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Zoë Demoustier - Act of archiving

Act of archiving is a choreographic research of the body as an archive of memories. With movement and documentary material at the base, Zoë Demoustier creates a timeline that focuses on the body. This is a pre-research for two new projects:

What Remains
addresses the transience of body and spirit, creating a choreographic exchange between the bodies of young children and older dancers. A starting physical dialogue on dementia.

My Fathers Archive sees Zoë join forces with her brother Misha in creating a physical timeline of video footage made by their father during 20 years of working as a war journalist. They investigate their own relation to the images they grew up with, which brought global news events into their homes.

Zoë Demoustier - choreographer & performer
Misha Demoustier - performer
Elowise Vandenbroecke - dramaturgy
Willem Lenaerts - sound design

Zoë Demoustier (1995) is a choreographer and dancer. She started her trajectory in 2002 with Dromen hebben veters, a performance by kabinet k and fABULEUS.

Zoë studied at the Amsterdam Hogeschool for the Arts, graduating in the Mime department in 2017. She went from dancer to performer in a broader sense, and created the performances Never ending Roads and nesten. In 2018 she was awarded a master at the RITCS Brussels, where she made the performance Regarding the Pain of Others for Kaaitheater and Ultima Vez. At the moment, Zoë is writing her master's thesis on the embodiment of conflict in contemporary choreography, within the Cultural Studies programme at the KU Leuven.

In recent years, Zoë has worked as an assistant to Michiel Vandevelde for the creation and tour of Paradise Now (1968-2018) and of choreographer Alma Söderberg for Entangled Phrases. Together with Anna Bentivegna and Ayrton Fraenk she created their graduation project nesten, a piece with fABULEUS for children 4 years and older about the search for a home.

Zoë has experience with working with children and youths in artistic projects and in accompanying their own artistic language. She has collaborated with fABULEUS, Bronks, Passerelle vzw, Okan and Danscentrum Aike Raes.

The body is the starting point for her visual performances. She links movement to contemporary and topical subjects, creating documentary choreographic work. Zoë often performs in her own creations and also works with professional performers, children, youths and vulnerable groups, depending on the context of the project. As a performer she has worked with a.o. Kabinet K, David Weber-Krebs, L Marcelo Evelin, Danielle van Vree, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez, Sandra Delgadillo, Seppe Baeyens & Jef Vangestel.

Zoë founded Platform In De Maak, a platform for new makers in performing arts. In 2020 she was awarded the price for young promise from the city of Leuven.