Research residency

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Research residency

Igor Shyshko and Tale Dolven

Igor Shyshko and Tale Dolven are doing a research project together, supported by the Flemish ministry of culture. The research is an artistic exploration of instability and limitation; connecting a physical research to an investigation of the struggle for balance, both physical and mental.

Exploring instability can shift the balance point in the body, creating asymmetry. This asymmetry creates a way of moving that can give association to characters from literature. Absurdist writer Daniil Kharms’ characters are somewhere between the possible and impossible. Characters inspired by Kharms, combined with researching instability, enriches the research.

Kharms: “I am interested in nonsense. I am interested in life only in its absurd manifestations.”

The research is done in collaboration with Kunst/werk.


Igor Shyshko is from Belarus, came to study at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels in 1997 and has since lived in Brussels. He has worked with choreographers such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Arco Renz, Michelle Noiret and Marc Vanrunxt, being a frequent dancer in Marc Vanrunxt’s productions.

In 2014 he created the duet Darling together with Moya Michael, which premiered at Stuk.


Tale Dolven
is from Norway, living in Brussels, coming to study at P.A.R.T.S. in 2002. She has worked with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Stan/Frank Vercruyssen, Kris Verdonck and Benjamin Vandewalle,
and creates performances together with actor Gabel Eiben. Tale is currently involved in performances with Fieldworks/Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki and Nature Theatre of Oklahoma.


Igor and Tale have worked together at Rosas for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for more then 10 years.


STUK Atelier 2
Mon 8 Jan 2018 - Fri 19 Jan 2018.

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