Long term collaborators of Emanuel Gat, Milena and Michael share years of a joint artistic collaboration, as well as an intimate knowledge of Gat’s creative process. A dance reduced to its most fundamental elements, MILENA & MICHAEL is a reflection on the act of dancing, and at the same time a simple story of two people looking to connect. The work is a sort of zoom-in on the voids between movements, choreographic fragments, sounds and the two dancers.

Photos of MILENA & MICHAEL by Julia Gat

Bien que MILENA & MICHAEL soit une pièce intime, elle a été créée pour être dansée sur de grands espaces. Le plateau dénudé, vaste, lui sert d’écrin. Il met en relief les actions et les intentions qui la composent. À découvrir absolument!

Martine Pullara
Lyon Capitale


Choreography and Music: Emanuel Gat

Performers: Michael Loehr, Milena Twiehaus

Produced by Emanuel Gat Dance. Co-produced by Maison de la Danse de Lyon and Festival Montpellier Danse 2017. With the support of Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône et de la Région Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur. The company acknowledges the support of the city of Istres, the French Ministry of Culture, DRAC PACA and Fondation BNP Paribas.

Performance History

Maison de la Danse, Lyon, France
(World Premiere)

Montpellier Danse 2017
L’Agora, Montpellier, France (as part of TENWORKS)

Vignale Monferrato Festival 2017
Piazza del Popolo, Vignale Monterrato, Italy

Espace 1789, Saint Ouen, France

Teatro San Ferdinando, Naples, Italy

Théâtre de Suresnes, Suresnes, France

Tanzfestival Saar
Theater am Ring, Saarlouis, Germany

L’Arsenal, Metz, France (as part of WORKS)

Scène 55, Mougins, France

Scène nationale d’Albi, Albi, France (as part of WORKS)

Dansa. Quinzena Metropolitana
Sant Andreu Teatre, Barcelona, Spain

Upcoming shows

04th – 05th October 2019
Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv, Israel (as part of WORKS)

08th – 09th October 2019
Maison de la Danse, Lyon, France (as part of WORKS)

12th October 2019
Le Trident, Cherbourg, France

09th November 2019
Manchester, UK (as part of WORKS)

11th – 12th November 2019
Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, UK (as part of WORKS)

08th – 11th January 2020
Théâtre national de Chaillot, Paris, France (as part of WORKS)

28th January 2020
Scène Nationale du Sud-Aquitain, Bayonne, France (as part of WORKS)

31st January 2020
Théâtre Olympia, Arcachon, France

times performed since 2017


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