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The Black Piece (2014)

The Black Piece
The Black Piece
The Black Piece
The Black Piece
The Black Piece

 
Black. Reassuring, encompassing, safe and intimate. This black is pregnant with movement, full and empty at the same time. Powerful, layered. Bodies in chaos. Bodies in fantasy.

In The Black Piece Ann Van den Broek takes audiences on a choreographic quest to find that other black. The black that constantly attracts, demands attention, is intriguing and makes a lasting impression. A group of dancers and a cameraman take spectators into the darkness. The camera divulges and unveils what would otherwise remain unseen and unheard. But at the same time The Black Piece makes you question what you see and makes you ask yourself if what you see is real.

Images, lighting, movement, sounds, the soundscape of Arne Van Dongen, the voice of singer Gregory Frateur (Dez Mona), they all heighten the senses in The Black Piece and subvert expectations.

The Black Piece is the winner of the Dioraphte Dance Award an of the Zwaan (Swan) for the most impressive dance production of the 2014/2015 season. The Swan Award is the most prestigious Dutch dance prize presented by the Dutch Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors. Andreas Kuck was nominated for a Zwaan (Swan) for the most impressive achievement in dance for his contribution to the production. Moreover the production was also selected for De Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Festival) as one of the most important productions.

concept and choreography Ann Van den Broek
original cast Louis Combeaud, Jan Deboom, Andreas Kuck, Frauke Mariën, Francesca Monti and others
live camera/lighting design Bernie van Velzen
music Arne Van Dongen
vocal performance Gregory Frateur, recorded by Nicolas Rombouts (aka Dez Mona)
set design Ann Van den Broek, Bernie van Velzen
styling Ann Van den Broek
advice Marc Vanrunxt
photography Maarten Vanden Abeele
premiere September 19, 2014, Korzo theater, The Hague (NL)

The Black Piece is a co-production of WArd/waRD (NL/BE), Korzo Producties (The Hague, NL) and ccBerchem (Antwerp, B). With financial support from the Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL) and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (NL).

WArd/waRD

Date City Venue
24 March 2019 The Black Piece Budapest (HU) Trafo
23 March 2019 The Black Piece Budapest (HU) Trafo
8 November 2018 The Black Piece Vancouver (CA) The Dance Center
7 November 2018 The Black Piece Vancouver (CA) The Dance Center
6 November 2018 The Black Piece Vancouver (CA) The Dance Center
2 November 2018 The Black Piece Quebec (CA) La Rotonde
1 November 2018 The Black Piece Quebec (CA) La Rotonde
27 October 2018 The Black Piece Gaspé (CA) Théâtre de Gaspé
22 August 2017 The Black Piece Brussel (BE) Les Brigittines
21 August 2017 The Black Piece Brussel (BE) Les Brigittines
7 July 2017 The Black Piece Bergen op Zoom (NL) Schouwburg De Maagd – excerpt
26 June 2017 The Black Piece Vemetië (IT) La Biennale di Venezia
11 March 2017 The Black Piece Parijs (FR) Théâtre de la Cité
10 March 2017 The Black Piece Parijs (FR) Théâtre de la Cité
9 March 2017 The Black Piece Parijs (FR) Théâtre de la Cité
6 November 2016 The Black Piece Rome (IT) Roma Europa
5 November 2016 The Black Piece Rome (IT) Roma Europa
27 October 2016 The Black Piece Assen (NL) Theater De Nieuwe Kolk
15 October 2016 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL) Theater de Meervaart
13 October 2016 The Black Piece Almere (NL) Corrosia Theater, Film & Expo
6 October 2016 The Black Piece Rotterdam (NL) Rotterdamse Schouwburg
17 September 2016 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE) Brilschanspark
10 September 2016 The Black Piece Hannover (DE) TANZtheater
17 June 2016 The Black Piece Praag (CZ) Tanec Praha Festival / Ponec
16 June 2016 The Black Piece Praag (CZ) Tanec Praha Festival / Ponec
28 May 2016 The Black Piece Montreal (CA) Festival Transamériques
27 May 2016 The Black Piece Montreal (CA) Festival Transamériques
20 May 2016 The Black Piece Krakau (PL) Kroki Festival
9 May 2016 The Black Piece Vilnius (LT) Vilnius Festival
23 April 2016 The Black Piece Beveren (BE) CC Ter Vesten
22 April 2016 The Black Piece Purmerend (NL) Theater De Verbeelding
13 April 2016 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL) Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
5 April 2016 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE) DE Studio
2 April 2016 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL) Korzo
9 March 2016 The Black Piece Geel (BE) CC de Werft
12 February 2016 The Black Piece Lausanne (CH) Festival Printemps de Sévelin
11 February 2016 The Black Piece Lausanne (CH) Festival Printemps de Sévelin
3 February 2016 The Black Piece Haarlem (NL) Toneelschuur
27 January 2016 The Black Piece Leeuwarden (NL) Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie
21 November 2015 The Black Piece Nijmegen (NL) LUX
20 November 2015 The Black Piece Leiden (NL) Theater ins Blau
2 October 2015 The Black Piece Maastricht (NL) Nederlandse Dansdagen
22 September 2015 The Black Piece Heerlen (NL) Parkstad Limburg Theaters
11 September 2015 The Black Piece Utrecht (NL) Theater Kikker
29 August 2015 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL) Uitmarkt
22 August 2015 The Black Piece Biddinghuizen (NL) Lowlands
1 August 2015 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE) M HKA
2 July 2015 The Black Piece Londen (UK) The Barbican
6 May 2015 The Black Piece Parijs (FR) Theatre de Montreuil
5 May 2015 The Black Piece Parijs (FR) Theatre de Montreuil
23 April 2015 The Black Piece Breda (NL) Chassé Theater
6 March 2015 The Black Piece Rotterdam (NL) Rotterdamse Schouwburg
8 February 2015 The Black Piece Rotterdam (NL) Lantaren/Venster
6 February 2015 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE) Bourla Schouwburg
5 February 2015 The Black Piece Tilburg (NL) De Nieuwe Vorst
4 February 2015 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL) Theater Bellevue
3 February 2015 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL) Theater Bellevue
22 January 2015 The Black Piece Eindhoven (NL) Natlab door Plaza Futura
20 January 2015 The Black Piece Drachten (NL) Schouwburg De Lawei
15 January 2015 The Black Piece Zwolle (NL) Odeon De Spiegel
9 December 2014 The Black Piece Helmond (NL) Theater ‘t Speelhuis
29 November 2014 The Black Piece Den Bosch (NL) Verkadefabriek
22 November 2014 The Black Piece Arnhem (NL) Schouwburg Arnhem
3 November 2014 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL) Theater Bellevue
14 October 2014 The Black Piece Haarlem (NL) Toneelschuur
10 October 2014 The Black Piece Utrecht (NL) Theater Kikker
9 October 2014 The Black Piece Utrecht (NL) Theater Kikker
8 October 2014 The Black Piece Groningen (NL) Grand Theatre
23 September 2014 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL) Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
20 September 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL) Korzo
19 September 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL) Korzo – première NL
18 September 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL) Korzo – try-out
17 September 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL) Korzo – try-out
16 August 2014 The Black Piece Venlo (NL) Museum Van Bommel Van Dam
14 June 2014 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE) ccBerchem – première BE
13 June 2014 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE) ccBerchem – try-out
12 June 2014 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE) ccBerchem – try-out
18 May 2014 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE) ccBerchem – preview
7 May 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL) Korzo studio – preview
30 April 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL) Korzo studio – preview
28 March 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL) Korzo studio – preview
20 March 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL) Korzo studio – preview
The Black Piece (2014)