In this interview-column you will get to know tomorrow’s best musicians, dancers and circusartists. This month: Louis Thuriot (19), student Dance. You won the 2nd price on the 20th edition of the Internationale Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival Stuttgart for the choreography Balance. What story are you saying with this solo? "My solo is about emotions, displaying desirable behaviour, functioning in today’s society. I have this feeling that one is always expected to be high-spirited and happy in this world. With my solo I try to explore what happens when you let go of these expectations. My facial expressions play an important part: sometimes I smile in an exaggerated fashion and then very abruptly that smile disappears. I also kiss the floor and it’s amusing to see how people in the audience are a little embarrassed by that, and start laughing. On stage I am not afraid to do this. I am not myself, but a dance character. On stage I have much more nerve and expression than I have in daily life." How do you create a choreography? "I often get inspiration while riding my bicycle, doing the dishes or when I’m in the shower. At moments when I feel no pressure. I often work out the basic idea in my rather small room. And as my work contains many pirouettes and spirals, that poses quite a challenge, ha ha. Later, I work out all the details in one of the larger dance studios at Codarts. The solo that won me this prize lasts ten minutes. Part of it already existed as I made it for an examination last year." In addition to the Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival, you also won a prize at the solo competition in Brussels. What is your next goal? "My great dream is to dance with the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). I think it would be …
In may 2016 Claude Vendette, casting director of Cirque du Soleil, visited Codarts.
In this interview-column you will get to know tomorrow’s best musicians, dancers and circusartists. This month: Amanda Payne (20), student Music Theatre.
"With Lip Stick, Maria Martpay and I translate percussion into a visual thing, something that is also nice to watch."
"You really have to reach out to the audience and invite them to travel with you through the story."
Club Gewalt is a succesful Music Theatre collective consisting of eight Codarts-alumni. "Many people from outside the school advised against starting a collective, saying we had no idea what we were getting into. The more everyone kept telling us, the hungrier we got."