"In Between Spaces," a new multimedia
dance work from Holland, combines multi-media with innovative dance forms
to create a performance that breaks through existing definitions. Created
by choreographer and dancer Vincent Verburg together with dancer Cherif
Zaouali, video artist Ariel Zachor and composer/multi-media expert Eric
Redlinger, the piece is an experiment in dance without sight: the dancers
travel through - and with - their bodies in search of contact with each
other and with the composer.
Vincent Verburg resided in New York shortly before and after the attack
on the Twin Towers. This show reflects the dismay, the primal emotions,
the energy, the technology and the flexibility that New York City held
- and still holds - through the metaphors of contact and improvisation.
The dancers are seen to be in continuing state of conflict, which is
expressed through limitations on their "normal" way of movement.
By dancing with their eyes closed - in effect shutting the world out -
their challenge is to discover each other "blindly" through
a duet and, finally, to interpret each other's motions without seeing
them. The dancers and the composer will improvise as they interact; thus,
the music will be different for every show. With the aid of eight monitors
and a projection screen, static objects are created, allowing confrontations
and communication between the dancers to take place"in between spaces."
The performance is a confrontation between humanity and technology: as
the viewer is taken further into the performance, the images become more
prominent. Ultimately, the viewer is led into a confrontation between
power and manipulation.
"In Between Spaces" was developed between 2000 and 2003 from
a multi-media solo dance performance to an interactive duet. Initially,
the project began as an experimental solo performance under supervision
of the S.N.D.D., (School for New Dance Development) in Amsterdam. It then
played in various theatres and several theatre festivals across Europe.
Its producing entity is the Movementalist Foundation.
Vincent Verburg has previously appeared at La MaMa in "Body"
by Les Enfants Terribles of Amsterdam in 2003. He was born in Haarlem
in 1974 and started dancing at age nine. Through the years, he developed
a stylistic mixture of street dance with modern ballet, classical ballet
and Butoh. He has appeared with a number of Dutch companies, including
the City Theater of Amsterdam and the companies of Job Cornellissen and
Henk Schut. From 1990-2000, he toured Holland with his own group, New
Jazz Class. He also founded a company called M.A.F., devoted to audience
interactive pieces and to "Bringing Art into the Night," which
has appeared at various festivals in The Netherlands.
Cherif Zaouali was born in Belgium to Tunisian and Flemish parents.
He grew up in Ghent on a Steiner school; he has been dancing since 1996,
beginning in European street theater festivals with choreographer Emilie
de Vlam, a woman who has performed in Belgium, France, Germany, Austria
and Italy and has worked with a number of eminent choreographers and directors
including Johan Desmet, Abdel Azziz Sarrokh, Alan Platel, Paolo Bartoletti
and Wies Bloeman.