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TRIPLE BILL (article first published : 2005-12-19)

Pro Helvetia, Arts Council Of Switzerland is to present a triple bill by Swiss choreographer and multi-media specialist, Nicole Seiler, which will tour Cape Town, Johannesburg and Maputo in February and March 2006.

Nicole Seiler studied first at the Dimitrischool in Verscio (CH) and then at the Vlaamse Dansacademie in Bruges (B) and finally with Maurice Béjart in Lausanne (CH) before joining dance and theatre company Cie Buissonniére in 1994. Since then she worked and toured with several companies before forming her own company in 2002 when she choreographed her first piece Quoi?. At the same time her stage career developed Nicole studied multimedia. She created websites, video projections, CD-ROMS, flash animations and digital photos.

“Our existence is made up of being and of pretending. The world is full of appearances: publicity, videogames, Barbie dolls, business and marketing strategies. Society refuses to be confronted with ugliness, sadness and fragility. More than ever we suffer the pressure of having to be young, beautiful, dynamic and successful,” she says.

Madame K is a multimedia and choreographic journey through fragments of the life of a woman who is torn between the perfect image that she wants to live up to and her own truth. Kylie Walters interacts with her projected image that is multiplied, deformed or over dimensioned. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Dance (1991) and dancing in London and Australia, Kylie Walters joined the Alias Compagnie in Geneva (1995). Since then she has developed her choreographic career and played in a number of films.

Lui carries the same theme but is embodied by the male. Dancer Mike Winter becomes this metaphoric figure and is exposed to the eyes of the public-mirror. Exposed in times of hi-tech and comfort where appearance and materialism rules the world. What are the social environments in which men are confronted to the duality of being or pretending? And how do they react? Mike Winters studied at the Laban Centre in London. Having worked in Germany, France, Portugal, China, Slovenia and Scotland, Mike joined the Alias Compagnie in Geneva in 1998. He now mainly works with Cie Phillippe Saire in Lausanne.

Through the interaction of dance and projections, the stage becomes the space for a dialogue between real and virtual.

One in a million is a dance film searching to explore the limits of the human body and reinvent its language with the technique of video. The range of movement and the choreographic possibilities within rhythm, time and space are enlarged. Filmed in a green box the dancing body was treated and then copied onto a black background.




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