The Contemporary Body: Consistent, Efficient and Indifferent

Choreography is a way of using dance as a vehicle and body as a metaphor to illustrate the contemporary human condition. Through this quintet dance performance (including live musicians), Belgian choreographer Ayelen Parolin explores and probes into the integration and coordination of individuals in a group. The work is constructed using highly rational and logical principles, and through the repetition, mechanics and norms of the dance, it unveils how social and human interaction mechanisms gradually shape human behavior to reach a state of consistency, efficiency and indifference.

Show Synopsis

Autóctonos II

A quintet between a pianist-composer and four dancers, Autóctonos II calls into question the place of the group, and of “belonging to a group”, in this society of endurance, indifference and productivity that we call our own. Both abstract and “mathematical” at first sight, the piece bases its writing on the physical tenacity and commitment of its performers. A highly sensitive power, held together by an ever-finer thread. 

An allusion to the circle – supposed to bring (back) together – and affirmation of stability, of order and standardization: the starting points of the choreographic development. To thus enable the hairline fractures in the system to express their sweat, the human frailties of every person, and to feel the group’s instinctive herding force, its warrior-like strength. Potentially just as much a force of exclusion as a force of resistance. 

Creative Team

Concept: Ayelen Parolin
Choreography: Ayelen Parolin
Performance: Daniel Barkan, Jeanne Colin, Marc Iglesias, Gilles Noël
Musical creation & Piano: Lea Petra
Dramaturgy: Olivier Hespel
Outside eye: Leslie Mannès
Light Design: Laurence Halloy
Costumes: Ayelen Parolin
Production & Tour Manager: Gabriel Nahoum
Administration & Production: Manon Di Romano


Online Screening [ended]
Screening Date:22 July (Thurs) – 4 August (Wed)
Enrollment: Online enrollment is needed.
Fee: Free of charge, donations are welcome for supporting Unlock Dancing Plaza


Production:RUDA asbl
Co-production:Charleroi danse, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre les Tanneurs (Brussels), Théâtre de Liège, Festival Montpellier Danse 2017, CCN de Tours / Thomas Lebrun, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix-Hauts de France, Le CCN Ballet National de Marseille, CDCN Atelier de Paris, Ma scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard & Theater Freiburg (DE)

Supported by:la Fédération Wallonie – Bruxelles – Service de la Danse, SABAM, SACD, WBI, WBT/D

Studio Support: La Raffinerie / Charleroi/Danses, Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Les Brigittines, Grand Studio, Studio Cie Thor, Studio Ultima Vez, ZSenne Art Lab, CCN de Tours & Le Gymnase CDCN

Ayelen Parolin is welcomed in “compagnonnage” at the Théâtre de Liège (2018-2022).

#DANCELESS complex – The Contemporary Body

Sharing by Ayelen Parolin [ended]

Ayelen Parolin is a dancer, choreographer based in Brussels. Her choreographic works have been internationally recognised for their diversity and unique aesthetic, and they are presented by festivals and theatres across the world. The protean body of work thus composed makes contradictions of its own, helping to shed light on the complexity of the self. As an unclassifiable and unpredictable choreographer, she navigates between several universes and aesthetics, constantly attentive to exploring different parts of herself and probing what links us to others. In this sharing session, she will unfold her trajectory as a choreographer and the evolution of her practices and concerns with her works.

Speaker:Ayelen Parolin
Translation:Wouter Bouchez
Moderator:Joseph Lee
Date:27 July(Tue)
Venue:Unlock Dancing Plaza

The sharing will be conducted in English.
The event will be streamed online.

Choreography Workshop by Ayelen Parolin [ended]

Ayelen Parolin will employ her work Autoctonos II, which is presented in this edition of #DANCELESS complex, as a starting point to invite local professional dancers and movers to take part and experience the unique form of structure as well as the movement languages in the work. With a series of exercises, she will also share her directing tools to guide the participants to a certain state of body, which is available, devoted and listening.

Workshop Leader: Ayelen Parolin
Translation:Wouter Bouchez
Date:29 July(Thurs)
Venue:Unlock Dancing Plaza
Fee: $100
Target:Dancers or Physical performers with professional training background

The workshop will be conducted in English.

Autóctonos II – Studio Screening [ended]

An exclusive studio screening will be held in the studio of Unlock Dancing Plaza for audiences who would like to watch the recording of Solos, hoping to share the work to the public in a more discursive context.

Date:23 July (Fri)
Time: 8pm
Venue: Unlock Dancing Plaza
Fee: Free of charge, donations are welcome for supporting Unlock Dancing Plaza

Ayelen Parolin