Dancers

  • Anika Edström Kawaji

    Anika Edström Kawaji (Sweden, 1994) studied at the Royal Swedish Ballet School from 2004 until 2013. In the season 2012-2013 she was a full time apprentice with the Cullberg Ballet, where she performed Translations, the second part of The Strindberg Project by Melanie Mederlind and Ekmans Triptych - A Study of Entertainment by Alexander Ekman. In 2016 Anika graduated from P.A.R.T.S.(Brussels) and joined Rosas for the revival of Rain.

  • Bilal El Had

    Bilal El Had (b. Morocco, 1991) started street dance at the age of twelve. In 2013 he graduated from engineering school in Annecy, France. At the same time he was participating in various small dance projects in the area. He then started his studies at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. After graduation from P.A.R.T.S. in 2016 he joined the project Khaos by Laurent Chétouane. He started working with Rosas the same year for the reinterpretation of A Love Supreme.

  • Boštjan Antončič

    Boštjan Antončič was born in Celje, Slovenia in 1980. He started dancing in Plesni Forum Celje with Goga Stefanovič-Erjavec and continued training at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. He danced in projects of Matjaž Farič, Susan Quinn, Mia Lawrence, Matej Kejžar and created couple of his own performances. He thought in workshops in Slovenia and around Europe as well he was a faculty member of the High School for Contemporary dance in Slovenia and for SEAD in Salzburg. In 2005, Bostjan joined for Rosas, where he danced in D'un soir un jour (2006), Bartók / Beethoven / Schönberg - Repertory Evening (2006), Steve Reich Evening (2007), Zeitung (2008), The Song (2009), En Atendant (2010), Cesena (2011), Drumming (2012), Vortex Temporum (2013) and Work/Travail/Arbeid (2015). He also participates in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's 2017 staging of Così fan tutte at the Paris Opera.

  • Carlos Garbin

    Carlos Garbin (Brazil, 1980) studied ballet and contemporary dance at the City Academy in his hometown, Caxias do Sul, while also dancing with the Academy’s company. At the same time he worked as a choreographer with local children for the social art project BPM – Batidas Por Minuto. In 2004, Carlos moved to Brussels, where he graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2008. During this period he performed as a dancer in David Zambrano’s Soul Project and Mia Lawrence’s When you look at me… while also creating his own works Boarding (2006) and Raising the sparks (2006) with Liz Kinoshita. He worked on the project Dream Season with choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis. Carlos joined Rosas in 2008 for the creation of The Song and takes part in En Atendant (2010), Cesena (2011), Vortex Temporum (2013), Twice (2013) and Work/Travail/Arbeid (2015). He also dances in the revived version of Drumming (2012).

  • Cynthia Loemij

    Cynthia Loemij was born in Brielle in the Netherlands in 1969. She took a teacher-training course at the Rotterdam dance academy, where she obtained her diploma in 1991. Since then she has been a member of the full-time core of Rosas. She was involved in the creation of ERTS, Mozart/Concert Arias- un moto di gioia, Amor constante más allá de la muerte, Verklärte Nacht, Woud, Just Before, Drumming, Quartett (a duet with Frank Vercruyssen), In Real Time, Rain and Small hands (a duet with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker), April me, Repertory Evening, Bitches Brew / Tacoma Narrows, Kassandra, the revival of Mozart / Concert Arias, Raga for the Rainy season / A Love Supreme, D'un soir un jour, Bartók / Beethoven / Schönberg Repertory Evening, Steve Reich Evening, Zeitung, En Atendant, Vortex Temporum, Work/Travail/Arbeid and Così fan tutte. She danced in the revivals Achterland, Rosas danst Rosas, Elena’s Aria, Mikrokosmos and Drumming, and in the opera Bluebeard’s Castle and in the film versions of Achterland and Rosas danst Rosas. In 2006 she took part in Nusch, a play by theater company Stan. In 2009 she danced the duet Prélude à la Mer with Mark Lorimer, in the film of the same title by Thierry De Mey. She appeared in Kris Verdonck’s End and collaborated with Manon de Boer on the installations Dissonant and Mirror Modulation. With David Zambrano she created a duet, as part of the performance Holes. Cynthia Loemij taught at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), the Panetta Movement Centre and Movement Research (New York), Dance Works (Rotterdam) for the opéra Garnier (retake of Rain) and the Lisbon ballet. In 2011 she founded the company OVAAL with Mark Lorimer, and created the performance To Intimate and Dancesmith – Camel, Weasel, Whale.

