Chantal Yzermans is a Belgian choreographer and dancer creating performances in collaboration with visual artists, musicians and dancers and scientists. As a dancer she lived and worked in New York City from 2000 till 2006. There she studied daily for 5 years with Merce Cunningham and his company. In 2007, the Belgian visual artist and theaterartist Jan Fabre offered Chantal an artistic residency where she created the ensemble Radical Low, an open structure that facilitates the production of highly diverse projects and interdisciplinary collaborations.
Chantal's fascination for movement is rooted in the investigation of the human body: as the subject and the object in our society, with its historical, socio-political and cultural developments. Her latest creations all gravitate around nature versus technology, contemporary rituals and artistic appropriation. As a resident in la Cité des Arts Paris in 2014 she started the research project in collaboration with Dr. Joelle Adrien, neuro scientist of sleep and head of the research group at INSERM / Faculté de Médecine Pitié- Salpétrière-Paris. NOBOLERO (2016) was created out of this research, connecting dance with the scientific research on sleep and the origin of dreams, challenging the artistic movement, discharging the choreography from all its references, beyond the intellectual appropriation of a piece of art.
This year Chantal Yzermans/Radical Low is invited by curators Jan Fabre/Joanna De Vos to present a new video/performance in the exhibition The Raft .Art is (not) Lonely that runs from October 2017 till April 2018 at Mu.ZEE /Oostende (BE). A video performance will be presented on Saturday January 6th in De Grote Post Oostende. http://www.hetvlot-oostende.be/en
In May and June 2017 Chantal Yzermans was invited at La Briqueterie- Centre de Dévelopment Chorégraphique (FR) and Tanzhaus Zurich (S) where she collaborated with musician composer Hantrax and visual artist Edwin Deen. Their collaboration will culminate into a three act event that will be presented in non-traditional urban settings, unannounced and DYI spirit in 2018.
Past artistic collaborators : Kurt Ralske- Hrvatski -Michael Attias -Kota Yamazaki - Laetitia Bica - Ronald Stoops - Cedric Andrieux - Ashley Chen - Mikes Poppe -Nono Pessoa -Leon Vranken - Mina Nishimura - Silas Riener -Carlos Aires - Madmoizel -Dr. Joelle Adrien- Yves De Mey- Samyra Moumouh- Jean Paul Lespagnard
Past partners/venues : Vooruit Kunstencentrum Gent (BE), Teatro Danza Canal Madrid (ES), Movement Research NYC (USA), Buda Kunstencentrum (BE), Mimecentrum Berlin (D), Tanzhaus Zurich (S), Bains Connective Brussels (BE), La Briqueterie Centre de développement chorégraphique (FR), Monty Theater (BE), Columbia University NYC-Computer Music Center ( USA)
photo Aleksei Kazantsev for 'Thirty Three Degrees' 2018