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Dancer/choreographer Charlotte Vanden Eynde and double bass player/composer Nicolas Rombouts are doing a research project this season that they will work out in a performance next year. They met in 2015 when they were invited to perform a public improvisation in Brussels. A special artistic interaction unfolded, whereby their two ways of creating proved to have many similarities. Both Vanden Eynde and Rombouts strive for an honest approach to their “instrument”, in accordance with their own being. They work intuitively while keeping mental control, as a form of thinking. Improvising together means thinking together. The concept of thinking together, as two parts of the same brain that can also function autonomously, is the starting point of Hyphen. This season, they want to do interdisciplinary research in order to create a vocabulary and test the concepts for a performance. In what way will there be room for improvisation? Is the structure fixed or is it rather a set of loose elements? What is essential, is the power and vulnerability of acting and the presence in the here and now.

Charlotte Vanden Eynde

1975 BE
Charlotte Vanden Eynde is dancer and choreographer, working and living in Ghent. Between 1996 and 1999 she studied contemporary dance at P.A.R.T.S. Brussels. Since 1997 she has been creating choreographies and performances, focusing on the body in a very visual and sensitive way. Her early work tackled themes such as vulnerability, intimacy and femininity. In Lijfstof and MAP ME she looked for the borders with visual arts by exploring the body as material. With the solos I'm Sorry It's (Not) A StoryandShapeless she developed her own dance language, a research that also resulted in several impro solos on location. Her most recent performance Deceptive Bodies shows a silent choreography of the theatrical body and is also performed in museum spaces. She often works with other choreographers, theatre makers, film makers and musicians. Next to that, she is a regular movement advisor for other makers, and leads workshops based on her own practice.

From 2003 until 2016 wpZimmer supported her work, more specifically MAP ME (2003), I'm Sorry it's (Not) A Story (2009) and Shapeless (2011).

Nicolas Rombouts

1977 BE
Nicolas Rombouts is composer, producer and double bass players. In 2001 he started the jazz programme at the Lemmens Institute, studies he carried on at the Antwerp Conservatory. In 2003 Nicolas and Gregory Frateur founded the band Dez Mona, focusing more and more and composing songs. The story would last for 13 years, across 10 albums and some 100 concerts in Belgium and abroad. Next to that, he played bass for bands like BRZZVLL, Stanton, Guido Belcanto, alt country phenomenon Jim White and recently Stef Kamil Carlens and Tom Lanoye.

Whether he works on recording other people's music, composing for theatre and dance or writing, film and music, Nicolas will always paint his musical development with sound colours (however abstract they may be). His music is very visual, referring to cities and places that no longer exist.