SOUL #2 Performers – the person behind the dancer
Dancers are like magicians playing with time, space and emotions. With their bodies they are capable of achievements that are as impressive as those of the best athletes. We tend to think they are different from us, the audience in the theatre seats. In the impressive and at the same time intimate SOUL #2 Performers choreographers Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud take the dance and dancers off their pedestal, without crushing the Art with a capital A. What starts as an exploration off the choreographers of the souls of their dancers, ends during the performance in a pact between the artists and their audience.
In SOUL #2 Performers the audience gets a very personal view in the inner worlds of six top dancers, who originate from different dance generations. They share their stories in dance as well as text (the performance is partly spoken in English, which makes it accessible to non-Dutch speakers). Among them are David Krugel (who danced with the former Nederlands Dans Theater 3) and Claire Hermans (nominee for the Piket Art Prizes 2017).
‘We worked with our performers over the course of several rehearsal periods. First we mainly talked for days. It was good to get to know each other and to research what we all wanted to create with this performance. We really needed this time to get to the core of what every dancer can and wants to share with the audience. We are all looking forward bringing SOUL #2 Performers to the stage and hearing the reactions of the audience.’ – Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud
SOUL-series – a new chapter in an adventurous oeuvre
With the performances in the SOUL-series (which can be watched separately from each other) Meyer and Chaffaud are creating a new chapter in their adventurous oeuvre as choreographers. During SOUL #1 Audience the fourth wall -the physical border between the dance stage and the audience- dissapeared, resulting in positive critics and enthusiastic reactions from the audiences. InSOUL #2 Performers the rapprochement between the performers and the members of the audience happens by placing the focus on the performance of the inner worlds of the dancers.
About MEYER-CHAFFAUD (Jérôme Meyer en Isabelle Chaffaud)
In their artistic careers Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud have developed themselves from excellent dancers, performing with world reknowned companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Batsheva Dance Company, into award winning choreographers of whom the work was to be seen with among others Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Introdans, Dance Works Rotterdam/André Gingras and Korzo Productions. The dance style of MEYER-CHAFFAUD is raw and poetic, groovy and always personal. With their adventurous and at the same time sensitive approach Jérôme and Isabelle are able to woo an audience of dance lovers as well as winning over a new generation of theatre audiences for their work. SOUL #2 Performers is the second MEYER-CHAFFAUD production since the choreographers spread their wings after a long lasting close co-operation within dance production house Korzo.
This performance is realised with financial support of Fonds Podiumkunsten and the Municipality of The Hague. Facilitary co-producer: Korzo Productions.
Credits SOUL #2 Performers
Concept, direction: Jérôme Meyer, Isabelle Chaffaud
Choreography: Jérôme Meyer, Isabelle Chaffaud i.s.m. de performers
Performers: Claire Hermans, David Krugel, João Dinis Pinho, Konstantinos Kranidiotis, Kinda Gozo, Quinty Boer
Text: original text SOUL #2 Performers by Hans van den Boom,; in a free interpretation by Jérôme Meyer and performers
Translation original text: Jenny Mijnhijmer
Music direction: Jérôme Meyer
Light design: Albert Tulling i.s.m. met Jérôme Meyer
Costumes: Isabelle Chaffaud
Tourlist SOUL #2 Performers Sept/Okt 2018
7 February Preview HDF
8 February Preview HDF
18 April Premiere Korzo theater
19 April Korzo theater
20 April Korzo theater
17 Augustus Open Look St Petersburg
21 Augustus The NEW Beijing
22 Augustus The NEW Beijing
23 Augustus The NEW Beijing
26 September Parktheater, Eindhoven
27 September De Hanzehof, Zutphen
29 September Dakota Den Haag
2 October Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam
9 October De Toneelschuur, Haarlem
11 October De Lawei, Drachten
13 October Theater Rotterdam
16 October Theater ins Blau, Leiden
17 October Schouwburg, Hengelo
19 October De Nieuwe Regentes, Den Haag