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Ann Van den Broek
Zwaam 2105

The Black Piece

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The Black Piece
Black. Reassuring, encompassing, safe and intimate. This black is pregnant with movement, full and empty at the same time. Powerful, layered. Bodies in chaos. Bodies in fantasy.

In The Black Piece Ann Van den Broek takes audiences on a choreographic quest to find that other black. The black that constantly attracts, demands attention, is intriguing and makes a lasting impression. A group of dancers and a cameraman take spectators into the darkness. The camera divulges and unveils what would otherwise remain unseen and unheard. But at the same time The Black Piece makes you question what you see and makes you ask yourself if what you see is real.

Images, lighting, movement, sounds, the soundscape of Arne Van Dongen, the voice of singer Gregory Frateur (Dez Mona), they all heighten the senses in The Black Piece and subvert expectations.

The Black Piece is the winner of the Dioraphte Dance Award an of the Zwaan (Swan) for 'the most impressive dance production' of the 2014/2015 season. The jury said of the production: “As in a camera obscura, in unfathomable blackness Ann Van den Broek uses pinpoints of light to make visible the tatters of five tormented lives. The chain of associations and emotions that this evokes lends an incredible depth. You want to follow everything, even that which you cannot see.”
The Swan Award is the most prestigious Dutch dance prize presented by the Dutch Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors.

Andreas Kuck was nominated for a Zwaan (Swan) for 'the most impressive achievement in dance’ for his contribution to the production. Moreover the production was also selected for De Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Days) as one of the most important productions.

“Surrealistic The Black Piece already a highlight of this dance season.” (NRC Handelsblad ****)
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“Van den Broek’s The Black Piece is her most exciting production so far. (…) The trio in which the men play around with focus and perspective by taking turns coming forward is sublime. As are the moments when the dancers line up under glaring lights to demand attention for their physical presence. (…) The way Van den Broek forces air between all the layers and creates an overall feeling of freedom is stunning. Mankind is caught in all those black layers.” (Trouw ****)
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“Here Van den Broek displays the kind of sweltering and fierce movements her dance idiom includes. (…) Compelling and repetitive... (…) ...daring, unyielding performance.” (de Volkskrant ****)

“As time goes by, a continuous dance emerges from this diffuse image and intermittent rhythm – a gripping moment. (…) ...the dancers, to begin with the two women (Frauke Mariën and Francesca Monti), move beautifully and act convincingly. And the music by Arne Van Dongen is totally to the point.” (Het Parool ****)

“…because with the artistic choices she makes in this performance, Van den Broek does not stick to a rigid concept, but conjures up worlds that suck you in more and more. (…) When the dancers move in unison with the movements of Dez Mona singer, Gregory Frateur, on film, the performance takes flight. (…) With The Black Piece she went into a remarkable new direction.” ( ****)

The Black Piece is a series of beautiful, atmospheric images, and bewitching close-ups of the dancers who shamelessly display their stunning bodies like models, or sweat it out like sadomasochists. They string us along the dark sides of the soul, of life. (…) ...the dance is thrilling, the music is rousing, there is Frateur-on-video and a calculated lighting design.” (Knack ***)

concept and choreography  Ann Van den Broek
dance  Jan Deboom, Louis Combeaud, Andreas Kuck, Frauke Mariën, Francesca Monti and others
live camera/lighting design  Bernie van Velzen
music  Arne Van Dongen
vocal performance  Gregory Frateur, opgenomen door Nicolas Rombouts (aka Dez Mona)
set design  Ann Van den Broek, Bernie van Velzen
styling  Ann Van den Broek
advice  Marc Vanrunxt
photography  Maarten Vanden Abeele
premiere  19 September 2014, Korzo theater, The Hague (NL)

The Black Piece is a co-production of Stichting WArd/waRD (NL), vzw WArd/waRD (B), Korzo Producties (The Hague, NL) and ccBerchem (Antwerp, B). With financial support from the Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL) and the Prins Bernhard Cuktuurfonds (NL).

  Tour 2014
20 March Korzo studio, The Hague, preview
28 March Korzo studio, The Hague, preview
30 April Korzo studio, The Hague, preview
7 May Korzo studio, The Hague, preview
18 May ccBerchem, Antwerp (B), preview
12 June ccBerchem, Antwerp (B), try-out
13 June ccBerchem, Antwerp (B), try-out
14 June ccBerchem, Antwerp (B), Belgian premiere
16 August Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo (NL)
17 September Korzo, The Hague (NL), try-out
18 September Korzo, The Hague (NL), try-out
19 September Korzo, The Hague (NL), Dutch premiere
20 September Korzo, The Hague (NL)
23 September Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)
8 October Grand Theatre, Groningen (NL)
9 October Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
10 October Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
14 October Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
3 November Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL), private
22 November Schouwburg Arnhem, Arnhem (NL)
29 November Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch (NL)
9 December Theater 't Speelhuis, Helmond (NL)
  Tour 2015
15 January Odeon De Spiegel, Zwolle (NL)
20 January Schouwburg De Lawei, Drachten (NL)
22 January Natlab by Plaza Futura, Eindhoven (NL)
3 February Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL)
4 February Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL)
5 February NWE Vorst, Tilburg (NL)
6 February Bourla Schouwburg, Antwerpen (B)
8 February LantarenVenster, Rotterdam (NL)
6 March Schouwburg Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
23 April Chassé Theater, Breda (NL)
5 May Theatre de Montreuil, Paris (FR)
6 May Theatre de Montreuil, Paris (FR)
2 July The Barbican. London (UK)
1 August M HKA, Antwerp (B)
22 August Lowlands, Biddinghuizen (NL)
29 August Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam / Uitmarkt, Amsterdam (NL)
11 September Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
22 September Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen (NL)
2 October Theater a/h Vrijthof / Dutch Dance Days, Maastricht (NL)
20 November Theater in Blau, Leiden (NL)
21 November LUX, Nijmegen (NL)
  Tour 2016
27 January Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden (NL)
3 February Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
11 February Théâtre Sévelin / Festival Printemps de Sévelin, Lausanne (CH)
12 February Théâtre Sévelin / Festival Printemps de Sévelin, Lausanne (CH)
9 March CC de Werft, Geel (B)
2 April Korzo, The Hague (NL)
5 April DE Studio, Antwerp (B)
13 April Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam / IETM, Amsterdam (NL)
22 April Theater De Verbeelding, Purmerend (NL)
23 April CC Ter Vesten, Beveren (B)
9 May Vilnius Festival, Vilnius (LT)
20 May Kroki Festival, Krakau (PL)
27 May Festival Transamériques, Montreal (CA)
28 May Festival Transamériques, Montreal (CA)
16 June Tanec Praha Festival / Ponec, Prague (CZ)
17 June Tanec Praha Festival / Ponec, Prague (CZ)
10 September TANZTheater, Hannover (DE)
17 September Brilschanspark, Antwerp (BE)
6 October Schouwburg Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
13 October Corrosia, Almere (NL)
15 October Theater de Meervaart, Amsterdam (NL)
27 October Theater De Nieuwe Kolk, Assen (NL)
5 November Roma Europa, Rome (IT)
6 November Roma Europa, Rome (IT)
  Tour 2017
9 March Théâtre de la Cité, Paris (FR)
10 March Théâtre de la Cité, Paris (FR)
11 March Théâtre de la Cité, Paris (FR)
26 June La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (IT)
7 July Schouwburg De Maagd, Bergen op Zoom (NL) - excerpt
21 August Les Brigittines/International Festival, Bruxelles (BE)
22 August Les Brigittines/International Festival, Bruxelles (BE)