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Ann Van den Broek


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“…you put me down with your accusations, you make me strong with your accusations…”

Accusations is an intriguing, nearly endless relay race of live movement, images, film, sound and words. Performers are absorbed by meaning, contemplation, accusation and regret. Accusation focuses on choices that were or were never made, chances that were or were not taken, mistakes that consume, desires that have yet to be satisfied.

Together with composer Nicolas Rombouts and video and lighting designer Bernie van Velzen, Ann creates a cross-media installation in Accusations that can be manipulated live. A human loop machine with performers as conductors.

Ann, with performer and lyricist Gregory Frateur, is inspired by the text of the play ‘Selbstbezichtigung’ (Self-accusation) by author Peter Handke. However, the original text is reimagined by Ann’s experiences, feelings and analyses.

A powerful immersive experience, Accusations draws in both spectators and performers and plunges them into critical (self-)reflection in search of a better version of themselves.

Accusations was nominated for a Zwaan (Swan) for the most impressive dance production, the most important dance prize in the Netherlands. The jury: “Accusations is a deliciously tough and uncompromising production, executed by a magnificent cast of charismatic performers. With little means the dancers literally and figuratively know how to grab the spotlight. The setting of images, light and sound forms a meticulously composed whole. It is a rough diamond on the edge of several disciplines, one that frustrates, touches and tantalizes.”

“An extraordinary production, a combination of funeral procession, installation, fashion show, pop concert and monologue. (…) The movements, sounds and images gradually build up and then it takes off and becomes raw and rocks. That transition is fascinating. (…) With the title song Accusations, Gregory Frateur brings the group to a climax.” (de Volkskrant ****)

“You can sense that this is a very personal production and that it was made with great care. You are dropped into the head and heart of a troubled personality. And you have to go through it all, there is no escaping it. (…) Highlight is the scene in which Frateur starts screaming and breaks out of the choreographic form. It’s a breath of fresh air. (…) The most intriguing aspects of the production are the charisma of the performers, the texts, the repetitive music and the way in which it all falls into place securely to become a self-portrait of a searching and damaged soul.” (Knack Focus ***)

concept and choreography  Ann Van den Broek
from and with  Ann Van den Broek, Gregory Frateur, Wolf Govaerts, Laila Gozzi, An Hackselmans, Louis Combeaud, Nik Rajšek, Frauke Mariën and also with Riedon van den Berg / Davide Calabrese
text  Ann Van den Broek en Gregory Frateur
video- and lighting design  Bernie van Velzen
sound and composition  Nicolas Rombouts
styling costumes  Veronique Branquinho
text advice  Hans Timmerman
advice  Marc Vanrunxt
photography  Maarten Vanden Abeele
premiere  30 March 2017, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)

Accusations is a production of WArd/waRD (NL/BE) in coproduction with the Rotterdamse Schouwburg/Theater Rotterdam (Rotterdam, NL), ccBe (Antwerp, BE), Rencontres Chorégraphiques (Seine-Saint-Denis, FR), Accueil Studio: Centre Chorégraphique Nationale de Rillieux-la-Pape (Lyon, FR) and is made possible with the financiel support of the Performing Arts Fund NL.

  Tour 2017
24 February ccBerchem, Antwerp (BE), Belgian premiere
29 March Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)
30 March Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL), Dutch premiere
1 April Zwolse Theaters, Zwolle (NL)
3 April Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam (NL)
6 April Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch (NL)
7 April Chassé theater, Breda (NL)
11 April Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
12 April Grand Theatre, Groningen (NL)
14 April Parktheater, Eindhoven (NL)
19 April Theater de Veste, Delft (NL)
21 April Schouwburg De Lawei, Drachten (NL)
22 April Energiehuis (Schouwburg Kunstmin), Dordrecht (NL)
28 April Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht (NL)
29 April Korzo theater, The Hague (NL)
26 May Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp (BE)
10 June Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris (FR)
11 June Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris (FR)
8 September Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL) - excerpt
9 September Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL) - excerpt
21 September Corrosia, Almere (NL)
7 October Dutch Dance Festival, Maastricht (NL)
18 November LUX, Nijmegen (NL)
22 November Theater De Nieuwe Kolk, Assen (NL)
2 December Theater De Nwe Vorst, Tilburg (NL)