|(Avant) Première The Red Piece
The Red Piece is a dynamic and fiery choreography for six dancers. Point of departure is the passion contained in every emotion, how passion can smolder and the moment it spontaneously combusts into flames. For The Red Piece Ann Van den Broek is working with the Belgian band Dez Mona. The avant-première is on saturday May 4 in ccBerchem, Antwerp followed by a try-out on May 7 in the Chassé Theater, Breda. The première is on monday May 13 in Amsterdam. A tour is planned for the 2013/2104 season.
Weblog about The Red Piece
The creative process of he new creation The Red Piece is being chronicled by writer Irma Driessen. WArd/waRD has commissioned her to keep a blog.
The blog will show the creative process in words, photos and videos. Irma Driessen studied Industrial Design at the Delft University of Technology. She writes for a number of publications, including Tubelight and Domein voor Kunstkritiek (Domain for Art Criticism). In 2008 she won a Dutch Bloggie for her image blog. On her text blog she adds a new entry every day.
Dutch premiere KAMEPA during CaDance Festival in The Hague
On saturday January 26th, KAMEPA, a guest choreography Ann Van den Broek made for TsEKh in Moscow, has it's Dutch premiere during the CaDance Festival in The Hague. KAMEPA will be performed in Theater aan het Spui on saturday 26 January (9.00 pm) and sunday 27 January (8.00pm).
In Russian, Kamepa is pronounced camera, though it means cell. Ann Van den Broek was invited by dance organisation TsEKh in Moscow to create a performance. She took her powerful minimalistic movement style to Russia and made a new piece with seven dancers. A Russian guitarist, coached by composer Arne van Dongen, accompanies the performance. The seven dancers are locked up; a sense of oppression is never far away. At the same time they feel watched, as if a camera is recording their every move. Something is brewing. The abstract movements seem commonplace and vice versa, but the restrained emotions seep out on all sides. Daring, vulnerable, and compelling.
See for more info and ticktes the site of the CaDance festival.
Successful première Das Blaue in Oldenburg
On Sunday December 16, the new choreography by Ann Van den Broek Das Blaue, had its première in Oldenburg (GER).
Das Blaue is a creation that Ann made as guest choreographer for the dance ensemble of the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater in Oldenburg.
Aesthetically Das Blaue is inspired by an ice hotel and is situated in a hotel lobby. It is a meeting place for people, mostly impersonal, which can give an uncomfortable feeling and one does not know where the encounters start or end. In this cold room the dancers circulate individually in their own time pattern, with their own memories of experienced situations that come up and fade away again. One sees 11 individuals passing each other, alone, lonely with a yearning for contact and eventually ... warmth.
The music composition was elaborated by Arne Van Dongen and is built around the song The Slow Drug by PJ Harvey. In this performance we work with live sounds that are integrated into the music composition.
The response of the audience was overwhelming. In December 2012 and January 2013 you can see Das Blaue in Oldenburg and from February 2013 in Bremen (GER).
WArd/waRD is looking for
contemporary dancers (m/f), professionals and trainees, for the new dance production The Red Piece by Ann Van den Broek.
There are auditions on Saturday 27 October 2012, at Korzo, Prinsestraat 42, The Hague (with possible recall Sunday 28 October 2012)
Saturday 10 November 2012, at ccBerchem, Driekoningenstraat 126, Antwerp (with possible recall Sunday 11 November 2012).
The auditions will take place between 11.00 and 19.00 and will consist of repertory and improvisational tasks. We will make a pre-selection based on your application. Participation by invitation only.
WArd/waRD 2012-2013 season
During the 2012-2013 season WArd/waRD will be showing her productions and film in (inter)national venues:
• On the 29th of August we perform We Solo Men during the International Tanzmesse in Dusseldorf (Germany).
• The new production Domestica, a choreography Ann Van den Broek made together with Krisztina de Châtel starts touring from September till December 2012 in The Netherlands and Belgium. De Châtel and Van den Broek have strong professional and personal ties. Driven by their shared memories and creativity, they now engage in a dialogue in Domestica. Using their differences and similarities, they create a world that arises from the areas of tension in
a place, a house, Domestica.
