For the eleventh edition of DANSLOKAAL, Conny Janssen, together with creative partners Dansateliers and Korzo, once again invites young dance makers to make work with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst. One of the makers this time is Patricia van Deutekom: last season she was already present in HUIS Conny Janssen Danst as Artist in Residence and for her work in VERS&GERS, now Conny Janssen has nominated her as a maker in DANSLOKAAL 11.
What does it mean to you to be one of the choreographers in DANSLOKAAL? Patricia: DANSLOKAAL is always such a stimulating and surprising programme. I am honored to be able to contribute to this as a maker. Conny Janssen saw me grow as a young dancer and develop into a dance maker. DANSLOKAAL offers me development opportunities as a maker and challenges me on different levels. For years I have been working on my own signature as a maker with my own vision and team (since 2021 with my own company LAVA Collective, ed.). I would like to share my passion, experience and knowledge with a new generation of dancers and introduce a new audience to my work. To share the evening with the other makers gives the audience a broad and diverse picture of all that dance has to offer!
What is it like to work with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst? Patricia: The big challenge is to quickly make the dancers familiar with my idiom, movement language and working method. This is different in many ways than they are used to. It helps big time that the dancers are so talented and versatile and also curious about this new language. Yet the challenge remains to fully express something that takes time, picking up the core and making it your own, in such a short process. I am forced to work differently and I make choices that I would normally make less quickly with my own dancers.
Can you tell us what the audience can expect when they see your work in DANSLOKAAL? Patricia: I hope that the audience will be immersed and surprised by the work. That they get to know the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst in a different way, because they can be seen in my work in a new language and in a different energy. I would like to show not only the strength of these dancers, but also their vulnerability. Both in all their masculinity and femininity. In brotherhood and enmity. In a world where boundaries of territory, form and identity are blurring.