Antonin’s humor can be cruel or dark at times, and the funny twists of reality subtly draw the spectator into a world where the familiar is no longer what it seems. Behind the comic relief and apparent lightness, there is always an awareness of the emotional contradictions and fluid complexity of life.
Antonin Comestaz is a French choreographer based in The Hague (NL). Characteristic for his work is its playful tone and a personal, inventive, and detailed dance vocabulary with elements borrowed from folk, mime, breakdance, commercial dance, ballet, contemporary dance, and cartoons. Within a piece, drastic shifts of styles and genres may occur, knitted together by a fine sensibility for the absurd (which is considered by him as synonymous with humor and defined as something that doesn’t make sense but nevertheless is instinctively understood).
Antonin regularly creates works under the wings of the Korzo production house in The Hague, but also for various companies and distinguished dance academies. Alongside choreography, Antonin composes music for his own works as well as commissions work for other choreographers.
Antonin graduated from the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1999 and went on to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet (1999-2000), the Hamburg Ballet (2000-2008), Tanz Theater München (2008-2010), Ballet Mainz (2010- 2012), and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam (2012-2013). During his tenure at these companies,he has created several short pieces, including: “Flesh and Blood” selected at the 22nd International Choreographic Competition Hannover (2008), “Playground” (2009), and “She”, which received the 1st prize for the dancer, the 3rd prize for the choreography, and the audience award at the 14th Stuttgart International Solo Dance Theater Festival (2010).
In 2013, Antonin leaped into freelancing as a choreographer. That year he created the cross-genre piece “Out of the Grey”, commissioned by Korzo, which was one year later selected as one of the Priority Companies by the Aerowaves network. In 2015, he created and self-produced the duet “Then, Before, Now, Once more” which has been performed throughout the Netherlands and was invited to numerous international choreographic competitions and festivals.
For his first full-evening piece “Surface Image” he received the prestigious BNG Bank Dance Award 2018, with which he created and toured the duet “Ü”. That same year he made the solo “Brandon” for dance icon Parvaneh Scharafali, co-produced by Korzo and Netherlands Dance Theater. In 2019 , he was invited to create a piece for the 10 dancers of the Round House Company in Shenzen. At the end of that year, Korzo and NDT commissioned him to create his third full-evening production “For all we know”, that premiered as one of the opening performances of the Holland Dance Festival 2020. The tour was disrupted by the Corona outbreak.
Because of the pandemic, the premieres of two already finished pieces for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and MiR Dance Company Gelsenkirchen, had to be postponed.