In Accusation solos, Ann Van den Broek and her performers dissect the intricate puzzle that became Accusations, which opened earlier this year. Accusations is based on Van den Broek’s character and other biographical material, divided over seven performers on stage. Seven personalities that merge to become one overwhelming sensory entity. In Accusation solos, Ann this time uses each performer’s personality. Escape, control, to act or not to act, the fear that drives you or paralyzes you, the questions you keep asking yourself; in these solos each performer chooses his or her personal perspective to create a steady accumulation of movement, sound and words.
The last few years, Ann Van den Broek’s creations explore the limits not only of dance, but also those of theater as stage. Therefore Accusation solos will open in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam on Thursday 16, 23 and 30 November and 7, 14, and 21 December. Performance starts at 6.45 pm, November 30 also at 9.15 pm.
Documentary on Canvas
Where does inspiration come from? Why do artists and performers make the kind of work they make? And what is in their heads during the process of creating? Those are the questions that are central in Hopen op de goden (Hope on the gods), a six-part documentary series on Canvas (BE) that gives a unique insight into twelve Belgian artists lives.
In the broadcast on Sunday, December 17, are Ann Van den Broek and choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez the central characters. The broadcast starts at 20.15 hour.
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.