  • Frank Gizycki

    Frank Gizycki (France, 1993) graduated from scientific studies in 2011 and continued his dance education at the C.N.S.M.D. (Lyon), after which he went to study at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussel), where he graduated in 2016. He joined Rosas for the exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid  at the Tate Modern (London) and the revival of Rain, both in 2016.

  • Igor Shyshko

    Igor Shyshko was born in 1975 in Belarus. From 1993 to 1997 he studied ballet and modern dance at the dance department of the University of Culture of Minsk. In 1997 he moved to Brussels to became a student at the dance school P.A.R.T.S., where he graduated in June 2000. At P.A.R.T.S. Igor contributed as a dancer to the creation of and performed in Donne-moi quelque chose qui ne meurt pas by Claire Croizé, Milky Way by Thomas Hauert and Selfwriting by Jonathan Burrows. In 1998, Igor Shyshko worked as a trainee with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas during the creation process of Drumming. In 2000 he contributed as a dancer to the creation of Rush, a choreography by Akram Khan. In September 2000, he became a member of Rosas, dancing in the revival of Drumming. He also contributed to the creation of Rain, April me, Repertory Evening, Bitches Brew / Tacoma Narrows, Kassandra, Zeitung and The Song, and to the revivals of Mozart / Concert Arias, Raga for the rainy season / A love Supreme, D’un soir un jour, Bartok, Beethoven, Schoenberg - Repertory Evening, and Steve Reich Evening. In 2010, he had a creation with Michèle Noiret: Minutes Opportunes. In the same year he worked with Arco Renz for Palais des Beaux Arts in Kaaitheater. In 2011 he contributed as a dancer to the creation of Zeit by Mark Vanrunxt, as well as the creation of Dust by Arco Renz.

  • Jason Respilieux

    Jason Respilieux (b. Belgium, 1991) studied at the fine arts academy in Brussels and Codarts in Rotterdam before graduating from P.A.R.T.S., Brussels, in 2014. He then joined the Re-zeitung tour (a rewritten version of the Rosas piece Zeitung), organized by P.A.R.T.S., and started working as a freelance dancer for several choreographers, including Salva Sanchis (the Islands project), Ted Stoffer, and more recently Claire Croizé (Evol). Since 2016 he has been working with Baptiste Conte on a new visual art performance on the matter of coal. Respilieux is also active behind the scenes as an advisor for performances and has been mentoring students for Kunsthumaniora Brussels. He actively combines his dance career with dance education by teaching regular classes for Rosas, Kunsthumaniora Brussels, and other organizations.

