Chairs fly through the air and travel in circles: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN CHAIRDANCE is a programme full of inventiveness, humour and hilarity – and a family show in which Introdans once again shows its best qualities. The Dutch choreographer, David Middendorp, who astonished the juries of America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, among other critics, has created new work for this programme. In addition, Introdans is presenting the Dutch premiere of two exciting ‘chairdance choreographies’ by Alexander Ekman and Ángel Rodríguez respectively. And finally Mauro de Candia’s crazy ballet Purple Fools rounds off this dance celebration.

New work by David Middendorp

David Middendorp occupies his own special place in the dance community: he is unparalleled in his ability to combine live performance and virtual dance in a manner both natural and highly effective. As the son of an engineer and a children’s book illustrator, his love of technology and animation goes back to early childhood. He uses both of these in his dance productions to transport his audience to another world. What’s so striking is the way that his work is poetic while also containing plenty of craziness and slapstick. In his new creation made for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN CHAIRDANCE he takes his successful America’s Got Talent duet as his starting point, and the chair as source of inspiration.

Dutch premieres by Alexander Ekman and Ángel Rodríguez

The work of the Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman is special thanks to its fantastic sense of humour and masterful timing. This also goes for the boisterous ‘chair choreography’ that he created as part of his production Whim. However much the dancers shout out loud and run around, however wildly they hurl their arms and legs in the air, Ekman’s work requires a huge degree of concentration from the performers and almost military precision. Here, the baroque tones of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Ekman’s original dance idiom, often derived from everyday movements, prove to be a golden combination.
In Nine Words the Spanish choreographer Ángel Rodríguez shows how chairs can be used in a very different way. Not all piled up or mixed chaotically like in Whim, but instead arranged in clear-cut formations. Rodríguez is making his Dutch debut in this programme, and specially for the occasion he has added a new duet to his powerful and swinging chairdance choreography for ten dancers.

Purple Fools by Mauro de Candia

The Italian choreographer Mauro de Candia lets his wild imagination run free in Purple Fools, which by the way also reserves a leading role for the chair. In a ballroom-like setting, ten dancers – clad in chic evening dress – act out a masterful game of challenge, seduction and display set to nostalgic renditions of music by Offenbach, Vivaldi, Strauss and Mozart, among others. The hilarious and chaotic elements steadily increase, making Purple Fools a fantastic conclusion to the programme SO YOU THINK YOU CAN CHAIRDANCE.