Cassiel Gaube (BE)

22 October, 8:00 pm

A4 – space for contemporary culture


Cassiel Gaube is a dancer and choreographer who graduated in 2016 from the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels.

As a performer, he collaborated with the choreographers Manon Santkin & Benjamin Vandewalle, as well as with the multidisciplinary artist Fabrice Samyn.

Over the past 3 years, Cassiel mainly dedicated himself to learning and practicing House dance, in Paris’ and New York’s lively club scenes. He is currently developing his work at the intersection of contemporary dance and Hip hop and Clubbing dances. He sees this undertaking as the work of sensibly navigating these buoyant ecosystems of practices, of experimenting with the forms which inhabit them and of imagining new ones.

Cassiel created the solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude, an embodied and subjective investigation of the field of House dance. The piece premiered during the End of Winter Festival at Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk) in February 2019. It has since then been shown in theatre and museum spaces, as well as in club situations. As a consequence of his first piece, Cassiel has been invited to work with several other artists. He’s currently developing a collaboration with the Brussels & Berlin based record label Ensemble – with who he’s designed a club version of the solo, that they are planning to tour in House clubs across Europe.

Cassiel was asked by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker to make some of the material for the piece that she choreographed for Broadway in collaboration with Ivo Van Hove, a new stage version of West Side Story.

He has been an associated artist to La Ménagerie de Verre, in Paris, in 2019 & 2020. In 2021, he presented his new piece Soirée d’études, a trio which prolongs and expands the research started in the solo.

As a teacher, Cassiel is regularly invited to give professional trainings and workshops, in dance studios such as DansCentrumJette, La Raffinerie – Charleroi Danse, P.A.R.T.S. SummerSchool in Brussels and La Ménagerie de Verre in Paris.

For the production of his work, Cassiel collaborates with the Brussels-based production house Hiros. The distribution of his work is managed by the Ghent-based office ART HAPPENS.



Choreography: Cassiel Gaube

Dance: Cassiel Gaube, Alesya Dobysh, Waithera Schreyeck

Dramaturgy: Liza Baliasnaja, Matteo Fargion, Manon Santkin, Jonas Rutgeerts

Sound: Marius Pruvot

Technical support & light: Luc Schaltin

Production: Hiros

Distribution: ART HAPPENS

Coproduction: La Ménagerie de Verre, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie dans le cadre de l’Accueil-studio, Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), workspacebrussels, wpZimmer, C-TAKT, CCN-Ballet national de Marseille dans le cadre de l’accueil studio / Ministère de la Culture, KAAP, Charleroi danse, La Manufacture CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux – La Rochelle, Danse élargie 2020, CND Centre national de la danse, les ballets C de la B dans le cadre de résidence Co-laBo, La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie dans le cadre du dispositif Accueil Studio, CNDC Angers, Le Phare – CCN du Havre Normandie, Le Dancing CDCN Dijon Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

With the support of: Flemish Government, Kunstenwerkplaats, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Iaspis The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists, Tanzhaus Zürich, School van Gaasbeek, Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest, ONDA

Special thanks to: Erik Eriksson, Yonas Perou, Federica “Mia” Miani, Diego “Odd Sweet” Dolciami

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études. An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other’s dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy that this practice requires and produces.

Photos: Marc Domage