Re:Move, exploring dance repertoire
Dance is essentially a transient art form because it is hard to note down. In our Re:Move festival we are presenting performers who make transmitting or reconstructing dance the subject of their production. The festival also wishes to pay tribute to Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham, two great artists who passed away last summer.
We show work by choreographers who reinterpret key pieces in the history of twentieth-century dance: from the 1913 Sacre du Printemps (Xavier Le Roy), through Mary Wigman’s 1929 dance cycle (Fabián Barba) to the postmodern dance of the great master Merce Cunningham (Boris Charmatz). The Steijn, Poelstra and Siewert trio – together called United Sorry – examines the most feminine of all art forms from a male point of view, focusing on such female pioneers as Martha Graham and Trisha Brown. Rachel Krische has adapted a solo by the American choreographer Deborah Hay. Jérôme Bel has the dancer Lutz Förster look back at his career with Pina Bausch.
Transmitting one’s own material is also the subject of some performances: deufert+plischke ask the American DD Dorvillier to reformulate their work. Vincent Dunoyer takes up the role of choreographer to teach five dancers parts he had previously performed himself. Jonathan Burrows is continuing to work on the notion of ‘translation’, one of his favourite themes.
In each case, the starting point is the here and now – the artist’s own methods – rather than performing an ‘historical’ reconstruction.
Apart from all these fines things you can also watch a huge number of dance videos – completely free of charge – and to bring the festival to a festive close you can, under the expert guidance of Maria Clara Villa Lobos, dance twentieth-century dance yourself at a lively tempo. Do that dance!
Re:Move, a Kaaitheater festival in association with the Beursschouwburg