Charlotte Vanden Eynde is a Belgian dancer and choreographer.
In 1999, she graduated from P.A.R.T.S., the Brussels based school for contemporary dance headed by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Since 1997, she has been creating highly personal choreographies and performances, focusing on the body with a strong sculptural and imaginative sensibility.
She collaborates regularly with other choreographers, theatre makers, film makers and musicians.
As a movement coach she gives advice to other artists and conducts workshops focusing on authentic movement and the sculptural qualities of the body.
You can watch video's of her work here.
Rerun I'm Sorry It's (Not) A Story and Shapeless
Charlotte Vanden Eynde is performing a 2016 version of her two solos I’m Sorry It’s (Not) A Story (2009) and Shapeless (2011) in a double bill.
I’m Sorry It’s (Not) A Story is a pure and simple portret of a young woman (re)discovering herself. Vanden Eynde gives shape to her associative visual language in highly personal movement images. She performs on the balance between theatricality and abstraction, and experiments with meaning and emotion, but keeps the spectator guessing about what he is supposed to see. I'm Sorry It's (Not) A Story is a story that is not a story, yet nevertheless becomes one… for those who want it to be.
'A blond girl in a light blue dress, on heels. I've barely begun to watch her, when it happens: a hand moves over her body as if it has a mind of its own. And I realize that I’m glad she’s back. Little gestures and simple movements make for a surprisingly fascinating performance.' – Utopia Parkway.worldpress.com
In Shapeless Vanden Eynde is focusing on the purely physical, formal and dynamic aspects of movement. She explores the limits of abstraction, without excluding emotion. By confronting herself with the dance vocabulary that has shaped her body, she aims to find freedom and personal expression within the formality of dance. Her body is continuously shifting from one shape into another, looking for a state of 'shapelessness'. In this solo music and light are playing more than a supporting role.
'Utterly intriguing. A body that’s almost surprised at how a body can move, by what that body can do. It was great to see how all the elements of this performance neatly came together. For anyone who needed proof of the fact that Vanden Eynde is a clever and gifted artist.’ – Utopia Parkway.worldpress.com
'Jouant subtilement avec la musique et les lumières, on retrouve sa magie et le plaisir de voir du "Very Charlotte".’ – La Libre Belgique
'What seems to be an innocent game, soon becomes a manipulative and sensual power duel.' *** De Standaard
'Deceptive Bodies' is a collaboration between Charlotte Vanden Eynde and actress/visual artist Dolores Bouckaert made in 2014. Starting from a shared fascination with the body, Vanden Eynde and Bouckaert put on view the ambigeous play of representation and perception of the theatrical body. Therefor they explored the phenomenon hysteria. They closely observed and manipulated their own and each other's body, setting out in search of a common physical language related to both dance and the visual arts. By exposing themselves in an accumulation of physical transformations, a highly personal iconography is being (dis)played.
All info on 'Deceptive Bodies' on the website of Hiros.
At the TAZ festival in Oostende, 3-8 August 2015 in Mu.ZEE, they showed a museum version, taking the audience on a trip throughout the museum. The following teaser was made with images from the museum version in the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle (BE) in January 2015:
photo: Herman Sorgeloos
Improvisation with bass player Nicolas Rombouts 24 July in Museum M
After their improvisation for KultuurKaffee in February, Nicolas Rombouts and Charlotte Vanden Eynde were improvising together again the 24th of July at 8 pm in Bar.Bizon, the cultural pop-up bar at the roof terrace of Museum M, Leuven (BE).
Within the framework of the exhibition La chaleur de l'usure, Charlotte Vanden Eynde made the performance Corps Partagé for 15 students of the dance/art education ISAC (part of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles). The performance took place at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 6 November 2014 in De Markten in Brussels.