Orangerie Herrenhausen

The Red Piece

German premiere

Ann Van den Broek - WArd/waRD (BE/NL)

A photo from the production "The Red Piece"
©Maarten Vanden Abeele


“[…] The dancers, who remain poised in artful bondage until they are freed by Van den Broek, […] start to move, surprising us with ever new, outlandish movement forms, stylised angular motion sequences and variations on body twitching. They run and suddenly stop. […] It is a maelstrom, an emotional rollercoaster, which is translated into highly dynamic dance and sent firmly and squarely over the front of the stage: fascinating, impressive, unsettling, confusing, and always thrilling. […]”

Neue Presse, 15 September 2014

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Intense emotions like devotion, desperation, desire and pain are the metier of Flemish-Dutch choreographer Ann van den Broek. In her captivating work “The Red Piece”, she pulls the (heart-)strings and literally calls the tune, stamping out flamenco-style rhythms with her booted feet. Gradually, the ensemble of three female and three male dancers joins in, responding first as if to a faint impulse before emotion takes hold of their bodies, sparking passions which are finally vented in explosive physicality. The dance sequences, as a group and in highly varied constellations, are propelled by a pulsating, energy-laden force, invigorating and energizing the spectators as well as the dancers. Here, the colour red represents a whole spectrum of moods, which are also reflected in the music performed by the band Dez Mona. This music acts as both motor and anchor in the tumultuous emotional roller-coaster of the piece.

(Approx. 70 Min.)


Watch a video clip from the production on youtube


cast & credits

Concept/ Choreography: Ann Van den Broek
With: Pin-Chieh Chen, Davide Pietro Cocchiara, Jan Deboom,     Andreas Kuck, Frauke Mariën, Francesca Monti, Ann Van den Broek
Music/ Composition: Dez Mona
Advice music: Arne Van Dongen
Styling costumes: Ann Van den Broek
Advice costumes: Marc Vanrunxt
Flamenco coach: Clarissa Wedding-Jennes
Rope lounge coach: Eileen Tan
Set design: Ann Van den Broek, Bernie van Velzen
Advice set design: Niek Kortekaas
Lighting design: Bernie van Velzen
Photography: Maarten Vanden Abeele
International sales: Line Rousseau - A propic
Première: 13 May 2013, Stadschouwburg Amsterdam

“The Red Piece” is a co-production of Stichting WArd/waRD, The Hague/ vzw WArd/waRD, Antwerp/ Korzo Producties, The Hague/ ccBerchem, Antwerp and in co-operation with Chassé Theater, Breda

With financial support from the Fonds Podiumkunsten, The Hague/ The Government of Flanders, Brussels and the City of Antwerp


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