What does it mean to you to be one of the choreographers in DANSLOKAAL?
Marta & Kim: It is very exciting to work within the structures of a big and established company. Having the chance to focus on the isolated task of creating the piece is very valuable. Now we can concentrate on facilitating a good process for the dancers throughout the creation, and get the chance to experiment with how our input and information translates and manifests through interpretation. It’s a very concrete task in a way, and puts us in a more facilitating role than how we usually work. While at the same time a lot of things are also facilitated for us.
What is it like to work with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst?
Marta & Kim: We are used to working in between circus and dance, so we were very curious what it would be like to work with such highly specialized dancers. They are super generous, really commit themselves, and we are so impressed with their capacity to learn new things while still being able to work on details and layers within that material. It asks a high level of vulnerability and courage to dive head first into someone else’s universe while still being yourself and bringing your own perspective. These young performers are not only very skillful dancers, they are mature and generous people.
Can you briefly describe what people can expect when they watch your piece in DANSLOKAAL?
Marta & Kim: We hope people come to experience a live, handcrafted moment, and that they take the opportunity to go on a little journey with the dancers and within themselves. Also, for anyone who is familiar with Rutger Zuydervelt (‘Machinefabriek’) and his compositions, they might already know that they are in for a treat. He is definitely present with his soundtrack. We also think people will be moved by the sheer physicality and interactions between the dancers. For sure we are!