30 April 2009, 18 pm
1800 Ft / Student: 1400 Ft (Trafó season ticket is valid!)
Arco Renz / Kobalt Works
In the frame of FUTURSPEKTIV - New Flemish Masters and Trafó
Length of the programme: 70’
Two dancers on stage. Chained to each other, they grow closer, then go their separate ways again in a space bathed in fluorescent light and sound. Like twins being separated. Arco Renz reveals the relation between the individual and another body: a partner, a loved one, a stranger. Renz is an experienced PARTS alumnus. He has worked on film, dance, drama and opera performances with big names such as Robert Wilson and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Lisbeth Gruwez has made a name for herself in dance productions by Jan Fabre, Peter Verhelst and Needcompany.
Kobalt Works was established in 2000 by German choreographer Arco Renz. Renz studied drama, dance and literature in Berlin and Paris and he was one of the first batch of P.A.R.T.S. graduates. During his frequent trips to Asia he has concentrated on traditional dance with masters like Saddanam Balakrishnan (Kathakali), Madame Pei Yan-Ling (Kun Qu, Chinese Opera) and A. A. Gd. Oka Dalem BSc (Balinese court dances). In 1997 he started out as a performer and then worked as an assistant to the American director Robert Wilson.
In 1999 Arco Renz danced for the French choreographer Christian Bourigault/Cie de l’Alembic. In 2000 he created the Happy Zode in Brussels (in collaboration with Sharon Zuckerman). In 2003 and 2004 he was an assistant to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker directing operas / Due Foscari / Verdi (2003) and Hanjo / Hosokawa (2004). Apart from giving many open workshops in Belgium and all over Europe he is also a visiting teacher at P.A.R.T.S.
Since the establishment of Kobalt Works about sixty productions have been made. Within Arco Renz’s specific choreographic idiom the focus is on the comparative study of various traditional dance-styles. Kobalt Works / Arco Renz is part of a cultural programme which promotes exchanges between contemporary and traditional artists in the European and Indonesian traditions. This collaboration is expressed in the range of nationalities represented in the company. Besides the creation of shows, there are also numerous projects and educational activities such as workshops for choreographic research and dance and movement courses (for actors, singers and other artists).
Artistic direction and choreography: Arco RENZ
Lisbeth GRUWEZ, Melanie LANE
Original music: Marc APPART
Additional music: Man in the Moon (Grinderman)
Lighting design and technical direction: Jan MAERTENS
Dramaturgy: Bart VAN DEN EYNDE
Costumes: Michelle BAECHTHOLD
Sound engineering and technical assistance: Robrecht GHESQUIÈRE
Production: Kobalt Works vzw (Brussels, BE)
Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (FR), Kunstencentrum STUK (Leuven, BE), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent, BE), Monty (Antwerp, BE)
In collaboration with:
PACT Zollverein/Choreographisches Zentrum NRW (Essen, DE), ulti’mates/Ultima Vez (Brussels, BE)
With the support of: