Blueprint on Memory
If our memories make us who we are, then who are we if there are gaps in it? What happens when our memory falters? When memories are deliberately suppressed? Or disappear subconsciously? In Blueprint on Memory, the first creation in Van den Broek‘s project The Memory Loss Collection, the performers manifest various mental as well as physical elements of memory loss.
“The symbolism is as a clear as it is gripping without once becoming sentimental for even one second. Impressive and stirring movement theatre.” (NRC Handelsblad ★★★★★)
“Blueprint on Memory has a great urgency.” (Trouw ★★★★)
“A piercing live mix of movement, film, sound and spoken word.” (de Volkskrant)
“A penetrating, severe and focused movement exercise that will haunt you long after you have left the theatre.” (Het Parool)
Protect/perform looks over a period of fifteen years in the development of Ann Van den Broek’s artistic career from modern dancer to renowned choreographer of award-winning dance productions. Based on conversations with author Marcelle Schots, reflections and many never-before-published photographs, it sheds light on the context that inspired Van den Broek to create her body of work. A book to reflect. To remember, to redefine and to reveal what was never said before.
Protect/perform is bilingual (English/Dutch), 160 pages and costs € 27.50 (plus postage). The book is for sale at the performances or can be ordered by sending an email.
To a State of Euphoria
Ann Van den Broek gave the State of Dance in the Netherlands address during the Dutch Dance Festival in Maastricht. In it she expressed her concern about the runaway pragmatism in the Dutch dance world.
She took her audience through various states – the State of Euphoria, State of Anxiety, State of Pain and the Point Zero State – to conclude with the essence of what it should be about: “Only when we take these different states into account and find out what our common intrinsic motivation really is, only then can we attain an ideal State of Dance that will allow the open and international character of dance as an art form come to full fruition. Because in the ideal state, the State of Euphoria, the various rhythms create beautiful music together and keep everything moving, leaving no room for stagnation”