Kayla Tuggle is a student at Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. She has taken the courageous step to move to the Netherlands from in Illinois (US). She is delighted to be an intern at Conny Janssen Danst this season.
“During my solo I felt truly alive and gave every ounce of my body. It was exhilarating.”
Why did you start dancing?
"I first started dancing because my mother put me in as a social thing. I also had a problem with my left eye. The brain gave up on the muscle, so to speak, so they figured it would be good for me to dance and to have to be aware of the space around me. It worked, but also, from there on I got used to using the other senses of my body. After those years I joined competition with my studio, and really began to love dance. I did mosty hiphop, jazz and lyrical then.
When I was fourteen I decided that I wanted to pursue dance as a career. At sixteen I left home and moved to California, where I went to a boarding school for performing arts, Idyllwild Arts Academy. It was the only school in the States that involved modern, jazz, pointe and ballet. The other two schools were strictly classical.
I had a teacher there that came to Holland to work with Anouk van Dijk, and she told me that she thought Codarts (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten red.) would be a good fit for me. She said it was a really good school. And now I’m here. This is my fourth year in Codarts and I’m doing my internship at Conny Janssen Danst!"
What do you think about when you enter the studio in the mornings?
"I first think about what my body needs for the day, I think about how I feel. Then I try to be aware of everyone else, too. I try to get the vibe, to see how the atmosphere is that day, for us as a group."
Can you recall a moment in a performance that really moved you?
"When I first saw Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, I was really moved by them. It’s a long time ago, so I can’t describe exactly what precise emotions I felt back then. All I can say is they captured all the emotions in my body. It was incredible. I was completely captured.
Some time ago we had a performance with my year and I performed a piece from Alida Dors (A hiphop dancer and choreographer, also artistic leader of Solid Ground Movement). It was a kind of hiphop, urban piece and I had a solo in it. That performance was the one time in my life so far that I felt really alive when dancing. I was so alive, I took the stage and gave every ounce of my body. It felt exhilarating."
How would you describe your work at Conny Janssen Danst to your friends?
"It is hard to explain to people exactly what I do. The best way I can break it down is to explain that it involves classical technique, with some modern and contemporary as well. I think I fit the modern and contemporary dance style best because of my body type and the structure of it. I wouldn’t say Conny Janssen Danst is an entirely contemporary company, because we’re all so different. I think it is contemporary for a large part, because everybody adds their own individuality to the pieces. Everyone has their own input and we all create parts of the pieces, in a sense. The work becomes very diverse because of that, which I think you could see as contemporary.
I haven’t worked with Conny Janssen herself that much yet, but I really look forward to working with her because I hear that she really brings out the best in her dancers. So far it’s been good, it’s been really fun."
After a day of rehearsals, do you take the work home with you?
"In the first week, definitely. I would go home and look on my computer to check the rehearsal videos, to make sure I got all the counts right. But now I just go home and relax, really. I go to bed quite early, because it’s still quite a lot to take in, starting in a new company. But no, I never really leave the dance behind. It goes home with me. In the evenings I still sing the music that is played during the rehearsals."
What do you do when you’re not dancing?
"I like to read to relax, I’m into the Dan Brown books at the moment. I love my tv shows. I need to catch up on them, actually. I like to knit too, in the winter time. I also love cooking and baking, so on the weekends I often make bread and little pastries."
What do you want to give to people when you dance?
"I always said I just want to give the people the happiness I get from dancing. I want them to feel how I feel when I dance, to experience the happiness I get from doing this. I don’t know if that’s always what they take away from it, but that’s ok, maybe they need other things from dance. I still try to get the happiness that I feel across to my audience."
What is your dream?
"My dream was quite simple when I was younger; I just wanted to dance, period. I didn’t care where. But now that I’m older I know that it really matters where you dance. You don’t want to be unhappy in your career, with your dream. It is a dream; I think dancers are quite lucky, because they get to do what they love. I already feel so happy and overwhelmed that I’m dancing with this company now. I’m still trying to figure out the next step after this."
Want to see Kayla perform in HOW LONG IS NOW? Click here for tour dates.
Inspired by historic, industrial locations choreographer Conny Janssen created in 2012 with her dancers and band Alamo Race Track a captivating dance event that sold out every night. And now Conny Janssen Danst is back with HOW LONG IS NOW, in a special edition for theatres in which twelve magnificent dancers and the band Alamo Race Track take you to their world in which the past exists in remembrances and the future in longing.
We see a man alone, lost in his own imagination, his own game. He seems lost in the large, empty space where there is nothing and no-one left. Gradually he is surrounded by other people, men and women dancing, loving, saying farewell, searching for intimacy, having fun. They build their own new world. Or does time catch up with them and are these just fragments of a life once lived?
Come and see this beautiful performance with your own eyes!
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Have a look at their website: www.alamoracetrack.com
De Volkskrant ★★★★
‘Fascinating and dramaturgically crystal clear.’
NRC Handelsblad ★★★★
‘... Such images alone make Conny Janssens HOW LONG IS NOW a pleasure.’
‘Janssen has manifested herself as one of the most important choreographers of the Netherlands for twenty years.'
Conny Janssen Danst provides opportunities for young talent through DANSLOKAAL, the new talent development project, where young artists are invited to develop new work together with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst.
In its annual DANSLOKAAL the dance company opens its doors to a varied group of creative artists. For each event artistic director Conny Janssen collaborates with a variety of partners and selects promising choreographers with diverse backgrounds. The contributors to DANSLOKAAL 1 are Francesco Curci, Loïc Perela (selected by Dansateliers) and Dario Tortorelli. Wondering what the results of this collaboration look like? Come and find out during one of the eight performance nights in the studio of Conny Janssen Danst.
Thu 20th till Sun 23rd of June*
Thu 27th till Sun 30th of June
Satrst: 20.30 hours
Studio Conny Janssen Danst
Tickets: Online or call 010-4529912
* At the first 4 nights Dansateliers presents a support act: an extract from 'Quite Discontinuous' by choreographer Jasper van Luijk.
Choreographers: Francesco Curci, Loïc Perela & Dario Tortorelli
Dancers: Davide Bellotta, Adi Amit, Francesco Curci, Christiaan De Donder (stage/trainee), Stein Fluijt, Olive Lopez, Mariko Shimoda, Yannick Wagenaar (stage/trainee)
Dramaturcic advice: Judith Wendel
Lighting design: Remko van Wely
Coaching: Conny Janssen, Kristin de Groot (Dansateliers)
Sold out theaters, raving reviews and nominated for two dance-prices: Conny Janssen Danst is back with the successful dance performance ZOUT [Salt]. In March and April 2013 in Dutch (& Belgium) theaters.
Live on stage in ZOUT: Seven exceedingly strong, male dancers and Anne Soldaat, currently one of the best guitarists in the Dutch pop scene. In ZOUT we watch a group of men interact to set the rhythm of their gathering. Their solidarity springs from a common desire to maintain their existence. However, under the surface there lies an inexplicable fear of their order being disturbed.
ZOUT = PHYSICAL, EXPRESSIVE AND PURE
De Volkskrant (****)
‘Conny Janssen Danst presents beautiful sparks on an intriguing stage’
Het Parool (****)
‘Janssen and Soldaat are a fascinating couple’
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Watch photos of ZOUT
MUSIC IN ZOUT
The music for ZOUT was composed by Anne Soldaat and the composer Michel Banabila. Choosing Anne Soldaat as the musical partner for this performance continues a series of surprising and inspiring collaborations with colourful and high-profile musicians. For earlier performances Conny Janssen invited, among others, Eric Vloeimans, Jeroen van Vliet, Cello Octet Amsterdam, Daniela Bernoulli, Mete Erker, Corrie van Binsbergen and Alamo Race Track.
LIVE ON STAGE: ANNE SOLDAAT
Until 2004, Anne Soldaat was a member of the successful band Daryll-Ann. His solo cd’s In Another Life (2009) and Anne Soldaat (2012), recorded in Los Angeles with Jason Falkner (Air, Beck), appeared to great acclaim. He plays also in Tim Knol’s band since 2009 and wrote songs for his albums Tim Knol and Days.
What the press said about Anne Soldaat’s album In Another Life:
Volkskrant ‘Once again, Soldaat demonstrates the brilliance of his guitar solos.’
