• Saturday, 6 April, 2019 - 15:00Sunday, 7 April, 2019 - 14:45




Memory, the one we inherit and the one we build, is the focus of Charleroi danse’s project. That’s why at La Raffinerie we are bringing together creations that have their origins in a look at a figure or act belonging to the history of art and dance for a period that we are calling LEGS. A space of creation and a living museum, Charleroi danse enshrines dance as an art form of rupture and continuity. A permanent legacy for future generations.


Co-realisation : Legs festival, La Raffinerie, Charleroi Danse, KANAL-Centre Pompidou


Cassiel Gaube

The origins of this new project by Cassiel Gaube can be found in his interest in street dance and house, which he has studied and performed. A precise interweaving of moves and steps allows him to compress a choreographic writing that opens up a poetic space and questions the essential act of the step. This project is being hosted by Kanal - Centre Pompidou.


This work springs from the desire to develop a dance performance within the habitat of an already existing dance style, taking the exploration of its intrinsic complexity as the departure point for the elaboration of a choreographic object.


‘Farmer Train Swirl - Etude’ is a kinesthetic and subjective investigation of the field of House dance - a style born in the clubs of Chicago & New York in the early eighties. The making of this solo prolongs a 2-year process in which Cassiel Gaube mainly dedicated himself to learning and practicing House dance, in Paris’ and New York’s lively club scenes.


Sampling, appropriation & transformation are at the core of this dance form, which is in itself a synthesis and a development of other dance styles : a.o. Hip hop, Salsa, Rasta dancing, Tap dance. Embracing these principles, the artist’s undertaking is here understood, not so much as a creation ex nihilo, but rather as the work of sensibly navigating this buoyant ecosystem of practices, of experimenting with the forms which inhabit it and of imagining new ones.


Moves, grooves and attitudes intertwine in fleeting constellations, unfurling the precise lexicon of steps of House dance. Along the way, space is left open for the unexpected to occur and for a hybrid dance to emerge. ‘Farmer Train Swirl’ is an étude on transformations, a play at the edge of the recognizable.

  • Creation: Cassiel Gaube 
  • Artistic advice: Liza Baliasnaja, Theo Livesey, Manon Santkin
  • Technical support & light: Luc Schaltin
  • Production: Hiros
  • Co-production: Charleroi danse

With the support of: Flemish Community Commission, workspacebrussels, Art Centre BUDA (Kortrijk), KAAP, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, De School van Gaasbeek

Thanks to: Monastère de Clerlande