Anna Pavlova Ballet Photo Contest 2016 Magic On Stage Category Winner Han Balk has done a series of works with the protagonists of his winning image – INTRODANS, shooting at their new program TUTTI – Introdans.
In the 2016/17 season Introdans will have been around for 45 years. So the company is celebrating this in grand style with TUTTI, a programme in which both Introdans ensembles dance no less than three premieres by internationally celebrated choreographers. Flemish-Moroccan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Italian Mauro Bigonzetti and Greek Dimitris Papaioannou each give their own, highly individual twist to contemporary dance art. In TUTTI they present serene beauty alongside passionate, earthy dance.
Introdans is extremely proud to be the first Dutch company to present the beautiful In Memoriam by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (in a complete version, because Introdans has previously danced a fragment from this choreography). In this meditative work – which is a homage to his ancestors – internationally acclaimed Cherkaoui examines the connection between reality and memory. In an imaginary underworld the dancers explore magnetic and polarising forces such as gentleness and aggression, attraction and repulsion, all to mesmerising effect.
Cantata is completely different in style: a raw, passionate ‘power piece’ in which choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti brings to life various characters in an Italian village. Maybe it’s during the closing hours of a wedding party: there’s affection and love in the air, but sometimes standpoints clash both verbally and physically. In this work – which can count on standing ovations – Bigonzetti shows his special talent for large ensembles of dancers and mixes folk and contemporary styles in a totally natural manner.
Although the Greek director, choreographer and visual artist Dimitris Papaioannou has built a huge international reputation, none of his works have been presented in Dutch theatres until now. Among Papaioannou’s achievements are the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and of the first European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2015. What makes his work so special is his ability to create pure magic with minimum means. A short but impressive scene in his production Nowhere illustrates this perfectly: a long line of dancers enclose and undress a pair, as the arms of the ensemble form an enchanting, constantly undulating sea.
In Memoriam – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Introdans premiere of complete version)
Cantata – Mauro Bigonzetti (Introdans premiere)
(excerpt from) Nowhere – Dimitris Papaioannou (Dutch premiere)
Performance period until 16 December 2016
All photos by ©Han Balk, the information courtesy by INTRODANS. All rights reserved.