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Jean-Laurent SASPORTES studied dance with Anne Marie Porras (Jazz), Peter Goss,
Hans Züllig, Jean Cebron (modern dance), Nina Vyroubova, Suzanne Oussov (ballet).
Diverses experiences with choreographers (Kei Takei, Alwyn Nikolais) completed his dancer and teacher formation (French diplom for modern dance teacher).
He practises Kinomichi (with M. Noro, founder of Kinomichi and of the International Kinomichi Center in Paris) and Tai Chi since more than twenty five years. He has, as kinomichi instructor his own group of Kinomichi students in Wuppertal since 2001.

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Jean Laurent Sasportes

1952
born in Casablanca

1970-75
Studies Mathematics, Physics an Philosophy in Marseille

1975
Breaks-off his University studies and begins to study modern dance in Paris with Peter Goss

Since 1979
solo-dancer in the Pina Bausch Company, dances in all repertory pieces through most of almost all important performing events around the world

Since September 1996
- independant dancer, actor, choreographer and teacher
- guest soloist with the Pina Bausch company for the repertory pieces but dedicates himself
- mainly to his own work.
Works also regularely with the director Yoshi Oida for theatre plays and operas
directing and choreographing and, later on as choreograph as well as actor with
the director Burkhard C. Kosminski in the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus.

Since 1989 and till September 2002
worked together with the musician Peter Kowald. This collaboration will the beginning of his work in improvisation and structured improvisation dance. Different little dance pieces have been created out of those collaborations (Stock, Security, Diva, Jeune Fille, Money, "let the trouble come when the trouble comes", "electroshock", "la vecchia" and "Ur"). This Duos work have been and still are presented through many countries around the world under the title "Short pieces".

In 1998
works with the students of the Folkwanghochschule in Essen on a choreographic project. The dancetheatre piece "Wumm Wumm, immer..." will be the result of this project.

In 1999
works with the students of the Arnhem Dance Academie and EDDC in Holland on a choreographic project. The dancetheatre piece "Meeting with an angel" will be the result of this project. Since then and till now, he will teach in the Academy as guest teacher.

In 2000
starts to work in collaboration with the musician Hans Reichel (e-guitar, daxophon).

In 2001
start his collaboration work with the Theater director Burkhard C. Kosminski and the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (Germany) as:
  - Choreographer for the theatreplay "Dancer in the dark" (a stage version of the film
- from Lars von Trier). Premiere 21st. October, in collaboration with the director
- Burkhard C. Kosminski.
  - an actor in the role of Enrique for the theatreplay "39,90" in the Düsseldorfer
- Schauspielhaus, directed by Burkhard C. Kosminski. Premiere 21st. November.
- This play will be showed through the whole season 2001-2002 and 2002-2003.

- First appearence of "Short Pieces" (Duo with Peter Kowald) in Canada at the Festival
- "a Pina Bausch Hommage" in Toronto (October 2001)

2002
- Choreography and directing work in collaboration with the choreographer
 Anne Marie Porras, as well as main role in the dance theatre piece "Paroles d'ange".
- Presented through France at the "Montpellier Dance Festival" in July 2002.
- First appearence of "Short Pieces" (Duo with Peter Kowald) in the U.S.A. at the Vision Art
- Festival in New York (June 2002). Unfortunatly, a few months later, Peter Kowald will die
- in New York from a heart attack after a concert.
- Performing the wohle season through with the Pina Bausch Company (repertory pieces)
- and as an actor in the play "39,90" (Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus).

2003
his work with the Theater director B.C. Kosminski and the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (Germany) continue as:
- Actor in the role of "Osip" for the theater play "Platonov" (Tchekov),
- (First on June, 5th)
- Choreograph for the theaterplay "Platonov"
- Leading the "Body and Movement" training for the whole Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
- Ensemble

and also performing the wohle season through with:
- the Pina Bausch Company (repertory pieces)
- the musician Hans Reichel in the Duo "Short Pieces"
- as an actor in the play "39,90" and the play "Platonov" (Tchekov) at
- the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus

2004
- First work with the direcor Michael Simon for the role of "Djami" in the opera
- "L'Espace Dernier", written by Matthias Pinscher for the "National Opera Bastille
- in Paris" (first: February 23rd. 2004)
- Start to work with the Japanese doublebass player Tetsu Saitho in Tokyo
- Performing and choreographing for the company "Mademoiselle Cinema" at SessionHouse - in Tokyo (8th. and 9th. August)
- Work as actor-dancer for the choreograph Caterina Sagna (Italy) for the creation
- "Heil Tanz" (First: Nov. 2004) and tour in many French towns
- Choreographic work for the play "the cat on a burning deck" from T. Wiliams with the
- director B.C. Kosminsky at the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus

and also, still performing the wohle season through with:
- the Pina Bausch Company (repertory pieces) in Tokyo, and Wuppertal,
- Pina Bausch Festival
- the musician Hans Reichel in the Duo "Short Pieces"
- as an actor in the play "39,90" and the play "Platonov" (Tchekov) at
- the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus

and still teaching in Wuppertal, Holland (ArtHez), Japan (Session House and Universities)

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2005
- First work with the violinist Gunda Gottschalk in "Short Pieces" at the Theatre Festival
- "Escenas Abiertas" in Burgos (Spain)
- First work with the doublebass player Pierro Leveratto in "Short Pieces" at the
- Teatro Modena "dell'Archivolto" in Genova (Italy))
- In the role of "Umberto" for the new play "Café Umberto" from Moritz Rinke with the
- director B.C. Kosminsky at the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus (world first premiere was
- 25th.September)
- Choreography for the play "Mythos, Propaganda and Catastrophe in Nazi
- Germany and today America" from Stephen Sewell for the Düsseldorfer
- Schauspielhaus, in collaboration with the director Burkhard C. Kosminski.
- Workshop "Omagio a Andrea Pazienza" at the Teatro Modena in Genova (Italy)
- Artistic Director for the "Ikonoclaste dance Festival, First Edition" in Wuppertal

and also still performing the wohle season through, with:
- the Pina Bausch Company (repertory pieces) in Wuppertal, London, Anvers, Salzburg,
 Lissbon)
- the company "Caterina Sagna" in the piece "Heil Tanz" (France, Rome)
- the company "Mademoiselle Cinema" (Japan) in the piece "Tokyo Tango" (Japan Tour)
- the musicians Hans Reichel, Gunda Gottschalk, in the Duo "Short Pieces"
- as an actor in the play "Platonov" (Tchekov) at the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus

2006
- Worshop for professionnal dancers and mentorship for the choreograph
- Newton Moraes in Toronto, Canada (January)
- Workshop "about Italo Calvino" at the Teatro Modena in Genova (Italy) in May
- "Short Pieces 2" in trio with the musicians Gunda Gottschalk (violin) and
- Pierre Jaquemyn (doublebass) at the Teatro Modena in Genova (Italy), both in May
- Training for the new Manheim Theater Ensemble from B.C. Kosminski (new theatre
director of the Manheim Stadt Theatre) in June
- Workshops in Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama) in August
- For the first time "Short Pieces 1 and 2" on tour in Japan with the musician Tetsu Saitoh
- (double bass) in September
- Artistic Director for the "Ikonoclaste dance Festival, Second Edition" in Wuppertal

and also still performing the wohle season through, with:
- the Pina Bausch Company (repertory pieces) in Wuppertal, Bruxelles, Tokyo)
- the company "Caterina Sagna" in the piece "Heil Tanz" (Strasbourg, Alés, France)
- the company "Mademoiselle Cinema" (Japan) in the piece "Tokyo Tango" (Japan Tour)
- as an actor in the play "Cafe Umberto" (Moritz Rinke) and the play "Platonov"
- (Tchekov) at the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus

2007
- Found the new Dance-theater Company "CafeAda" and present a new Dancetheater creation "Autant en Emporte le Temps"
(choreography and directing: JL Sasportes and Malou Airaudo)
25th. January (first), 2nd. and 10th. February in Cafe AdaOben, Wuppertal
3rd. November at the Teatro Festival Parma in Parma (Italy)
- Choreography for the theater piece "Europa" (directing Sebastian Baumgarten) for the Dusseldorferschauspielhaus.

Also
Performing:
- - with the Pina Bausch company (Paris, Wuppertal)
- - "Short Pieces" (Germany, Spain, Japan Tour 2007)
and Teaching:
- Body training for the Mannheim Theatre Ensemble
- workshop "Creation in progress part two" in Session House (Tokyo)

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2008,
- Japan Tour 2008 (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Hikone, Nagoya, Yugawara) with the musician
Tetsu Saitoh and the musician Olivier Manoury (bandoeneon), the Trio Chie no wa in the new performance «Remembering
Astor Piazzolla »
- first performance with the german musician Günter Baby Sommer (drums, percussions) at the first Internationales Tanztheater
Festival in Erfurt (Germany).
- first performance with the german musician Paul Hubweber (trombone) at the Klappsthzle festival in Wuppertal (Germany)
- is nominated Professor at the Tokyo Tech University for the “Center for World Civilisations”, and leads the Workshop “introduction to Dance and Choreography, a Metting between Dance and Science”.

