Alain Guisan (1969, Swiss)

Sound artist and choreographer with a special interest in Butoh dance, he leads the B-polar company since 2000. Graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), he decided then to turn to an artistic career. At first, he resumed studying violin at the conservatory of music, which he stopped about ten years earlier, before undertaking a Master in Digital Art (music section) in Barcelona, where he stayed during two and half years. During this time, he specialized in the study of the interaction between movement and sound, and the creation of electro-acoustic sculptures. In parallel, he developed an in-depth work with Butoh dance, which he studied notably with Japanese Butoh Master Masaki Iwana. Between 2004 and 2005 he stayed 10 months in Japan (Kyoto), where he trained Butoh dancing and Taiko (Japanese drum) thanks to a Fellowship from the Japan Foundation. During the last few years, he realized several performances and sound installations in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada.