Jérôme Meyer en Isabelle Chaffaud

The best way to describe the choreographic duo MEYER-CHAFFAUD is passionate, engaged and infectiously enthusiastic about dance. The dance style of MEYER-CHAFFAUD is raw and poetic, very musical and always personal. In their productions they choose concepts through which they can instigate a dialogue with their audience by discussing current themes, making use of innovative methods and by attracting new audiences.

In an artistic career that spans more than 20 years, they have developed themselves from excellent dancers for leading companies such as  Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Batsheva Dance Company, to choreographers whose work can be seen in theaters of all sizes. Their productions toured nationally and internationally with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Introdans, Dance Works Rotterdam/André Gingras, the Ballet of Genève, Ballet Junior Genève, Art printing House Vilnius, Kannon Dance St. Petersburg and Korzo producties.

The curious, multimedia nature of their work also lent itself to various international art festivals such as Todaysart, E-Pulse festival, and Le Temps danse Festival  (Biarritz and Bourges, France). They also presented location projects such as Kamerdans for the CaDance festival, Philadelphia Life Arts (United States) and Voorkamerfest festival in Capetown (South Africa). In 2015, Good [Old] Times: My Tasteful Life was shown in sold out performances at the Holland Dance Festival. This was a production regarding and starring amateur dancers between the ages of 59 and 80.

Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud are co-founders of CLOUD/Danslab in The Hague, a platform for research, knowledge and dialogue in the field of dance and performance art. In addition to their choreographic work, MEYER-CHAFFAUD regularly take up the positions of dance instructor and coach for the Royal Conservatory and Codarts University for the Arts, among others.

From 2017, MEYER-CHAFFAUD receives a multiannual subsidy from the Municipality of The Hague.  

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photo: Marcel Veldman

In the SOUL series, the choreographer’s duo Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud further deepen the search for man’s true nature. After SOUL #1where the audience was the center, the public was offered a rare glimpse in the internal world of the dancers in SOUL #2. In SOUL #3 Co-creation, choreographers Meyer and Chaffaud create a temporary mini-society, which includes everyone in the auditorium. In this surprising performance, the duo holds a magnifying glass to what happens between people when they enter into a creative process. SOUL #3 Co-creation is a multidisciplinary dance journey, a social experiment, a danced conference, and also a celebration; with SOUL #3 the duo celebrates 15 years of creating together.

During the process of creation Meyer-Chaffaud organises Creative HUBS where they gladly would have a conversation with you. The last one is on Friday 5 April.

In the SOUL series, the choreographer’s duo Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud further deepen the search for man’s true nature. After SOUL #1 where the audience was the center, the public was offered a rare glimpse in the internal world of the dancers in SOUL #2. In SOUL #3 Co-creation, choreographers Meyer and Chaffaud create a temporary mini-society, which includes everyone in the auditorium. In this surprising performance, the duo holds a magnifying glass to what happens between people when they enter into a creative process. SOUL #3 Co-creation is a multidisciplinary dance journey, a social experiment, a danced conference, and also a celebration; with SOUL #3 the duo celebrates 15 years of creating together.

In 2019, the choreographers duo Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud present SOUL #3 Co-creation. After SOUL #1, where the spectator was the focus of the performance, SOUL #2 offered the audience a unique view into the internal experience of the dancers. In SOUL #3 Co-creation, Meyer-Chaffaud create a temporary mini society in which everyone in the audience participates. In the danced conference, the duo examines up close what happens between people when they make a performance together. There’s no shortage of personal reflections; with SOUL #3 they also celebrate their collaboration of 15 years. In addition to the return of some of the special dancers from SOUL #1 and SOUL #2, this performance also takes on a surprising shape. Come and join them on this multidisciplinary dance journey.

Preceding the premiere, Meyer-Chaffaud stage a series of Creative HUBS where the audience is invited into the creative process. They look forward to having a dialogue with you!

SOUL #1 Audience is the first in a series of four SOUL performances, in which Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud will go in search of the true essence of humanity.

The first part revolves around you, the spectator. The production is not just made for the audience, but takes the soul of the audience as its subject. Contemporary dance seamlessly alternates with comedy and text fragments from Voltaire. The performers welcome you into a playful debate on philosophical notions and social themes, and radically shatter the barriers between you.

In their tetralogy, MEYER-CHAFFAUD will research different ways of communicating with the audience, entering into a dialogue and giving depth to the conversation. As part of this quest, they organized a series of ‘Creative HUB Exchanges’ to build up to the premiere of SOUL #1 Audience. In these exchanges they continuously asked individual participants what they expect and desire as part of an audience. The answers were as diverse as the participants. The choreographers considered this to be another testament to the beauty of theatre and dance; the audience finds in a performance what he/she –maybe subconsciously- is looking for.

It is now clear to the duo that the current spectator is ready for new challenges. Ready to be drawn into artistic creations in new ways. It is with this thought that they continue their work with the audience today and in the coming years.

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