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Ann Van den Broek

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We Solo Men
A group of dancers: different egos and yet they form a unit. The urge to express themselves and to connect controls them. On stage everything is possible; it is a powerful place. A sense of dread befalls them. Action and withdrawal, strength and weakness, confrontation and alienation. Their attempt to communicate is failing. The repercussions of non-communication. Bodies under scrutiny. Bodies in ignominy.

This choreography by Ann Van den Broek is a masculine piece of work. We Solo Men deals with the conflict between on the one hand the desire to entertain and the inability to communicate on the other. The cry for attention becomes a cry of desperation. We Solo Men is an entertaining and, in the end, a lonely sketch.

Ann Van den Broek has created a rhythmic composition made up of sounds, words, movement and body language aimed at connecting with the audience. Arne van Dongen has created another composition for Van den Broek, which will be performed and adapted live on stage based on the sounds produced by the dancers. The set is designed by Niek Kortekaas; the lighting design by Bernie van Velzen.

We Solo Men was selected for De Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Days) as one of the most important productions of the 2009/2010 season.

“In short, We Solo Men is well thought-out and fleshed-out. It takes hold of the audience and does not let go.” (NRC Handelsblad)

“Strong points of the piece are the tightly orchestrated, rudimentary movements. (...) The distinctive soundscape of stuttered words and drummed applause is extraordinary as well.” (de Volkskrant)

“The dancers gradually whip themselves into a frenzy with the obsessive-repetitive movements that have become typical for Van den Broek, so much so that even the mundane becomes meaningless. It is nearly impossible not to be bowled over by her unrelenting metronome.” (Het Parool)

“Highly erotic, yet human and a devastating power of esthetics.” (Braunschwieger Zeiting, Germany)

We Solo Men is urgently successful, and therefore two thumbs up.” (Neue Presse, Germany)

concept and choreography  Ann Van den Broek
dance  Jan Deboom, Jan Martens, Andreas Kuck, Cecilia Moisio, Judit Ruiz Onandi and Dario Tortorelli
music composition  Arne Van Dongen
set design  Niek Kortekaas
lighting design  Bernie van Velzen
styling costumes  Ann Van den Broek
photography  Maarten Vanden Abeele
advice  Marc Vanrunxt
makeup artist  Jos Brands
sign language coach  Marie De Corte
première  July 5, 2009, Stadsschouwburg Rabozaal, Amsterdam (NL)

We Solo Men is a co-production of Stichting WArd/waRD (NL), vzw WArd/waRD (B), Korzo Productions (The Hague, NL) and ccBerchem (Antwerp, B), with the financial support of the Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts and the Government of Flanders.

  Tour 2009
25 June ccBerchem, Antwerp (B), avant-première
5 July Rabozaal (Julidans), Amsterdam (NL), prèmiere
6 July Rabozaal (Julidans), Amsterdam (NL)
16 October Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (GER)
17 October Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (GER)
23 October Korzo, The Hague (NL)
24 October Korzo, The Hague (NL)
21 November AINSI, Maastricht (NL)
25 November Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam (NL)
26 November Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam (NL)
27 November Chassé Theater, Breda (NL)
2 December LAKtheater, Leiden (NL)
3 December De NWE Vorst, Tilburg (NL)
15 December Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
  Tour 2010
20 January cc Genk, Genk (B)
3 February Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch (NL)
8 February Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Groningen (NL)
9 February Schouwburg De Lawei, Drachten (NL)
1 March Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL)
15 April Tanz Bremen (GER)
26 August Opera Estate Festival Veneto, CSC Garage Nardini, Bassano del Grappa (Italy)
11 September Schouwburg Almere, Almere (NL)
1 October Theater a/h Vrijthof (Dutch Dance Days), Maastricht (NL) - extract
18 October Rabozaal, Amsterdam (NL)
30 October Theater aan de Slinger, Houten (NL)
4 November cc De Werft, Geel (B)
5 November Theater Castellum, Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)
16 December Schouwburg De Meerse, Hoofddorp (NL)
  Tour 2011
19 February cc Ter Vesten, Beveren (B)
15 May Festival Danza a Bari, Bari (Italy)
18 May Marche - AMAT, Fano (Italy)
20 May Interplay 2011, Turin (Italy)
10 November Chatka Zaka Theatre (International Theatres Dance Festival), Lublin (PL)
  Tour 2012
18 February Theater De Verbeelding, Purmerend (NL)
16 March Grand Theatre, Groningen (NL)
29 August Central in der Alten, Düsseldorf (GER)
  Tour 2014
5 April Motel Mozaïque, Rotterdam (NL)
13 September Orangerie Herrenhausen, TANZtheater International, Hannover (GER)
  Tour 2015
13 May Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)
11 June ccBerchem, Antwerp (B)
  Tour 2016
3 May Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (NL)
4 October Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen (NL)
  Tour 2017
7 March Theatre de Vanves, Paris (FR)
20 October Théâtre Paul Eluard, Choisy-le-Roi (FR)