Idioter

Beursschouwburg

4, 5, 6, 8, 11/05 – 20:30
9, 10/05 – 22:00
1h

Working in Brussels, Swedish choreographer and dancer Alma Söderberg has over several years gained attention with her peculiar solos in which she plays with the rhythms and musicality of body and language. At the Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2014 she is creating a duet with Belgian artist Hendrik Willekens! Idioter – the title refers to the search for something we cannot even name – unfolds on two levels. Alma develops a choreographic score for language, voice, and movement; Hendrik makes perspective drawings. Together they compose music with a sampler and a drum machine. All elements have their own place but are closely intertwined. The presentation emerges as a live concert performance that each time starts from scratch. Idioter is an audio-visual adventure, a bold collage of movement, sound, and image by two extraordinary artists. Worth exploring!

By & with
Alma Söderberg & Hendrik Willekens

In collaboration with
Igor Dobričić

Presentation
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Beursschouwburg

Production
Het Veem Theater (Amsterdam)

Co-production
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival, Baltoscandal Festival (Rakvere), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), workspacebrussels

Supported by
Swedish Arts Council (Kulturradet), Kultur i Väst (Region Västra Götaland, Sweden)

Thanks to
Pianofabriek, Q-O2, Nordic Watercolour Museum and Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts, La Raffinerie / Charleroi Danses, Angela Peris Alcantud, Jasper Hopman, Jeroen de Boer & Fabrice Moinet

This project is co-produced by
NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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In Idioter, Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens work together. They create a concert performance whereby the music supports Alma’s intense way of playing with rhythm and Hendrik’s geometric landscape drawings.

First of all, there will be music. Idioter is a noisy electronic concert with a strong rhythmical drive. It flirts with concrete music and concrete poetry. Drawing and voice are treated as sound.

Secondly, Idioter consists of Hendrik’s drawings. He draws geometrical landscapes that disappear into a single vanishing point. He draws this drawing over and over again, thus expanding the landscape into a theme; again and again you find yourself pulled into the same nothingness.

Thirdly, Idioter consists of Alma’s work with voice and movement. She plays with syllables, intonations, cadenzas, gestures; a dream language, a game of intensity and rhythm. The focus is on flow. The flow will be cut, there will be breaks, the flow will continue. You get sucked into the rhythm.

Finally, let’s discuss Idioter, the title of this work. The title was cut out of a newspaper, and chosen from an aesthetical appreciation of the word; the two I’s, the similarity between the D and the O, the similarity between the T and the I, the suffix of the Swedish inclination of idiot in plural: ER. The word appeared in a review of Slavoj Žižek’s book Less than Nothing and was part of the sentence “allt vi vet ar att vi ar idioter” (all we know is that we are idiots).

“For this project we took-on idiocy as a discipline. Paradoxically, the discipline involves abandoning a perspective, staying close to the empty vanishing point, embracing that place of mystery that we do not understand and cannot see.”

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Hendrik Willekens was born in Belgium and continues to live and work there. He studied theatre and mime and has collaborated with and worked for the likes of Roy Peters, John The Houseband and Nicole Beutler.

Alma Söderberg is a choreographer, performer and musician, having studied flamenco, contemporary dance and choreography. She graduated from SNDO, the choreography department of the Amsterdam School of the Arts, in 2010. Alma produces performances in which sound, movement and speech (singing, dancing and talking) are equally important. She has created three solo performances: Entertainment, Cosas and Travail, has an ongoing collaboration with Jolika Sudermann with whom she created A Talk, and plays in the performance band John The Houseband.

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