Who doesn’t remember the two ‘clicking’ lady dancers in Wrapped? Whole auditoriums of children ‘clicked’ along during this duet, both hilarious and poetic, by the Israeli choreographer Inbal Pinto. For many years Pinto worked together with her fellow Israeli Avshalom Pollak and together the duo made the most astonishing dance pieces full of bizarre and surrealist scenes. Now they have each gone their own way, but in PRETPAKKET you can once again enjoy their totally individual style. In Rushes, the big hit of the earlier Introdans programme GEKKIGHEID, you are transported into a world full of magic, emotion and hilarious humour. 

We’d like some more of that, thought artistic director Roel Voorintholt, and this was the seed of the idea for PRETPAKKET (‘Fun Pack’), a programme dedicated fully to the work of Inbal Pinto. In addition to Wrapped and Rushes, this will also feature a world premiere by Pinto.

This family show will premiere on March 6, 2021 and travels through Dutch theaters until June 6, 2021. An agenda with all dates is available after the summer.

Wrapped | choreography Inbal Pinto

Inbal Pinto received several awards for Wrapped, one of her first creations – including a prestigious American Bessie Award. At the time the press described the work by this Israeli choreographer as “a breath of fresh air.” In Wrapped she merges humour and poetry in a visually rich, imaginary world to create, as she says, an urban legend. A Christmas tree, paper hats, raincoats, romantic dresses, a bird, dancers on stilts and many other ingredients go to make the choreography a feast for the eye.
After previously having danced various excerpts from the choreography, in PRETPAKKET Introdans now presents the complete version of Wrapped for the first time.

Rushes | choreography Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollak and Robby Barnett

When creating this hit production Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak collaborated with the American dance theatre company Pilobus and Pilobus choreographer and founder Robby Barnett. The makers describe their work as ‘Jacques Tati meets Gogo and the Marx Brothers’. As a spectator you are constantly being wrong-footed: are you watching a comedy, tragedy, fantasy or mystery, or all four at once? Whatever the case, Rushes presents a surrealistic kaleidoscope of moods in which inventiveness, hilarity, a phenomenal chair dance scene, magical film images and a moving love story form the most important ingredients. “Dance history was made,” wrote the New York Post after the premiere of Rushes.

New creation | choreography Inbal Pinto

Introdans is extremely proud to present a world premiere by Inbal Pinto in the PRETPAKKET show. This is the first time the idiosyncratic choreographer is creating a work exclusively for the dancers of Introdans. It’s a special event, because normally Pinto only makes choreographies for her own company.

‘The effect is of a bag of vivid fabric scraps being artfully tumbled onto the stage.’ – The New York Times on Wrapped

‘Pinto creates a fairy-tale world and (…) her dance idiom is exuberant and hugely theatrical (…) In particular the imaginative dialogue with a taut sheet at the end of the piece is moving and enchantingly beautiful.’ – Het Financieele Dagblad on Wrapped

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