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WArd/waRD / Ann Van den Broek

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The Balancing Act
WArd/waRD / Ann Van den Broek

After dark themes and extreme exuberant emotions in Joy Enjoy Joy, Ann Van den Broek searches for a poise with The Balancing Act. Balance in body, in mind, in daily life and in her choreographic work.

Run time 70 minutes
Genre dance
Language language no problem

For this performance, stage seats can also be purchased.

The Balancing Act


As the Flemish choreographer highlighted deep emotions and dark theme’s that are very close to her, it is now time to find rest in a balanced centre. This search translates to a very leveled performance. It undulates in flowing movements into an almost meditative trans. At the same time, this balance seems to be something that’s never really graspable. It’s almost falling, getting yourself together, and going on. The balance is so precarious that it seems elusive.

With The Balancing Act Ann Van den Broek experiments with live video images and sound- and light effects. As we often see in her work, roles between dancer and musician fade. The performers manipulate sound, light and images with music pedals.
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Looking for the right volume, a good sharpness or a beautiful light in which life can be experienced. It creates a lively, installation-like setting along the boundaries of dance and performance.

For The Balancing Act Ann Van den Broek once more studied and researched the human body in great detail. The body as a scale. Everything working together. Every joint, every muscle. Just to not fall. Besides the physical balance, Van den Broek gets inspiration by our pursuit of a life in balance.

Documentary The Balancing Act

WArd/waRD is currently making a documentary about their performance The Balancing Act. Do you already have a ticket for The Balancing Act? Then drop by ITA earlier on Monday 9 October to see a preview of what has been documented so far. This screening will give a first-hand look at the development and moments behind the scenes of the performance.

In the media

Volkskrant

'As a spectator, seated around the dance floor, you surf along nicely on the wave of enforced relaxation.'

Het Parool

'Supported by a tantalising video and lighting design, the dancers drag the viewer into the thrills of the performance without pardon.'

CREDITS


concept and choreography Ann Van den Broek
artistic assistance Gregory Frateur
performers Louis Combeaud, Nik Rajšek, Jean-Gabriel Maury, Marion Bosetti, Carla Guerra,Kamil Pilarski, Isaiah Selleslaghs, Anthony van Gog
music Nicolas Rombouts
text Ann Van den Broek, Gregory Frateur

The Balancing Act by WArd/waRD is produced in partnership with Theater Rotterdam (NL) and Le Lieu Unique in Nantes (FR) and is financially supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL) and Gemeente Rotterdam (NL).
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video and light design Bernie van Velzen 
concept scenography Ann Van den Broek
implementation scenography Jesse Sep van Aalderen, Bernie van Velzen, Dario Giustarini
styling costumes Ann Van den Broek i.s.m. Marielle Vos

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