This summer choreographer Claire Croizé will be working at wpZimmer on her newest creation EVOL. The title embodies two notions: you can read “Love” backwards and it is a contraction of the word “Evolution”. These two notions will be at the heart of this new creation. Croizé wants to develop, along with a strong musicality of the movements, a personal language for each dancer based on an inner introspection. An intimate narration should appear from this quest, going from a personal speech to a shared dialogue between the dancers and with the audience.

Each of Croizé’s creations pay much attention to the movements of the dancers. Since Primitive (2014) she focuses even more on the readability of the movements, thus becoming better at expressing her feelings and sensitivities. But she always pays attention to the viewers, who can continue to give their own interpretations to the movements, and can continue to use their own imagination. Over the years, Croizé’s attention to the sensitivity of the movement vocabulary of her dancers only increased. Her dance language is nourished by this loving gaze on the body and its movements. EVOL want to share that love with the public.

Claire Croizé

Claire Croizé graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2000. Her graduation project, Donne-moi quelque chose qui ne meure pas, was hailed by the French press as one of the discoveries of PARTS@PARIS. She quickly followed with the solo Blowing Up (2002), produced by PACT Zollverein (Essen), and the trio Runway #1 (2003), created for the Off Limits festival.

Claire started working under the support of wpZimmer (Antwerp) in 2005, and premiered at STUK (Leuven) with Affected, an internationally acclaimed performance consisting of three solos for three women on Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. This was also the first collaboration with Jan Maertens, her regular light designer. In 2009, she pursued her work on Mahler’s music with The Farewell, which won the prestigious Prix Jardin d’Europe.

After her period at wpZimmer, Claire continued her choreographic work under the wing of Action Scénique and ECCE.


Concept: Claire CroizéDance: Claire Godsmark, Youness Khoukhou, Emmi Väisänen, Jason RespilieuxLight: Jan MaertensCostume: Anne Catherine KunzDramaturge: Etienne GuilloteauProduction: Action ScéniqueCo-production: BUDA kunstencentrumSupported by: wpZimmer, STUK and KaaitheaterStructurally supported by: Flemish Community and BUDA kunstencentrum during the period 2013-2016