From Tuesday December 15 to Saturday December 19, 2020 WArd/waRD is organizing a multi-day artistic program in Theater Rotterdam called Memory/Loss/Series. It is a multidisciplinary program with dance, workshops, music, conversations, installations, film, debate and performances about memory loss and dementia.
With The Memory Loss Collection trilogy by choreographer Ann Van den Broek as its principle and common thread, a unique experience will be created for a week in all the halls and public spaces of Theater Rotterdam to increase awareness and familiarity with memory loss and dementia.
Ann Van den Broek’s latest creation Memory Loss, which premiered at Theater Rotterdam at the beginning of 2020, has been nominated by the VSCD (Association of Theater and Music Hall Directors) for the Zwaan award for the most impressive dance production. The jury: “Memory Loss is a personal document: sincere and moving. Cruel and loving. With her trilogy, Ann Van den Broek fosters understanding for people with dementia and deserves all the credit for that. As one of the dancers says: ‘They are by no means crazy’.”
Due to the abrupt end of the 2019-2020 theater season, the VSCD will not announce any winners this year. The nominees have a chance to win a coveted Zwaan award next year!
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.