• Last year we won an award with The Co(te)lette Film during Cyprus International Film Festival. Because of this award we are invited to perform Co(te)lette in the Dance House Lemeso on the 23rd of September.
• Ann Van den Broek has been invited to make a guest choreography for
the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater in Oldenburg (Germany). The première is on the 14th of December.
• Reprises of the productions Co(te)lette, I SOLO MENT, We Solo Men and IN-side-OUT jamsessie.
• In 2013 Ann Van den Broek starts to create her new performance called The Red Piece. It will be a dynamic and passionate choreography for 6 dancers. The starting point is the passion that dwells in every emotion, the passion smoldering in fire and when it explodes. The première will take place on the 13th of May 2013 in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam.
Ann Van den Broek in Zagreb en Gdansk
In july Ann is participating Choreoroam as a workshop-leader in Zagreb. ChoreoRoam Europe is a EU platform of professional workers, dancers, choreographers and other artists such as writers, which aims to achieve a constructive dialogue within the profession, with the purpose of developing esential characteristics of artistic leadership skills. The project strengthens
the artists’ mobility by encouraging dialogue between various cultures and within a wider social context, through a wide network of collaborants that spreads throughout Europe.
The Gdansk Dance Festival takes place in July. Ann is a Jury Member for the Baltic Movement Contest 2012 and she also gives two workshops during the festival for professional dancers.
Premiere Domestica on July 5 in Amsterdam
Ann Van den Broek and Krisztina de Châtel, are creating a new choreography together, Domestica. Ann and Krisztina have strong professional and personal connection: Ann worked for many years as a dancer at Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel. Today she has acquired her own reputation as an innovative and successful choreographer.
Driven by their shared memories and creativity Ann and Krisztina dialogue with eachother in a joint choreography, with dancers of their two companies. They create, from their differences and similarities, a new world, reacting to each other’s movement language. There will arise a world of tensions that comes from a place, a house, Domestica.
The performance will premiere on July 5 during the Julydance festival in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam followed by a widespread tour in the autumn of 2012 in the Netherlands and Belgium.
IN-side-OUT at Korzo, The Hague
Sunday 3 June at 15.00 hrs.
On Sunday, June 3 at 15.00 hrs. WArd/waRD – Ann Van den Broek will take part in Korzo’s ‘All There Is’ programme. Ann will present her programme IN-side-OUT, which sprouted from a period of research. During that research period she created material that she will continue to develop the coming years. She concluded this period of research with a presentation titled IN-side-OUT.
With IN-side-OUT Ann has created an extraordinary programme. The dancers work with her on certain elements that originated during the research period. These elements will be explained to the audience by Ann herself and the dancers can be observed both on and off stage.
Inner emotions such as pain, fear and lust are translated by the dancers into a dance idiom that is typical of Ann. Assignments are executed on stage, their exterior/interior is on display as they perform what they were assigned to do. But it doesn’t end once the dancers leave the stage. Personal feelings are given free reign when they are off stage. What happens in the wings, in the dressing rooms, or even in the street? This inner world will be filmed and can be seen on a screen. How are inner and outer worlds related, how do they influence each other, and how does it affect the way we act and move?
May 26, 2012: première KAMEPA
On the 26th of May Ann Van den Broek’s new creation KAMEPA, a dance piece commissioned by TSEKH in Moscow (RU), will have its première. For this project she is working together with composer Arne Van Dongen.
KAMEPA is a Russian word that is pronounced as ‘camera’, but in translation it means cell. Incarceration and at the same time the association with the observation of a camera are the themes Ann is using for this piece.
Ann is working with 7 Russian dancers and is assisted by two regular WArd/waRD performers, Dario Tortorelli and Judit Ruiz Onandi. Arne Van Dongen is composing the music and coaching a Russian guitar player who will be performing the composition live during the performance.
KAMEPA will première in Moscow on the 26th of May at 18.00 hrs in the Aktovy Zal Theatre with a repeat performance on May 27. The production will also be performed on the 30th and 31st of May in Kostroma (RU).
