Brussels (Belgium), 1956

Thierry De Mey is a composer and filmmaker. The impulses associated with movement and leaping are undoubtedly guiding forces in his work: he views rhythm as, “a system that generates waves of falling motions and new developments.” De Mey writes mainly for dance and cinema. In his work with choreographers Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus, and Michèle Anne De Mey, he has stepped beyond his role of composer to offer valued collaboration in the invention of “formal strategies.”

This recipient of both national and international awards has had his music performed by major ensembles including the Arditti Quartet, the Hilliard Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, and Muzikfabrik. Thierry De Mey’s installations—where music, dance, video and interactive processes work together—have been presented at events such as the Venice and Lyon biennials as well as in many museums. Several of De Mey’s films have been broadcast on the Arte channel. Among other projects, he is currently at work on a film of one of Anne Teresa De Keermaeker’s choreographies: the Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un Faune. This film is part of a new project involving orchestra that will have its first of three releases in the fall of 2009.