Blueprint of Memory
In the 2018/2019 season WArd/waRD is starting a big project called The Memory Loss Collection. It includes three productions and a program of lectures and workshops which immerses visitors in the research into the workings of the brain and the effect that memory loss has on a person and his or her environment.
The first production in the series, Blueprint of Memory, will open on October 11, 2018, during the Dutch Dance Festival in Maastricht. The blueprint is literally visible on the floor as the performers move past cords, cables, pedals, triggers and cameras. This complex chaos tests the mental and physical memory of the performers, while at the same time giving them something to hold on to during their movements.
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.
A big part of Ann Van den Broek’s artistic vision can be found in the name of her company. The meaning of ‘ward’, according to the dictionary, reads as follows:
1) the act of guarding; the state of being under guard;
2) guardianship, being under control of a guardian;
3) a means of defense or protection;
4) a division of a jail or prison, or of a hospital;
5) a district or division of a city or town;
6) to fend off, parry;
7) to keep watch over, guard, protect.
In short, in relation to the organization, it is a place where it is safe to congregate and work.