Memory Loss is the third and last production in Ann Van den Broek’s triptych, The Memory Loss Collection; a project consisting of a research phase and the creation of three successive performances on the theme of dementia and amnesia.
start at 19:30
duration 85 minutes
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'Ann Van den Broek finds a terribly beautiful form for a terribly cruel illness' – de Volkskrant ★★★★★
'In Memory Loss, Ann van den Broek mercilessly confronts the viewer with the hopelessness of Alzheimer’s or another form of memory loss, and the powerless position of the loved ones.' – Theaterkrant.nl
'With Memory Loss, Ann Van den Broek closes the trilogy about Alzheimer’s / dementia. In the latter part, she is unusually direct.' – NRC
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The research into the forms of memory loss and the phases in which memory loss manifests itself was the basis for the first performance, Blueprint on Memory. This performance literally sketches the blueprint of memory and the effects of the deterioration. The second performance, Zooming in on Loss, primarily focuses on the internal struggle and loss itself. And lastly, in Memory Loss both performances and their elements are merged and will culminate in a grand finale.
Memory Loss will be a total work of art in which different artistic disciplines come together and the focus will be on the successive phases of memory loss and the loss of personality. In an interactive setting part of the 15 performers consisting of dancers, musicians and amateurs, increasingly lose their own self. Text, movement, music and technology come together in a play with reality and illusion. Who are you when you have lost your memories?
concept, choreography and directed Ann Van den Broek
original cast Ann Van den Broek, Frauke Mariën, Louis Combeaud, Nik Rajšek, Marion Bosetti, Jean-Gabriel Maury, Carla Guerra, Kamil Pilarski, An Hackselmans, Anthony van Gog, Aryeh Weiner, Iuri Costa, Isaiah Selleslaghs, Gabrielle Aidulis, Maxime Abbenhues, Samina de Wulf en Karlijn Roest
music composition Nicolas Rombouts, Gregory Frateur en Ann Van den Broek
lyrics Gregory Frateur
video and lighting design Bernie van Velzen
set design Niek Kortekaas
styling costumes Marielle Vos, Ann Van den Broek
artistic assistance Gregory Frateur
source material ‘Brein en Branie: Een pionier in Alzheimer’, Prof. Christine Van Broeckhoven and ‘Verdwaald in het geheugen Paleis: Hoe te leven met dementie’, Nathalie Carpentier
photography Rio Staelens
premiere January 17, 2020, Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
Memory Loss is a WArd/waRD (NL/BE) production, co-produced by partners Theater Rotterdam (NL) and ccBerchem (BE), as well as Theater Freiburg (THE), Podium Bloos (NL) and La Briquetterie (FR). The project has received grants from the Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL), Gemeente Rotterdam (NL), Ammodo (NL), Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (FR), Stichting Dioraphte (NL) and Fonds21 (NL).