6: THE SQUARE zooms in on mankind’s need to create order in a continually changing world: marking out, creating frameworks, drawing boundaries, pigeon-holing; square. What role does this man-made shape play in our society? In a festive ritual, eight dancers and one actress lead you through an impalpable landscape of possibilities.
In this second part of Nicole’s BAUHAUS trilogy about the basic principles of the circle, square and triangle, Nicole expresses the constant tension between abstract and organic. The square brings calm and regularity. It frames things, yet also shuts them out. It is restrictive, yet safe. Along with DJ/composer Gary Shepherd, lighting designer Minna Tikkainnen and costume designer Jessica Helbach, Nicole drives the ‘square’ to its limits and makes tangible our deeply rooted desire for nuance, poetry and vitality.
Inspired by the mathematical efficiency of urban city life, the magical abstract art of Piet Mondriaan and the hierarchical patterns of the American Square Dance, 6: THE SQUARE is a plea for freedom, in which dance, fashion, visual art and contemporary electronic music come together.
Cast & Credits
Choreography & direction: Nicole Beutler
Musiccomposition: Gary Shepherd
Costume: Jessica Helbach
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Assistent lighting design: Marijn Alexander de Jong
Scenography: Tim Vermeulen & Nico de Rooij
Co-creation & Performance: Deborah Abrahams, Madelyn Bullard, Christian Guerematchi, Hillary Blake Firestone, Pedro Inês, Benjamin Kahn, Cherish Menzo, Patrick Schmatzer, Marjolein Vogels
Choreografic assistance, training: João Dinis Pinho
Text: op basis van manifesto's van Tarkovsky, een jongen, Marine Le Pen, Victor Orban, AfD, Donald Trump, een vrouw, Otto Piene
Dramaturgy: Felix Ritter, Justa ter Haar
Assistant dramaturgy: Fabienne Vegt
Dramaturgic advice: Magne van den Berg, Sanne van Rijn
Repetitor: Eva Villanueva, Joao Dinis Pinho
Sound technique: Valentijn Berkhout
Light technique: Tim Vermeulen & Nico de Rooij
Thanks to: Eleana Alexandrou, Erik Pluylaar, Jeroen Kimman, Michael Blass, Sophie Luca
Poster & flyer: Suze May Sho
Graphic design book, poster, flyer: Connie Nijman
PR-photography: Kamerich & Budwilowitz-Eyes2
Scene photography: Anja Beutler
Registration and trailer: Videomachas: Susanna Brenner, Helle Lyshøj
With support of: Ammodo, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Amsterdam, VSBFonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
6: THE SQUARE is a production by NBprojects and SPRING Performing Arts Festival.
6: THE SQUARE is the opening performance of SPRING 2016 as part of the collaboration of NBprojects and SPRING for the project SIZE MATTERS.