1st of July : Ninth Youth Choreographers Festival 2017 organized by the cie Confidences in Voreppe (FR).
  • 30th of August to 2nd of September : Young Choreographers - The Festival 2017 organized by Hautscène in Copenhagen (DK).
  • 21st & 22nd of October : Garage of Performing Arts Center in Corfu (GR).

Classes/Workshops

  • 13th to 17th of November : Dance classes at 3-CL (Centre de création Chorégraphique) in Luxembourg – Youri De Gussem.
  • 9th & 10th of December : Workshop Anima at Studio Hybrid in Brussels – Youri De Gussem.
  • 11th to 15th of December : Dance classes at 3-CL (Centre de création Chorégraphique) in Luxembourg – Youri De Gussem.

About

Youri De Gussem (BE)

Born in Brussels in 1992, Youri De Gussem started hip hop dance at the age of 11 in a private school. Thereafter he learned contemporary and ballet dance at the Athénée Royal des Beaux Arts of Brussels. In 2010, he passed the audition and entered at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp directed by Iris Bouche and he obtained his Bachelor in contemporary dance. In Antwerp, he had the chance to experiment several dances styles like Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Wim Vandekeybus, Pina Bausch and William Forsythe. He chose to finalize his formation at P.A.R.T.S., school founded and directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in 2013.

As a professional dancer, Youri worked with many choreographers. He took part in Body Design in Urban Spaces of Willie Dorner in Antwerp for the opening of the MAS museum. He played in Dodo Groot of Land Zonder Ei, theater piece directed by Dimitri Leue in HETPALEIS in Antwerp. He danced an extract of Babel by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at the Louvre museum in Paris under the direction of Damien Jalet and the company Eastman. He also worked in the Grand Théâtre of Luxembourg for the creation and the interpretation of Flock by Jean Guillaume Weis, with the choreographer Ricardo Ambrozio, under the name of Untamed production (2014) as well as with the choreographer Sarah Baltzinger for the company Mirage for her creation Fury (2017), the choreographer Marie Martinez (2018), and for the company Le Huit for the creation of A(ddi)ction (2018).

In parallel, he put all his attention to the development of his own artistic as well as the development of the company Zemiata in collaboration with the choreographer and dancer Julie Querre (FR). Some of his creations were part of several international festivals in Lisbon, Brussels, Antwerp, Stuttgart, Copenhagen, Arnhem and Corfu. He is currently working on the creation of a duet Un2 and a solo Not So Close.

Julie Querre (FR)

Julie Querre is a professional contemporary dancer who first studied at the National Conservatory of Bordeaux where she received a diploma of choreographic studies with high honors, and after at the National Choreographic Center of Roubaix. Finally, she graduated in Belgium at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Artesis) with a bachelor in contemporary dance.

For the last few years, she has worked with different choreographers and artists like, for example, Jelena Kostic, Koen de Preter, Martha!tentatief company for the show Dinska Bronska, Otto Pichler for the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and for the company Irène K for the performances Eat it and Murmurs as a professional dancer. In 2017, she created the company Zemiata with Youri De Gussem whose the first dance piece tours in several european countries like Greece, France, Danmark and Holland.

From 2018 until today, she collaborates with Jordi L.Vidal company for the street performance La rencontre, the children performance Alamor, and Adventures in Planet Love, with the company Corps in Situ for the show TRIP, with Barjo&Cie for the young audience performance Bas les Pattes, with the company Félicette Chazerand street performance Petite rOnde and with Théâtre de La Guimbarde for the children performance Cache- cache and for the new creation of Daniela Ginevro named Lisières.

Julie also gives contemporary dance masterclass in academies in Belgium.