Creating Joy (2021)


Creating Joy

In Ann Van den Broek’s work duality, the delicate balance between control and letting go, between the positive and the negative, between masking and honestly divulging is always palpable. A predilection for the dark and the tragic side often prevails, so it was about time the balance tipped to the other side: To that of lightness and feeling good, to laughing together, embracing each other, nostalgically remembering old, but pleasant memories. Creating Joy!

But the corona crisis put quite a damper on those notions. A universal event put this perspective under pressure: The universal became personal instead of the other way around.

Creating Joy is not an ‘everyday production’. The structure is fragmented, sketchy. It conjures associations with a talk show. But also with a ‘logbook’, a record of daily activities, searching for meaning, pleasure and the will to go on. How you can find comfort, strength and tranquility in your head with simple activities: baking bread, a massage, rays of sunshine in spring, a good conversation.

Once again Ann shows the world on stage and beyond in a unique mix of real-time and prerecorded images in combination with live performances tied together by a master of ceremonies. There will be facemasks, screens, a movable and compact set, social distancing and dancers working from home via a livestream.

In doing so, Creating Joy is also an account of making theater in an uncertain period. A time that places enormous demands on the ability of the choreographer and her performers to adapt. After all, with or without an audience, postponement or cancellation hangs over every performance like the Sword of Damocles. And yet they have started working on this new project in high spirits. It’s all about creating joy!

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concept and choreography Ann Van den Broek
performers (on stage and at home) Gregory Frateur, Louis Combeaud, Marion Bosetti, Jean-Gabriel Maury, Carla Guerra
original music composed and written by Nicolas Rombouts, Gregory Frateur
video- and lighting design Bernie van Velzen 
scenography Niek Kortekaas
styling costumes Ann Van den Broek 
assistant choreography and rehearsal director Nik Rajšek
prefilmed guestperformers by Tijs Delbeke, Sjoerd Bruil, Nicolas Rombouts, Gregory Frateur, Frauke Mariën, Nik Rajšek, Niek Kortekaas, Jutta Troch, Pieter Theuns, Ann Van den Broek
inspired by the original song A Part Of Us All by Dez Mona and B.O.X.
voice of An Hackselmans in interview with Ann Van den Broek

Creating Joy is a production of WArd/waRD (NL/BE) in co-production with permanent partners Theater Rotterdam (NL) and ccBerchem (BE). The project is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL).


Date City Venue
17 March 2021 Creating Joy Rotterdam (NL) TR Witte de With
18 March 2021 Creating Joy Rotterdam (NL) TR Witte de With
24 March 2021 Creating Joy Tilburg (NL) De Nieuwe Vorst
26 March 2021 Creating Joy Helmond (NL) ECI Cultuurfabriek
27 March 2021 Creating Joy Leiden (NL) Theater ins Blau
6 April 2021 Creating Joy Amsterdam (NL) Theater Bellevue
8 April 2021 Creating Joy Drachten (NL) Schouwburg De Lawei
10 April 2021 Creating Joy Maastricht (NL) AINSI Theater
13 April 2021 Creating Joy Haarlem (NL) Toneelschuur
15 April 2021 Creating Joy Nijmegen (NL) LUX
17 April 2021 Creating Joy Purmerend (NL) Theater De Verbeelding
20 April 2021 Creating Joy Almere (NL) Corrosia Theater, Film & Expo
21 April 2021 Creating Joy Arnhem (NL) Stadstheater
23 April 2021 Creating Joy Utrecht (NL) Theater Kikker
24 April 2021 Creating Joy Utrecht (NL) Theater Kikker
29 April 2021 Creating Joy Breda (NL) Chassé Theater
1 May 2021 Creating Joy Den Haag (NL) Korzo

When a summer day ends in rain and the scent of past prevails / When you call out through the woods and a deer recalls its name / When a part of you remains in the memory of a loved one / These are times to cherish and things to live for.

– Dez Mona, A Part Of Us All
Creating Joy (2021)