Choreography: Koen De Preter
Interpreters: Alphea Pouget and Koen De Preter
Dramaturgy: Annette van Zwoll
Lights and scenery: Klaar Vermeulen
Soundtrack: Koen De Preter and Tom Herteweg
Costumes: Elisabeth Kinn Svensson
Executive producers: Koen De Preter and Klein Verzet
Co-produced by Kunstencentrum Vooruit Ghent, C – Mine Cultuurcentrum Genk e TAKT Neerpelt
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Journey is the (im)possible meeting, both on stage and through dance, of two generations who are seemingly far apart: that of Koen De Preter, 33, Belgian choreographer and dancer, and that of Alphea Pouget, 89, dancer and educator of Swedish origins. Over half a century of history (both personal and collective) separates the members of this extremely original duo, their minds and their bodies. Yet, – with the aid of a soundtrack which also mixes genres and centuries – with each scene they widen their boundaries by challenging their limits, until they are united through their common love of dance. Touching, light, funny, moving, Journey reflects on age, on the force and reistance of the body, the attempt to go beyound the gap separating the young and the elderly. On the stage we see all De Preter’s energy – which is often wild – confront the Pouget’s fragility and slowness – which is full of grace: But this apparent contradiction is resolved when the two of them, for the first time, dance together and in unison: thereby cancelling all difference, all distance.
Journey was born from De Preter’s desire to overcome the taboo of old age, so poorly represented on stage and in the context of a society which is obsessed by the myth of youth. In 2010 he met Alphea Pouget in Provence, and understood that he had finally found the right person to complete his pièce.
As a dancer Koen De Preter has worked with many international companies and choreographers, among whom Raimund Hoghe (Brussels/Bruges), Sasha Waltz & Guests (Berlin), Fanny & Alexander (Ravenna), T.R.A.S.H. (Tilburg), Keren Levi (Groningen) and United-C (Eindhoven). Among his works Sometimes it’s there (2010) with Ulrika Kinn Svensson and While things can change (2011) with Maria Ibarretxe.
Alphea Pouget studied classical dance with Léo Staats at the Opéra di Parigi and modern dance in Stockholm with Birgit Akeson. She has taught dance in Paris, Brema, Cannes, Marseilles, Berlin and Hamburg.