Jérôme Meyer en Isabelle Chaffaud

The best way to describe the choreographic duo MEYER-CHAFFAUD is passionate, engaged and infectiously enthusiastic about dance. The dance style of MEYER-CHAFFAUD is raw and poetic, very musical and always personal. In their productions they choose concepts through which they can instigate a dialogue with their audience by discussing current themes, making use of innovative methods and by attracting new audiences.

In an artistic career that spans more than 20 years, they have developed themselves from excellent dancers for leading companies such as  Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Batsheva Dance Company, to choreographers whose work can be seen in theaters of all sizes. Their productions toured nationally and internationally with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Introdans, Dance Works Rotterdam/André Gingras, the Ballet of Genève, Ballet Junior Genève, Art printing House Vilnius, Kannon Dance St. Petersburg and Korzo producties.

The curious, multimedia nature of their work also lent itself to various international art festivals such as Todaysart, E-Pulse festival, and Le Temps danse Festival  (Biarritz and Bourges, France). They also presented location projects such as Kamerdans for the CaDance festival, Philadelphia Life Arts (United States) and Voorkamerfest festival in Capetown (South Africa). In 2015, Good [Old] Times: My Tasteful Life was shown in sold out performances at the Holland Dance Festival. This was a production regarding and starring amateur dancers between the ages of 59 and 80.

Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud are co-founders of CLOUD/Danslab in The Hague, a platform for research, knowledge and dialogue in the field of dance and performance art. In addition to their choreographic work, MEYER-CHAFFAUD regularly take up the positions of dance instructor and coach for the Royal Conservatory and Codarts University for the Arts, among others.

From 2017, MEYER-CHAFFAUD receives a multiannual subsidy from the Municipality of The Hague.  

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photo: Marcel Veldman

MEYER-CHAFFAUD is currently working on their new production in their SOUL-series, in which they search for the true nature of humanity. During Holland Dance Festival you will see a preview of SOUL #2 Performers. The  production will premiere in Korzo on April 18 2018. The choreographers duo Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud dedicated in 2017 SOUL #1 Audience to the audience. This did not go unnoticed. The production had a successful premiere during CaDance where the ‘fourth wall’ — the barrier between dance stage and the audience — disappeared.

Sometimes choreographers will offer a unique peek into their head during the creative process by opening the doors of the studio to curious visitors. But this time Meyer Chaffaud go beyond that. In their CaDance production Soul #1 Audience they put the audience center stage. Yes you! Twelve dancers and a performer will take you along in a playful conversation about philosophical and social themes in which the role and the expectation of the audience are central issues. You can be a part of this creative process. Join the specially organized hubs and sign up via the reservation button in the right column.

SOUL #1 Audience is the first in a series of four SOUL performances, in which Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud will go in search of the true essence of humanity.

The first part revolves around you, the spectator. The production is not just made for the audience, but takes the soul of the audience as its subject. Contemporary dance seamlessly alternates with comedy and text fragments from Voltaire. The performers welcome you into a playful debate on philosophical notions and social themes, and radically shatter the barriers between you.

In their tetralogy, MEYER-CHAFFAUD will research different ways of communicating with the audience, entering into a dialogue and giving depth to the conversation. As part of this quest, they organized a series of ‘Creative HUB Exchanges’ to build up to the premiere of SOUL #1 Audience. In these exchanges they continuously asked individual participants what they expect and desire as part of an audience. The answers were as diverse as the participants. The choreographers considered this to be another testament to the beauty of theatre and dance; the audience finds in a performance what he/she –maybe subconsciously- is looking for.

It is now clear to the duo that the current spectator is ready for new challenges. Ready to be drawn into artistic creations in new ways. It is with this thought that they continue their work with the audience today and in the coming years.

The buzz that The Hague is dancing is not new. Throughout the year, The Hague is a breeding ground for fresh dance talent, the melting pot for local and international dance professionals, and the place to be for important premières. With the dance event Here We Live and Now, Korzo and Nederlands Dans Theater celebrate the wealth of choreographic talent in this city.

For the 2013 edition, Jasper van Luijk, Spenser Theberge, Meyer & Chaffaud, and Karyn Benquet have been invited to make a short piece and present it as part of a full-length program.

Pay What You Want, 21 November (try-out).
Decide for yourself what to pay for a performance afterwards. We recommend that you reserve tickets due to great interest in the performance. Make your reservation via de PWYW button on the right or by phone 070-3637540.

For years, the Netherlands has been at the forefront internationally when it comes to the  infrastructure of dance. But since the recent deep budget cuts in the arts, this position has come under threat. That what has been so carefully built up in the course of many years is now at risk.