  • José Paulo dos Santos

    José Paulo dos Santos (Brazil, 1988) started dancing as a tap dancer at Projeto Rithmus, a social project in his hometown Araraquara (São Paulo) in 2001. He received a scholarship to study ballet, contemporary and street dance at The Dance Center Gilsamara Moura in Araraquara. He started his professional career in 2005 when he joined Cia Shuffle Trips. He worked as a teacher and as a choreographer with local children through various social projects. In 2008 he was invited to IPL - International Laboratory Performance - in Peru to work with artists from South America and Europe under the direction of Khosro Adibi (Iran-Holland). At the meantime, he made a piece Inside Out directed by Khosro Adibi in Belo Horizonte (Brazil). In 2008 he came to Brussels to study at P.A.R.T.S. During his studies, he had the opportunity to teach at Dancingkids, Rosas’ dance school for children, to perform KDO, directed by Franco Dragone (Cirque du Soleil) and to participate at numerous dance classes and workshops. In 2012 he created, together with three other P.A.R.T.S graduating students, the piece 111-1 which toured in seven different countries. After school, he worked with the theater director Mokhallad Rasem (Iraq-Belgium) for the piece Romeo & Julia at Toneelhuis (Antwerp). He was also part of the P.A.R.T.S.-revival of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Zeitung in 2013. In 2014-2015, he participated at  the creation Primitive for Action Scénique/Claire Croizé (France/Belgium). Meanwhile he started dancing for Noé Soulier (France) with whom he toured throughout 2015-2016. Dos Santos joined Rosas in 2015 and has since performed Drumming and participated in the exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid. After Rain he will also join the revival of A Love Supreme in the spring of 2017.

  • Julien Monty

    Having graduated from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris in 1997, Julien Monty joined the ballet company at the opera house in Nice. Being eager for experience, he left the world of ballet to join a Norwegian dance-theater group called B-Valiente Kompani. He met several choreographers, including Jo Strömgren, and joined the Nye Carte Blanche contemporary dance company, whose director was Karen Foss. When he returned to France, he joined the Ballet Preljocaj for two seasons. After that he worked in the ballet company at the opera house in Lyon, where he encountered the work of such choreographers as Mathilde Monnier, William Forsythe, and also Philippe Decouflé. Since 2001 he has worked very closely with François Laroche-Valière, in all of whose projects he has participated: Sans jamais qu’ici ne se perde (part one of a two-parter, 2002), Pour venire jusque-là (part two, 2004), Présence/s (2005), IN/STELLATION (2006) and Signature (solo), first performed in November 2009. At the same time, in 2005 Julien Monty co-founded the Collectif Loge 22 with Marie Goudot and Michaël Pomero in Lyon, in which he works as a choreographer.

  • Laura Bachman

    Laura Bachman (France, 1994) studied ballet at the Paris Opera ballet school from 2005 to 2011, before becoming a member of the Paris Opera Ballet in August 2011. With the Opera’s company, she performed in classical ballet productions such as La Bayadère, Giselle or Sleeping Beauty and worked with many choreographers, performing in pieces from Wayne Mcgregor, Benjamin Millepied, John Neumeier, Pina Bausch and more. She also toured with the company around the world dancing in Moscow (notably at the Bolchoi theatre) or in Japan and Australia. Laura has worked with LA Dance Project, Benjamin Millepied's company, for a few month in 2016. From Anne­ Teresa de Keersmaeker oeuvre, Laura performed in Rain and Bartók / Beethoven / Schoenberg  with the Paris Opera Ballet, before joining Rosas in August 2016 for the revival of Rain.

  • Laura Maria Poletti

    Laura Maria Poletti (France, 1992), started her professional dance education in 2009 at the Paris National Conservatoire (CNSMDP), while simultaneously studying English literature at the University Paris Diderot. In 2013, Laura Maria joined the Training Cycle of P.A.R.T.S (Brussels), where she graduated in June 2016. During the fall of 2014, she performed Spanish Dance with the Trisha Brown Dance Company in Leuven. She worked again under the direction of Diane Madden and Carolyn Lucas as an intern for the last repertory performances of the Trisha Brown company in BAM in January 2016. She was part of a group of P.A.R.T.S students who collaborated on the creation Dawn with the choreographer Mårten Spångberg, which premiered at Impulstanz (Vienna) in July 2016. She joined Rosas in 2016 for the revival of Rain.

