Eve Oriental Dance

Flower of light!
My dance soars up from the earth
To take you between my fingers.
Charles Van Lerberghe


Artistic path

Eve began to take lessons at the academy at the age of 7, studying music and classical dance, and later completed with distinction the full cycle of drama. She also took drawing lessons with the artist Perrine Moreau and initially contemplated making a career out of this. However, when the time came to make lifeís big decisions, she found herself gravitating towards linguistics. She gained her masters in Romance Language Philology and her teaching qualification at the ULB (University of Brussels). She then went on to spend seven years working as an editor in the domain of occupational safety and health an ergonomics.

Eve always felt the need to exercise the body as well as the mind and so, alongside all of this, she experimented with different types of dance. It was by immersing herself in the culture of the Middle East (Lebanon) that she discovered an unique experience : Oriental dance. She then began to train intensively as of 1996 with renowned professors such as Gudrun (BE), Myriam Szabo (PT), Kamellia (FR), Serena Ramzy (GB), Annie Nganou (FR), Lulu Sabongi (BR), Simona Jovic (FR) and the Egyptian artists Shokry Mohammed, Suraya Hilal, Gamal Seif... Later she extended her repertoire to include folk dances from North Africa and Turkish gypsy dances.

One day, she made the decision to devote herself wholly to dance and started to set up different projects and collaborations in the area of the music and dances of the East (see Projects).

Body and movement

In a quest to explore the very foundations of movement, she explored various pathways such as qi gong, la Danza Duende, the Feldenkrais method and tried her hand at contemporary dance, mime and even aerial silk. For 6 years she especially practised traditional Tibetan yoga, an understated approach which is focused on internal work.

Witnessing the special nature of Egyptian dance spurred her on to seek out nuanced approaches. She then spent several years attending study weekends of Malkovsky's Danse libre with Suzanne Bodak in Paris, and get trained in Noh theatre and aiki (essence of martial arts), benefiting from the exceptional teaching of Masato Matsuura Sensei (Japan).

Furthemore, thanks to her contacts with cultures where dance plays a prominent role (The East, Africa, Carribean), she encounters authentic dance of the people, who make it different from stage adaptations and the Western way of moving.

All of these experiences would prove to be key in her definition of natural movement (see page Oriental dance).

She also trained in protective stretching techniques (especially Robert Bralís restructuring physiological stretching) which resulted in a holistic approach to flexibility (see Flexibility).

Rhythm and music

In order to examine the specific relationship with rhythm and music in Eastern cultures, Eve also sought out methods other than those found within the Western academic framework. In addition to the principles demonstrated by Malkovsky, she acquired the basics of rhythmics at the Jaques Dalcroze Institute in Brussels where she obtained a certificate in 2010.

She regularly trains with rhythm specialists such as Arnould Massart and Brigitte Platteau and takes part in workshops such as the "TaKeTiNa" method and Dalcroze trainings. She organises projects in which she collaborates with either academic or traditionally-trained musicians and incorporates her own observations and experiences. Her interpretation of natural movement is a completely coherent one, linking the body, rhythm and energy.

All of this combined has caused Eve to develop a refined and lively style of dance which is close to that performed by the dancers of the Golden Age of the Middle-East. It is a unique sensitivity of the body, unknown in the West and under threat from the western influence, that she seeks to convey through her services, lessons and projects.