Isabella Soupart
Performing Arts
Isabella soupart Biography

About Isabella Soupart

Isabella Soupart is a choreographer, dancer, director and filmaker of Polish-Ukrainian origin based in Brussels, Belgium. She is also an actress revealed to the general public in the film Le Fils by the Dardenne brothers.

She produces performances and visual works at the interface of several disciplines. She composes her pieces following a primarily sensory logic. Her work revolves around choreography as a means of navigation between different media such as sound, voice, image, space, light, movement and the visual arts. And if his work takes multiple forms, from live performance to film production, through performance, musical theater and opera, choreographic writing is at the center of his work.

Her productions are presented in many international theaters and festivals such as Kunstenfestivalsdesarts, Bruxelles (BE), Koninklijke Vlaams Schouwburg (KVS) (BE), Festival Ars Musica (BE), Avignon Festival IN (FR), Red Cat Theater, Los Angeles (US), Teatro Canovas, Malaga (ES), Teatro José Tamayo, Granada (ES), Teatre Lliure, Barcelona (ES), Festival Ìnternational de Carthage, Tunis (TU), Festival Sommerszene, Salzburg (AT), Burgtheater, Vienna (AT), Eaux-Vives, Genève (CH), Salzlager, Innsbruck (AT), Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (FR), Lieu Unique, Nantes (FR), Stoa, Helsinki (FI), Maison de la danse, Lyon (FR), Le Cuvier, Bordeaux (FR), Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris (FR), Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam (NL), Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris (FR), Centro Culturel de Bélem, Lisbonne (PT), Tanzhaus, Düsseldorf (DE), La Ferme du Buisson, Paris (FR), MRBAB Fine Arts Museum, Bruxelles (BE), MAD Musum, Brussels (BE), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), Charleroi danse (BE), Concertgebouw de Bruges (BE), 14th Biennial of contemporary art, Museo Nacional de Belas Artes, Havana (CUB)

She is regularly invited to present her work in museums, where she develops new dance formats associated with research on sound, space, light and architecture.

She collaborates with many artists including the visual artist Michel François, the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the English visual artist Jonathan Sullam, the American light designer Jim Clayburgh, the MP4 Quartet, the Flemish photographer Danny Willems, the French dancer an actress Johanna Willig Rosenstein, the Flemish composer Walter Hus, the pianist and conductor Guy Vandromme, the Swedish sound designer Silas Bieri…

Her current projects include representing Belgium with Stretch at the 14th Biennial of Contemporary Art in Havana (November 2021), returning to the stage as the lead actress in Enoch Arden at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva (January 2022), presenting Stretch Timemonochromes (February 2022) as part of Slow Festival (36h) at the Concertgebouw in Bruges, and presenting a new creation Silence as part of the Artonov Festival (October 2022).

• She is the winner of the 2019 SACD Choreography Prize awarded by SACD-SCAM Belgium for all of her work.
• Named Best Show at the Total Theater Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 with Steve Reich Project
• Named best dance performance at the 2019 Maeterlinck Critics Awards for Stretch in Museum
• Recognized by White & Case 2019 (New York), Talented Woman Artist of the Year
• Nominated in Dramatic and Choreographic Arts by The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative (New York 2007)

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With the support of

Profirst Wild Gallery (BE) - Hugues Bultot H&B Management (BE) - COBRA Films (BE) - Wallonie-Bruxelles International (BE) - Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre Danse (BE) - Direction des arts plastiques contemporains de la Fédération Wallonie -Bruxelles - SPFB-COCOF - The City of Brussels - Flemish Minister for Culture, Youth, Sport and Brussels (BE) - Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region (BE).


