Cie.OFEN is the creative base for dancers and choreographers: Gala Moody and Michael Carter. Utilising over 15 years experience working in world renowned companies like Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus, Cie.OFEN serves as a platform for Gala and Michael to create distinctive, original and accessible productions.
Gala and Michael take inspiration from multiple art-making processes which have become the backbone for Cie.OFEN creations. With strong influences from literature, theatre, sculpture, poetry and performance art. Cie.OFEN works with many people to bring the different elements of the pieces to stage, and has so far had the support and pleasure of working with Danny Willems, Renato Seixas, India Flint, Sascha Budimski, Giacomo Gorini and Geoff Cobham.
The name Cie.OFEN is an anagram which is derived from the title of Cie.OFEN’s debut work One Final Evolutionary Note which premiered in 2014 in the Spring Forward festival (Umeå, Sweden) and also saw Cie.OFEN’s selected by Aerowaves as a priority company in 2014. One Final Evolutionary Note is a 30 minute performance that has been adapted to be staged in different time sequences, from 15 minutes to 3 hours.
After One Final Evolutionary Note, Cie.OFEN made a giant leap into what became The Vase. An evening length work about the destruction and power of love, The Vase premiered in Wim Vandekeybus’ Ulti’mates Festival (Kortrijk, Belgium) in October 2015.
Whilst continuing to tour these 2 works, development has already began for Cie.OFEN’s next creation titled New People which premiers at the end of 2018.
Cie.OFEN’s base is shared between Belgium and Germany.
Gala Moody & Michael Carter
Gala and Michael first met in 2005 while working at Leigh Warren & Dancers in Adelaide, South Australia. the have always been involved in each other’s creations interchanging the role of dancer and choreographer. Even through a move from Australia to Europe and both working in different countries, Gala and Michael have continued to work together whenever they could.
In 2012, Gala and Michael conceived of the idea to come together for a short period of time in a studio in Brussels, where for the first time they collaborated artistically on equal footing. What resulted was a spontaneous and delightfully potent work partnership, which became the central artistic outlet for both of their independent research and thoughts on theatre and dance.