BoCA Summer School

Workshop with Thierry De Mey (Belgium)



An emblematic figure of the Belgian scene since the 80/90s, Thierry De Mey is co-founder of the Maximalist quartets! and Ictus, for which he composed several works. Since the 1980s, he has collaborated with several choreographers with different aesthetics, styles and work processes, such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus, Michèle Anne De Mey, Bob Wilson, Iztok Kovac or William Forsythe. With the choreographers Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus and Michèle Anne De Mey was much more than a composer, but an intimate collaborator in the invention of “formal strategies”.

Movement intuition plays a central role in his work: De Mey developed a concept of “Gesture music” for which he developed a vocabulary and a notation system (“Musique de Tables”, “Silence must be !,” Light Music “, …), presented all over the world. The postulate of his musical and film writing consists of” rejecting the concept of rhythm as a simple combination of durations within a temporal grid, but rather conceiving it as a generating system of falls and new developments “.

In this workshop, Thierry De Mey explores the use of structural elements as active devices between different media, such as music, dance and cinema: powerful communication operators that respect specificities while making a wide range of participants available to participants. composition materials, with the possibility of focusing on specific themes.


Biografia do artista


Who is it for: over 16yo, composers, musicians, creators and performers of performing arts (theater, dance, performance).

Applicants must send an email to by August 24th with the following documentation: name, date of birth, photograph, telephone contact, biography and letter of motivation. 15 participants will be selected.


Production: BoCA
Partnership: Fundação GDA
Support: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal’s Ministery of Culture / Direção-Geral das Artes



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