Portrait of (LA)HORDE

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the collective (LA)HORDE for their new creation Age of Content with the Ballet national de Marseille, as well as its presentation at Biennale de la danse de Lyon and Théâtre de la Ville. The initiative is also presenting Room With A View and a specific program in collaboration with NYU Skirball in New York.

Founded in 2013, (LA)HORDE is a collective of three artists: Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, and Arthur Harel. Together, they question the codes of various artistic disciplines, particularly within the fields of live performances and contemporary art. At the head of the CCN – Ballet national de Marseille since September 2019, (LA)HORDE creates choreographic pieces, films, video installations, and performances around the body in movement. Using multiple media, they develop scenarios and actions rooted in contemporary issues; these are then set in several narrative spaces. (LA)HORDE collaborates with communities of individuals who are on the margins of the majority culture--senior citizens, blind persons, smokers, adolescents--to spend some time and accompany them in artistic solidarity. Opposed to all forms of hierarchy and cultural appropriation, they practice interconnection and cooperation. Anxious and on the lookout, they are on high alert. The body is at the center of their creation. They sign works derived from their encounters with different communities online, to define what dance has become since the advent of the internet, a subject dear to (LA)HORDE, which has led the members of the collective to define the phenomenon by the term/concept: post-internet dances.

Text: © Claire Diez
Photo: © Olivier Metzger