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The twenty-first edition of DansClick presents the winners of the 2019 BNG Dance Prize: Sarada Sarita and Christiaan De Donder & Sedrig Verwoert. This combination makes for a challenging playbill that not only introduces new creatives, but also an original mixture of styles. The makers introduce themselves in video portraits and afterward invite the audience to enjoy drinks and chat about the performance.
Sarada Sarita is the figurehead of the Dutch New Way Vogue. Q4: Quantified is much more than a showcase for the challenging dance style New Way Vogue, performed by the best dancers in this style. In this performance, Sarita gives a political dimension to the expressive, stylized, and almost spiritual combination of vogue, hair hanging, and spoken word. Through the mesmerizing voice of vocalist Guillermo Blinker (alias Otion) she calls for equality, compassion, and transcending parochialism. With near impossible arm movements, executed with great precision, and fluid flexible poses, Sarita lets her dancers break out of geometric patterns. Form and content combine perfectly in this aesthetically intriguing performance with an activist undertone.
Watching them in their original choreography They/Them one would think that they had for years formed an inseparable duo, by the way they move together so easily and complement each other all over the stage. They are equal to each other in every way and bring out the best in each other. In They/Them, they mix movements from various styles into a black mating dance with royal allure. In this autobiographical duet about racism, toxic masculinity, and queerphobia, they explore the boundary between pain and pleasure. Their performance leaves an indelible impression – as a spectator, you can’t let them out of your sight. In February 2019, Christiaan and Sedrig received the first Leo Spreksel Award. Two creatives to watch in coming years!
concept & director Sarada Sarita | choreography Sarada Sarita in collabaration with the dancers | dance Shiva- Carlotta Ippolito, Nagato- Mattia Palumbo, Miila- Venla Keskinen, SaSa- Sarada Sarita & Xena- Xiomara Virdo | hair hanging Moa Holgersson | vocalist OTION - Guillermo Blinker | music Rik Ronner, SaSa, Moa Holgersson & Otion | text Sarada Sarita & OTION | costumes Rani Art | light design Mike den Ottolander | director-assistant Lara Matheij
Q4: Quantified is powered by ISH Dance Collective and is made with support of the Performing Arts Fund NL.
choreography and dance Christiaan De Donder & Sedrig Verwoert
DansClick 21 is produced by Korzo and made possible by BNG Cultuurfonds and the Municipality of The Hague.
'Q4: Quantified brings an exciting, acrobatic form of dance to the theatre.' – de Volkskrant ★★★★
'Q4: Quantified is a form of protest in movement that doesn’t force its message on you. Anyone familiar with the background of vogue will feel that, for everyone the images speak for themselves.' - Theaterkrant
'They combine artistic eminence with a fresh and important activism concerning gender inequality, race, sexuality, and class.' – Leo Spreksel on Christiaan and Sedrig