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You Better Move #7 - Wonderland of the night.

Dansmakers & Nedda Sou

This was, I think, the first time I came to Dansmakers Amsterdam and I had genuine fun. Don’t get me wrong, this “platform for new artists” has tickled my senses in other ways in the past, but this 7th edition of You Better Move – co-curated by Nedda Sou and seen on 8 November – […]

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Jezebel

Cherish Menzo

Cherish Menzo is a rock-solid, captivating performer. In her solo Jezebel, premiered during the To Voice Festival at Frascati on 5 November, she revisits the video vixen, an ideal avatar to touch on very current and polemic debates such as new forms of feminism and misogyny in hip hop culture. A shorter version of the […]

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8.2

Radouan Mriziga

A bare stage. One by one, seven dancers walk into the space and start recomposing it, drawing it as it were with their presence, their movements and, at times, also their voices. The beginning of 8.2, seen at De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam on October 30th, is not unfamiliar to contemporary dance: the idea that […]

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Saison Sèche

Phia Ménard / Cie. Non Nova

The category is: Sickening. In RuPaul’s Drag Race sense of the word. In Saison Sèche (Dry Season) we are invited to witness the demise of a system in decay, fast-forwarded by the outright anger of performance-artist Phia Ménard: sick of the battles she has to fight as a trans-woman, sick of the slut shaming she […]

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Kunstkamer

Marco Goecke, Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite

De Kunstkamer, the super-production celebrating NDT’s 60th anniversary, premiered on October 3th at the Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague. An almost two-hour long statement in defence of this rare stronghold: a generously supported, stable, neoclassical dance company without hierarchies, premiering on a big stage, accompanied by a live orchestra… the whole shebang.   A Kunstkamer is […]

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Shot

Jasper van Luijk / Shifft

“Let us take you to a world where photography becomes physical”. The program for SHOT, which premiered last Thursday at Korzo in The Hague, is full of powerful reflections. For one, the handout explores the complex relationship between dance and photography, two art forms traditionally obsessed with the manipulation and suspension of time. It also […]

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Ounce of Faith, Juba, In/Side, Revelations

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

In the foyer of the New Luxor Theater in Rotterdam, several banners serve as an improvised photo-call. A Dutch woman of colour struggles to make a satisfying selfie with a scene from the ballet Revelations in the background, until another (white) woman steps in and offers to help her out. “Make sure the name of […]

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Kind

Gabriella Carrizo & Franck Chartier / Peeping Tom

We are on the outskirts of an anything but pleasant forest. On the right side of the stage a last tree-line defends its secrets, while on the left we see a bare cliff of white rocks. A liminal space, an in-between. In it, Eurudike De Beul plays a child. This woman, a short, fifty-something opera […]

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