ON THE CUSP

Ian Kaler / Cullberg Ballet (AT/SE)
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ON THE CUSP

Ian Kaler / Cullberg Ballet (AT/SE)

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"Original, accessible and thought-provoking," is what the world-famous Swedish Cullberg Ballet calls the work of Ian Kaler, and asked him to create a new work for them. It fits in with the new company direction, which opens its doors to original talent. ON THE CUSP is a large-scale performance with fourteen dancers about the desire to belong to the group, driven by energetic electrical rock.

Mon 8 July 20:30
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Grote Zaal

Dutch premiere

60 minutes
No intermission
€30 / 25 / 20 / 12,50 / 10
Julidans Young €15

Virtuoso dance performance with the energy of urban dance and rock.

"Original, accessible and thought-provoking," is what the world-famous Swedish Cullberg Ballet calls the work of Ian Kaler, and asked him to create a new work for them. It fits in with the new company direction, which opens its doors to original talent. ON THE CUSP is a large-scale performance with fourteen dancers about the desire to belong to the group, driven by energetic electrical rock.

The title ON THE CUSP refers to the threshold between youth and adulthood. That moment when we ‘become someone’, searching for our place in the world. Every dancer from the Cullberg brings his own story, together they form a group. In a decor appearing as a sports hall, or a gym, Kaler strings those stories together and connects the biographical with the imaginary.

Never before has Kaler made such a large-scale performance, but he is in full flight. With fourteen dancers, live video and the electrical rock of the band Planningtorock, Kaler creates a series of portraits of the dancers in a large-scale production about growing up and team spirit.

‘Ian Kaler is one of the best in his generation. His work has fascinated me ever since I saw his queer solo Save a horse, ride a cowboy, which he made as a student in Berlin. He is original, dares to take risks and has a unique style. His work brings you along, is accessible and makes you think’, says Gabriel Smeets, artistic director of the Cullberg Ballet.

The British Planningtorock - the alter ego of the transgender electrical composer and producer, Jam Rostron - wrote a soundtrack to the performance during the creation process. ON THE CUSP is a virtuoso dance performance with the energy of urban dance and rock .