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The company à contre poil du sens

The company

The company à contre poil du sens is a professional contemporary dance company created in 2004 in Montpellier and revolves around creative projects by Matthieu Hocquemiller.

Since its creation, the company has received subsides from the Town of Montpellier and the Region of Herault's support scheme. The D.R.A.C for Languedoc Roussillon and Région Languedoc Roussillon have offered their support with our creative projects and some have received subsides from the Languedoc Roussillon's Adami and Réseau en Scène schemes.

Matthieu Hocquemiller, choreographer

Following his professional training in circus arts (Centre des Arts du Cirque- Montpellier) and then dance training, Matthieu Hocquemiller worked as a performer, dancer and acrobat for numerous companies and was awarded the ADAMI Dance Talents prize in 2004.

He created the Montpellier company à contre poil du sens in 2005 and now focuses on the choreography side having created "Bonnes nouvelles", "Jusque là c'est nous" (coproduced with the Festival Montpellier Danse) and "Post disaster dance", to name just a few.
Alongside his artistic activities, he studied for a Masters degree in Social Science and Humanities and is currently writing a research paper at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) as part of the "Political Gender and Sexuality" department.
He is passionate about the visual and is currently furthering his knowledge of video technology and digital tools (Ecole des Gobelins, Paris). He integrates the visual into his choreography projects and works on video installations and short films (selected at numerous festivals).

The extremely physical vocabulary of the first plays later gives way to a more synthetic poetic writing. The artistic drive is to question the body's relationship with its era and seek new aesthetic commitments. The body is therefore considered as a political challenge and dance considered as a place for physical connection and attachment.
In 2013/14, he will be dancing as a performer for Alain Buffard and working on a play (nou) co-produced by the Festival Montpellier Danse.