  • Lav Crnčević

    Lav Crnčević (Serbia, 1996) started his artistic carrier at the  primary music school for classical guitar and has a background of sport dancing as a child, competing for representation of Serbia.. He graduated from the Lujo Davičo-ballet highschool in Belgrad,after which he joined P.A.R.T.S.in 2013. At P.A.R.T.S. Lav worked with many choreographers and pedagogs like David Zambrano, David Hernandez, Salva Sanchis, Marta Coronado, Libby Farr and many others, as part of the training program.In the third year of his education at P.A.R.T.S. the school organised an exchange program which gave him the chance to spend two months in Senegal working with African students and choreographers in the Ecole des sables. After his graduation in 2016 Lav joined Rosas for the exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid at the Tate Modern (London) and for the revival of Rain.

  • Léa Dubois

    Léa Dubois (Belgium, 1990) finished her studies at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Belgium in 2009. Between 2009 and 2010 she works as a stagiaire in the company Dansgroep Amsterdam under the lead of Itzik Galili and Krisztina De Châtel. She continues to work there as a regular dancer between 2010 and 2011. Between 2011 and 2014 she danced for the company of Nanine Linning in Osnabrück and Heidelberg, Germany. In 2015 she joined Ultima Vez, Wim Vandekeybus for the revival of What the body does not remember.  She started to dance at Rosas In 2016 for the revival of Rain.

  • Luka Švajda

    Luka Švajda (Croatia, 1995) started dancing in dance studio „Ilijana Lončar“ in Požega at the age of 9. He studied dance in Zagreb and at the academy of Dance (SEAD) in Salzburg.His first professional experience was followed in the piece Kids in a play by Anton Lackhy in 2012. In 2013 he worked with renowned dance artist and teacher Martin Sonderkamp on the choreography called Re-wired Choreographies for the Preconscious body. He also had the opportunity to work with Zagreb Dance Company and choreografer Bo Madvig during the festival of contemporary dance and non-verbal theater in Svetvinčenat. He performed Love Will Tear Us Apart, a solo made by Peter Hrašćanec and Sasa Božić at Danscentrumjette (Brussels), at Les Subsistances (Lyon) as part of an international project called Spider Expand and in Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), as part of the Hors-series No 6.He was part of Bodhis project piece Fragile matter made by Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis. He joined Rosas for revival of Rain in 2016 .

  • Marie Goudot

    Marie Goudot studied dance in the Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne. She joined the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 1998 and left in 2000 to pursue a freelance career. She was introduced to contemporary and contact dance over a period of several years while working with Russell Maliphant in London and later with the Alias Company in Geneva. In 2005 she joined with Michaël Pomero and Julien Monty to found the Loge 22 collective, a space for choreographic research and collective creations. Loge 22 has already created a dozen or so dance productions, films and choreographies included. Loge 22 is a cofounder of Europe’s Spider Festival, with events in Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, France and Belgium. In 2010, Marie Goudot joined Rosas for Cesena and Vortex Temporum, as well as taking part in Work/Travail/Arbeid and Così fan tutte.

  • Mark Lorimer

    Mark Lorimer (United Kingdom, 1969) is trained at LCDS (London) and has since worked with, among others, the Featherstonehaughs/ Lea Anderson, Cie. Michèle Anne De Mey, Bock and Vincenzi, Mia Lawrence, Deborah Hay and Jonathan Burrows. From 1997, as a founding member of ZOO/Thomas Hauert, he participated in six group projects and choreographed Nylon Solution as part of “5”.

    With Rosas, Lorimer has worked as both dancer and rehearsal director for several creations and reprises, as well as free-lancing in both roles since 1994 - Amor Constante Mas Alla De La Muerte, Kinok , Verlärte Nacht, Woud, Mikrokosmos (reprise), Un Moto Di Gioia - Mozart Concert Arias (reprise), In Real Time, Rain, Drumming (reprise), Repertory Evening (20th Anniversary), D'Un Soir Un Jour, Bartok-Beethoven-Schönberg Soirée Répertoire, Steve Reich Evening , Zeitung, The Song, En Atendant and Vortex Temporum. Teaching credits include ImpulsTanz Vienna, P.A.R.T.S., Laban Centre in London, and Movement Research/International Dance Dialogues in New York. In 2011, together with Cynthia Loemij, Mark created a duet To Intimate with live music from cellist Thomas Luks. In 2012 he collaborated on another duet with Alix Eynaudi - Monique and last year Cynthia and Mark continued their work together working with graphic designer Clinton Stringer, Dancesmith - Camel, Weasel, Whale. Mark has worked with Boris Charmatz for the creation of Manger.