NRC Handelsblad ‘Soldaat proves to be a master of many trades: he presents subdued guitar songs […], springlike pop songs […] and dark rock [...] with the greatest of ease. And in fact, a single song often contains all of these variants.’ www.annesoldaat.com
VUIL&GLASS featuring Cello Octet Amsterdam / premiere february 21st 2010, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
COMMON GROUND featuring Michel Banabila, Daniela Bernoulli, Mete Erker and Corrie van Binsbergen / premiere location June 26th 2010, Station Hofplein De Hofbogen, Rotterdam
SO HERE WE ARE featuring ORIGINAL WINDS / première theatre March 15th 2009, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
RUIS featuring students Codarts Rotterdamse Dansacademie / première October 8th 2009, Theater Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam
SPARRING PARTNERS /part 1 première location March 30th 2008, Orgelpark, Amsterdam
SPARRING PARTNERS/part 2 première theatre April 10th 2008, Theater Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam
PARELS première December 20th 2007, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
SO HERE WE ARE première location 30th June 2007, Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek, Rotterdam
IN TWO MINDS special version | DANScombinatie | in cooperation with Krisztina de Châtel & Ann van den Broek | première January 21th 2007, Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
IN TWO MINDS première theatre October 10th 2006, ISALA theater, Capelle aan den IJssel
THREE première October 10th 2006, ISALA theatre, Capelle aan den IJssel
IN TWO MINDS première location September 16th 2006, Keizerzaal, Sint Servaas-basiliek, Maastricht
HEAR ME première March 5th 2006, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
LOST première November 9th 2005, Holland Dance Festival, Korzo Theater, Den Haag
REBOUND première October 15th 2005, ISALA theater, Capelle aan den IJssel
MANOEUVRES première June 17th 2005, Zomerfestival Parade, Rotterdam
I'M HERE première March 12th 2005, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
LICHT première February 5th 2004, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
Washington square | Het Nationale Ballet | Holland Festival
TROOST première October 7th 2003, ISALA theater, Capelle aan den IJssel
VUIL & GLASS in cooperation with Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico | première theatre February 13th 2003, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
VUIL & GLASS in cooperation with Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico | première location July 18th 2002, Zomerfestival Karavaan, Huisvuilcentrale NH, Alkmaar
NUMBER ONE première March 2nd 2002, Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam
BLUF| Introdans, ensemble voor de jeugd
In Between | in cooperation with Fontys Dansacademie
MEET ME, A DANCER première November 16th 2001, Holland Dance Festival, Theaterzwembad De Regentes, Den Haag
ALBUM FAMILIAR | DANScombinatie 2 | in cooperation with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam & Dance Works Rotterdam | première February 2nd 2001, Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam
INSTINCT première October 11th 2000, Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam
CATCH! | Introdans, ensemble voor de jeugd
KUS VAN EEN VIS première November 2nd 1999, Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam
OKTOBER première January 8th 1999, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
MADE TO MEASURE | Introdans
VIJZEL in cooperation with Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico | première February 25th 1998, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
PISTE | Introdans, ensemble voor de jeugd
COME ACROSS | Rotterdamse Dansacademie
HAVEN’T I MET YOU SOMEWHERE BEFORE | Introdans
WELK EEN EER VOOR HET VADERLAND TE MOGEN STERVEN première theatre October 15th 1996, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
WELK EEN EER VOOR HET VADERLAND TE MOGEN STERVEN première location August 29th 1996, Mullerpier, Rotterdam
FRAMES PER SECOND: PORTRAITS-LANDSCAPES première February 28th 1996, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
IN HET VOORBIJGAAN | Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel
4 TOKEN | dance movie, director Mart Dominicus
A SILENT PLACE TO REST | Introdans
DANCE TO THE LIVE MUSIC | project Anjerfonds Zuid-Holland
WHEN MOST I WINK, THEN DO MINE EYES BEST SEE première February 7th1995, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
MANNERS première February 7th 1995, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
IN EEN ANDER JASJE | in cooperation with Kim van der Boon, Danstheater Arena
DONDER OP | Introdans, ensemble voor de jeugd
WEEPING WALS première October 1st 1993, Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda
THE UNANSWERED QUESTION première October 1st 1993, Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda
LOS ZAND | Moderne Theaterdans
MOVING TARGET première September 25th 1992, Leidse Schouwburg, Leiden
MONOLOOG VOOR TWEE HELFTEN première September 24th 1992, Leidse Schouwburg, Leiden
ELOÏ ELOÏ première theatre September 24th 1992, Leidse Schouwburg, Leiden
ELOÏ ELOÏ Hoppers nightmare | i.s.m. Glenn van der Hoff
FAÇADE | Djazzex
THE UNDERTOW | Djazzex