Bio

    Antonin Comestaz is a French choreographer based in The Hague (NL). He graduated from the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1999 and went on to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet (dir.Brigitte Lefevre), The Hamburg Ballet (dir.John Neumeier), Tanz Theater München (dir.Hans Henning Paar), Ballet Mainz (dir.Pascal Touzeau), Scapino Ballet (dir.Ed Wubbe). During his tenure at these companies, he has worked with renowned choreographers, such as John Neumeier, Marco Goecke, Rui Horta, Carolyn Carlson, Ed Wubbe, and Jacopo Godani among others.


    In 2013, Antonin leaped into freelancing as a choreographer, and the year marked the creation of his landmark cross-genre piece "Out of the Grey" commissioned by Korzo (NL) for Voorjaarsontwaken and selected to be part of Priority Companies 2014 by Aerowaves. His second venture in collaboration with Korzo was the 2014 creation "Plastic Junkies" for Here we live and now. In 2015, he creates "Then, Before, Now, Once more" premiered at Dansmakers Amsterdam and presented at various International Festivals and choreographic competitions. The piece obtained the production prize at the 14th edition of Premio Roma Danza Choreographic Competition, for which he creates "Open Fire!".

 

    In 2017, he creates “Vacuum Garden”  for Conny Janssen’s Dance Company in co-production with Korzo. The piece which  has been touring across Holland has been acclaimed by the audience and critics alike: “Vacuum Garden is tasty, inviting and sharply mounted choreography, danced with obvious pleasure(...) Comestaz seems a name to keep an eye on” THEATERKRANT).

   The same year, he has been commissioned by Codarts University of the Arts Rotterdam to choreograph a full-length evening on the composition for solo piano and 40 channel 1-bit electronics from composer Tristan Perich and pianist Vicky Chow "Surface Image." For this work, he receives the BNG Bank Dance Prize 2018 at the Holland Dance Festival, and for this occasion, will go on tour with DansClick in the autumn of 2018.

 

   Antonin’s work, which often revels in the absurd and darkly comic expressions of everyday life and humanity, using his playful, quirky and highly engaging choreographic style, has received several awards and nominations and is frequently showcased in various International Festivals. 

 

Alongside choreography, he composes music for some of his pieces as well as for other choreographers.

Photo : Bryndis Brynjolfsdottir

Choreographic prizes and nominations

 

2018

-Finalist - 5th Tanzplattform Bern Choreographic Competition  / Switzerland

(Piece: Then, Before, Now, Once more)

-BNG Bank Dance Prize - Holland Dance Festival

http://www.korzo.nl/nl/nieuws/bng-bank-dansprijs-2018-uitgereikt

(Piece: Surface Image)

 

2015

-Nomination - 29th Competition for Choreographers - Hannover

(Piece: Then, Before, Now, Once more)

 

-Production Prize - Premio Roma Danza International Choreographic Competition - Rome

(Piece: Then, Before, Now, Once more)

 

-Nomination - 7th Solo/Duo Choreographic Competition - Barnes Crossing - Köln

(Piece: Then, Before, Now, Once more)

 

-Nomination - MASH - International Choreographic Competition - Jerusalem

(Piece: Then, Before, Now, Once more)

 

2014

-Aerowaves Priority Companies

(Piece: Out of the Grey)

 

2010

-1st Prize for interpretation

-3rd Prize for Choreography

-Audience Choice Prize - 14th International Solo-Tanz Theater Festival - Stuttgart

(Piece: She)

2008

-Nomination - 22d Competition for Choreographers - Hannover

(Piece: Flesh and Blood)

2006

-Nomination - Sidebyside Artcenter - International web dance video Competition - Düsseldorf

(Piece: Hand in Hand)

 

 
 

Teaching

-Codarts University of the Arts / Rotterdam / Holland

-Open Look / Kannon Dance / St. Petersburg / Russia

-Mediterraneo Dance Festival / Reggio Calabria / Italy

-Monday Movement Class / Korzo / the Hague / Holland

-Bei An Junior High School / Taipei / Taiwan

-Tsoying Senior High School / Kaohsiung / Taiwan

-Scuola di Danza Hamlyn / Florence / Italy

-Accademia Nazionale di Danza / Rome / Italy 

-RIDA (Rome International Dance Academy) / Rome / Italy

-DIA (Dance in Art) / Haarlem / Holland

-Academy of Theater and Dance / Amsterdam / Holland

-Amsterdam Dance Centre / Amsterdam / Holland

-Gauthier Dance / Stuttgart / Germany

 

 

 

 

 

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