Gilles Jobin (b. 1964)

A+B=X (1997)
Briandance (1999)

Gilles Jobin (1964) Swiss choreographer.
Lives and works in Geneva.

« From creation to creation, Gilles Jobin explores personal choreographic universes, body in the horizontal plan, scenography in the abstract and fascinating geometry » (Philippe Noisette)

Gilles Jobin has been internationally known since his first choreography for three dancers A+B=X created in 1997 at Arsenic in Lausanne, and presented two years later at Montpellier Danse Festival. He then moved to London and premiered Macrocosm at the Place Theater. In 1999, he produced Braindance which opened the 2000-2001 season of Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. His radical artistic directions and his international recognition made him the precursor of a new generation of European choreographers. Another quintet followed, The Moebius Strip, first performed at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 2001. In 2002, he produced Under Construction at the Schaubühne in Berlin.

In 2003, Gilles Jobin surprised again by accepting a commission from the Ballet du Grand Théâtre in Geneva and created TWO-THOUSAND-AND-THREE for twenty-one dancers. The same year, he created Delicado for the Gulbenkian Ballet. In march 2005, he created Steak House.

In 2006, he became associated artist of Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy in France where he premiered his four following productions Double Deux (2006), Text To Speech (2008), Black Swan (2009) and Le Chaînon Manquant - The Missing Link (2010). In 2011 he created, always at Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, Spider Galaxies – a piece in which he redefines movement with the support of an impressive iconographic data base. He also re-staged A+B=X with new performers. By the end of that year, following a proposal of The Geneva Chamber Orchestra, he creates his first piece using an existing music. A trio performed accompanied by a string septet interpreting live John Adams’s Shaker Loops, which was previewed at La Gaîté lyrique in Paris.

In March 2012 he was awarded the first Collide@CERN-Geneva prize in Dance and Performance for his proposal to explore through interventions and dance the relationship between mind and body at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.

Besides his own productions, Gilles Jobin has made of his company, and his headquarters of Studios 44 in Geneva, a pioneering place for the recognition of contemporary dance in Switzerland, international professional exchanges, daily training for dancers, educational activities and capacity building, workshops, artistic residencies, as well as projects with countries from the Southern hemisphere.