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Myriam Gourfink

Dancer | Choreographer

Myriam Gourfink is known for her extremely unusual writing, based on Kinetography Laban, as well as her close connection with contemporary music and new digital technologies. Her dance is essentially infused with yoga and her experience as a performer (particularly with Odile Duboc).

A figurehead of choreographic research in France, she received the Beaumarchais scholarship in 2000 for her project Too Generate. In the same year, she won the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs award (New York), and in 2002 she received a writing scholarship from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication for a project aiming to develop writing for choreographical composition and its integration into computer technology.

Her work is largely inspired by its relationship with IT: Glossolalie (1999), Too Generate (2000), L'écarlate (2001), Marine (2001), Rare (2002), Contraindre (2004), This is my house (2006), Les temps tiraillés (2009) and has been presented in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey and Japan, among others.

As resident artist at IRCAM (Institute for Music/Acoustic Research and Coordination) in 2004– 2005, and at the Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts in 2005–2006, Myriam Gourfink initiated educational work based on her composition processes, in France and abroad.

From January 2008 to March 2013, she was Artistic Director of the Program for Choreographic Research and Composition at the Royaumont Foundation.  She has been the guest of numerous international festivals, including springdance in New York City; the Künsten Arts festival in Brussels; the Festival de la Bâtie in Geneva; and the Danças Na Cidade festival in Lisbon. 

From 2012 to 2015 she was artist in residence at the Forum de Blanc-Mesnil. She is now in residency at Micadanses in Paris.