Maker in VERS&GERS: Andreas Hannes

13-16 June: Warping Soul

During VERS&GERS – from 13 to 30 June – young makers and established choreographers show their work in HUIS Conny Janssen Danst. Dancer and maker Andreas Hannes (Greece, 1987) is one of them.

WARPING SOUL is the surprising choreography made by upcoming choreographer Andreas Hannes for Conny Janssen Danst’s talent development project DANSLOKAAL. A short dance performance ‘from outer space’ developing into a techno rave which makes you long for more…

About the maker

Growing up in a musical environment, Andreas danced extensively in the living room. After completing his studies in classical percussion at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki (Greece), he moved to the Netherlands to follow his passion for film. He worked as an independent director and producer of short films and he co-founded Small House Productions, a platform for international and interdisciplinary projects (2011-2015). In 2018, Andreas graduated from SNDO (School for New Dance Development) with the performance The City, in which he showcased the practice of continuous skipping (as in skipping down the street). He won the Moving Forward Trajectory 2018 and the Young Art Support Amsterdam 2019, and produced the skipping sequel Tremble.

Andreas summarises his artistic work under the notion of relational, physical and metaphysical distance. He investigates by playing with the proximities and tensions between bodies, traditions and disciplines which, at first glance, might not be considered relevant or engaging. The spectacle, entertainment, science fiction and time tenses fuel his creative force, with all the social and political implications they bring along.

In 2021-2022, Andreas was artist in residence at ICK Dans Amsterdam, where he created Reverberated Emissions with the ensemble of the company. He also collaborates with Cinedans FEST in Amsterdam as artistic director. For 2023-2024, he partners up with Julidans Festival for co-producing and presenting new work.

Photo: Salih Kilic
Photo: Salih Kilic
Photo: Salih Kilic
Photo: Salih Kilic

About Warping Soul

In ‘Warping Soul’, the dancers emerge within a space that is constantly in transit. At the mercy of external forces, they move within movement. Through the disorientation and reorganisation of bodies and space, Andreas Hannes explores the dynamics of bouncing and warping*. By questioning the body’s agency, he aims to intensify the magnetism and binding between bodies and space to create a tantalising atmosphere for an otherworldly dance.

‘Warping Soul’ was inspired by the practice of continuous skipping (as in skipping down the street) that Andreas Hannes has been developing since 2017. Key elements of his practice were road-trips, transiting landscapes and aerodynamic forces.
*warp: to bend or turn from the (original) directionor course

Imagine you all discover a techno rave, and the best part? The fuse is cut at the climax, and I want more. Georgia Howlet (visitor)
Foto: Salih Kilic

To see in VERS&GERS

The work by Andreas Hannes can bee seen in week 1 of VERS&GERS
Date: from Tue 13 until Fri 16 June 2023
Time: daily at 8.30 PM
Location: HUIS Conny Janssen Danst, Dolf Henkesplein 3, Rotterdam