Gioia Live

Gioia Live
02 Jul '21 to 04 Jul '21

Liat Waysbort has developed a distinctive dance language that is powerful and explosive, and at the same time fragile and thoughtful. She uses the whole body, including hands, feet, fingers, toes, eyes, tongue, and ears. Her work always has a recognisable human theme that touches the audience.

Julidans NL
Starting time 1 p.m.
Duration 50 minutes
Location Bellevue
Venue Palonizaal

During Gioia Fiorito's two manias her biggest dreams and darkest nightmares became reality. At full speed she became an unstoppable force of nature with a unique perception of the world around her. Now, ten years later, she lives a regular life, but not without the magnificence of her imagination. In Gioia Live, together with dancer Mara Hulspas, she honours the power of fantasy, dreams of the future and reflects on the past. With dance, video and text, a game unfolds between delusion and reality. The warm, elusive and powerful movements of Mara and the poetic, humorous and striking reflections of Gioia flow together in an intense performance that celebrates the autonomy of the individual.

-|-Waysbort began her dance career with Ohad Naharin's world-famous Batsheva Dance Company. She saw a performance by this choreographer that kept haunting her: Sinking of the Titanic (1986). The piece is inspired by the unyielding orchestra that kept on playing. None of the orchestra members survived the disaster. Years later, in 2017, Waysbort made her own interpretation of this performance, of which a first version could be seen at Julidans. Besides the inevitable disaster, the despair, the rupture in people's lives, she also emphasises hope and comradeship. Abstract dance language is made human and used by Waysbort to draw the viewer into the work.


choreography: Liat Waysbort
co-creation & performance: Gioia Norina Melody Fiorito & Mara Hulspas
artistic associate & dramaturgy: Annette van Zwoll
coaching & text advice: Grainne Delaney
lighting design & technical production: Maarten van Dorp
music: Guido Verwer
filmimages: Ton Peters nsc
business direction: Marten Oosthoek
production: Sabine Oldenburg
marketing & publicity: Maaike Tjepkema
with thanks to: Laura Stek, Witfilm, NTR, BAU Amsterdam
financially supported by: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Fonds21, Prins BernhardCultuurfonds and BNG Cultuurfonds


Julidans adheres to the corona measures in force, as drawn up by the RIVM and the central government. As long as the coronavirus is not yet under control, testing can help make more possible step by step. The national government uses access tests to facilitate social and cultural activities in a safe manner. You may also need a negative test result in addition to your entrance ticket.

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