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Jeroen Verbruggen

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POINTLESS

Jeroen Verbruggen addresses the topic of pointes in relation to emancipation and how a newly won freedom can result in new limitations and even suffering. His piece with the working title Pointless allows the audience to dive into a world of contradiction between the real world and a dream.

Jeroen Verbruggen, Belgian, studied first at the Royal Belgian Ballet School of Antwerp, directed by Marinella Paneda. He participated successively in 2000 to the « Prix de Lausanne » where he won the public prize and a silver medal with scholarship, which gave him the chance to study one year at the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. With his own choreographed solo called Hyperballad, he became second in 2001 at the Eurovision for young dancers Contest in London. In 2000, he participated to the summer university of Le ballet des jeunes d’Europe directed by Jean-Charles Gil in France. Then, he joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, directed by Robert Denvers, for two years. He worked with Jan Fabre on his version of Swanlake. He joined Les Ballets de Monte Carlo directed by Jean Christophe Maillot in 2004, where he dances for 10 years finishing his career as a first soloist. Jeroen’s repertoire includes major roles in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s creations and guest choreographers’ such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, William Forsythe, Emio Greco and Marco Goecke.

For its 2012 season, Jean Christophe Maillot has asked Jeroen to create his first official piece for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, entitled Kill Bambi, in collaboration with the Parisian Fashion house On aura tout vu in July 2013, this experience was renewed with a new creation for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Arithmophobia, which was presented at the Opera Garnier of Monte Carlo. In November 2014, Jeroen Verbruggen presented his first full length evening with his interpretation of a new Nutcracker for Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, directed by Philippe Cohen. He returns to Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and creates True & False Unicorn in July 2015. A mighty Wind was also created in 2015 for The National Dance Company of Wales. Next collaborations include Ma mère L’Oye  in collaboration with Tim Van Steenbergen for The Ballet of Flanders which will premiere in May 2016, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in July 2016 for the celebration of the 30th Birthday of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and Pointless with Ballet National de Marseille in 2016.