- leads the Body and Movement Training for the Theatre Company of the Mannheim Theatre Ensemble (Mannheim, Germany)
- choreographer for the Theatre Company of the Mannheim Theatre Ensemble (Mannheim, Germany)
- performance of Café Müller and “Palermo,Palermo” with the Pina Bausch Tanztheatre in London Saddler’s Wells (February),
Tokyo (March), Lisabon – Portugal (Mai), Barcelona – Spain (September), Wuppertal (October), Dusseldorf (November).


Jean Laurent Sasportes works in his own studio and performing place, "AdaOben" Wuppertal, Germany. He founded the dancetheatre company “CafeAda” and leads this company as artistic director (the details of this work will be find in the brochure
« About my work , as CafeAdaDanceTheater« PDF part 5).
The third Edition of the “Ikonoclastes dance Festival" in Wuppertal Germany which was founded in 2005, took place on the 17, 18, 19 of October 2008 (twelve different pieces in three days event).

2009,
- second creation for the CafeAda dancetheatre company in collaboration with Mark Sieczkarek, René Alejandro Huari Mateus and Damian shöneberg as dancers and, Malou Airaudo as artistic adviser. This piece named «On Verra» was presented for the first time on February 12. and 13th. in CafeAdaOben and will be presented in the same place on May 14th. at the NRW09 dance Festival.

- First improvisation with the russian musician Arkady Shillkloper in collaboration with the great sculptor Tony Craag, at the Tony Craag Skulpturenpark in Wuppertal (Germany), April 2009 )
- «Short Pieces» in Lecce (Italy)  for the Dance Festival «La Francia si muove), April 2009, with the trombonist Paul Hubweber,  in collaboration with the French Ambassy in Italy.
- first work with the opera director Julia Heabler as dancer in the role of Faust for the production «Faust 2» with the Bremen Kammer Philharmonic, Dominique Horvitz, Etta Scolla and the 300 schoolchildren of the GSO in Bremen (Germany, June 2009)
- World Tour 2009 with the musician Tetsu Saitoh, Shizuoka (Japan) and for the first. Internationnal Dance Festival of Bogota (Columbia) "Impulse" with the piece "Short Pieces" (first apperance in South America).
- "Cafe Müller" with the Company Pina Bausch Tanzztheatre in Wuppertal and Sao Paolo (Brasil).
- still permanent guest teacher at:
    the Mannheim national theatre for the «Body and Movement training for the theatre company.
    the TokyoTech University in Tokyo as professor.

2010,
- Performance with the Wuppertal Pina Bausch Tanztheater (Seoul, Wuppertal, Lyon, Monaco).
- Japan Tour 2010 with the musician Tetsu Saitoh (new piece: «Rowing the Mimosa Boat» at PolePole (Tokyo) 9th. and 10th. April 2010.
- First European Tour with the musician Tetsu Saitoh (Wuppertal)

- directing the new piece «Revoluzzion zum Selbsmachen» for the Theatre du Pain at the Cafe Ada Oben (first: 11th. and 12th. December 2010).
- still permanent guest teacher at:
    the Mannheim National theatre for the «Body and Movement training for the theatre     company.
    the TokyoTech University (Center for the Studies of the world Civilisations) in Tokyo as     Professor for Dance and performing Art.
    the Session House in Tokyo, as Headmaster for the Summer Dance Academy.


2011,
- Performance with the Wuppertal Pina Bausch Tanztheater (Wuppertal, Hong-Kong, Weimar, Warschau, Nîmes).
- Organisation of the "Ikonoclaste Dance Festival 4th. Edition" at Cafe Ada Oben (January and February)
- Premiere of the Wim Wenders Film "Pina" at the Berlin Biennale Film Festival.
- Japan Tour 2011:
- with the musicians Tetsu Saitoh and Naoki Kita (a first version of the new piece: «Looking for Kenji» at Tokyo Technology Institute Performance Hall (Tokyo) 23rd. Mai 2011.
- with Gamma/Ut (Tetsu Saitoh's Doublebass Quintet).
- First appearance in Korea (Modafe Dance Festival) with the musician Tetsu Saitoh ("Pas de Quatre").
- First work with the video artist Kai Fobbe for the project "99 Bilder Bergischesland".

