The Black Piece
Darting from absolute darkness to harsh bright light, Ann Van den Broek orchestrates a choreographed journey that evokes the magic of film noir. An extreme sensory adventure. Brilliant.
Black is Beautiful
An anthropologist of our most archaic instincts and urges, the Belgian-Dutch artist Ann Van den Broek examines the intimate fibers of our fascination with darkness. She ventures deep into dubious spheres, moving from total darkness to harsh, piercing light in this choreographed journey that evokes the shadowy world of film noir. An extreme sensory adventure.
A rising gust of wind, hasty footsteps, the sweat of fear. An extreme close-up of a panicked face lacerates the night-time. Avoiding the gaze of the camera, the dancer returns to the shadows. A flashlight suddenly reveals an intimate encounter. A wisp of a dream is traced on skin. Fear slithers into eroticism, into dream fantasy as we journey into the outer limits of the symbolism of black. Light floods the space, highly charged bodies become incantations and then are masked in another blackout. The senses are in turmoil and the imagination atingle, nourished by the undertow of this mysterious dance of darkness. Strong sensations, haunting images. Brilliant.
Produced by WArd/waRD
Concept, choreography and costume design Ann Van den Broek
Performed by Louis Combeaud + Ferhat Günes + Frauke Mariën + Nik Rajšek + Emma Seresia + other performers
Live camera Thorsten Alofs
Lighting design Bernie van Velzen
Music composer Arne Van Dongen
Vocal performance Gregory Frateur
Set design Ann Van den Broek + Bernie van Velzen
Created with the support of Performing Arts Fund NL (The Hague) + Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (Amsterdam)
Co-produced by ccBerchem (Antwerp) + Korzo producties (The Hague)
Presented by Infopresse with the support of Performing Arts Fund NL
Premiered at ccBerchem, Antwerp, June 14, 2014
Ann Van den Broek (Antwerp + Rotterdam)
Fully committed to choreography after a rewarding career as a dancer, Ann Van den Broek challenges conventions both social and aesthetic. The focus of her research is human behaviour which she clinically dissects, extracting deep emotions, be they luminous or very dark.
Humanity Inside Out
It is contemporary life that this choreographer from the Belgian-Dutch company WArd/waRD places onstage in clear, striking fashion and with boundless physical energy. She was invited by Tangente in 2002 with her piece Quartet with One. 11 years later she was at Usine C with Co(te)lette. That trenchant piece about female desire and the objectification of women was, like The Black Piece, the recipient of a Swan Award for most impressive dance production, the most prestigious Dutch dance prize. To date Ann Van den Broek has created some 20 works including films and in situ pieces. Initially focused on the dancing body and the exacerbation of movement, she is increasingly inspired in her research by the language of signs and gestures. For the past few years she has added another perspective to her work by using audiovisual techniques to reinforce the sensory experience, to deconstruct the space and to reconsider the relation with the audience, which has led to powerful yet accessible works that question the world and rejuvenate dance.