Julidans x WhyNot: OFF VENUE: Tour C (start Chasséstraat)
A look into the kitchen of Amsterdam dance studios.
Starting point Chasséstraat 64
WhyNot x Julidans: OFF VENUE
In this pandemic world, where little work could be presented, artists and choreographers have been working hard behind the scenes, creating new pieces. That is why this year's OFF VENUE tour, set on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July in the afternoon, will guide you past several Amsterdam dance studios. The 'kitchens' of the dance and performance world, where makers cook up their performances.
This OFF VENUE tour lets you see exciting works by emerging choreographers and performance artists, while discovering the iconic buildings in which these studios are located, from former warehouse to monumental church.
-|-With the body extensions and portable musical instruments of Astrit Ismaili, an improvisation between hip-hop dancer Shailesh Bahoran and Indian sarod player Avi Kishna, a choreographic clash between geological elements, the digital world and robots by choreographer Elisa Zuppini with DJ James Whipple (M.E.S.H.) and the taming of a horse as a metaphor for self-control in Courtney May Robertson's multimedia performance. Come on a bike ride with us and take a look into the kitchen!
2 p.m. | Shailesh Bahoran x Chassé Dance Studios (Chasséstraat 64)
3 p.m. | Courtney May Robertson x Studio ITE (Eerste Helmerstraat 102)
4 p.m. | Elisa Zuppini x Jacuzzi (Warmoesstraat 139 A-G)
Shailesh Bahoran x Chassé Dance Studios
In Chassé we discover the role of improvisation within a creative process. We see how, through improvisation, worlds can collide, come together and feed off one another. Hip-hop dancer and choreographer Shailesh Bahoran enters into a live dialogue with the mesmerising sounds of the most popular Indian lute, the sarod, played by the virtuoso musician Avi Kishna. Shailesh is an experimental maker in the urban scene with strong roots in hip-hop culture. He is also highly successful as a choreographer in the dance world: His performance Lalla Rookh (2015) won the Danspublieksprijs [Dance Audience Award], Ignite (2017) was nominated for the Swan for the most impressive dance performance and with REDO (2019) the company won the Swan for the best dance performance. As a performer, Shailesh distinguishes himself by his versatility and phenomenal technique in various styles, including breakdancing and popping. In his work he often uses his Hindustani background as a source of inspiration.
Shailesh Bahoran is theatre maker, choreographer, dancer, coach and artistic director of the Illusionary Rockaz Company. Shailesh has a distinctive and free artistic vision: he always searches for the expression of contrast en for ways to touch and move his audience. He has worked with The Dutch National Ballet, Don't Hit Mama, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Codarts, Fontys, Vocaallab, Korzo, Spin off, Conny Janssen, the Amsterdam Academy for the Arts, and ISH Dance Collective which whom he performed at the Burning man festival in Nevada as well as on Broadway in New York.
Eerste Helmerstraat 102
Courtney May Roberston x Studio ITE
Courtney May Robertson will be presenting an unplugged version of her solo the pleasure of stepping off a horse when it’s moving at full speed. As a starting point, Courtney takes a metaphor for self-control; a rider taming a wild horse. She looks at the struggle between embracing one’s primitive desires, and regulating behaviour in accordance with societal pressures. Through a combination of poetry, dance, and song, she travels across landscapes of personal desires, memories, and fears. The space almost acts like a time capsule; intimate home videos are spliced with found footage of horse taming tactics and man-made disasters, amongst other imagery. An attempt to embrace the, sometimes messy, contradictions that make up a multifaceted human.
Courtney May Robertson (Scotland, 1992) is a performer and maker based in Rotterdam. Upon graduating from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in 2013, she joined Club Guy & Roni’s Poetic Disasters Club. She has since worked with Jan Martens, Connor Schumacher and Florentina Holzinger, amongst others. Alongside working as a performer, Courtney began creating her own work in 2015. Between 2015 - 2019 her small-scale, DIY and self-produced performances were shown at various underground venues across the Netherlands such as The Performance Bar and Hoboken. Courtney’s recent projects have been supported by Dansateliers, ICK Artist Space and Dans Brabant. In 2020 she was awarded De Troffel Prijs - Festival Cement's incentive prize for young makers - for her latest work THE WOMAN DESTROYED which will premiere in 2022. Courtney's work always starts with the body, but spans various disciplines including video, generative art and writing.
Warmoesstraat 139 A-G
Elisa Zuppini x Jacuzzi
In the Jacuzzi studio one of the Jacuzzi makers, Elisa Zuppini, will be presenting her performance Himalaya, performed by Federica Dalla Pozza. In Himalaya, Elisa continues her research into the reality as a complex entaglement of relational systems, within the body and beyond. For Himalaya she drew inspiration from contrasting elements. She combines the extemporaneous and textural features of the geological realm with the fragmented temporalities of the digital space and the repetition and obsessiveness of machinic bodies. In collaboration with DJ James Whipple (M.E.S.H), who plays live during the performance, these ideas are explored further. His sound interventions, sourced from both the geological and the synthetic, are as tectonic waves, encountering the body and reflecting off of it. The choreography lets all these systems clash, in an attempt to understand how these systems possibly operate in our own life and in our own body.
Elisa Zuppini (IT / NL) is a choreographer and dance maker. She graduated from SNDO- School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. Today, her choreographic research articulates around notions of relational movement and materiality in relation to the body and its affective dimensions. She is interested in the body as a transformative technology through which we can potentially access new (or lost) perceptions of reality, and those of relationality. Her work is presented both in theatrical and non theatrical venues - such those of the gallery, museums, dance clubs and academies. In 2016 she was awarded as Young Talent in Choreography from OpenFlr, Florence (IT), in 2018 she won the scholarship for Danceweb residency program at Impulstanz in Vienna (AT). Since February 2019 she is one of the supported artists by the dance company ICK Amsterdam.