The Co(te)lette Film available on iTunes
The Co(te)lette Film is now available on ITunes for only € 13,99 (rental € 3,99).
The Co(te)lette Film is the film version of the dance production Co(te)lette. British director Mike Figgis was on board to direct this uncompromising film based on a concept and choreography by Ann Van den Broek.
The film was selected for more than twenty festivals and has won awards in Los Angeles (Dance Camera West - Best of Festival), San Francisco (Visionary Award), Nicosia (Best Dance Film) and Brussels (Festival l'Iselp - Prix du Film sur l’Art).
WArd/waRD special on the 19th of April at 20.30 in ccBerchem
On the 19th of april, WArd/waRD organizes, together with ccBerchem, a WArd/waRD special.
Ann's dancers Cecilia Moisio and Dario Tortorelli will show their own work,
Arne Van Dongen will DJ with soundscapes, The Co(te)lette Film will be screened (for those who
has not seen the movie yet!) and during the party the WArd/waRD dancers will present themselves behind
An evening full of dance, music, film, rap, soundscapes and other surprises... Reservations can be made by ccBerchem.
March 22, 2012
The Visionary Award for the most innovative and provocative film during the San Francisco Dance Film Festival was given to The Co(te)lete Film. The jury about the film: "This controversial film was a great match for our progressive San Francisco audiences, and despite reports from other screenings, no one walked out! In fact, people were so transfixed we held an informal discussion afterward for which nearly half the audience stayed."
January 26, 2012
For the last performances of LIstEn & See Nhung Dam will be replaced by Emma Seresia because of an injury.
November 28, 2011
The première of LIstEn & See is coming Thursday (December 1st). Click here to see a short film of the rehearsels.
November 7, 2011
See the website of Flanders Image for an item about The Co(te)lette Film.
October 25, 2011
And again The Co(te)lette Film received an award. During the 11th Festival du Film sur l’Art in Brussels (B) the film won the award ‘Le Prix du Film sur l’Art’.
October 19, 2011
The Co(te)lette Film won the award for best dance film of the Cyprus International Film Festival 2011.
August 16, 2011
During the 2011/2012 season WArd/waRD will be showing nine productions and one film in (inter)national venues:
• The new production LIstEn & See (a co-production with Toneelgroep Oostpool) will open in November 2011. It is a theater/dance production with four actors and five dancers, directed and choreographed by Marcus Azzini and Ann Van den Broek.
• A co-production between WArd/waRD and Dansgroep Amsterdam, choreographed by Ann Van den Broek and Krisztina de Châtel, will have its world premiere in the Julidans Festival 2012.
• Ann Van den Broek has been invited to make two guest choreographies: one for Tim Persent, a dancer working in The Netherlands who is celebrating an anniversary, and another for TsEKh in Moscow where she will work with Russian dancers and musicians.
• Reprises of the productions Co(te)lette, I SOLO MENT, We Solo Men, Ohm and Q61.
• The Co(te)lette Film – the film of the production of the same title, directed by the British film director Mike Figgis.
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June 25, 2011
The Co(te)lette Film won the ‘Best of Festival Award’ during the 10th annual Dance Camera West Festival in Los Angeles (USA), which took place 16 - 19 June 2011.
May 10, 2011
In June 2011 Ann will create a piece for the graduating students of the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. She will be assisted by one of her regular dancers of WArd/waRD, Dario Tortorelli.
The première will take place on June 30 during the ITs Festival in Amsterdam. Extra performances will be held on July 2 and 3 July in the dance theater of the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.
May 9, 2011
The 30th anniversary of ccBerchem will be elebrated. One of the activities is an informal showing of the RESEARCH Period by WArd/waRD – Ann Van den Broek.
Over the past ten years Ann has developed a personal movement idiom, which combines minimal dance and theatrical elements to create a rhythmic, emotional movement style. Over time the use of voice, sound, decors, projections/film and live sound were given a more prominent role. To further develop the themes in her work (pain, grief, injustice, passion, lust and loneliness), Ann is going back into the studio with a few of the dancers, and Arne van Dongen (composer) and Bernie van Velzen (lighting design/video). During this research period all participants will focus more on improvisation, rhythmics and other forms of expression that can coalesce and at times contrast to form a whole with the existing movement idiom.
