The latest performance by Conny Janssen Danst, FRAMED, is a visually assembled narrative in which live dance, film footage and music converge and create a collaborative world.
In FRAMED the viewer is introduced to twelve characters, all residents from the same city. A concatenation of scenes reveals what connects them; at which point their individual lives meet without being conscious of it.
In FRAMED there is a new role for video. Conny Janssen works together with set designer Thomas Rupert and filmmaker Davide Bellotta. A 33 m2 LED screen represents the shell of the city like an abstract painting. The film images serve as a light source and sensor for the adventurous group of dancers – young talent as well as familiar faces. The music in FRAMED is a varied soundtrack that moves between crystal clear classical music and cinematic urban soundscapes.
Flashes of light and stroboscopic effects occur in FRAMED. This can trigger a seizure in people with epilepsy.
FRAMED presents various lives in the city: each one with its own rhythm and routine, each one with its own yearning. We create an associative universe, a fragmented mosaic in which these characters pass through, wandering around in their own thoughts and contemplations. Right now, at this moment in time, in which we live in greater isolation than we perhaps would like to, we demonstrate that every one has his own way of coping with the feeling that is hidden behind our daytoday lives.’ Conny Janssen
Of the duets, Amit and Shimoda stand out, their braids tied together as if by an umbilical cord, an unbreakable, sometimes suffocating maternal bond. NRC HANDELSBLAD
With this powerful visual design, scenographer Thomas Rupert and filmmaker Davide Bellotta manage to provide FRAMED – Window on the City with depth with dazing visuals of Rotterdam. De Volkskrant