A dance-theatre piece by Stechmann/Van Rooij, produced by Dansmakers and Traum-A
"A play referring to signification, enlivened by the personal style of performing and the nod towards popular culture"
Mirjam van der Linden, De Volkskrant
24th of March at Festival Why Not? Amsterdam (festivalwhynot.nl/)
"The Critical Piece has a special atmosphere with German-raw roots in experimental Theatre. It is an idea that opposes all existing assumptions about dance and therefore very entertaining."
Charlotte Schulz, theater.nl......
concept, choreography: Jochen Stechmann
direction: Claudia Van Rooij
creation, performance: Mariangela Tinelli, Jochen Stechmann, Andrea Beugger/Nadia Tsulukidze
artistic coach: Suzy Blok
assistent: Nadia Tsulukidze
light, technique: Roland Van Ulden
vocal coach: Kirsten Schötteldreier
visual advice: Doris Dziersk
translations: Tim Velraeds
production: Carolina Parreira, Maaike Res
thanks to: Andrew Morrish, Amaranta Velarde Gonzalez, Catherine Somzé, Sonia Si Ahmed, Susanne Marx
It starts form a basic idea: Create a dance solely on the base of already existing dance reviews - Instead of a review being written as a reaction to dance, the dance is constructed as a reaction to the review.
Criticism is an extremely important and powerful factor in the conditions of art production. A positive discussion draws spectators to the venues. It strengthens the position within the art market and art discourse. It affects whether or not institutions share grants.The Critical Piece turns over the traditional power relationship between artist and critic; it criticizes the way in which criticism is often given. The Critical Piece is an attempt to empower the (generally more weak and powerless) position of the performer, amplifying the power of the body's physicality and the individual qualities of the performers in comparison with the obvious power of words. In a partially improvised laboratory the audience is observing three performers who deal with the difficulties of this task. Their dedicated attempts are humorous, witty, surprising and sometimes embarrassing.
Supported by Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunsten, SNS REAAL Fonds and Dansmakers Amsterdam
Moving Meetings Maastricht
PUNCH Festival, Amsterdam
WHY NOT? Festival W139, Amsterdam
LOFFT, Leipzig (in collaboration with euro-scene festival)
"I can't help but dream about a criticism that would try not to judge but to bring an oeuvre, a book, a sentence, an idea to life...It would multiply not judgements but signs of life." (Michel Foucault)