Damien Jalet is a French and Belgian freelance choreographer and dancer. He worked as a dancer for several companies such as les ballets C de la B, WimVandekeybus and more consequently with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Eastman. As choreographer he’s been involved in many collaborations with companies such as Eastman, Chunky Move, Icelandic Dance Company, Akram Khan, Erna Omarsdottir, Sasha Waltz and guests. Latest directing projects include Babel (words) (2010)
co-created with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with a set by Antony Gormley (2 Olivier Awards including best dance production 2011, and best choreography Benois de la Danse, Bolshoi); les méduses (2013) an itinerary installation inside Louvre museum in Paris with 30 artists and more than 18000 visitors, and a restaging of Ravel’s Bolero (2013) for Paris Opera Ballet – a collaboration with Marina Abramovic and Cherkaoui.
Jalet’s parcours is marked by several dialogues with other artists from different mediums such as Theatre director Arthur Nauzyciel; musicians Fennesz, Editors, Florence and the Machine, Olof Arnalds, Lady and Bird; visual artists Antony Gormley, Jim Hodges, Gabriela Fridriksdottir; photographer Nick Knight; designers Bernhard Willhelm, Riccardo Tisci, Undercover; directors Arni and Kinski and Christopher Doyle; philosopher Georgio Agemben.
Jalet has taught his very specific dance technique all over the world including at Pina Bausch Tanztheater (Wuppertal), Impulstanz (Vienna), architanz (Tokyo), Centro de las Artes (Mexico), Menagerie de Verre (Paris), atelier de Paris Carolyn Carlson ( Paris) Panetta Movement center (New York), Iceland arts academy ( Reykjavik) and Susan Dellal (Israel).
In 2014, he wrote the solo inked for Kathak dancer Aakash Odedra and danced in the opera Shell Shock by the trio Nick Cave, Nicholas Lens and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at the Brussels opera. Jalet choreographed the play Splendid’s from Jean Genet in a version of Arthur Nauzyciel which premiered in January 2015.
Damien Jalet is entitled “Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres” by the French government and is a laureate 2015 of the Kujoyama residency in Kyoto for a research with visual artist Nawa Kohei and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.