Gender: the identity that we derive from or is imposed on us by the fact that we are male or female. It is a recurring theme in this edition of Julidans. Choreographers from all over the world ask questions about this simple dichotomy. Are we either male or female? And do we derive our full identity from that? Adi Boutrous' Submission also questions the culturally determined role patterns in two beautifully danced duets, a 'male' and a 'female'.
Sun 7 July 16.00
Mon 8 July 19.00
Julidans Young €12.50
Male and female stereotypes undermined in a powerful performance full of energy.
Therefore, Boutrous first of all looks at the dance world itself. From the slender swan as an ideal for the ballerina and the strong prince, able to swing her across the stage like a feather, to the androgynous bodies of contemporary dance. And from there to the male and female stereotypes in society as a whole.
Adi Boutrous (1989) teaches acrobatics and break dance, is a contemporary dance choreographer and an avid collector of vinyl records; he likes funk, reggae, Turkish music and rare latin from the 70s. As an Arab Israeli, he also knows what it's like to live in different cultures. With Boutrous you can count on a broad perspective (and an exceptionally developed sense of rhythm). As a choreographer, he made his debut fairly recently, in 2013, but his work can already be seen internationally. Submission is a co-production of the leading French theatre house Théâtre de la Ville and other European stages. Boutrous received the Shades of Dance prize for his debut performance, What Really Makes Me Mad.
Gender and identity are recurring themes in Boutrous's work. His previous performance, It's Always Here, was a plea to dare to be who we want to be. Submission is a sequel. The title suggests surrender as a way of releasing imposed role patterns and expectations. And perhaps also refers to the total surrender of the dancers in this performance full of powerful energy.