  • Michaël Pomero

    Michaël Pomero was born in Corsica in 1980. He discovered dance at the Junior Ballet Company of Béziers and continued his studies at the Rudra Béjart Workshop School in Lausanne. He commenced his professional career in 1999 at the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. In 2001, he joined the Lyon Opera Ballet where he performed work by John Jasperse, Angelin Preljocaj, Dominique Boivin, Russell Maliphant, and others. 2003 saw the beginning of his freelance career and a move to London, where he participated in two creations by Russell Maliphant, as well as working on different projects in the UK and Switzerland. In 2005, he co-founded the Loge 22 collective in Lyon. Since then, Michael has danced in productions by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker : Bartók / Beethoven / Schönberg - Repertory Evening, The Song, Cesena, Vortex Temporum, Work/Travail/Arbeid and Così fan tutte.  At the same time he stayed involved in the projects made by Loge 22, among which the most recent: Sur Face, ...comme étant de l'émiettement and Konkretheit. He’s also active within SPIDER , an international creative cooperation that organises artistic gatherings.

  • Nordine Benchorf

    Nordine Benchorf (°1963) has  been dancing professionally for more than 25 years. A Frenchman, he trained at Marie Do Haas’s Studio de danse contemporaine and in the Centre national de danse contemporaine d’Angers. He has danced in the productions of renowned dance companies such as Rosas, Needcompany en Ultima Vez and has also been involved in the video projects  of among others Peter Greenaway, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Wim Vandekeybus. Benchorf moreover has extensive experience as a teacher of modern dance with Ultima Vez, Rosas, Needcompany and the Institut del Teatra in Barcelona, het Centre de Développement Chorégraphique in Toulouse and the Hogeschool voor Dans in Antwerpen and others.

  • Robin Haghi

    Robin Haghi (Sweden 1993) started his professional education at the dance department oft he Stockholms Estetiska Gymnasium (STEG). Simultaneously with his studies he was dancing and choreographing for Swedish television. In 2012 Robin moved to Salzburg (Austria), to study at SEAD and continued his training at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) the year after, where he graduated in 2016. In 2015 Robin performed in T-Dance by Vera Tussing at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and in Bern. Robin joined Rosas in 2016 for the revival of Rain and has also performed in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid at Tate Modern (London) the same year.

  • Samantha van Wissen

    Samantha van Wissen was born in 1970 in Roermond in the Netherlands. After training at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, she danced for Rosas under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. She participated in many creations such as ERTS, Mozart/Concert Arias - Un moto di gioa (1996), Amor Constante mas alla de la muerte (1994), Verklärte Nacht (1995) Woud (1996), Work/Travail/Arbeid (2015) and Così fan tutte (2017). She also danced in the performances and films of Achterland (1994) and Rosas danst Rosas (1997) as well as in the revival of Mikrokosmos, Achterland, Rosas danst Rosas, Rain and Drumming. Since 1997, she is a member of ZOO/THOMAS HAUERT. She played in the children’s piece Drie Zusters and Droesem directed by Inne Goris (Seven). She gives workshops at P.A.R.T.S and other training programmes.