Permanent guest teacher at:
- the Mannheim National theatre for the «Body and Movement training for the theatre company.
- the TokyoTech University (Center for the Studies of the World Civilizations) in Tokyo as Professor for Dance and performing Art.
- the Session House in Tokyo, as Headmaster for the Summer Dance Academy.

2012,

- Presentation of the video Installation Work 99.Bilder Bergischesland. created by Kai Fobbe.
- second European Tour with the musician Tetsu Saitoh (Japan):
    - "Pas de Quatre" is presented at the Dancefestival "Les Hivernales d'Avignon" (France), in March 2012.
    - "Duo with Tetsu"
is performed in "Le Ring" Toulouse (France) in March 2012.
   - with the musicians Tetsu Saitoh and Naoki Kita (the final version of the new piece: «Looking for Kenji» with his company "Cafe Ada          Dancetheatre" a the Cafe Ada (Wuppertal), in MArch 2012.
- Performance with the Wuppertal Pina Bausch Tanztheater (Wuppertal, Paris, London).
- Japan Tour 2012 with the musician Tetsu Saitoh, and many other japanese artist (Tokyo, Yokohama).
- "Short Pieces" with Tetsu Saitoh at the "Wein und Theater Fest" of Radebeul in September.

guest teacher at:
- the Mannheim National theatre for the «Body and Movement training for the theatre company.
- the TokyoTech University (Center for the Studies of the World Civilizations) in Tokyo as Professor for Dance and performing Art.
- the Session House in Tokyo, as Headmaster for the Summer Dance Academy
- the Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf (Germany)
- La Luna Dance Workshop Summer Camp in Ancona (Italy)

2013,

- choreography work for the opera «Tannhauser» (R.Wagner) for the Deutsch Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf (Germany) in collaboration with the director B.C.Kosminski.
- Performance with the Wuppertal Pina Bausch Tanztheater (Wuppertal, Taipe, Goeteborg, Paris, Bordeaux, Naples)
- Japan Tour February 2013 (teaching, performance with Tetsu Saitoh and other japanese artist).
- Japan Tour August 2013 («Eurasian Echoes» new production from Tetsu Saitoh, teaching, performance).

- New creation, «Looking for Songs, an Operita» at PolePole (Tokyo) from Chie Inui, music composition Tetsu Saitoh (first in Japan).

- New Visual Art Project with Kai Fobbe (99orte in Tokyo-Manhattan-Zurich).

Still teaching modern dance, Kinomichi and his own body work named «Jansantaiso» at:

- the Mannheim National theatre for the «Body and Movement training for the theatre company.

- the Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf (Germany).
- In Tokyo, at the Session House Dance Studio, and the «Izuruba Studio.
- The Summer Camp «La Luna» (Ancona-Italy)
- Wuppertal.

2014,

- January 2014, «Looking for Songs, an Operita» (final version) is presented at Triphony Hall in Tokyo for the first time and followed by a tour through Japan (Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima, Ookayama, Iwakuni)
Story, texte and poems are written by Chie Inu, the music is composed by Tetsu Saitoh, interpretation by Tetsu Saitoh (double-bass), Naoki Kita (violin), Junko Saito (vocal), Olivier Manoury (bandoneon), dance and choreography, Jean Sasportes.

- Performance with the Wuppertal Pina Bausch Tanztheater (Wuppertal, London, Paris, Anvers)

- Japan Tour April 2014 (teaching, performance with Tetsu Saitoh and other japanese artist).

Still teaching modern dance, Kinomichi and his own body work named «Jansantaiso» at:
- the Mannheim National theatre for the «Body and Movement training for the theatre company.
- the Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf (Germany).
- In Tokyo, at the Session House Dance Studio, and at the «Izuruba Studio. 
- The Summer Camp «La Luna» (Ancona-Italy)
- Wuppertal.

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2015,

Choreography for Dance-theater, Theatre and Theatre Directing:
- February 2015: Choreographic work with the actors of the Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus (Dusseldorf) for the piece «Mord»  (Theaterstück in drei Akten und einem Epilog / Aus dem Hebräischen von Matthias Naumann / Im Rahmen der Jüdischen Kulturtage im Rheinland 2015) with the director Dedi Baron.
- September 2015: Choreographic and directing work for the piece« Romeo and Julia » (W. Shakespeare) in Wuppertal (director Robert Sturm). (August/September). First on September 11th.
- October 2015: Directing the new piece of Theatre du Pin, « Tam Tam ». First in Haus der Jungen in Wuppertal October 17th..
- November 2015: Choreographic work for the theatre piece «An und Aus » (Schimmerpfennig), for the director Burkhard C. Kosminski at the National Theatre Mannheim.
- December 2015: Choreographic work with the actors of the Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus (Dusseldorf) for the piece «Joseph und Maria»(theatre piece from Peter Turrini) with the director Alexander Kubelka. First Dezember 2nd.

