Pé Vermeersch (° 1969)
Trained as a dancer from childhood, Pé has been active in the Flemish theatre circuit as an actress with several companies, from a very young age. With a degree of Master in philosophy (Universities of Ghent and Brussels) and intrigued by the possible sacred character of dance and theater, she studied traditional dance forms of the East, like Kathakali and Noh. Laureate of different awards and scholarships (a.o. Europalia Nippon-Kinen, Honda Foundation, Bunka-cho Japan) she managed to study and live in Japan for two and half years. She studied in particular with the controversial anthroposophist and butoh master Akira Kasai, for and with whom she danced in the USA and Japan, and with butoh master Min Tanaka. Since 2002, Pé, together with her ‘radical hearts’ dance company, elaborated the range of experienced influences into her own dance vocabulary. Belgium based, she has developed three main performances that have been programmed internationally : ‘Blondes have no soul’, ‘It Organs / the body’ and ‘Making the skies move’. Pé’s creations are characterized by radicality, sensibility and mental abandon.
She teaches regularly since 2002 in his own studio, currently located in Kortrijk, and was also called upon as a teacher in the international theater world, such as Fratellini School and CND in Paris.
Since 2005, Pé develops also a graphic and visual work, strongly related to her quest in dance and the energetic body.