  • Soa Ratsifandrihana

    Soa Ratsifandrihana (France, 1994) studied at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris. She pursued further training in the Junior Ballet with which she danced works of Nathalie Pubellier and Cristiana Morganti. After finishing her studies in 2014, she travelled to Japan to perform Le Baiser from the repertoire of Thomas Lebrun. She met the stage director Caleb Hammond in New York for whom she danced Helen, at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn. In the same year, Soa joined the Compagnie du Hanneton directed by James Thierrée. She participated in the creation of Tabac Rouge which received the Molière 2014 for best visual creation. An international tour follows with stops at the Sydney Festival in Australia, the Chekhov Festival in Russia (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Yekaterinburg) and the BAM Newt Wave Festival in New York, US. In 2015, she collaborated with Salia Sanou in his creation called Du Désir d’Horizons, a piece inspired by dance workshops conducted in African refugee camps. The première took place in Théâtre de Chaillot in Paris. In 2016, she started working with Rosas for the revival of Rain.

  • Tale Dolven

    Tale Dolven was born in 1981 in Stavanger, Norway. She studied at KHIO in Oslo and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. In Norway she danced Asking for...?, a solo made for her by Norwegian choreographer Soelvi Edvardsen. After her studies she danced in Charlotte Vanden Eynde’s Beginnings. Endings., and choreographed and performed her own piece Gone. Before joining Rosas for D'un soir un jour, she took over one of the roles in Raga for the Rainy Season. Tale has danced in Bartok / Beethoven / Schoenberg - Repertory Evening, Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich, Steve Reich Evening, Zeitung, and all of the Early Works, including Rosas danst Rosas and Elena’s Aria. While freelancing for Rosas in recent years, she has worked with Frank Vercruyssen/TG STAN in Nusch and The Tangible and has danced with Benjamin Vandewalle, Doris Uhlich, and Kris Verdonck. She is currently establishing a collaboration with actor Gabel Eiben.

  • Thomas Vantuycom

    Thomas Vantuycom (Brussel, 1989) started dancing as an adolescent in several pieces of youth theatre fABULEUS, based in Leuven. Not only did these experiences provide a first encounter with contemporary dance, they also developed a taste for dance on stage. That’s why, after getting his bachelor’s degree in Business Engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven in 2010, he decided to change course and to pursue a career in the performing arts. He was admitted into P.A.R.T.S., where he graduated in 2014. Since then, he performed in the theatre piece Wij/Zij from youth theatre BRONKS. He also appeared in Orfeo ed Euridice by The Ministry of Operatic Affairs. Thomas joined Rosas in 2014 for the exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid and has since then performed in Vortex Temporum, Verklärte Nacht and Rain.

  • Yuika Hashimoto

    Yuika Hashimoto (Japan,1991) has been dancing since she was 3 years old, taking  lessons from Yoshie Nagai. She continued her dance education in Tokyo, where she graduated from the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education in March 2014. While she was a student in Tokyo she also took lessons from Yukari Ota. She graduated from P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) in June 2016. She has worked with the company Field Works as an intern with whom she performed carry on at RUCKA in Latvia and PACT Zollverein in Germany. She worked with Yumi Osanai, with whom she performed the creation Hidden Sense. She has been collaborating with the Scarbo saxophone quartet (Belgium) for the project PAGINE since 2015. Yuika joined Rosas in 2016 for the revival of Rain.

  • Zoi Efstathiou

    Zoi Efstathiou (Greece,1989) studied and graduated from a Private Professional Dance School in Athens as a full scholarship recipient for three years studies. And continued her education at the Royal Academy of Dance (London), where she obtained the highest Diploma in Classical Dance. Between 2010 and 2015 she collaborated with Dominique Duszynski in her pieces Sous Les Ponts, Sotto Voces, Walkabout, and the duet Riff presented in France, Belgium and Brazil. From 2013 to 2015 she danced in Michèle Noiret’s Hors-Champ. She created and performed her personal work Mr Gingerbread Man, 9 NiNe and Chapter I in Belgium, Greece and Austria. Since 2010 she taught  Classical and Contemporary Dance in several dance schools and studios worldwide. She joined Rosas in 2016 for the revival of Rain.