2014 Lab Artist: Thierry Thieû Niang
Thierry Thieû Niang is a French choreographer whose work explores the relationship between individuals and groups, amateurs and professionals, as well the narrative and abstract.
Since 2000 he has been working extensively in theater and opera with world renowned institutions including the International Festival of Opera in Aix en Provence, La Scala in Milan, the Monnaie in Brussels, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Les Tanneurs in Brussels and Le Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. He has performed with some of France's major dance companies and choreographers such as Hela Fattoumi, Eric Lamoureux, Daniel Larrieu, Christine Gérard, Daniel Dobbels and Odile Duboc.
In May of 2014, VPL partnered with the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA) to bring Niang to New England for a three-week workshop and residency. Working with 25 local participants ages 60-100, Niang staged du Printemps! - a powerful reimaginging of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. In du Printemps!, Niang's use of seniors inverted the youth orientation of the iconic work and challenged viewers' assumptions and prejudices about vitality, sexuality and aging.
Funded in part by FUSED: French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Florence Gould Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, a Small & Inspiring Grant from The Vermont Community Foundation and VPL's Creation Fund donors.