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Etienne Guilloteau FR

Etienne Guilloteau was born in 1976 in Poitiers, France. After a couple of years at the conservatory of Poitiers, he joined P.A.R.T.S. in 1998, and finished his studies in 2002 with the solo Love me two times, which toured internationally. He immediately started his collaboration with wp Zimmer in Antwerp, where he made the duets Skènè (2004), with Claire Croizé, and La Magnificenza (2006), performed with dancer Vincent Dunoyer and with Hans Meijer, who would become his regular light designer.

Etienne likes to question the interaction of the various elements that compose theatre performance and representation, trying to grasp the chemistry that transforms those elements into possible narration, meaning, evocation, remembrance. In 2008, Étienne created two “études”: Prima dell’atto, a piece for children on Debussy’s music presented during the Krokus festival in Hasselt, and DAAD, a solo on music by John Cage (“Experiences”) shown during “Hit the stage” at Monty (Antwerp) in 2009. During the 2010 Kunstenfestivaldesarts, he premiered Tres Scripturae, a piece for three dancers, a pianist (Alain Franco) and a light technician (Hans Meijer). In 2013 he created The Gyres , commissioned by the TDT (Toronto Dance Theater); his love duet Synopsis of a Battle (2013); and Feu (2015), a solo for the talented Argentinian dancer Cecilia Lisa Eliceche with live music by the electric guitar quartet ZWERM. In November 2015 he was invited by the DIALOGE festival in Salzburg to create Zeit-Bild, a piece for eight dancers from SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) on live music by the oenm (Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik). For the 2016 production 7 Dialogues by the German ensemble Dance On, Etienne developed a short solo for Ami Shulman. In 2016 he also created a performance with 9 young dancers of esc ungdomskompani, titled The Diamond Sea, which opens Oktoberdans in Bergen.

Between 2017 and 2021 Etienne was an research fellow at theNorwegian Theater Academy/Østfold University (Norway) and was granted a PhD in the Norwegian Artistic Research Program (NARP) with Borders in Representation-Where are we now? Two interconnected performances were created for this research, Retour Amont (2020) and Retour Amont: le rêve (2021) with a strong collaboration with the Belgium contemporary ensemble Ictus.

Together with Claire Croizé they created Mer- (2017) and Pole Reports from Space (2019). Guilloteau is also working as a dramaturge for Croizé’s personal creations for more than 20 years. Together with Nada Gambier they created the company Action Scénique in 2008 that became ECCE in 2017 to focus on their work.

Besides his choreographic work, Etienne danced for several people such as Vincent Dunoyer, Rosas, Charlotte Vanden Eynde and especially Marc Vanrunxt. He also designed the light for several performances such as Once Upon A Time in Petaouchnok by Nada Gambier and Dominos and Butterflies by Busy Rocks.