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Nahimana Vandenbussche

biography

I started dancing in Bruges, influenced by my big brother who did hip-hop and jazz. Then, when I was 13, I entered the Royal Ballet School Antwerp (Belgium). In 2007, I was selected to participate in the European D.A.N.C.E. project run by the choreographers William Forsythe, Angelin Preljocaj, Wayne Mc Gregor and Frédéric Flamand. Joining the Ballet National de Marseille in 2009, I’d already had an opportunity to work with Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten because they’d created Double Points: Extremalism at the Ballet National de Marseille.

For me, the “body in revolt” is about not sticking to the norm, it’s about pushing boundaries. A kind of positive rebellion that allows you to step outside of what you’re used to doing. That’s why I saw Extremalism as a challenge. At the very start of rehearsals, I was afraid that I wouldn’t last for twenty minutes because the piece is really intense. But I made it to the end because Emio and Pieter know how to look for an energy in me that allows me to maintain my place in a ballet where some thirty dancers are moving side by side. I love the camaraderie we have here.