Guy Vandromme

Guy Vandromme (Belgium) is a pianist/conductor performer active within the fields of opera and music theatre, as a soloist, lied-accompanist and conductor. He has been a major driver behind festivals and institutions such as Brugge 2002, European Capital of Europe, de Singel (Antwerp), de Klankfabriek and Klankenstroom and more recently Talklng in Süd-Tirol. As artistic director of music production house One-Off, Vandromme’s main focus is to open the boundaries of music theatre, collaborating with contemporary artists, and exploring recordings of forgotten music. One of his first projects with the company was the recording of the work of Herman Van San (Belgian composer and colleague of Iannis Xenakis). He also presented What’s next, the only opera of Eliott Carter; organised the Belgian premiere of Stefan Wolpes opera Die Schöne Geschichte; commissioned one of the major works by Frederic D’Haene’s for gagaku ensemble. His work shed new light on forgotten music includes the first worldwide presentation of Fernand Leger’s 1924 Dadaist film accompanied by pianolas and live pianos playing George Antheil’s score, Ballet Mécanique. More recently he is working together very often with Raimund Hoghe, a collaboration that started with the impressive production Le Sacre and continuous today with a new work of Raimund based on La Valse of Maurice Ravel and will be working intensively with choreographer Isabella Soupart in the future on the concept of Timemonochromes and Stretch. Based on a long collaboration with the Wandelweiser composers such as Jürg Frey, Antoine Beuger, Carlo Inderhees, Eva-Maria Houben and many others he started editing CD’s at Wandelweiser Records with a new series of two released in 2018 on music of John Cage and Erik Satie and new monographic releases planned in 2020-21 with work of Carlo Inderhees, Michael Pisaro, Bruno Duplant and Stefan Quix.

Sara Tan • Dancer

Sara Tan, a native of Singapore, is a contemporary dancer living and working in Europe. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) in the United States of America, she went on to attend the contemporary dance school in Brussels- Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S). She then worked with the French company, Kubilai Khan Investigations for several years, and has also been in the works of Eszter Salamon, Thierry de Mey, Anne-Linn Akselen (Human Works), Isabella Soupart and t.r.a.n.s.i.t.c.a.p.e. She now continues to work with Michele Noiret and David Drouard on their future creations.

Michel François • Visual Artist

Michel François is a conceptual artist rooted in contemporary reality, producing sculptural, performance, video, photo- graphic, painting and installation work. From the early stages of his career, he displays his work in Europe, USA (New York, Los Angeles, San Antonio), Mexico, Brazil and Japan. Living and working in Brussels, his participation in two key contemporary art events (Dokumenta IX in Kassel, and the 48th Venice Biennale, where he represented his country next to Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens) gained him international recognition. His art also brought him to work on three shows with Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: The Song (2009), En Attendant (2010) and Partita 2 (2013).

Kurt D’Haeseleer • Video Artist

Kurt D'Haeseleer studies audiovisual arts at the Brussels Sint-Lukas Arts Institute before joining Filmfabriek in 1999, an artists' work group situated at Bierbeek in Belgium. Filmfabriek concentrates on artistic projects which include graphic design, video and theatre. Kurt D'Haeseleer's production takes the form of experimental video and video installations, such as File (2000), Lullaby (2003), Another Dress Code (2003), S*CKMYP (2004), Fossilisation (2005) and Pop Steroids (2005). He has also produced videos for several theatrical productions, for dance and operas by Guy Cassiers, Georges Aperghis, Ictus, de Parade, Isabella Soupart, Johanne Saunier…Since 2010, he is the creative director of WERKTANK (a factory for new and old media art) and is in charge of video design for Guy Cassiers and Daniel Barenboim's Ring de Wagner performed at the Scala of Milan, as well as at the Berlin Staatsoper. He has worked with Inne Goris and Dominique Pauwels on the creation of Hautes Herbes, performed at the Kunstfestivaldesarts in May 2012, premiering at the French Temps D'Images in 2012.

Jim Clayburgh • Light Designer

Jim Clayburgh is a founding member of the Wooster Group of New York, reputed to be “one of the most influential avant-garde theatrical organizations in the world” and his set design recently won an award for Best Design in the first Irish Theatre Festival in NYC. Jim has previously designed at the Salzburg Festival and  at the Monnaie in Brussels. His work is often cited in theatre textbooks, the New York Times, and literature surrounding avant-garde theatre, and he was the architect scenograph for La Maison de la Radio, Flagey in Brussels. In addition to his work with The Wooster Group, Jim Clayburgh has designed theater pieces at the Pepsico Festival, The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Creation Company, Mabou Mines and Second Stage including work directed by Richard Foreman, David Rabe, Des McAnuff, Wilford Leach, Matthew Maguire, Hal Hartley, Isabella Soupart, and Jeffrey M. Jones. He has designed lighting for dance pieces by Rosas (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker), Michele Anne de Mey, Pierre Droulers, Joji Inc, Wim Vandekeybus, Isabella Soupart, The Musical Ensemble, Ictus and Walpurgis all Belgian companies, and as well for the Ballet de Geneve (Suisse), EN-KNAP (Slovenia).

