love at first sight #6

festival van (nieuwe) makers 16 — 25 2021 antwerp

Stellar Legions & Compagnie Aira

Fresh, contemporary and one big free-wheeling adventure – that’s STELLAR LEGIONS. Coming from jazz, hip-hop, dub, electro, dance, and many other genres, this new collective unites the adventure and improvisation of jazz with contemporary sounds. They meet in live improvisations on themes and arrangements that may or may not have been agreed upon. Their sound can be defined as a semi-electronic ecstatic dream world in which anything goes. With pumping grooves, ethereal synths, jazzy chord progressions and catchy melodies, they stir up the audience, get people laughing and dancing. Their concerts feel like a trip through different musical worlds taking you to an indeterminate but definitely extra-terrestrial place.

The members of the band are saxophonist Andrew Claes (STUFF, BRZZVLL, Dez Mona…), keyboard player Bram Weijters (Raymond Van Het Groenewoud, Mauro Pawlowski, Dez Mona, Piet Verbist Quartet, Jelle Van Giel Group…), drummer Klaas De Somer (Eefje De Visser, Tourist Lemc, Pomrad, J. Bernardt, Faces On TV…) and contrabassist Fre Madou (DAAU, Gwen Taylor Trio, The Jacquelines, Namid, The Golden Glows…).

Zoë Demoustier (b. 1995) is a dancer and theatre-maker/choreographer. She started her artistic journey in 2012 in the production Dreams have laces by Kabinet K and fABULEUS. Over the years she participated in several professional performances with young people on stage, which acquainted her with the world of theatre. In 2013 Zoë began studying at the Mime School in Amsterdam (Academy for Theatre and Dance) where she developed from dancer to performer and from performer to maker. She subsequently obtained a Master’s in Direction at RITCS Brussels. She worked with vulnerable youths from Brussels to make the show Hidden wounds at BRONKS, and Regarding the Pain of Others at Ulitma Vez and Kaaistudio's. Besides her own work, Zoë has appeared in projects by David Weber Krebs, Danielle van Vree and Marcelo Evelin, among others.


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