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 and 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 Oct 2020 The Black Piece Shanghai (CN), 1862 Theater – cancelled
23 Oct 2020 The Black Piece Shanghai (CN), 1862 Theater – cancelled
18 Oct 2020 The Black Piece Seoul (KR), SiDance Festival – cancelled
24 Mar 2019 The Black Piece Budapest (HU), Trafo
23 Mar 2019 The Black Piece Budapest (HU), Trafo
08 Nov 2018 The Black Piece Vancouver (CA), The Dance Center
07 Nov 2018 The Black Piece Vancouver (CA), The Dance Center
06 Nov 2018 The Black Piece Vancouver (CA), The Dance Center
02 Nov 2018 The Black Piece Quebec (CA), La Rotonde
01 Nov 2018 The Black Piece Quebec (CA), La Rotonde
27 Oct 2018 The Black Piece Gaspé (CA), Théâtre de Gaspé
22 Aug 2017 The Black Piece Brussel (BE), Les Brigittines
21 Aug 2017 The Black Piece Brussel (BE), Les Brigittines
07 Jul 2017 The Black Piece Bergen op Zoom (NL), Schouwburg De Maagd – excerpt
26 Jun 2017 The Black Piece Vemetië (IT), La Biennale di Venezia
11 Mar 2017 The Black Piece Parijs (FR), Théâtre de la Cité
10 Mar 2017 The Black Piece Parijs (FR), Théâtre de la Cité
09 Mar 2017 The Black Piece Parijs (FR), Théâtre de la Cité
06 Nov 2016 The Black Piece Rome (IT), Roma Europa
05 Nov 2016 The Black Piece Rome (IT), Roma Europa
27 Oct 2016 The Black Piece Assen (NL), Theater De Nieuwe Kolk
15 Oct 2016 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL), Theater de Meervaart
13 Oct 2016 The Black Piece Almere (NL), Corrosia Theater, Film & Expo
06 Oct 2016 The Black Piece Rotterdam (NL), Rotterdamse Schouwburg
17 Sep 2016 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE), Brilschanspark
10 Sep 2016 The Black Piece Hannover (DE), TANZtheater
17 Jun 2016 The Black Piece Praag (CZ), Tanec Praha Festival / Ponec
16 Jun 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
09 May 2016 The Black Piece Vilnius (LT), Vilnius Festival
23 Apr 2016 The Black Piece Beveren (BE), CC Ter Vesten
22 Apr 2016 The Black Piece Purmerend (NL), Theater De Verbeelding
13 Apr 2016 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL), Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
05 Apr 2016 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE), DE Studio
02 Apr 2016 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL), Korzo
09 Mar 2016 The Black Piece Geel (BE), CC De Werft
12 Feb 2016 The Black Piece Lausanne (CH), Festival Printemps de Sévelin
11 Feb 2016 The Black Piece Lausanne (CH), Festival Printemps de Sévelin
03 Feb 2016 The Black Piece Haarlem (NL), Toneelschuur
27 Jan 2016 The Black Piece Leeuwarden (NL), Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie
21 Nov 2015 The Black Piece Nijmegen (NL), LUX
20 Nov 2015 The Black Piece Leiden (NL), Theater ins Blau
02 Oct 2015 The Black Piece Maastricht (NL), Nederlandse Dansdagen
22 Sep 2015 The Black Piece Heerlen (NL), Parkstad Limburg Theaters
11 Sep 2015 The Black Piece Utrecht (NL), Theater Kikker
29 Aug 2015 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL), Uitmarkt
22 Aug 2015 The Black Piece Biddinghuizen (NL), Lowlands
01 Aug 2015 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE), M HKA
02 Jul 2015 The Black Piece Londen (UK), The Barbican
06 May 2015 The Black Piece Parijs (FR), Theatre de Montreuil
05 May 2015 The Black Piece Parijs (FR), Theatre de Montreuil
23 Apr 2015 The Black Piece Breda (NL), Chassé Theater
06 Mar 2015 The Black Piece Rotterdam (NL), Rotterdamse Schouwburg
08 Feb 2015 The Black Piece Rotterdam (NL), Lantaren/Venster
06 Feb 2015 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE), Bourlaschouwburg
05 Feb 2015 The Black Piece Tilburg (NL), De Nieuwe Vorst
04 Feb 2015 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL), Theater Bellevue
03 Feb 2015 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL), Theater Bellevue
22 Jan 2015 The Black Piece Eindhoven (NL), Natlab door Plaza Futura
20 Jan 2015 The Black Piece Drachten (NL), Schouwburg De Lawei
15 Jan 2015 The Black Piece Zwolle (NL), Odeon De Spiegel
09 Dec 2014 The Black Piece Helmond (NL), Theater ‘t Speelhuis
29 Nov 2014 The Black Piece Den Bosch (NL), Verkadefabriek
22 Nov 2014 The Black Piece Arnhem (NL), Schouwburg Arnhem
03 Nov 2014 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL), Theater Bellevue
14 Oct 2014 The Black Piece Haarlem (NL), Toneelschuur
10 Oct 2014 The Black Piece Utrecht (NL), Theater Kikker
09 Oct 2014 The Black Piece Utrecht (NL), Theater Kikker
08 Oct 2014 The Black Piece Groningen (NL), Grand Theatre
23 Sep 2014 The Black Piece Amsterdam (NL), Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
20 Sep 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL), Korzo
19 Sep 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL), Korzo – première NL
18 Sep 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL), Korzo – try-out
17 Sep 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL), Korzo – try-out
16 Aug 2014 The Black Piece Venlo (NL), Museum Van Bommel Van Dam
14 Jun 2014 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE), ccBerchem – première BE
13 Jun 2014 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE), ccBerchem – try-out
12 Jun 2014 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE), ccBerchem – try-out
18 May 2014 The Black Piece Antwerpen (BE), ccBerchem – preview
07 May 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL), Korzo studio – preview
30 Apr 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL), Korzo studio – preview
28 Mar 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL), Korzo studio – preview
20 Mar 2014 The Black Piece Den Haag (NL), Korzo studio – preview

“The Black Piece is like a dream filled with meanings that cannot be explained. It is already a highlight of the season.”

– NRC Handelsblad (NL)

“Ann Van den Broek uses pinpoints of light to make visible the tatters of five tormented lives. The chain of associations and emotions that this evokes lends an incredible depth. You want to follow everything, even that which you cannot see.”

– Jury VCSD dance prizes (NL)

“The way Van den Broek forces air between all the layers and creates an overall feeling of freedom is stunning.”

– Trouw (NL)

“Van den Broek displays the kind of sweltering and fierce movements her dance idiom includes.”

– de Volkskrant (NL)
The Black Piece (2014)