On June 12 fragments and experiments that sprouted from this research will be shown. After the informal showing of this RESEARCH Period, there will be a Q&A with the artist. Snacks and drinks will be served.
April 5, 2011
The Co(te)lette Film of Ann Van den Broek en Mike Figgis has been selected for the Vision du Réel festival in Nyon, Switzerland. In The Co(te)lette Film three women dance in a rather intimate atmosphere, caught between desire and fulfillment. No confrontation, rivalry, story, solution or ending; the storyline in The Co(te)lette Film is restless and empty. The film will be screened twice, April 8th (L’Usine à Gaz, 10.30 pm) and April 12th (Capitole 1, 10.30 pm). The film will also be shown on June 18 at the Dance Camera West festival in Los Angeles, USA.
The rehearsals of Q61 are in full swing. Q61 is a piece for six dancers and is an accumulation and culmination of earlier choreographies by Ann Van den Broek, such as FF+Rew 60, the award-winning Co(te)lette, I SOLO MENT and We Solo Men. With this piece Ann Van den Broek closes a period in which she explored extreme emotions like pain, lust, aggression and fear on stage. For Ann Van den Broek, Q61 is the final chapter in a series. It marks the end of a phase, but it is also the beginning of something new. As such it is an ideal moment to look back on and also to celebrate her ten years as a choreographer in her every own WArd/waRD. The première of Q61 will be on Friday, February 4th, and is the opening performance of both the renovated Korzo Theater in The Hague and the CaDance festival.
November 20, 2010
On Sunday, December 12, The Co(te)lette Film will have its Dutch première in the Cinedans Festival. It will be presented at 19:30 hrs. in the Rabozaal of the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam.
November 5, 2010
From November 7 till November 14 WArd/waRD will be in residence at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, Germany. Ann Van den Broek was given the Mouson Award in January 2010. This includes a cash prize of
15,000 euro and the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm will also co-produce the new production, Q61. We are looking forward to a week of rehearsals on the premises of our German partner.
October 10, 2010
The past month(s) WArd/waRD has received grants from both the Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Flemish Community - B) and the Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten (Fund for the Performing Arts - NL).
The Vlaamse Gemeenschap approved a grant for the project Q61. In October we also heard the news that WArd/waRD will once again receive a structural bi-annual subsidy from the Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten in the Netherlands. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who made this possible: you, the public, for your support and enthusiasm; our co-producers and boards; all our artistic collaborators and support team; and last but not least, our family and friends. These grants and subsidies make it possible for Ann Van den Broek and WArd/waRD to continue developing and presenting their work.
October 5, 2010
The Co(te)lette Film is British director Mike Figgis’ cinematographic adaptation of the dance performance by choreographer Ann Van den Broek. The obstinate film has been selected in the section ‘Belgian cinema today’ of the Film Festival in Ghent (Belgium). The world premiere will be on Tuesday, October 19 in the theatre hall of arts centre Vooruit and both director and choreographer will attend the film that day.
In The Co(te)lette Film, three female dancers are shown in a intimate atmosphere, in a chicken-and-egg situation between desire and satisfaction. There is no confrontation, nor rivalry. No story-telling, no solution and no ending. Co(te)lette’s story is restless and empty. The original performance has been awarded a Zwaan (Swan Award) for the most impressive dance production of the 2007/2008 season. The Swan Award is the most prestigious Dutch dance prize presented by the Dutch Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors.
The Co(te)lette Film is produced by Brussels-based production company Savage Film, the London-based Red Mullet, the Belgian/Dutch dance company WArd/waRD and Dutch broadcaster NTR and has been realized with the support of the Dutch Media Fund and the Flemish Audiovisual Fund. The Dutch premiere will take place on December 12, during the Cinedans festival in Amsterdam.
