What does it mean to you to be one of the choreographers in DANSLOKAAL? Astrid: It’s a great opportunity for several reasons. During this pandemic it has been challenging to create, so it feels fantastic to be back in the studio with great dancers and develop a new work. I feel a lot of support from the company in all areas, which is wonderful. In addition to that, DANSLOKAAL has a lot of visibility because it travels to many cities within The Netherlands. This gives time for the work to keep developing and for the dancers to grow in it and keep finding different things for themselves.
What is it like to work with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst?
Astrid: It has been a great experience to work with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst. The dancers have been very open and curious throughout the whole process, which I don’t take for granted. My work demands an intense concentration and it can be challenging mentally and physically. The dancers have been diving into the creative process and every day has been hard work but also hard laughter!
Can you tell briefly what the people can expect when they watch your piece in DANSLOKAAL? Astrid: I’m inviting you into an emotional landscape where different states are created through movement, sound and lights. They are multi-layered and transform slowly. I don’t want to set fixed expectations in terms of what you are going to see. Instead, I want to invite the audience to experience the world I present and reflect for your self how you feel and respond to that world.