Over the last few years the South-African Moya Michael and the White Russian Igor Shyshko have worked with such companies as Rosas and Akram Khan. Shyshko grew up in the wake of the disaster at Chernobyl and Michael in the political upheaval of apartheid. Major influences that leave traces in minor lives. They try to trace their personal histories up to the moment they met. Darling is a confrontation between a macro- and a micro-world, with dance as the means of communication. This collaboration between two very exceptional, strong and emotional dancers produces a poetic performance.
Moya Michael was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and trained in ballet under the direction of Dianne Sparks. She obtained a national diploma in Contemporary and African dance at the Tswhane University in Pretoria. Following her diploma, she received a full scholarship to study at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) under the direction of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. She became a founder member of the Akram Khan Company, and toured his works internationally for five years.
Moya received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for dance at the National Arts festival in Grahamstown, South Africa in 2003. In the same year, she was nominated for a best dancer award at the ITS Festival.
In 2005, Moya returned to Belgium to join Rosas, de Keersmaeker’s company. She danced in the following pieces: A Love Supreme / Raga for a Rainy Season, D’un Soir Un Jour, Repertoire evening - Steve Reich Evening, Mozart Concert Arias , Zeitung and Rosas danst Rosas. She continues to work with Rosas on a freelance basis. Moya has danced with Eastman for the creation of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Babel (Words). Since 2003 she has made her own work; she was commissioned to make a piece for South Bank in London, a duet for the Attakallari Dance Company for the India Biennale in Bangalore and a solo (for two performers) which premiered at Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg in 2011. She created two pieces in 2013: DARLING, with Igor Shyshko, premiered in STUK Arts Centre in Leuven, Belgium and Echo, a group piece for the JinXing Dance Theatre in Shanghai, China. Moya worked with Congolese choreographer, Faustin Linyekula on The Dialogue Series: IV Moya, created in Kabako, Democratic Republic of Congo which premiered in Brussels at the KVS Theatre in 2014.
Igor Shyshko was born in the city of Gomel, Belarus. At the age of 16, Igor developed an interest in dance and joined the local community cabaret group ZAVTRA. In 1993, he moved to Minsk where he studied at the Belarusian University of Culture, completing majors in Contemporary and Folk dance. While studying, he performed with the group ‘Kvadro’ under the direction of Aslamova Inna. In 1997, Igor moved to Belgium to further his studies in contemporary dance at P.A.R.T.S. In his final year, he contributed to the creation of RUSH by Akram Khan.
From 2000 to 2010, Igor danced as a member of the Rosas dance company. He performed and toured numerous works internationally, contributing to the creation of Rain, April me, Bitches Brew /Tacoma Narrows, Kassandra, Raga for the rainy season / A love Supreme, D’un Soir un Jour, Bartok - Beethoven, Schoenberg, Repertory Evening - Steve Reich Evening and Zeitung. Igor continues to freelance with Rosas for his role in Drumming.
In 2010, he participated in the creation Minutes Opportunes for the Company Michèle Noiret. He continues to tour with this piece. Igor also dances with iconic choreographer Marc Vanrunxt, with whom he has created three pieces; Zeit and Abstraction and Vanrunxt’s latest piece, Art Touches the Sky and the Earth (Xavier Mellery, 1901) danced on the sea shore; the edge of culture and nature. He will be performing with Arco Renz in his latest creation Dust. Igor has practiced B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga for 15 years.