During the 2010/2011 season WArd/waRD will be appearing on various (inter)national stages with five different productions: reprises of Co(te)lette, I SOLO MENT, We Solo Men and Ohm, and as of January 2011 with the new production, Q61. Furthermore, The Co(te)lette Film will have its world première. A film based on the production Co(te)lette, directed by British film director Mike Figgis.
January 29, 2010
Ann Van den Broek is the winner of the Mouson Award 2009/2010. The Mouson Award is initiated by the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt (Germany). The prize is currently worth 15,000 euros that Ann Van den Broek will spend on her production Q61, which will premiere in February 2011.
Every two years an independent jury of experts presents the award of the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm to a group, company, choreographer or director for an exceptional artistic production that has performed in the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. In this way the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm wants introduce the work of the laureate to a larger international audience.
This is what the jury say about Ann Van den Broek:
Ann van den Broek’s work is dedicated in a captivating way to contemporary behaviour patterns, but without resorting to major show effects or blatant statements. Although her pieces avoid virtually any form of judgement, appear distanced and cool, they manage to irritate viewers, causing muted shudders, but also amusement. In the end however, it always seems to be a vanitas theme that moves Anne van den Broek’s prosaically staged pieces: in light of transitory nature of life all is in vain.
December 8, 2009
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November 12, 2009
WArd/waRD now has its own fan page on Facebook. To find the page, search under 'WArd/waRD - Ann Van den Broek'.
There you will find the latest news, as well as tour dates, official photographs, behind-the-scenes and tour photos, and short video clips. You can also post comments or ask questions, which we will try to answer as soon as possible.
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March 4, 2009
The NFPK+ (the Dutch Foundation for the Performing Arts) has given the green light to WArd/waRD’s grant proposal to create projects over a period of two years. Only five of the sixteen proposals were selected, including WArd/waRD’s.
The selection committee had high praise for the quality of Ann Van den Broek’s work.
"The committee knows Ann Van den Broek to be a very talented choreographer, who has built an impressive body of work in a relatively short time.” The committee also expressed its confidence in the artistic projects of the two-year plan: "The plan for 2009-2010 is clear; the different projects for this period are described in great detail and with conviction.”
The two-year subsidy will enable WArd/waRD to continue to develop its artistic repertoire and to consolidate its position in the Dutch and Flemish dance world.
March 2, 2009
The VSCD (Dutch Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors) has announced the first nominations for the Zwanen (Swans) 2009 and once again a WArd/waRD production, namely I SOLO MENT, has been nominated for Most Impressive Dance Production.
This is what the jury had to say about the piece: "I SOLO MENT is a tortured double solo. In a searing performance the two individuals, the excellent dancers Cecilia Moisio and Dario Tortorelli, expose their complex love for each other without ever touching. A startling choreography with a very powerful beginning."
This is the third year in a row that choreographer Ann Van den Broek of WArd/waRD has been nominated for the Zwaan (Swan) for Most Impressive Dance Production. In 2007 E19 (richting San José) was nominated and Co(te)lette in 2008 for which Van den Broek won the Zwaan (Swan).
The Zwanen (Swans) will be awarded at the Gala of Dutch Dance on October 10th, 2009, in the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht.
17 december 2008
Soon there will be AUDITIONS for male dancers for the new production of WArd/waRD - Ann Van den Broek. The first rounds are on sunday January 11 in The Hague and on monday January 19 in Antwerp. The call back is planned for monday January 26 and wednesday January 28, both times in Antwerp. Subscribe till January 8.
October 4, 2008
Ann Van den Broek won the prestigious Swan for Most Impressive Dance Production of the 2007/2008 season during the Nederlandse Dansdagen (the Dutch Dance Days). The Nederlandse Vereniging van Schouwburg- en Concertgebouwdirecties (Dutch Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors) gave her the award for her production Co(te)lette. Last season, Ann Van den Broek was also nominated for her production E19 (richting San José).
This is what the jury had to say about the production: "Co(te)lette is a remarkable and fascinating production in which the female body is dissected and analyzed with grueling determination and minimalistic precision. Three women – dancers Cecilia Moisio*, Theodossia Stathi and Judit Ruiz Onandi – create a loop of need and satisfaction, of desire and being desired. In a relentless stream of shaking, gyrating, pumping and panting flesh, Ann Van den Broek takes a critical look at female sexuality; full of personal desire, but also dictated by the desire of others. The repetition and the tight spatial variations result in abstract movements that have an alienating effect.
With a style that she herself describes as 'emotional minimalism',
Ann Van den Broek has shown over the years that she is a unique and innovative choreographer. Co(te)lette is a high point in her oeuvre. It is a daring and vulnerable choreography: raw, confrontational and moving. So it is without reservation that the jury has labeled the work as ‘impressive’."
* also nominated for Best Dance Performance of the season for her work in Co(te)lette
The Nederlands Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten (Dutch Performing Arts Fund) has recommended that the grant proposal for the new production I SOLO MENT be approved. The Belgian première is on September 18, 2008, in ccBe (Berchem, Antwerp). The Dutch première is in the Cadance Festival in The Hague (November 2008). The full tour dates will soon be posted on the Web site.
March 14, 2008
Co(te)lette will be performed on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April at the festival feSt in Sevilla (Spain).
February 18, 2008
The first nominations for the Swans 2008 have been announced. And like the year before WArd/waRD was once again received two important nominations. Co(te)lette is nominated for ‘most impressive dance production’ and Cecilia Moisio is nominated for ‘most impressive achievement in dance’.
This is what the jury has to say about Co(te)lette: "A remarkable and fascinating production in which the female body is dissected and analyzed with excruciating determination and minimalist precision. Like no other contemporary choreographer, Ann Van den Broek proves that conceptuality does not necessarily exclude a unique and varied dance idiom."
Cecilia Moisio is nominated for her role in Co(te)lette. "Cecilia Moisio is a powerful dancer. Her intensely physical achievement in Co(te)lette is sensational and courageous. In her performance she displays a broad and rich command of the physical material, which walks the line between pure daring and subtle eroticism", according to the jury.
The winners of the Swans will be announced during the Gala of Dutch Dance, which will take place in early October at the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht.
December 10, 2007
Co(te)lette is selected for the DansClick 2008/2009. Beside Co(te)lette, some thirty theater programmers have also selected the production Odd by Pia Meuthen, Couple-like by Keren Levi and Ugo Dehaes, and Small Hour by Václav Kune. Through DansClick, Co(te)lette will go on an extensive tour of 29 theaters in the Netherlands in the spring of 2008.
November 1, 2007
There are extra performances planned of Co(te)lette. On Saturday, November 10 the company will be performing Co(te)lette at the 11th International Dance Theaters Festival in Lublin, Poland. And on Sunday, January 27, 2008, Co(te)lette will return to Antwerp for the Amperdans Festival. The performance can be seen in the ccBe at 3:00 p.m. For more information about the festivals please go to the websites of the International Dance Theaters Festival in Lublin and Amperdans.
July 16, 2007
The chairperson of the Dance Jury of the VSCD (the Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors) has announced the last nominations for the Zwanen (the Swan Prizes): dancer Cecilia Moisio was nominated in the category 'most impressive achievement in dance’ for her performance in E19 (richting San José), and E19 (richting San José) by Ann Van den Broek was nominated for 'most impressive dance production'.
The jury wrote about Cecilia Moisio: “She is the natural leader of the group: she initiates the movements, she decides the focal points by which she gives direction to the search that characterizes E19 (richting San José). She does this in an almost nonchalant, yet very convincing, manner.”
About the nomination of E19 (richting San José), the jury wrote: "E19 is the work of a highly original choreographer. Ann Van den Broek alternates casually and naturally between minimal dance episodes and very theatrical ones, and knows how to captivate the audience emotionally and esthetically. The dance idiom is powerful and original. The images of man at the crossroads, breathing in air and sounds as if everything the world has to offer is contained in them, are etched in the brain".
The Zwanen (the Swan Prizes) will be award on Friday, October 5, 2007, during the Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Days) in Maastricht.