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Rest Room (2003)

Restroom, a space that stands for relief, getting a load off, letting go… a basic need. A place where one can withdraw and escape to. Where one can try to drop the mask, to get something out of your system and to fantasize to one’s heart’s content.

Rest Room is about the poses and façades we all use in our social machinations in order to attain our goals, to maintain our positions, to survive. A tragicomedy in dance, an absurd choreography.

Rest Room is a duet by and from Ann Van den Broek and Einat Tuchman. The two met at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie (Rotterdam Dance Academy). During their careers as dancers, they both grew into intense performers. In their work, Ann Van den Broek and Einat Tuchman depart from the same realistic sources of inspiration and themes such as human behavior patters and moods, but because of their different approach, their pieces usually diametrically oppose each other. In Rest Room they are searching for an intriguing blend of their individual styles.

concept and choreography Ann Van den Broek, Einat Tuchman
dance Ann Van den Broek, Einat Tuchman
sound Luther Vanhoof, Peter de Ceulaer
lighting design Robert Lefèvre
set and styling Ann Van den Broek, Einat Tuchman
artistic advice Ger Jager
rehearsel director Johan Greben
premiere November 25, 2003, Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)

Rest Room is an initiative of Ann Van den Broek / WArd/waRD and is produced by DWA-dansproductiehuis and co-produced by WArd/waRD (BE). It was also realized with financial support of the Fonds voor Amateurkunst en Podiumkunsten (NL) and the City of Antwerp (BE), with support from WP Zimmer (Antwerp, BE) and the Flemish Ministry of Cultural Development (BE).

WArd/waRD

Date City Venue
10 May 2004 Rest Room Amsterdam (NL) Danswerkplaats
8 May 2004 Rest Room Amsterdam (NL) Melkweg
7 May 2004 Rest Room Amsterdam (NL) Melkweg
6 May 2004 Rest Room Amsterdam (NL) Melkweg
27 April 2004 Rest Room Haarlem (NL) Toneelschuur
1 December 2003 Rest Room Amsterdam (NL) Theater Bellevue
29 November 2003 Rest Room Den Haag (NL) Korzo
26 November 2003 Rest Room Utrecht (NL) Theater Kikker
25 November 2003 Rest Room Utrecht (NL) Theater Kikker – première
24 November 2003 Rest Room Utrecht (NL) Theater Kikker – try-out
Rest Room (2003)