Pretext is a 10 min. piece for the 2nd year Bachelor of Dance Students at the Codarts/Rotterdamse Dansacademie created in 2009. The piece premiered in the Talent On The Move evening in the Rotterdamse Schouwberg. Pretext deals with the moment before a context is created. It had to do with impulses and efforts which give shape to shared meanings, once the context establishes itself. The 'tribe' as it were begins in a huddle formation and undergoes the splittings and bifurcations of the individualism that these young dancers brought to the studio process. Otto Valster improvised on prepared piano and Jack Gallagher created the music composition.

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