Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero (Siamese Cie) have been part of the Belgian and international dance landscape for more than 20 years. On the foundations of their shared artistic history, they will continue to support each other’s work as well as develop and co-create new projects, but from now on under a new artistic name: Siamese Cie. The duo deliberately uses hybridity, cultural mixing and eclecticism to generate new meanings out of inter-disciplinary cross-overs. Augustijnen and Torres Guerrero’s choice of “dance theatre” is motivated by the belief in the vitality of dance and in the expressive possibilities of its rough and physical energy. Both have a strong interest in translating emotional states through the body into physical performance and dance.
Koen Augustijnen has worked closely with Les Ballets C de la B since 1991. Initially he was a dancer in performances staged by Alain Platel, but from 1997 until 2013 he was one of the dance company’s house choreographers. His principal training and work experience has been firmly rooted in his staging of performances as a member of Les Ballets C de la B. In 2004 he had an international break through with bâche (2004), followed by IMPORT/EXPORT (2006), Ashes (2009) and Au-delà (2012).
Since 2013 he is working as a freelancer and directed in Australia a dance solo for Dalisia Pigram of the Marrugeku Company called Gudirr Gudirr. In Palestine he co-directed, together with Rosalba Torres and Hildegard Devuyst, Badke (2013), a piece for ten Palestinian dancers produced by KVS, Les Ballets C de la B and The Qattan foundation. The performance was received with high appreciation during the Kalamata Dance festival. He made Sehnsucht, limited edition (2014) in the Oldenburgische Staatstheater and Dancing Bach (2015) in Konzert Theater Bern. Together with Rosalba Torres Guerrero he created Hochzeit (2017) in the Staatstheater Mainz. A performance for twenty dancers of TanzMainz, five actors, five musicians and special guests. Recently he started with Rosalba Torres Guerrero a new company called Siamese cie. Their first performance called (B), was a piece for three professional boxers and seven contemporary dancers.
Rosalba Torres Guerrero
Rosalba Torres Guerrero studied at the Geneva Conservatory and at CNDC in Angers. She started her career working with Philippe Decouflé on Decodex and worked with Ismael Ivo in Weimar on Medeamaterial. From 1997 to 2005, she was a member of Rosas, the dance company of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker with whom she created Drumming, I said I, In real time, Rain, April me, Bitches Brew/Tacoma Narrows, Kassandra and Raga for a rainy season/Love Supreme as well as the repertoire pieces Woud, Achterland and Mozart/Concert Arias-un moto di gioia. In 2005 she joined Les Ballets C de la B, the company of Alain Platel and kept working there until 2015. She was part of the creation of VSPRS, Pitié!, Out of Context and C(h)oeurs.
Next to dancing, she has also been active in the movie and theatre-scene. She played in the movies Je sens le beat qui monte en moi and Cornelius le meunier hurlant by Yann Le Quellec and could be seen in the role of Kassandra in Schauspielhaus Hamburg in Die Troerinnen and Die Rasenden by Karin Beier. She also worked with the Polish director Krysztof Warlikowksi for the operas Lulu, Don Giovanni, The Bassarids and the play Phèdres(s) in which she shared the stage of Théâtre de l’Odéon in Paris with Isabelle Huppert.
In 2011, she created Pénombre, a dance solo in collaboration with the French video artist Lucas Racasse, which was produced by Les Ballets C de la B. Together with Koen Augustijnen and Hildegard Devuyst, she directed Badke, a dance performance for ten Palestinian dancers. In 2017, again in co-direction with Koen Augustijnen, she created in Staatstheater Mainz the performance Hochzeit. It was a performance with twenty dancers of TanzMainz, five actors of the ensemble, five musicians and special guests. Then she directed Long past, a choreography for six dancers commissioned by Bodhi Project. Under the name of their newly founded compagnie, Siamese Cie, she and Koen Augustijnen created (B), a piece for three professional boxers and seven contemporary dancers.