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The river © Ex novo 2019


Ex novo is a contemporary dance company created in 2018 by Antoine Arbeit and based in Bourgogne, France. Based on the Latin expression meaning "again" or "renewal", Ex novo draws its inspiration from the fields of science, literature and myths. In line with post-modern thoughts and the New French Dance movement, the creations proposed by the company combine a precise gesture with the emergence of a singular and poetic universe.
From 2021 to 2023, Antoine Arbeit is artist companion of the Atheneum - cultural center of the University of Burgundy.
In 2023, the company becomes a structure conventioned by the DRAC Bourgogne Franche-Comté (French state).

The river © Ex novo 2019

In order to carry his emerging choreographic works, Antoine Arbeit created Ex novo in autumn 2018 after his first choreographic research at the Royaumont Abbey, during the Prototype V (2017-18) and Dialogues IV (2019) training sessions. With Ex novo, he wants to raise public awareness of contemporary art by disseminating live performance objects, both in unconventional places and on stage, and actively participating in the cultural life of all territories.

Antoine Arbeit approaches the act of choreographic creation above all as an act of writing. The prism of writing, as the spatial and temporal organization of the body, allows an idea to take shape in order to elaborate a creative and intuitive object. In this writing, the body becomes a conscious, detailed, sensitive medium that evolves within a living structure, constantly evolving. This notion of permanent evolution is a common thread in the company’s creations.

Thus, in System (2021), the writing is structured around a succession of progressive shifts. The result is a dramatic line supported by the idea of a space-time always in motion, in transition. This writing of transitions reflects a general attention to the link, the transformation, and is in opposition to a writing of ruptures.
Finally, the company’s shows put to work a contemporary aesthetic that is generally abstract, the abstraction of the gesture being considered as the aesthetic most open to interpretations.


Since its creation, the company has carried out multiple artistic actions related to the territories. These actions, of multiple forms, are developed in close collaboration with the company’s partner structures.

Since 2019, the participants in these workshops have been very diverse: kindergarten and elementary students, middle school students, University students, experts, elderly people, etc.

To learn more about our mediation activity, click here.


The company Ex novo is accredited by the DRAC Bourgogne Franche-Comté (French State), and supported by the Bourgogne Franche-Comté Region as an aid to the emergence and artistic production.

Since 2020, it has also received support from Adami and SPEDIDAM for its projects.

It was supported by the association Danse Dense (pole of accompaniment of choreographic emergence) from 2019 to 2022.

System (creation 2021) has been selected by the Petites Scènes Ouvertes network as part of La Grande Scène 2021, and is also the winner of the Côte d'Or Young Talent Award - Contemporary Creation.

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