(b Brussels 1946)
Belgian choreographer and artistic director. He studied theatre and visual arts before founding the multi-disciplinary company Plan K in 1973. A study of representations of the human body developed his interest in choreography and he went on to create dance works for the company such as Scan Lines (1984). Between 1989 and 1994 he collaborated with the artist Fabrizio Plessi on a trilogy about the history of technology, beginning with La Chute d'Icare (mus. Michael Nyman, 1989), set in the Renaissance and concluding with Ex Machina (1994) set in the present day. In 1991 he was appointed artistic director of the Ballet Royal de Wallonie, which he renamed Charleroi/Danses. His work there focused on relationships between dance and architecture, as in Metapolis (2000), created with architect Zaha Hadid. In 2004 Flamand was appointed director of the Ballet National de Marseille (with Eric Vu An as his assistant from 2005) and has since created several works for the company, including Metamorphoses (2007), which have merged the dancers' classical training with his own more contemporary idiom. In 2003 he was artistic director of the Venice Biennale dance festival and in 2004 was appointed to the faculty of University of Architecture in Venice, running interdisciplinary workshops centred on dance.
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