In 5: ECHO, choreographer Nicole Beutler enters into a dialogue with the history of dance. Past, present and future flow into each other in this magical ritual. Point and circle, echo and resonance, geometric forms in motion and a kaleidoscopic interplay of lines like a pumping heart in the centre stage.
5: ECHO has two parts. Part one is inspired by the radical performative work by Koert Stuyf and Ellen Edinoff, who blew up the conventions of the art of dance in the Netherlands in the nineteen seventies. For part two Beutler reworked the choreography Vermiljoen (1978, Bianca van Dillen, Dansproduktie) creating a piece for six dancers as collective body in a ritualistic journey, oscillating between past, present and a potential future.
5: ECHO is a solo performance, a film and a choreography for six dancers supported and propelled by the pumping electronic sound score by Gary Shepherd in a monumental, yet minimalist, space designed by Theun Mosk, lighting design by long term collaborator Minna Tiikkainen.
Everything resonates: slowed-down time, dancing circles and glistening lizards on the balustrades...
Before and after the performance you can dive into the archive that served as a source of inspiration for 5: ECHO. Let yourself be informed, watch the short documentary, listen to memories, browse old reviews and admire photographs from bygone days.
Cast & Credits
Concept and choreography: Nicole Beutler
Based on Vermiljoen by Bianca van Dillen (Stichting Dansproduktie, 1977) Inspired by the work of Ellen Edinoff and Koert Stuyf
Music composition: Gary Shepherd
Made in collaboration with
Dancers 2014: Hillary Blake Firestone, Dereck Cayla, Maurizio Giunti, Christian Guerematchi, Kelly Hirina, Marjolein Vogels
In the 2019 version performed by: Hillary Blake Firestone, Dereck Cayla, Joao Dinis Pinho, Alice Gioria, Maurizio Giunti, Christian Guerematchi, Marjolein Vogels
Costume design: Jessica Helbach
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Video design: VideoMachas: Susanna Brenner & Helle Lyshøj
Scenography: Theun Mosk
Artistic assistance: Justa ter Haar
Dramaturgical advice: Bojana Mladenovic, Felix Ritter
Artistic exchange: Bianca van Dillen
Repetitor: Hillary Blake Firestone
Piano & music advice: Aleksandar Grujic
Text used in the performance: newspaper clippings (translation Steve Green)
Technical director: Prem Scholte Albers
Sound technique: Paul Beumer, Niels Runderkamp
Light & video technique: Hugo van de Veldt
With many thanks to the original production team: Josta Obbink, Charlotte Adriaan, Eva Villanueva, Paul Schimmel, Daisy Benz, Sunniva Matla, Truus Bronkhorst, Frank van der Hoek, Tilt, Katarina Kotsou, Benien van Berkel, Rodrigo Albea, Marten Oosthoek
Research context programme: Bertha Bermúdez Pascual, Justa ter Haar
Graphic design context booklet: Connie Nijman
Booklet translation: Steve Green, Ashley Cowles
Residency: PACT Zollverein Essen (DE)
Supported by: SNS REAAL Fonds
A production by: Nicole Beutler Projects and ICKamsterdam