Posts tagged with SNDO

Will You Need Support If You Accidentally Take Ecstacy While At A Funeral?

mei 22nd, 2010

(English translation by Springdance)
De Dansvloer reveals a different side to Springdance. Choreographers Meg Stuart and Jeremy Wade provide the Workweek for 45 choreography students from SNDO (Amsterdam, NL), P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels, B) and Folkwang Universität (Essen, GER). The delays caused by the Icelandic ash cloud have somewhat postponed the start, but soon after everyone has arrived, the group is starting to fill up every corner of the small studio at De Dansvloer. Meg Stuart has started this Tuesday morning by doing a warm-up that will generate energy. They suck up the energy from the floor and build on it until it explodes in a burst of kinetic and auditive energy. She appears to have turned the three groups of students into one in only a short while. Together they scream and shout; jumping, bending over, waving their arms, filling the studio. I sit up against the studio wall, watching them, and feel an urge to join in.

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Heb je support nodig als je per ongeluk ecstasy hebt geslikt op een begrafenis?

april 26th, 2010

In De Dansvloer vind je een andere kant van Springdance. Choreografen Meg Stuart en Jeremy Wade verzorgen de Workweek voor 45 choreografiestudenten van SNDO (Amsterdam, NL), P.A.R.T.S. (Brussel, B) en Folkwang Universität (Essen, D). Door de IJslandse aswolkvertragingen beginnen ze wat later, maar al snel na aankomst vult de groep elke hoek van de kleine studio in De Dansvloer. Meg Stuart is dinsdagochtend begonnen met een energieopwekkende warming up. Ze zuigen de energie uit de vloer en bouwen op tot een ontploffing van kinetische en auditieve energie. In korte tijd lijkt ze één groep gemaakt te hebben van de drie groepen studenten. Samen schreeuwen en roepen ze, springend, bukkend, met de armen zwaaiend de studio vol. Ik zit tegen een muur van de studio te kijken en voel de nijging opkomen om mee te doen.

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Ave Nue: hail, walk, watch, bow

februari 20th, 2009

In three weeks Steve Paxton re-envisioned his performance Ave Nue together with 10 SNDO (School for New Dance Development) students. A very short period for such a project. So what did it bring us? The starting point of Ave Nue was not the movement, it was the space: a long hallway dissected in parts by pillars. Colourful pillars. Paxton decided that in stead of a gradual green-to-white hallway, which was used in the original piece in Brussels, he wanted the pillars to have the colours of the rainbow. This is the first major difference between Ave Nue 1985 and the re-envisioned Ave Nue 2009.1

I visited the performance twice, during the dress rehearsal and the premiere. This article reports my experience of the piece by reflecting on both these performance and the rehearsals I visited in the weeks before. My aim is not to compare the two performances I saw, or to compare the 2009 version with the original one. I will try to give an overview of what Ave Nue was and has become.

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Steve Paxton: Re-envisioning Ave Nue

januari 31st, 2009

These weeks I am participating in a collaboration of students with Artist in Residence at the AHK Steve Paxton. We are re-envisioning his project Ave Nue.

Ave Nue was made in Brussels in 1985. It dealt with a 75 meter or so long space, in which two audience seatings with 50 or so people gradually were moved away from each other, and dance and projections happened in between. We are investigating this project with 10 SNDO students, 3 students from the Amsterdam Master of Choreography, 2 students of the MA Theatre Studies (UU) and 1 PhD Student (UU).

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