Far away from the Netherlands, in Lithuania, a battle is also being fought for the existence of dance. The difference here is that modern dance in Lithuania had to develop from nothing after 1989. A few pioneers have accepted the challenge to try to interest a large potential audience for this ‘new’ art form. And they do so with great of success.
Korzo started an interesting collaboration with three Lithuanian partners: dance center Arts Printing House in Vilnius and dance companies Aura Dance Company in Kaunas and Fish Eye in Klaipėda. The three choreographers from The Hague, Amos Ben-Tal and Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud have worked in Lithuania. Lithuanian choreographers Loreta Juodkaité and Ruta Butkus have worked at Korzo. The aim is to inspire and challenge each other in making new artistic creations that break with the conventions of the home audience. In Crossing Lithuania they present four new groundbreaking pieces that literally cross borders.  

Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud
3 W(o)men
There once was a mighty king who reigned over a kingdom where the sun never set; his name was Mighty Rooster. When he died all his feathers were removed and spread all over his kingdom.
In the Arts Printing House in Vilnius Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud created a piece for three Lithuanian dancers. Inspired by their various personalities, a work started to take shape, which highlights the masculine and feminine aspects of these three performers. Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud have been working as choreographers with great success since 2002. They work regularly as guest choreographers with companies such as Introdans, Dance Works Rotterdam, and the Ballet du Grand Theâtre de Genève.

Amos Ben-Tal

Kill the Victor
64 square-meters, a box in a box, 2 females, 1 male, glistening skin, shiny metal, a pulse, a voice, a word. Now what?
Amos Ben-Tal created the piece Kill the Victor as a commission for the Aura Dance Company. After his dancing career with the Nederlands Dans Theater, Amos Ben-Tal made a number of successful productions with Korzo. From an early age Ben-Tal has been involved in music. He makes use of this in his work, as composer, producer, and as singer/guitarist with his alternative rock band Noblesse.

Ruta Butkus
Lost Eyes
The Lithuanian choreographer and actress Ruta Butkus and dramaturge Ingrida Gerbutavičiute worked together during their stay in The Hague with Croatian dancer Irena Misirlić and Konrad Szymański from Poland. The dance performance Lost Eyes is about the inner wanderings of a human being. She gives an ironic view of our daily lives in a manner that is stimulating. Here, man nestles in his own little world, full of standards of honesty, duty, and kindness, though ever further removed from his own Nature (lust, life)...

Loreta Juodkaité
Mirage
Loreta Juodkaité is probably the most well-known choreographer in Lithuania. She is one of few in Lithuania who has made the leap to the international dance scene. Juodkaité presents her own work abroad and is also a high-profile dancer with French choreographer Rachid Ouramdane. For Crossing Lithuania, she worked together with Japanese choreographer and dancer Kenzo Kusuda. The difference between these two breathtaking performers could hardly be greater. Juodkaité is strong, fierce, and has an explosive energy; Kusuda, is a master of subtle dance poetry. Together they tell a story of the gifts of life, which are there only for those who open their eyes to see.

Pay What You Want on Wednesday 26 of September
Decide for yourself what to pay for a performance afterwards. We recommend that you reserve tickets due to great interest in the performance. Make your reservation by phone 070-3637540 or e-mail info@korzo.nl.

Imagine is a multimedia triptych by the choreographers’ duo from The Hague, Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud. Fascinated by choreography and video mapping by the artist Marcus Graf, their research since 2009 has been entirely focused on the relation between these two media. Imagine examines the powerful influence between technology and man in the world of dance performances. A dancer and a virtual video creation mingle together. Are they playing or controlling each other? Who is influencing who? With this intriguing cross-over, Meyer, Chaffaud and Graf present an ode to the power of imagination.

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The starting point of this research is the fascination for the dancer Isabelle Chaffaud and the wish to continue the collaboration with Marcus Graf started with Short Circuit, a solo/duet with new media made for Holland Dance Festival, produced by Korzo Producties and MC Dance.

The concept of being committed, engaged in a physical body with a warrior attitude is developed in the work with its counterpoint, the acceptation of the manifested condition with the act of surrender and let go the fear of the concept of loss, might it be material or immaterial. This mini journey is punctuated by re-birth, which underline the concept of the phoenix. The piece is developed around these ideas.

The video in Isalien (a short cut of Isabelle and alien) brings into life the décor. The subtle but strong lightning and video projection made by Marcus Graf brings an extra dimension, abstract and narrative

A beautifully danced duet, accompanied by live music, performed in living rooms in The Hague during The CaDance festival 2006. The choreographer’s duo from The Hague, Jerome Meyer en Isabelle Chaffaud, made it happen with a series of living room-size duets, performed by students of the Rotterdam Dance Academy (Codarts).

Peaceful in nature and beautiful in its simplicity… for a while a number of living rooms in The Hague were seen in a completely different light. Kamerdans was an unforgettable living room experience, and is touring abroad, including the United States.