Performing:
- Tour with the Tanztheatre Pina Bausch (Taipei in March, London in April).
- Japan Tour-1: with Tetsu Saitoh and guests in Tokyo (from March 11th. to March 29th.)
- Japan Tour-2:  with Tetsu Saitoh and guests  in Tokyo, Kyoto, Sapporo, Asahikawa, (from May 17th. to June 8th.)
- Improvisation performance with Anna Lisa Derossi and Jens Duppe in Konzertreihe Kommunikation 9.

Teaching:

- Dance and Improvisation Workshop in Berlin (Exploratorium Berlin) in February.
- Dance and Kinomichi Workshop in Tokyo (Izuruba Studio, Session House Dance Studio,)

- Dance and Jansannotaiso in Tokyo at Noriko’s Actors Studio, Miyuki’s Actors Studio, and in Hokkaido at Studio Red Berry in Sapporo, and at Studio Mokera in Asahikawa.(March and May 2015)

Still teaching modern dance, Kinomichi and his own body work method named «Jansannotaiso» at:
- the Mannheim National theatre (Germany).
- the Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf (Germany).
- In Italy, at The Summer Camp «La Luna» in Ancona-Italy (July 2015), and the « Palermo in Danza » Summer Dance Festival in Palermo-Italy. (September 2015)

The collaboration works in the psychiatry, started in 2014. This new field  keeps on its development:
- In collaboration with the director and the medical team of the « Clinique de Saumery » in Blois - France, I started to develop an experimental department for Dance-theatre for mentally diminished patient (October 2014). This project is a long term project with the goal to create a dance department including all allocations for teaching, rehearsals and performance.
- In collaboration with the Center for Autistism of Wuppertal, I started a work with patient. This work is based as first step in the observation of the movements that this kind of patient are doing with the idea to give them the possibility to develop another language of expression and of communication.
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2016,

Choreography for Dance-theater,  Theatre and Theatre Directing:
- January 2016: Choreographic and directing work with the actors of the Teatro Bondi in Palermo (Italy)for the piece «Kaen», Passione e Seduzione (Michele Perriera) with the director and actor Lolo Franco. 15. January.
- March 2016: New Choreographic Creation work about the theme « Selfies ». Under the direction of Christophe Rodatz and Wolfgang Suchner including three physically challenged actors.
- Mai 2016: « Mein Schloß »: New choreographic creation work about the theme autism. This work is a project for the « Center for Autismus » in Wuppertal, directing and choreography: Jean Laurent Sasportes.
- November 2016: Beginning of a new choreographic creation work about the mathematician « Boltzmann » and his work. This work is a project for the University of Mathematic of Wuppertal under the initiativ of Professor Barbara Ruediger-Mastandrea.
- December 2016: Beginning of the choreographic and visual directing work in collaboration with the director Burkhard Kosminski and the actors of the National Theatre of Mannheim. For the last work of Roland Schimmelpfennig « Das Grosse Feuer » which will be presented as world premiere in National Theatre Mannheim on January 22nd. 2017.

Performing:
- Tour with the Tanztheatre Pina Bausch (Paris in May and in September, Berlin in December).
- Japan tout 2016 with tetsu Saitoh (Pole Pole and Kid Ailack Hall in Tokyo) - October 2016

Teaching:
- Dance and Improvisation Workshop in Berlin (Exploratorium Berlin) in June.
- Dance and Composition Workshop in Bonn (Pina Bausch Foundation) in June.
- Dance and Composition Workshop in Ancona (Summer Camp «La Luna») in July.
- Jansannotaiso and Kinomichi in Tokyo at Izuruba in October.

Still teaching modern dance, Kinomichi and his own body work method named «Jansannotaiso» at:
- Aïkido Schule Wuppertal
- the Mannheim National theatre (Germany).
- the Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf (Germany).

The collaboration works in the psychiatry, started in 2014. This new field  keeps on its development:
- In collaboration with the director and the medical team of the « Clinique de Saumery » in Blois - France, I started to develop an experimental department for Dance-theatre for mentally diminished patient (October 2014). This project is a long term project with the goal to create a dance department including all allocations for teaching, rehearsals and performance.
- In collaboration with the Center for Autism of Wuppertal, I started in 2014 a work with patient. This work is based as first step in the observation of the movements that this kind of patient are doing with the idea to give them the possibility to develop another language of expression and of communication.

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