6: THE SQUARE
6: THE SQUARE is part of Nicole Beutler Collection: a four-day overview and anniversary festival around the work of theatre maker and choreographer Nicole Beutler. Internationaal Theater Amsterdam and Theater Frascati will present highlights from ten years of Nicole Beutler Projects. Discover the cross-border performances of this unsurpassed 'visual artist in the theatre'.
This performance can be combined with 5: ECHO in one evening.
Defining, creating frames, drawing boundaries, inside-the-box thinking: square.
Dance performance 6: THE SQUARE is the second part of the Bauhaus trilogy where Nicole Beutler always takes a basic shape as a starting point. For this performance, that's the square.
6: THE SQUARE focuses on man's need to create order in a constantly changing world. Defining, creating frames, drawing boundaries, inside-the-box thinking: square. What role does this man-made shape play in our society? In a festive ritual, eight dancers and one actress lead you through an elusive landscape of possibilities.
In this second part of the Bauhaus trilogy about the basic principles of circle, square and triangle, Beutler makes the constant tension between the abstract and the organic tangible. The square brings tranquillity and stability, it frames but also excludes, it is limiting but also safe. Together with DJ/composer Gary Shepherd, lighting designer Minna Tikkainnen and costume designer Jessica Helbach, Nicole pushes the 'square' to the limit and exposes our deep-rooted desire for nuance, poetry and liveliness.
Inspired by the mathematical efficiency of urban life, Piet Mondriaan's magical-abstract art and the hierarchical patterns of American Square Dance, 6: THE SQUARE is a plea for freedom in which dance, fashion, the visual arts and contemporary electronic music come together.
The Bauhaus Trilogy
Circle, square and triangle: abstract shapes that were important to the Bauhaus art school at the beginning of the 20th century. Director and choreographer Nicole Beutler took these abstract forms as the starting point for three performances: 5: ECHO (the circle), 6: THE SQUARE (the square) and 7: TRIPLE MOON (the triangle). These dance pieces invite us to reflect on the norms and values of society and on how we organize our lives. A ritual about time, an encounter with populism and an invitation to new feminism. The geometric shapes provide Nicole Beutler with a framework that emphasizes extremes and encourages the viewer to think.
Film in de ITA Salon
Een grote groep line dancers gaat met een witte touringcar naar Amsterdam om een flashmob te doen op de Dam. Vaak wordt zo’n verrassingsoptreden uitgevoerd door jongeren, maar nu zijn het ouderen die zichzelf met veel plezier aan de omstanders laten zien.
"Wat ons het meest heeft geraakt tijdens het maken van Diamond Dancers, de dansfilm die wij samen met Nicole Beutler in het kader van Point Taken hebben gemaakt, is de samenwerking met de amateurdansers. Het is erg indrukwekkend om te zien wat dans in een mensenleven kan betekenen." Quirine Racké & Helena Muskens
Deze korte film van Nicole Beutler, Quirine Racké en Helena Muskens is doorlopend te zien in de Salon van ITA. Op zondag van 17:00 tot 23:00 en maandag van 17:00 tot 22:00.
Nicole Beutler Collection
For the first time, the big-stage Bauhaus trilogy 5: ECHO (i.c.w. ICK), 6: THE SQUARE and 7: TRIPLE MOON will be performed back to back. Also on the programme are the established Beutler classics 1: SONGS and 3: THE GARDEN. And a newly-premiered remake of the exact position of things (2005) will run throughout the NBcollection week.
in the collection are the calling cards of Nicole and her regular team:
composer Gary Shepherd, lighting artist Minna Tiikkainen, costume
designer Jessica Helbach and dancers Marjolein Vogels, Hillary Blake
Firestone and Christian Guerematchi.
'In a time when defining boundaries seems to be very important to many people, Beutler's work is extremely topical.' - Het Parool
'Eight dancers dance zig-zagging windmill patterns in a tight square, inspired by an amazing beat. "Beutler cuts the hour stylistically into quarters.' - de Volkskrant
'The MC, dressed in traditional dance clothes (complete with cowboy hat), gets the audience going and accompanies the eight dancers from abstract and anonymous rhythmic dance to a teeming orgasmic climax.' - Metropolis M
'Beautiful young dancers draw the audience into their strictly rhythmic world set to pounding electronic music. I want more!' – Youth platform de PIT, 24/05/201
choreography and direction Nicole Beutler
with Alice Gioria, Deborah Abrahams, Christian Guerematchi, Hillary Blake Firestone, Dereck Cayla, Benjamin Kahn, Cherish Menzo, Patrick Schmatzer, Marjolein Vogels
music Gary Shepherd
costumes Jessica Helbach
lighting design Minna Tiikkainen
scenography Tim Vermeulen & Nico de Rooij
Dramaturgy Felix Ritter and Justa ter Haar
Text based on manifestos by Tarkovsky, a boy, Marine Le Pen, Victor Orban, AfD, Donald Trump, a woman, Otto Piene
Scen photography Anja Beutler