Grafted

For the creation of Grafted, choreographer Ugo Dehaes sought out three couples, both in life and in dance: professional dancers who had not only worked together for years, but also shared their lives as real couples.

Together they created an extremely physical performance that offers a view of the inner workings of relationships: how we fortify and support each other, how we trust and count on each other, and how we drag each other down and weigh on each other. This highly intimate material simultaneously shows both the beautiful and the suffocating aspects of a relationship.

In the course of the performance the dancers dance exclusively with their own partner. The dance material has the spectacular nature of acrobatics and the courtliness of a pas-de-deux from classical ballet. The dancers are as if grafted onto each other, and do not have a moment to themselves.

By giving each couple very similar material to dance in a very simple setting, with the minimal use of music, Ugo Dehaes shows how differently these couples deal with each other, but also how tender and considerate they are to each other. They embody the renowned opening sentence from Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: ‘All happy families are like each other, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way’.

Grafted continues in the direction set out by the successful productions Couple-like (2008, performed about 100 times all over Europe) and WOMEN (2011, selected for the 2011 Theatre Festival), in which Ugo was able to move the spectators profoundly using very simple means and highly physical material.

But Ugo Dehaes is also known as a creator of powerful images. In previous work he had succeeded in transforming the body into objects (Lijfstof, ROEST) or using it in compelling interpretations of scientific principles (FORCES). In Grafted he combines the best of these two worlds: the duets are interrupted by a solo in which we see a lone female dancer transformed. We see a woman who initially moves much more freely, but because of her solitude she also evolves into something completely different. For this ‘insert’, Ugo collaborated with two of his very first assistants (Roeland Luyten for music and Arne Lievens for lighting) to create an unexpected scene packed with colour, sound and dazzling dance.

Choreography: Ugo Dehaes

Creation and dance: Evelyne Rossie & Miguel do Vale / Kim-Jomi Fischer, Jenna Jalonen & Attila Ronai / Martón Csuzi, Kayoko Minami & Dominique Godderis-Chouzenoux, Louise Tanoto / Dani Escarleth Pozo & Jake Ingram-Dodd, Rita Vilhena & Pawel Konior

Music insert: Roeland Luyten

Video insert: Arne Lievens
Costume insert: Rebecca Flores in collaboration with Eugenie Poste & Marie Messien

Production: kwaad bloed
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Coproduction: STUK Leuven, TAKT Dommelhof

With the support of: de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Thanks to: cc Berchem, cc Brugge, de Velinx, de Warande, C-mine, de Werft and Pianofabriek
& Kris Soret, Marleen Roels, Violette Melia, Bart Alders, Gratje Cornelissen, all dancers who auditioned for Grafted and the technical staff of STUK

This project was supported by SACD
 
titledatetimelocationtickets & info
Grafted Sat 14-05-2016  Sommerblut Festival | TanzFaktur, Cologne
titledatetimelocationtickets & info
1. Grafted Sat 14-05-2016  Sommerblut Festival | TanzFaktur, Cologne
2. Grafted Thu 22-05-2014 20:30 Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdamwww.brakkegrond.nl
3. Grafted Thu 14-11-2013 20:15 Cultuurcentrum De Werft, Geelwww.dewerft.be
4. Grafted Fri 08-11-2013 20:15 C-mine Cultuurcentrum, Genkwww.c-minecultuurcentrum.be
5. Grafted [Magdalenazaal]Thu 07-11-2013 20:00 Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Bruggewww.ccbrugge.be
6. Grafted Wed 06-11-2013 20:15 de Warande, Turnhoutwww.warande.be
7. Grafted Sat 05-10-2013 20:30 ccBe, Berchemwww.ccbe.be
8. Grafted Fri 04-10-2013 20:30 de VELINX, Tongerenwww.develinx.be
9. Grafted [premiere]Tue 30-04-2013 20:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuvenwww.stuk.be
10. Grafted [premiere]Mon 29-04-2013 20:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuvenwww.stuk.be
11. Grafted [Insert only]Sat 05-01-2013  De NWE Vorst, Tilburgwww.denwevorst.nl
12. Grafted [Insert only]Sat 10-11-2012 17:00 A.H.K., Amsterdamwww.ahk.nl
13. Grafted [INSERT only]Wed 24-10-2012 19:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuvenwww.stuk.be
14. Grafted [INSERT only]Tue 23-10-2012 19:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuvenwww.stuk.be
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01/05/2013 - De Theaterkrant

"Incredibly beautiful and poignant."

27/04/2013 - De Standaard

"We are told that his new choreography is full of winks to his earlier work, and now again Dehaes would be fatiguing his dancers physically, in order to create a wonderfully sober mix of ballet and acrobatics."

24/04/2013 - Knack

Before, Dehaes always drew creatures/objects, which the dancers animated afterwards. "Now I depart from the dancers themselves. I draw their improvised movements and build my choreography on that. My drafts are my scores. I mostly draw while rehearsing."

02/05/2013 - De Standaard

"Joy, humour, eroticism, and a sigh in an ironic reference to Women: Dehaes knows how to keep a silent choreography interesting."

02/05/2013 - De Morgen

"As if their heads are taped together - the central axis in this choreography - a fluent, rhythmic play of letting loose and entwining, of carrying and being carried, of attracting and rejecting, unfolds, from which rigorously all pathetic seriousness is filtered."

02/05/2013 - CJP

" **** In Grafted, Dehaes has steered the dancers towards a beautiful, breathtaking result that is moving, overwhelming and memorable. The suppleness with which these artists manoeuvred their bodies elicited a series of shocked cries from the audience. After the performance, the dancers received no fewer than four curtain calls. Bravo!"

30/05/2014 - www.ongekunsteld.net

"The best dance performance I've seen in ages. The unusual choreography was powerful and comical, teasing and sweet. Dehaes gave me a sincere and hopeful understanding of the relationship that can exist between two people."
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