Jonathan Sullam • Visual Artist

British visual artist based in Brussels, Jonathan Sullam has developed a visual language making paradoxical use of objects that appear as oxymorons suspended in time and space. The pieces all present a state of ambiguity as to their status or function and reveal a precarious equilibrium capturing the tensions preceding a fall or an ascent. The artist is also co-founder of the Mobile Institute, a creative platform producing performances and installations in the public space. His videos and sculptures belong to the Wonderful Fund Collection alongside well-known figures from the Young British Artists group. Jonathan Sullam frequently partners with Belgian choreographer Isabella Soupart : Get A Grip (2013), Steve Reich Project (2014), After Words (2015), I Love My Family (2015), Stretch in Museums (2019).

Eléonore Valère-Lachky • Dancer

Eléonore Valère-Lachky has a degree in Philosophy, and graduated from P.A.R.T.S, where she worked with William Forsyth for "Humanwrite", "Clouds after Cranah" and Thomas Hauert for "Lobster Caravan". As an interpret she worked for Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus for « Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles", Charleroi Danses / Michèle Anne de Mey for "Synfonia Eroica", Kristian Smeds / KVS for "Mental Finland", Emanuel Gat for the creation of "Brilliant Corners", Ballets C of the B / Lisi Estaras for "Bolero", Needcompany / Jan Lauwers for "The deerhouse" and "The art of entertainement", Louise Vanneste for "Gone in a heartbeat", Isabella Soupart for "C'est ici que le jour se lève" / Sam Touzani, "Slow down" and "STRECH". As a choreographer, she creates solos that she interprets "Lands", "Army", and group pieces ("The darling scenes", "Bleu"), "Whirling" (Trafo Theater / (HU) for wich she was nominated as best author by the SABAM AWARDS in 2014, "FAM »The Staatheater de Mainz (DE)," Pledging foot "/ Liberdance (CR). She creates many pieces for young dancers in Hungary (BKTF / BCDA), Spain (Deltebre festival), and Austria (SEAD). This season she's touring her solo "Lands", creates "When you brush a form clean, it becomes truly what it is" for the ZSIGET (HU) Festival, and "The possible lightness of being" in SEAD (AU). In addition she leads a research project "Le Mouvement " supported by Contredanse and Charleroi Danse. Along with her artistic activities, she is a producer of Anton Lachky Company, supported for three years by the FWB.

Bérengère Bodin • Dancer

Bérengère Bodin graduated from the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers. She joined the choreographer Raimund Hoghe and worked with Joëlle Bouvier. In 2004 she joined the Nod Dance Cy and worked with Carolyn Carlson and Euan Burnet Smith, and in 2006 became a member of Kubilai Khan Investigation. In 2007, she joined the Belgian choreographer Isabella Soupart for K.O.D. (2007), Collision(s) (2010), Words Film (2012), After Words (2015). In 2009 she joined Robyn Orlin for her museum series with Babysitting Petit Louis at the Louvre, and Babysitting Tête de Cire at the Museum Fine Arts Lille. She joined Les Ballets C de la B with Alain Platel for several creations Primero (2010), C(h)leurs (2012), Tauberbach (2014), Nicht Schlafen (2016). And plays for the first time in the cinema in Un homme à la mer (2016) by Géraldine Doignon.

Thomas Turine • Sound Designer

Thomas Turine is a composer, musician and sound engineer. He was a member of the Major Deluxe rock group and practices electronic music. He composes scores for electro-acoustic instruments merging traditional melodic sound with contemporary sound. He is also a dedicated researcher of sound language and writings and collaborates with different choreographers, performers and film directors, starting up a series of productive partnerships with contemporary theatre and dance groups. He works with choreographer Pierre Droulers, in Inoui (2004), Flowers (2009), director Claude Schmitz, Melanie Daniels (2013), Darius, Stan et Gabriel contre le monde méchant (2015), the film Le Mail (2015); he works with Belgian choreographer Isabella Soupart on In The Wind Of Time (2005), K.O.D (2007), the film Words (2012), with the Mossoux-Bonté Company in Whispers (2015), with Philippe Eustachon, la Cie Anomalie, Kris Verdonck, Michèle Anne de Mey. He has composed musical scores and sound effects as well as produced the electronic acoustic devices for the broadcasting of around forty theatrical productions, all requiring equal rigour. Over the years, he has worked on merging contemporary music within the scenic space, going beyond pure music, inventing his own musical theatre where 'quantum' musical experimentation releases more than adequate images and visions of the world.