Biography

Documentary filmmakers Olivia Rochette (1987) and Gerard-Jan Claes (1987) live and work in Brussels. They graduated in 2010 from the KASK – School of Arts in Ghent with Because We Are Visual. This documentary allows the viewer to discover the world of public video journals. It was shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, and Videoex, and was exhibited in museums such as S.M.A.K. and MAC’s. Since 2009, the duo has worked for Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her dance company Rosas. In 2012, Rochette and Claes made Rain, a documentary about the transmission of De Keersmaeker’s contemporary choreography to the classically-trained ballet dancers of the Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris. The film premiered at Film Fest Ghent and was also shown at Cinéma du Réel at Centre Pompidou, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Los Angeles Film Festival, etc. In 2013, the pair founded the production and distribution platform Zéro de conduite together with documentary filmmaker Elias Grootaers. The same year, they also established Sabzian, a collection of online reflections on cinema and an agenda listing cinephile events in Belgium and surroundings. Their newest film, Grands travaux is situated at the Institute Anneessens-Funck, a vocational school in the centre of Brussels, and premiered in 2016 at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in the Beursschouwburg, where Claes and Rochette have been associated artists since 2013.