Damien Jalet is a French and Belgian choreographer and performer. Since 2000 he’s been working as the closest and most regular collaborator of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, within Les ballets C. de la B., Toneelhuis and Eastman vzw (he danced in Rien de Rien, Foi, Tempus Fugit, Myth and recently TeZukA).
In 2002 Jalet and Cherkaoui created d’avant, together with Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, produced by Sasha Waltz and guests. Jalet and Cherkaoui also signed Babel(words) which won two Olivier awards in 2011 (Best new dance production and Outstanding achievement in dance for the set design by Antony Gormley) and a prix Benois de la danse for best choreography at Bolshoi, Moscow. Damien Jalet also regularly works with Icelandic choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir. Together they’ve been creating a number of works in collaboration with visual artist Gabriela Fridriksdóttir (transaquania-out of the blue, transaquania-into thin air and Ofaett(unborn). Ómarsdóttir and Jalet also created Black Marrow for the renowned Australian company Chunky Move at the Melboune international festival 2009.
In 2008 Jalet premiered Three Spells with dancer Alexandra GIlbert and composer Christian Fennesz for the Tokyo International Arts Festival.
He also worked with other renowned choreographers, such as Wim Vandekeybus (The day of heaven and hell) and Akram Khan (for whom he devised a solo segment in the piece Desh)
Jalet has developed a big number of collaborations with high-level artists in different fields, such as theater director Arthur Nauzyciel (choreography and performances in many productions such as Julius Caesar for the A.R.T. in Boston or The Seagull at the Cour d'honneur du palais des papes at Avignon festival). He worked with visual artists Antony Gormley (Babel(words)) and Jim Hodges (show 2011 at Gladstone Gallery NY). He collaborated with musicians Lady and Bird on the choreography of the opera Red Waters, with Olof Arnalds (script and choreography of the music video Surrender (a duet with Björk)), Florence + The Machine (choreography of the No Light, No Light music video) and Editors (choreography of the video You don't know love). All three videos were directed by Arni and Kinski and cinematographer Christopher Doyle.
He also worked with photographer Nick Knight and designer Bernhard Willhelm (for the video Men in tights) and with philosopher Giorgio Agemben and contemporary musician Stefano Scodanibio (choreography of the opera Il cielo sulla terra at Stuttgart opera).
His next project is a new version of Ravel's Bolero, co-signed with Cherkaoui and performance artist Marina Abramovic for the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris in 2013.
Jalet has taught his very specific contemporary dance technique in various companies and institutions such as Pina Bausch Tanztheater (Wuppertal), Impulstanz (Vienna), Panetta movement center (NY), Centros de las artes (Mexico), Chunky move (Melbourne), Atelier de Paris and Ménagerie de verre (Paris),...