Based in Brussels and Zuerich, tumbleweed is a collaboration between the swiss choreographer and dancer Angela Rabaglio and french choreographer, dancer and musician Micaël Florentz.
Both were brought through different ways to the field of choreography and complete each other with their respective backgrounds. They founded Tumbleweed in 2017 and started developing its artistic vision.
The Gyre is their first production, which they premiered in November 2018. It already defines extensively the choreographers’ interests and ambitions: they develop a movement language inspired by their travels, by science, nature and philosophy.
After two years of touring with this piece, they started the research for two new projects ;
A Very Eye (2022) and Dehors est blanc (2023).
ANGELA RABAGLIO (CH)
is a freelance dancer and choreographer living in Brussels, with origins from Switzerland. She absolved her education as a dancer at the AHK in Amsterdam (de Theaterschool; MTD), and obtained 2013 her Bachelor diploma in contemporary dance. Upon that she created her first Solo wind-up birds and polaroids with which she performed at several festivals in Europe. She received for her work the Encouragement Prize at the ‘Barnes Crossing Solo Duo Festival’ in Cologne and the Audience Prize in Budapest at the ‘SzoloDuo Festival’.
Angela has danced for several years with the Company Alias, directed by Guilherme Botelho, based in Geneva (CH). More recently she works with Jasmine Morand (Cie Prototype Status), based in Vevey (CH) as well as collaborates with different artists as an outside eye for their creations. Thanks to different influences in dance and other sources of movement inspirations (martial arts, climbing, yoga, dabké, etc.) Angela is developing gradually her personal physical practice, by melting old and new traditions. She teaches also workshops and classes for (semi-)professional dancers, circus students and children.
MICAËL FLORENTZ (FR)
is a freelance artist living in Brussels, born in France. He first dedicated himself to the music and his own compositions known under the name of Bielka and Blaukraut. He collaborated also with the artist Judit Juillerat (FR).
In 2014, he was introduced to the dance field through an informal and spontaneous way. Upon that he dived into a profound physical research and developed his background through autonomous training, following classes, workshops and the foundation of Tumbleweed. The same curiosity that he is manifesting for all kind of different sound creations, he brings along into the choreographic research and on top of that a solid knowledge of composition.
Micaël is also performer in the work 'Ouverture' of Géraldine Chollet (Lausanne, CH) and intervenes occasionally as an outside eye for other creations.
ARNAUD GERNIERS (BE)
LIGHT DESIGN / SCENOGRAPHY
Arnaud created together with Benjamin the light design for The Gyre. He is also active in the field of installation and photography, and works as a light designer with Louise Vanneste / Rising Horses.
BENJAMIN VAN THIEL (BE)
LIGHT DESIGN / SCENOGRAPHY
Benjamin created together with Arnaud the light design for The Gyre. He works as a freelance light and stage designer and participated in different creations in Belgium and abroad, among them LOG asbl, Company Louise Vanneste, Cie Mauro Paccagnella, Company Orange Sanguine.
DANIEL PEREZ HAJDU (BE/CUB)
Daniel is a composer in the field of accousmatic music and created the soundscape of The Gyre. His compositions cover different domaines in the arts, as concert, radio, dance, theater and film.
communication / distribution:
QUENTIN LEGRAND (Rue Branly)
Rue Branly is a small street in Brussels and a platform for the management, production and international distribution of performing arts projects.
tumbleweed is also associated artist of Grand Studio in Brussels (B). (link to grand studio : grandstudio.be)
photos credits : Arnaud Gerniers, Leifur Wilberg, Gaëtan Gauthier, Didier Olivré et Thibault Montamat, Flurin Bertschinger, Sophie Weyman, Stanislav Dobak