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The Lion's Den

Sabina Bocková & Johana Pocková (CZ) / POCKETART
The Lion's Den
09 Jul '22 to 10 Jul '22
Sabina Bocková & Johana Pocková (CZ) / POCKETART

In the lion's den, politics and mass media are used for manipulation

The Czech dancers Sabina Bočková and Johana Pocková create a powerful series of images from politics and mass media. To manipulate or to be manipulated, that is the question in a pulsating choreography full of meanings but with a light touch.

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Run time 40 minuten
Location Melkweg Upstairs

The characters expressed by dancers Sabina Bočková and Johana Pocková seem to come straight from the platform of a populist election rally. With their grey tailor-made suits, imperturbable facial expressions and grand movements, they have only one goal in mind: to manipulate us, the audience, into going for their Major Case.

In The Lion's Den, we enter the lion's den of mass manipulation. Bočková and Pocková personify images from political speeches and all kinds of social media, commercials and entertainment that come to us via TV, PC, tablet or phone.

-|-Every movement is calculated and precise, even the facial expressions of the two performers are in perfect harmony.

But when things start to rumble in the lion's den, under an increasingly intense electronic soundscape, Bočková and Pocková switch from manipulating the audience to self-manipulation. Oscillating between the roles of leader and follower, the lion's den breaks open and the two lionesses merge into an invincible twin. They end with a slow-motion scene full of pathos: no emotion, no gesture is sincere here, everything is intended to score – just like on our screens.

The Lion's Den is an exciting performance with a strong emotional charge and a high intensity. With a light touch but full of meaning, the performers play ping-pong with recognisable political and socio-cultural references. This creates room for interpretation and own positioning: why do we allow ourselves to be manipulated and to what extent do we manipulate others?

Like the biblical Daniel who ventures into the lion's den, we must search our own hearts, according to the makers. “The Lion's Den refers to the ambiguity when it comes to manipulation. It is an emotionally tense subject in which we have to face our own attitudes.

-|-Unlike the Biblical image, this is not an eternal divine law that exists independently of man, but a dialogue between us and the audience, in which the possibility of reflection arises.” Tanec Praha

Sabina Bočková and Johana Pocková are dancers and choreographers from Prague. Both are members of the Czech POCKETART collective, a collective of choreographers and performers.

