Warm Up Session x Echelle Humaine #2

Avec Steven Michel
For the second Warm Up Session produced in collaboration with the Échelle Humaine festival, dancer and choreographer Steven Michel is invited. Performer of Jan Martens’Sweat Baby Sweat, presented during the festival, Steven will share the physical challenges of an individual communing with a partner, giving birth to a pas de deux that navigates between resistance and tenderness.

Recommended to wear comfortable clothes to move in, open to all.

Warm Up Sessions : a training for the body and mind. From jumpstyle to ballet, from break dance to contemporary, practice then discuss the indispensable movements and gestures that anticipate a performance - the ultimate moment of sharing with an audience. Each Session will begin with a warm up led by the invited dancer or collective, and will be followed by a discussion on themes bridging body movements and social realities : the performativity of the human condition, circulations and physical disruptions in a decorporalized era. With the Warm Up Sessions, we aspire to associate bodily effort with mindful effervescence.

A series curated by Madeleine Planeix-Crocker.
Lafayette Anticipations
Sunday 22 Sep 2019
from 11:30 am to 01 pm

Mandatory reservation.

Jan Martens, Festival Echelle Humaine, Lafayette Anticipations
Jan Martens, Sweat Baby Sweat, 2011 © Klaartje Lambrechts


Steven Michel is a dancer and choreographer who was trained in mime studies and musical theatre. In 2006, Steven moved to Brussels to study at P.A.R.T.S., where he completed his training as a performer and choreographer in 2010. As a performer, he worked with choreographers, as well as theatre and film directors, such as David Zambrano, Falk Richter, Lukas Dhont, Daniel Linehan, Maud le Pladec and others. In the past eight years, he played in several productions by Jan Martens : SWEAT BABY SWEAT (2011), VICTOR (2013), THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER (2014), THE COMMON PEOPLE (2016) and RULE OF THREE ( 2017). He will also be in Jan's next creation, scheduled for the Spring of 2020.
In addition to his work as a performer in other people’s work, Steven develops his own choreographic practice. In 2009, he created the duet ± Even but Odd with Nicholas Aphane, which they performed in numerous theaters in Europe - same goes for his graduation solo, The Desert of Milestones (2010). He then collaborated with dancer and choreographer Marcus Baldemar on a research project called Model (2012), in which they used a cinematographic vocabulary to develop a performative and choreographic system. In 2014, Steven started a research trajectory based on the theme of "audio-vision" or the relationship between image and sound in a show, which gave rise to his solo THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS (2016), still touring to this day. This work highlights Steven’s particular interest in sound, rhythm, animation and image. The body is treated on an equal footing with light, scenography and music in order to create a synesthetic symphony on stage, stimulating the imagination and disrupting the perception of the audience. For this project, Steven Michel chose a resolutely interdisciplinary approach: he invited Hans Meijer to create the lighting design and the artistic duo Sarah & Charles to develop the scenography.

The interdisciplinary joint venture between performing arts and other artistic means of expressing oneself, is a constant element throughout the choreographic work and activities of Steven Michel as a performer. Affordable solution for better living, which premiered in 2018, is a collaboration with the French visual artist Théo Mercier. In the work, they examine standardised bodies and fixed structures in relation to the illusion of freedom as it is presented to us by structures driven by commercial gain. Steven and Théo have recently been awarded a Silver Lion (award for young promising artists) by the Venice Dance Biennial, for their work on Affordable solution for better living. In addition to this specific project, Steven is working on a series of "performance laboratories" open to artists of various disciplines. In this way, he hopes to develop new fields of knowledge and expertise and blur the boundaries between different forms of artistic expression as much as possible. As part of this approach, he will continue to analyse concepts such as fiction and science, the miniature and the monumental, harmony and chaos, auditory and visual, analog and digital.