From 11 May to 10 June 2019 the Bodenmeer Festival presents artists from the three Benelux countries the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Introdans will perform during the festival on 5 and 6 June in the Graf-Zeppelin-Haus in Friedrichshafen (DE). The ballets Introdans will be presenting are the imposing Frozen Echo by Regina van Berkel, the effervescent Polish Pieces by Hans van Manen and the unique Petricor by Lucinda Childs. Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz accompanies the performance with live music. 

Frozen Echo - Regina van Berkel

When artistic director Roel Voorintholt decided last year to feature a work by Regina van Berkel for the first time, he found it impossible to choose between her imposing creations Memory of a Shape and Frozen Echo. So he decided to include both in the repertoire, divided over two season. Van Berkel – who in addition to her work for Nederlands Dans Theater has above all made a name for herself in Germany – created the highly theatrical Frozen Echo for the Düsseldorf-based Ballett am Rhein in 2011, set to a striking composition by Theo Verbey. When making her choreography she closely collaborated, as always, with the stage designer Dietmar Janeck who constructed a gigantic static object made of 70 old computers inside a huge white ‘stage box’. With this sculpture towering above them, the dancers throw themselves into various combinations within a dynamic, highly charged and sometimes surrealist choreography in which three women play a central role.

Polish Pieces - Hans van Manen

Polish Pieces is without doubt one of Hans van Manen’s most effervescent and colourful works. Set to powerful, driving music by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, this work by Van Manen presents twelve dancers in garishly coloured tunics who storm the stage with constantly fresh dance combinations and a fantastically clear play of lines. The group sections are tightly choreographed, full of energy, pulsating, and in the duets the stakes are raised even higher.

Petricor - Lucinda Childs

The bond between the American choreographer Lucinda Childs and Introdans can now safely be called unique. In recent years the ‘queen of minimal dance’ has created several new works for the company and she describes her collaboration with Introdans as ‘an extremely inspiring, unexpected gift’. During her long career Childs has developed a totally unique movement style: it is rigorous, abstract, almost mathematical and – due in part to her idiosyncratic use of music – awfully tricky to dance. Using relatively simple ballet-based and athletic movements she creates the most complex, hallucinatory masterpieces which – since Introdans began performing her work in the Netherlands – have been captivating an ever-growing audience. For the ballet Petricor Childs chose the same named minimal music Petricor by Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi. He wrote a new arrangement for piano and strings for Introdans. The contemporary French artist Dominique Drillot is designed the stage elements for Childs’ work.

Frozen Echo

choreography Regina van Berkel

Polish Pieces

choreography Hans van Manen 


choreography Lucinda Childs 

 Frozen Echo

choreography Regina van Berkel | music Theo Verbey, Frozen Echo performed by Het Gelders Orkest conducted by Per-Otto Johansson (on tape) | set, lighting and audiovisual design Dietmar Janeck | costume design Regina van Berkel | costumes and set thanks to Regina van Berkel and Dietmar Janeck | fabrication wigs Lonneke van Lent | repetiteur Marlena Wolfe | duration ± 32 minutes | world premiere 3 March 2011, Ballet am Rhein, Düsseldorf (D)| Introdans premiere 14 September 2018, Arnhem

Polish Pieces

choreography Hans van Manen | assistant to the choreographer Mea Venema | music Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Concert for orchestra and piano, Allegro Molto and Three Pieces in Old Style, part 2, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra conducted by Agnieska Duczmal, piano Anna Gorecka | costume design Keso Dekker | costumes made by Nelly van de Velden | lighting design Joop Caboort | rehearsed by Iris Reyes | repetiteur Diane Matla | duration ± 21 minutes | world premiere 23 February 1995, Nederlands Dans Theater, The Hague | première Introdans 20 September 2003, Arnhem (part from), 26 december 2012, Arnhem (whole version)


choreography Lucinda Childs | music Ludovico Einaudi, Petricor executed by Het
Gelders Orkest conducted by Per-Otto Johansson (on tape) | set, lighting, costume and audiovisual design Dominique Drillot | costumes made by Merlijn Koopman | repetiteur Diane Matla | duration ± 13 minutes | world premiere 14 September 2018, Introdans, Arnhem
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