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A confrontational total experience, on the way to a possible future
Language NP Language no problem D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER Cherish Menzo (NL) / GRIP / Frascati Producties Dance D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER
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08 Jul '22 to 10 Jul '22
What would the world be like if there had been no colonisation? In D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER, Cherish Menzo and Camilo Mejía Cortés disentangle their bodies from fixed patterns and preconceptions and go in search of a new, futuristic environment: the D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER universe.
Language NP Language no problem The Lion's Den Sabina Bocková & Johana Pocková (CZ) / POCKETART Dance The Lion's Den
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09 Jul '22 to 10 Jul '22
To manipulate or to be manipulated, that is the question in a pulsating choreography full of meanings but with a light touch.
Language NP Language no problem Stations Louise Lecavalier (CA) / Fou Glorieux Dance Stations
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09 Jul '22 to 10 Jul '22
In Stations, Louise Lecavalier goes in search of the pure essence of dance. With this new solo, the legendary 'Flame on legs' creates her most personal and delicate performance ever.
Language NP Language no problem BYGONES David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen (CA) / Out Innerspace Dance Theatre Dance BYGONES
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09 Jul '22 to 10 Jul '22
A nightmare vision that goes totally berserk. Like a David Lynch film on speed. Dancers who defy gravity. Books, teacups and flower pots lead a life of their own, mysterious creatures creep out of the shadows.
Language NP Language no problem Pink Portal Cecilia Moisio (FIN/NL) Dance Pink Portal
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11 Jul '22 to 12 Jul '22
Portraits of women's bodies, with the vulva in the leading role
Language NP Language no problem Skiagraphia Siba Sahabi (IR/DE) / Andres Marin (ES) Dance Skiagraphia
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12 Jul '22
With Skiagraphia, a spectacular mix of flamenco, contemporary dance, electronic music and an ingenious set of moving sculptures, Siba Sahabi and Andrés Marín prove themselves a match made in heaven.
Language NP Language no problem Re:INCARNATION Qudus Onikeku (NG) / The QDance Company Dance Re:INCARNATION
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12 Jul '22 to 13 Jul '22
Ten young African performers and a musician blend artistic artistic expression from the past and present into an unparalleled ode to Nigerian culture.
Language NP Language no problem THE MARKET Fernando Belfiore (NL/BR) Dance THE MARKET
Close THE MARKET Fernando Belfiore (NL/BR)
13 Jul '22 to 14 Jul '22
Hyper-visual dance performance about radical redistribution of our wealth
Language NP Language no problem Manifesto Transpofágico Renata Carvalho (BR) Dance Manifesto Transpofágico
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13 Jul '22 to 14 Jul '22
The personal is political in Manifesto Transpofágico, the solo performance by theatre maker Renata Carvalho.
Language NP Language no problem HISSY FIT Christian Guerematchi (SI/NL) Dance HISSY FIT
Close HISSY FIT Christian Guerematchi (SI/NL)
14 Jul '22
Three black bodies get into a ‘hissy fit’ to drill music: an outburst of ‘black rage’
Language NP Language no problem Neighbours Brigel Gjoka, Rauf 'Rubberlegz' Yasit & Rusan Filiztek in collaboration with William Forsythe Dance Neighbours
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14 Jul '22 to 16 Jul '22
Yasit and Gjoka create a fascinating cocktail of styles and possibilities in Neighbours, an emotional work in which the dancers explore what binds neighbours. And what separates them.
Language NP Language no problem Furia Lia Rodrigues (BR) Dance Furia
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14 Jul '22
Fúria is Portuguese for anger, enthusiasm, passion, inspiration. Such are the emotions that pervade the eponymous performance by Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues.
Language NP Language no problem Eros Schweigman& (NL) Dance Eros
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14 Jul '22 to 16 Jul '22
Celebrate the body: Schweigman& and DOX celebrate the female body. In Eros, five women go in search of the power and pleasure of their sensuality. In a contemporary ritual, social taboos are ignored and womanhood is celebrated in all its facets.
Language NP Language no problem My Pitrs & Kali Mata Poernima Pobardhan (NL) Dance My Pitrs & Kali Mata
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15 Jul '22
An ancient Indian dance form translated into a contemporary, highly personal dance language
Language NP Language no problem JULIDANS AT THE PARK Krisztina de Châtel (HU/NL) Dance JULIDANS AT THE PARK
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15 Jul '22
A summer evening. A walk in the park. A dance. 
Language NP Language no problem Vástádus eana - The answer is land Elle Sofe Sara (NO) Dance Vástádus eana - The answer is land
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15 Jul '22 to 16 Jul '22
With Vástádus eana / The answer is land, choreographer Elle Sofe Sara pays tribute to all the people who want to make the world a better place.
Language NP Language no problem The Power (of) The Fragile Mohamed Toukabri (TN/BE) / Caravan Producties Dance The Power (of) The Fragile
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15 Jul '22 to 16 Jul '22
In The Power (of) The Fragile, the Flemish-Tunisian Mohamed Toukabri dances together with his mother Mimouna Latifa Khamessi. We see their relationship mirrored in two moving bodies. What forms can the 'most archetypal of relationships' take?
Language NP Language no problem Into the open Lisbeth Gruwez & Maarten van Cauwenberghe (BE) / Voetvolk Dance Into the open
Close Into the open Lisbeth Gruwez & Maarten van Cauwenberghe (BE) / Voetvolk
15 Jul '22
‘A crazy dance concert where three punk musicians and four loose performers threw a wild party. '
Language NP Language no problem Encantado Lia Rodrigues (BR) Dance Encantado
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16 Jul '22
In the colourful performance Encantado, Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues goes in search of rites and customs that we have unfortunately lost sight of.