One comes from Visual Art, went through Theater before training later in Contemporary Dance, at P.A.R.T.S., the school founded in Brussels by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Performer, Jonathan Pranlas-Descours has been working with Roméo Castellucci, Sasha Waltz, Mathilde Monnier, among others.
The other, more attached to the body, made his classes earlier in the conservatory of La Rochelle. Christophe Béranger joined the Ballet de Lorraine in 1992 where he was an interpreter, choreographer and artistic assistant. In 2003, he received the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for his contribution to the CCN and his commitment to cultural action.
These different artistic paths, rich in experiences in their diversity, form the basis of the complementary work carried out by the two artists. And together they decided, in 2012 to found their company SINE QUA NON ART, and to established it in La Rochelle. Their pieces have different processes and universes every time.They find themselves under a common sense of artistic collaborations that invest as much the field of Performance, Visual Arts and Live Music.
In 2013 they are awarded the TANZResearch NRW # 13 in Cologne which allows them to create their famous creation ‘’Exuvie » in 150 kg of wax.
In 2014 they win the 1st Prize of the competition (Re)connaissance with their work » Des ailleurs sans lieux ». At the same time, they created for major repertory companies, in France for the Metz Opera Ballet, and abroad, as recently for the National Ballet of Kosovo in December 2016, « Recomposed » for 24 dancers . In May 2018 they will create « Rite of Spring » for the national contemporary dance company Danza Contemporeana from Cuba in Havana. Their creations have been presented in Lebanon, Brazil, Macao, Luxembourg, Germany, Cuba, Singapore, Kosovo ….
Givers of experience, Christophe Béranger and Jonathan Pranlas-Descours are deeply involved in sharing with the audience. Creating special times for experiencing sensations, feeling emotions, sometimes being shaken, surprised and curious about the unexpected, the living being, are all preoccupations that activate their approach.
Seeking to forge links where the human canvas has been torned or distended, they work in the gaps, as opposed to the relational gaps created by the use of new technologies and the effects produced by reality television. It is also why they prefer experimentation and sensations. « To be with » to experience, such could be their motto.
The project P.A.N (Permanence Artistique Nomade) proposes to bring together these times of artistic practice on the territory of the Rochelle for a choreographic crossing open to all.
Graduated From the conservatory of La Rochelle, Christophe Béranger entered at the National Ballet de Lorraine in 1992.
Appointed as a soloist, he got invited to took part in creations meeting about 60 choreographers along his career, such as Lia Rodrigues, Michèle Noiret, Karole Armitage, Russell Maliphant, Odile Duboc among others …
In 2000, he signed his first pieces, and began choreo- graphing for Ballet Young Europe, and inscribe his pieces in the repertoire as guest choreographer for other structures such as Opera, Ballet, Conservatories …
Christophe Béranger received in 2003 the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for his achievement in the art fields and the quality of his outreach activities in France.
Following his career as a teacher and choreographer, in 2005 Didier Deschamps entrusts him the artistic direction and educational of the dance school of CCN – Ballet de Lorraine.
Appointed in 2010 as assistant artistic by Petter Jacobsson, and then artistic coordinator, he ensures until 2013 the artistic and technical coordination of the CCN, and assisting choreographers such as Faustin Linyekula, Maria La Ribot, Mathilde Monnier in their creations.
Graduated in Fine Arts and Art History, and then in Theater at the University of Marseille, Jonathan Pranlas-Descours started his dance training in Paris and by working in several independent projects. He worked in severals independant contemporary dance compagnies in Europe such as Mateja Bucar (Sl), Kostas Rigos (Gr), Sebastian Prantl (Aut) et Rebecca Murgi (It) and then entered at P.A.R.T.S,(directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker) from 2006 until 2010.
During this period he worked for specific projects such as : « Inferno » from Romeo Castellucci, Avignon Festival (2008), « Dialogue 09 » from Sasha Waltz, Neues Museum Berlin (2009), « Anyway no way of knowing » from John Jasperse, Opera of la Monnaie, Brussels ( 2010).
In 2011, he worked with the company, SOIT, lead by Hans Van Den Broek, based in Brussels and Alexandra Waeirstall based in Dusseldorf. From 2011 until 2014, he worked at the National Choreographical Center of Montpellier (CCN) and internationally toured several works of Mathilde Monnier, such as «Pudique Acide / Extasis / Twin Paradox / Soapéra».
Since 2009, he teaches regular dance training, in Paris (Ménagerie de Verre) and other locations in Conservatory as a guest teacher , and pass on repertory of CCN Montpellier, especially at CCN Ballet-de-Lorraine and at the University of Paris 8 (Master 1 and 2).
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Choreographers – Dancers: Christophe Béranger, Jonathan Pranlas-Descours
Administrator: Denis Forgeron
Dancers: I-Fang Lin, Virginie Garcia, Jorge Moré Caldéron, Francesca Ziviani
Musicians – Composers: Yohan Landry, Damien Skoracki, Pascale Berthomier
Lights designer / Lights manager: Olivier Bauer
Stage manager / Set constructor: Gregory Fradin
Costume designer: Pauline Kieffer
Techniciens: Franck Ingrand, Jacques Grislin
Photographers / Video maker: Chloë Champion, João Garcia
Web Designer: Antichambre – João Garcia, Pascal Sémur
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SINE QUA NON ART company is supported by the city of La Rochelle, founded by the Région Nouvelle Aquitaine supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication / DRAC Nouvelle Aquitaine.
SINE QUA NON ART company received the support of Institut Français for its international projects.
SINE QUA NON ART company has received the support Fondation BNP-Paribas for its previous works.
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Photographies: Chloë Champion, João Garcia, Joerg Letz, Mathieu Rousseau, Klaus Dilger, Studio Pichet, André Nitschke, Christèle Marie, Laurent Philippe, Julie Freichel.
Traduction: Simon Ouedraogo