A native of Albi, France, choreographer and dancer Louisa Rachedi is a former company member of the National Ballet of Canada and Martin Schläpfer’s Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg. Over the span of her thirteen-year career, she has performed a wide variety of works including those of classical and contemporary masters George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Martin Schläpfer, Mats Ek, Merce Cunningham and Hans van Manen. In addition she has worked with choreographers Sharon Eyal, Michael Schumacher, Francesca Harper and Guy Nader on refining her understanding of improvisation techniques.
Now an independent artist, Louisa expanded her focus from performanceto creation. She choreographed her first piece “Fieldwork” for the dancers of Ballett am Rhein which premiered in June 2016.
Since 2017, she creates and performs under the banner of Limbic Shift. A project-based performing arts company she co-founded with her collaborator Jan van de Weyer which focuses on developing multi-faceted, collaborative contemporary works. Limbic Shift’s productions include In a Landscape, a commissioned work by Martin Chaix as well as Chimera, a duet created by Louisa Rachedi.
Jan van de Weyer
Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, Jan van de Weyer studied Philosophy and Art History at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf before shifting his focus towards acquiring a degree in Physiotherapy and Manual Therapy.
Parallel to heading an independent practice, Jan is currently pursuing his art studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under the tutelage of Professor Grünfeld.
Since 2015, he has had four solo exhibitions: HEADS in May 2015; RAW in November 2015; CONSTELLATIONS in August 2016 and MIXED PICKLES in May 2017; both under the umbrella of the gallery RUTTKOWSKI; 68 in Cologne, Germany. Thus far, his work includes the exploration of materials such as wood, stone and clay as well as plaster and mixed-media.
Interested in the potential that lies between the interaction of the visual arts and the performing arts, Jan co-launched the platform Limbic Shift with partner Louisa Rachedi in 2016.