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Ferocious Felicity was premiered in March at Korzo theatre in The Hague, The Netherlands. In the same season, Ferocious Felicity was also presented at the Springdance festival in Utrecht and at Mousonturm, Frankfurt. The piece had been selected as one of the hightlights of season 2003-2004 by the jury of the Dutch Dance Festival.
Ferocious Felicity is a dance and theatre performance in which two main characters are struggling to deal with their desire to retreat into isolation. Vreugdenhil was inspired for this work by a BBC documentary on the Japanese phenomenon Hikikomori. In this extreme form of detachment from the world, a person, usually a young man, withdraws into his parental home, cutting all social ties and denying any communication with the outside world. This self-chosen isolation may continue for years and may finally reach a state of total neglect.
After a work relation with Ballett Frankfurt over several years, Sjoerd Vreugdenhil made his Dutch debut as a choreographer with two short pieces, Fat Peggy’s Sober Property and The Sisters You (CaDance festival ’02). Immediately, he was recognized for his talent to combine dance, theatre and design into fascinating performances. Fat Peggy’s Sober Property was invited for the tour of Danspassies (a combination program to promote talented choreographers, initiated by the Vereniging van Vlakke Vloer theaters) and was like Ferocius Felicity selected for the Dutch Dance Festival as one of the leading performances of the season.
Meanwhile, Vreugdenhil has finished a year of at the Rietveld Art Academy and he has collaborated with the Rotterdamse Dansacademie as a teacher and choreographer. This season he has been invited to create new work for Danshuis Limburg (première: September ’04) and Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel (première 14 oktober, Haarlem, also presented at the CaDance festival, 12 and 13 November).
Concept, text, choreography, stage and set design Sjoerd Vreugdenhil | actors & dancers Timothy Couchman, Kate Strong | musical composition Dirk Haubrich | costumes Asalia Khadjé | light design Sjoerd Vreugdenhil and Josanne Buiting | production manager Johanna Korgel (Korzo producties)
Ferocious Felicity is a Korzo production and is financially supported by the Fund for Amateur art and Stage art and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
‘Vreugdenhil developed a whole new perspective on dance. Ferocious Felicity is a heated, intense production which demands much from dancers and audience alike. It is also a very courageous piece which breaks barriers in both form and content.’ (Haagsche Courant, March 2004)
‘With Ferocious Felicity, Sjoerd Vreugdenhil convincingly demonstrates that he is steadfastly developing his own signature and movement vocabulary.’ (selection committee Dutch Dance Festival).