Magic of Fabien Prioville Dance Company

Fabien Prioville. French choreographer and artist.

As a big Pina Bausch fan, I was first aware of Fabien Prioville, as a dancer, through Wim Wenders movie, award-winning documentary “Pina”. Briefly, I saw him also in Pedro Almodovar’s opening dance scene for “Talk to her” in the performance of Café Müller, by Pina Bausch. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film while Almodóvar won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

Fabien Prioville – Made at Home

Amazing new work created at home during COVID-19 pandemic. May 2020.

Artist Statement

The current COVID-19 crisis leaves thousands of performing artists unable to produce works. This film was conceived and made at home, in reaction to this worldwide pandemic.

We wanted to talk about our containment, the relationship with the body that has disappeared from our daily routines, but also to share our frustration due to the total lack of physical interactions essential to our profession as a dancer. This is a dance testimony turned towards an unknown destination.

– Prioville

Fabien Prioville – the Artist

Fabien Prioville and Asuza Seyama, Time for Us.
Fabien Prioville and Asuza Seyama. Time for Us. Photo credit Mischa Lorenz.

Fabien is much more than an incredibly talented dancer. Over the last 10 years, he has been choreographing compelling contemporary works with his own fabien prioville dance company. Various commissioned works brought him to New York’s Juilliard School as well as to Japan, USA, and Australia. Prioville graduated at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers. Later on, he worked with Édouard Lock and his company ‘La La La Human Steps’ in Canada, before he joined Philippe Blanchard in Stockholm. In 1999, he became a member of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal before starting his own cutting edge dance company.

Time for Us, Fabian gracefully supporting Asuza
Time for Us. Photo credit Mischa Lorenz.

Time for Us

“Time for Us” premiered in Atlanta and I had a great joy to experience it from the heart. It was a thought-provoking and creative piece about a couple sharing creative and personal space. It explored also how those worlds intersect. I have the great pleasure of following Fabien’s work. From virtual reality and modern technologies to exploring deeply personal and emotional fabric in all of us, his work spans through many mediums.

Fabien is a creative force to be reckoned with.

Through my determination, and passion for my art, my parents became aware, and understood that there is out there content of a different sorts, content that expresses itself with powerful images and strong physicality. Once in touch with it, it opened up their eyes and souls. The power of emotions generated through performing art is like no other.

Fabien Prioville
Wim Weders Movie “Pina”, Fabien Prioville and Asuza Seyama.

If you enjoyed reading about Fabien’s work, check his performance schedule.


  • Bea

    This is looking amazing – very contemporary. It was an interesting read. And videos are very original.
    I really like your blog – keep on going

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you for your kind comment – I am glad that you enjoyed it. Contemporary dance is wonderful, and anything from Fabien is delightful. Art is like universal language, it moves us no matter where we are from. And that impact is amazing.

  • Andrej

    I actually watched Pina, quite by chance, and liked it (although my knowledge of dance is almost non-existent). I thought her school of thought was quite contemporary and century-defining. I noticed that there was a lot of emphasis in hands and arms in this dance routine and came across as being quite avant-garde. Thank you for this article!

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      I am so glad that you are familiar with Pina’s work! When I discovered it, the whole new world opened to me. The way of expressing, her process, that was drawing from personal experiences. I always loved that she said “I am not interested in how people move, but what moves them”. I find it amazing, coming from choreographer. And that was her essence., reaching to a very human experience.

      Fabian has his voice that is equally compelling. I must admit, that I am huge fan of a contemporary dance. And as audience, I also look for that quality in art – that something moves me. When I find it, it is a pure bliss.

      There are some moments of wondrous slowness in “Time for us” by Fabien Prioville that were simply out of this world. They still stayed with me, many years after.

      • Andrej

        I’m merely an amateur connoisseur or not even that, so I’m afraid I cannot contribute anything of value here. 🙂 Even with this limited knowledge, I could understand why something so groundbreaking came out of that philosophy, as I was watching.

        I will try to bear that in mind and see if I can find something of his. Belgrade’s BITEF (as I’m sure you know) devotes a big portion of its programme every year to contemporary dance. And it’s due soon.

        • zestandcuriosity (author)

          BITEF is actually amazing, and has consistently an excellent program. Please keep me posted. Also Belgrade has great contemporary dance festivals. Culture, social life and even partying, has been always at the top in few of the best things that Belgrade can offer.

          • Andrej

            I will! Indeed, this time of year is particularly bustling with events. Love the fall in Belgrade (also) for that very reason.

          • zestandcuriosity (author)

            Please keep me posted, I am so curious. Belgrade has an excellent art scene. Thank you.

  • sirglio frei

    I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. Cheers

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you very much.

  • Ivana

    “Pina” by Wim Wenders is an incredible film.
    I will look out for Fabien.
    Thank you for the introductions!

  • zestandcuriosity (author)

    Thank you for your kind comment Ivana! I think you will enjoy Fabien’s work quite much.

  • wspomaganie sprzedaży mieszkań

    I’m extremely inspired with your writing skills as neatly as with the format for your blog. Keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you for your kind words.

  • Kirk Hanson

    I can’t imagine how difficult it must be, during this lousy Rona, to be a dancer, or a performance artist, or any other physical performer —

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Oh yes, these are such a challenging an unimaginable time for dance and performance artists. Fabian was doing some cool stuff with all those challenges. Creativity doesn’t have limit. I think we all, no matter the profession had lost that beauty of touch. I have a blog post about it, you might enjoy it. Thank you Kirk for this very gracious comment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *