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Quartet with One
Quartet with One started gestating back in 1988. Ann Van den Broek and Sophie Janssens get to know each other at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. After graduation they each go their own way, but years later their paths cross again. Two women with the same foundation, but from totally different backgrounds – both in character and in dance idiom they are each other’s opposites. In Quartet with One both women, armed with their musician of choice, face off once again.

The theme of Quartet with One is distance. Two dancers, a pianist and a drummer; from Antwerp, Amsterdam and Montréal conquer the physical distance. However, the emotional distance remains. In the space, the four are apart most of the time. A grand piano, a drum kit: contrasts such as rhythm versus melody, meter versus phrasing, the deep, low sounds of the drums versus the high-pitched sound of the piano. At the same time the dance styles of the two dancers clash as well: fragile and lyrical versus powerful and compact.

Quartet with One was selected for the Serie Nieuwe Theatermakers (New Makers for the Stage Series) of the Dutch Theater Institute.

choreography  Ann Van den Broek
dancers  Ann Van den Broek and Sophie Janssens
music  Rex Lobo (piano) and Yvon Plouffe (percussion)
soundscape  Luther Van Hoof and Peter De Ceulaer
lighting design  Peter Lemmens
rehearsal director   Cathy Dekker
photography  Quirine Reijman
première  November 16, 2002 Theater a/h Spui, The Hague (NL)

Quartet with One is a production of vzw WArd/waRD and is co-produced by Korzo productions, with financial support of the City of Antwerp and Conseil des Arts Canada, with additional support of WP Zimmer Antwerp and the Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap Afdeling Volksontwikkeling en Bibliotheekwerk (Flemish Ministry of Cultural Development).

  Tour 2002
16 November Theater aan het Spui (CaDance Festival), The Hague (NL)
17 November Theater aan het Spui (CaDance Festival), The Hague (NL)
5 December Théatre Tangente, Montréal (Canada)
6 December Théatre Tangente, Montréal (Canada)
7 December Théatre Tangente, Montréal (Canada)
8 December Théatre Tangente, Montréal (Canada)
  Tour 2003
13 February Theater De Vorst, Tilburg (NL)
22 February cc ’t Vondel, Halle (B)
15 October ccBerchem, Antwerp (B)
October Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
October cc De Spil, Roeselaere (B)
22 October Stadsschouwburg Arnhem, Arnhem (NL)
October Plaza Futura, Eindhoven (NL)
  Tour 2004
6 January Kruithuis, Groningen (NL)
13 January Witte Theater, IJmuiden (NL)
15 January Theater Romein, Leeuwarden (NL)
19 January Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL)
21 January Theater Lux, Nijmegen (NL)
23 January Chassé Theater, Breda (NL)
28 January LAKtheater, Leiden (NL)
29 January Korzo, The Hague (NL)
30 January Theater De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort (NL)