Korzo proudly presents the premiere of the new choreography Diable au Corps by Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud. The title Diable au Corps refers to the restless body and the turbulent spirit that are always poised to come into action and never willing to settle for things as they are. Diable au Corps represents the hunger for life and the search for identity.

Identity is an almost unavoidable catchword these days. Identity is often used in public discussions to define a culture, city or a section of the population. In this discourse, identity often refers to the common denominator, the unifying characteristic, as a given fact that applies to an entire group.

Meyer & Chaffaud approach the concept of identity from a different perspective; they see identity as a personal, living entity that develops and changes through the influence of given situations or one’s surroundings. They draw inspiration from dadaism and surrealism and approach their theme with energy, humour, poetry and a touch of criticism here and there.

Again, Meyer & Chaffaud combine their passion for physical dance with their choreographic qualities and their fascination for the human body. They also, however, attempt to explore new directions in their new choreography. Together with an impressive cast, which possesses an enormous dance power, they invite new challenges, for instance in the use of text and the human voice.

The Swiss Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud from France shared a large part of their dance career with subsequent engagements with the Ballet du Grand theatre de Genève, de Batsheva Dance Company and the Nederlands Danstheater I. Two years ago, they made quite an impression with the Korzo production Corps à Corps that convincingly showed how personal and emotional dance can be in this day and age. Their originality and sheer delight in movement was already apparent in Meyer’s Compass for Fools from 2004, the piece that won dancer Chaffaud a nomination for the VSCD Swan prize. 

Click here to view a webclip of  Meyer en Chaffaud's last production Corps a Corps:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EshMUjIKgNc

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‘Two souls, one thought’ – the simplicity of this assumption stands in contrast to the complex and nuanced reality of a close relationship. In Corps à Corps, these nuances come to light through two people of flesh and blood, two concrete bodies who breathe and move in their own rhythms. We see two separated minds, locked up in their own concepts and visions. Together, these two individuals are searching for a shared language, a medium for their surrender as well as for the subtle and explosive dynamics between them.

Corps à Corps explores the similarities and differences in perceptions of the same situation. The first part shows two individuals in their own physical space, with their own distinctive thoughts and feelings, is a succession of solos. In the second, they present themselves side by side to the audience in search of a common language.

The duet Corps à Corps is literally tailor-made on Chaffaud and Meyer. Sharing plenty of situations in their professional as well as in their private life, they continually face the correspondences and differences of meaning which they ascribe to their daily experiences. The personal relevance of the piece in combination with the fascinating skill of the two dancers make Corps à Corps a convincing and deeply human dance duet.

Compass 4 Fools, a quartet by Jérôme Meyer, was premiered on 3 November 2004, during the CaDance festival of modern dance in The Hague, The Netherlands.

A group of clergymen are crowded together aboard a ship, drinking and partying like there is no tomorrow. They are not making much headway because the ship’s mast is a tree and its captain is a jester who steers the ship using a large wooden ladle.

At the end of the 15th century, Hieronymus Bosch poured scorn on the depraved behaviour of the clergy in his painting The Ship of Fools, which draws from the social satire of the same name by the 15th-century writer Sebastian Brant.

Jérôme Meyer based his work Compass 4 Fools on Bosch’s painting. He asks questions in particular about the paths that people are following in their lives. Where are they going and why? What role is played by the compass during physical travel from A to B and during the meandering journeys made in people’s minds?

For the CaDance Festival 2008 - the choreographers Jérôme Meyer en Isabelle Chaffaud - presented the first results of an interesting collaboration between the choreographers/ dancers and the opera singer Valerie Guillorit.

With their new creation, dancers/choreographers Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud and singer Valérie Guillorit accept the challenge of finding their way through the merging of the moving body and voice. They explore the musicality of body and voice; how these can mutually nourish one another, and give shape to their feelings and ideas subtly and with integrity.

Ten small abstract stories – like ten living postage stamps – form the spine of the performance. Voice and body engage in different dialogues with the feelings and thoughts of the audience. Energy and magic find a way in an intimate setting. Bending Talking Bodies and Singing Voice is a miniature, a breathless moment where the creativity of the singer, dancers and spectator fuse together.

 

CaDance in Valentine style! Choreographers Shintaro Oue, Jérôme Meyer en Isabelle Chaffaud invite all (former) singles to come and celebrate Valentine’s day with them. With a dinner, two performances and a Valentine’s Day ball, Korzo colours red on this loving and bubbling evening.

 program at Korzo theater 

18:00 – 19:00dinner
19:30 – 20:30Shintaro Oue – [IKI, SHI, TAI]
20:30 – 21:00drinks
21:00 – 22:00 Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud – Ce que la vie doit à l’imaginaire
22:00
valentines ball

 *This price is including dinner.

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