Karine LaBel is an acknowledged freelance artist, dance choreographer and dance teacher living in Vienna. She sees her artistic contribution in creative personal development through dance and ceremonies. LaBel has been a lecturer at the University Sports Institute in Vienna since 2000, and has been teaching at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival since 2004.
LaBel’s roots are in Caribbean culture. Through her many years of experience in dance pedagogy, prodigious awards and performances in France, Germany, Austria, Thailand and Switzerland, she is well known as a performer, dancer and choreographer.
Karine LaBel was born in Haiti in Les Cayes in 1970. She began her dance training with the grande dame of Haitian and Modern Dance, Viviane Gauthier, and deepened her knowledge of traditional Haitian rituals with Matissou Legba in the legendary place of pilgrimage Lakou Souvenance. As a student of Georges Momboye in Paris, LaBel studied African dance over several years at the Centre de Danses Pluri-Africaines. She continued her training in Vienna in technical studies (contemporary dance training) at ImPulsTanz as a student of Geraldine Armstrong, Ismael Ivo, Bob Curtis and Irène Tassambedo, Jennifer Lacey and DD Dorvillier among others.
Karine LaBel’s aim is to impart the dynamic message at the heart of Afro-Haitian culture and illustrate its various intercontinental identities. Her repertoire ranges from Afro-Caribbean dance moves and traditional dances, to rituals and contemporary choreographic creations of her own.