Pierre Rigal (France)
Pierre Rigal originally trained as an athlete, specialising in 400m and 400m hurdles. He then went on to study mathematics and economics and graduated with a Masters in Cinema. His transition into contemporary dance was influenced by meeting choreographers and directors. In 2002, he joined a dance company with the choreographer Gilles Jobin. In November 2003, Pierre Rigal founded compagnie dernière minute. He choreographed and produced his first pieces, érection (2003), and Arrêts de Jeu (2006) with the director Aurélien Bory. In 2008, he created his solo press as international Associate of the Gate Theater in London. In 2009, he created asphalte, in the frame of the French festival Suresnes Cités Danse. He created his last piece Micro in Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland) in January 2011.