Accusations (2017)

Accusations
Accusations
Accusations
Accusations

“…you put me down with your accusations, you make me strong with your accusations…”

Accusations is an intriguing, nearly endless relay race of live movement, images, film, sound and words. Performers are absorbed by meaning, contemplation, accusation and regret. Accusation focuses on choices that were or were never made, chances that were or were not taken, mistakes that consume, desires that have yet to be satisfied.

Together with composer Nicolas Rombouts and video and lighting designer Bernie van Velzen, Ann creates a cross-media installation in Accusations that can be manipulated live. A human loop machine with performers as conductors.

Ann, with performer and lyricist Gregory Frateur, is inspired by the text of the play ‘Selbstbezichtigung’ (Self-accusation) by author Peter Handke. However, the original text is reimagined by Ann’s experiences, feelings and analyses.

A powerful immersive experience, Accusations draws in both spectators and performers and plunges them into critical (self-)reflection in search of a better version of themselves.

Accusations is nominated by the VSCD (Association of Theater and Music Hall Directors) for a Zwaan (Swan) for the most impressive dance production, the most prestigious Dutch dance prize.

concept and choreography Ann Van den Broek
original cast Ann Van den Broek, Gregory Frateur, Wolf Govaerts, Laila Gozzi, An Hackselmans, Louis Combeaud, Nik Rajšek, Frauke Mariën
text Ann Van den Broek, Gregory Frateur
video- and lighting design Bernie van Velzen
sound and composition Nicolas Rombouts
styling costumes Veronique Branquinho
text advice Hans Timmerman
advice Marc Vanrunxt
photography Maarten Vanden Abeele
premiere March, 30, 2017, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)

Accusations is a production of WArd/waRD (NL/BE) in coproduction with the Rotterdamse Schouwburg/Theater Rotterdam (Rotterdam, NL), ccBe (Antwerp, BE), Rencontres Chorégraphiques (Seine-Saint-Denis, FR), Accueil Studio: Centre Chorégraphique Nationale de Rillieux-la-Pape (Lyon, FR) and is made possible with the financiel support of the Performing Arts Fund NL.

WArd/waRD

Date City Venue
06 Sep 2020 Accusations Rotterdam (NL), TR Schouwburg – Walks & Fragments
05 Sep 2020 Accusations Rotterdam (NL), TR Schouwburg – Walks & Fragments
04 Sep 2020 Accusations Rotterdam (NL), TR Schouwburg – Walks & Fragments
03 Sep 2020 Accusations Rotterdam (NL), TR Schouwburg – Walks & Fragments
02 Sep 2020 Accusations Rotterdam (NL), TR Schouwburg – Walks & Fragments
05 Nov 2019 Accusations Bern (CH), Dampfzentrale
12 Apr 2019 Accusations Parijs (FR), Théâtre de la Cité
11 Apr 2019 Accusations Parijs (FR), Théâtre de la Cité
28 Mar 2019 Accusations Strasbourg (FR), Pôle Sud
27 Mar 2019 Accusations Strasbourg (FR), Pôle Sud
13 Mar 2019 Accusations Vandoeuvre Les Nancy (FR), CCAM
12 Mar 2019 Accusations Vandoeuvre Les Nancy (FR), CCAM
08 Mar 2019 Accusations Reims (FR), Le Manège
07 Mar 2019 Accusations Reims (FR), Le Manège
08 Dec 2018 Accusations Freiburg (DE), Theater Freiburg
07 Dec 2018 Accusations Freiburg (DE), Theater Freiburg
18 May 2018 Accusations München (DE), Reithalle
02 Dec 2017 Accusations Tilburg (NL), De Nieuwe Vorst
22 Nov 2017 Accusations Assen (NL), Theater De Nieuwe Kolk
18 Nov 2017 Accusations Nijmegen (NL), LUX
07 Oct 2017 Accusations Maastricht (NL), Nederlandse Dansdagen
21 Sep 2017 Accusations Almere (NL), Corrosia Theater, Film & Expo
09 Sep 2017 Accusations Rotterdam (NL), TR Schouwburg – excerpt
08 Sep 2017 Accusations Rotterdam (NL), TR Schouwburg
11 Jun 2017 Accusations Parijs (FR), Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales
10 Jun 2017 Accusations Parijs (FR), Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales
26 May 2017 Accusations Antwerpen (BE), Bourlaschouwburg
29 Apr 2017 Accusations Den Haag (NL), Korzo
28 Apr 2017 Accusations Utrecht (NL), Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
22 Apr 2017 Accusations Dordrecht (NL), Energiehuis (Schouwburg Kunstmin)
21 Apr 2017 Accusations Drachten (NL), Schouwburg De Lawei
19 Apr 2017 Accusations Delft (NL), Theater de Veste
14 Apr 2017 Accusations Eindhoven (NL), Parktheater
12 Apr 2017 Accusations Groningen (NL), Grand Theatre
11 Apr 2017 Accusations Haarlem (NL), Toneelschuur
07 Apr 2017 Accusations Breda (NL), Chassé Theater
06 Apr 2017 Accusations Den Bosch (NL), Verkadefabriek
03 Apr 2017 Accusations Amsterdam (NL), Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
01 Apr 2017 Accusations Zwolle (NL), Zwolse Theaters
30 Mar 2017 Accusations Rotterdam (NL), Rotterdamse Schouwburg – première NL
29 Mar 2017 Accusations Rotterdam (NL), Rotterdamse Schouwburg
24 Feb 2017 Accusations Antwerpen (BE), ccBerchem – première BE
02 Feb 2017 Accusations Lyon (FR), Centre Chorégraphique – work in progress

“ It is a rough diamond on the edge of several disciplines, one that frustrates, touches and tantalizes.”

– Jury VCSD dance prizes (NL)

“An extraordinary production, a combination of funeral procession, installation, fashion show, pop concert and monologue.”

– de Volkskrant (NL)

“The most intriguing aspects of the production are the charisma of the performers, the texts, the repetitive music and the way in which it all falls into place securely.”

– Knack Focus (BE)
Accusations (2017)