Damien Jalet is a French and Belgian freelance choreographer and performer.
Since 2000 he’s been working as the closest and most regular collaborator of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, within Les ballets C. de la B., Toneelhuis and Eastman vzw (he danced in Rien de Rien, Foi, Tempus Fugit, Myth and TeZukA).
In 2002, Jalet and Cherkaoui created d’avant, produced by Sasha Waltz and guests, and co-signed Babel (words) in 2011. in Mai 2013 he creates in collaboration with Cherkaoui and legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic, a new version of Ravel's Bolero for the Paris Opera Ballet, the costumes were designed by Givenchy's artistic director Riccardo Tisci and the 11 dancer's cast included étoiles Aurélie Dupont, Marie Agnès Gillot and Jérémie Bélingard.
Damien Jalet has also worked with renowned choreographers Wim Vandekeybus (The day of heaven and hell), Akram Khan (for whom he devised a solo segment in DESH) and Erna Ómarsdóttir (Black Marrow, created for Chunky Move). In 2008, Jalet premiered Three Spells with dancer Alexandra Gilbert and composer Christian Fennesz at the Tokyo International Arts Festival. In February 2013 he directed an important choreographic installation named "les médusés" in some of the greatest rooms of Louvre museum in Paris with the participation of more than 30 artists from different disciplines. In 2014, he created Inked, a solo performance for dancer and choreographer Aakash Odedra.
Jalet has developed a number of collaborations with acclaimed artists in other disciplines : visual artists Antony Gormley and Jim Hodges, theatre director Arthur Nauzyciel, as well as the musicians Lady and Bird (for the opera Red Waters), Florence + The Machine and Editors. He also regularly works with photograph Nick Knight, fashion designers Bernhard Willhelm and Hussein Chalayan, philosoph Giorgio Agemben and musician Stefano Scodanibio.
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