Grafted

For the creation of Grafted, the choreographer Ugo Dehaes sought out four 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.

choreografie: Ugo Dehaes

creatie en dans: 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

muziek insert: Roeland Luyten

video insert: Arne Lievens
kostuum insert: Rebecca Flores ism. Eugenie Poste & Marie Messien


productie: kwaad bloed
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co-productie:  STUK Leuven, TAKT Dommelhof
met de steun van: de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
met dank aan:  cc Berchem, cc Brugge, de Velinx, de Warande, C-mine, de Werft en de Pianofabriek
met de hulp van: Kris Soret, Marleen Roels, Violette Melia, Bart Alders, Gratje Cornelissen, alle dansers die meededen aan de auditie en de technische ploeg van STUK

Ce projet a été soutenu par la SACD
 
titledatetimelocationtickets & info
1. Grafted Thu 22-05-2014 20:30 c.c. De Brakke Grond, Amsterdamwww.brakkegrond.nl
2. Grafted Fri 08-11-2013 20:15 C-mine Cultuurcentrum, Genkwww.c-mine.be
3. Grafted [Magdalenazaal]Thu 07-11-2013 20:00 Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Bruggewww.cultuurcentrumbrugge.be
4. Grafted Wed 06-11-2013 20:15 de Warande, Turnhoutwww.warande.be
5. Grafted Sat 05-10-2013 20:30 ccBe, Berchemwww.ccbe.be
6. Grafted Fri 04-10-2013 20:30 c.c. De Velinx, Tongerenwww.develinx.be
7. Grafted [premiere]Tue 30-04-2013 20:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuvenwww.stuk.be
8. Grafted [premiere]Mon 29-04-2013 20:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuvenwww.stuk.be
9. Grafted [Insert only]Sat 05-01-2013  De NWE Vorst, Tilburgwww.denwevorst.nl
10. Grafted Wed 14-11-2012 20:15 Cultuurcentrum De Werft, Geelwww.dewerft.be
11. Grafted [Insert only]Sat 10-11-2012 17:00 A.H.K., Amsterdamwww.ahk.nl
12. Grafted [INSERT only]Wed 24-10-2012 19:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuvenwww.stuk.be
13. Grafted [INSERT only]Tue 23-10-2012 19:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuvenwww.stuk.be
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02/05/2013 Betty Vanlangendonck in 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.

01/05/2013, Tuur Devens in De Theaterkrant


Incredibly beautiful and poignant.

02/05/2013, Charlotte De Somviele in De Morgen


Alsof hun hoofden aan elkaar zijn getapet - de centrale as in deze choreografie - ontvouwt zich een vloeiend, ritmisch spel van loslaten en verstrengeling, dragen en gedragen worden, aantrekken en afstoten, waaruit rigoureus alle pathetische sérieux is gefilterd

02/05/2013, Sarah Vankersschaever in De Standaard


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

27/04/2013, De Standaard


de nieuwe choreografie zit naar verluidt vol knipogen naar zijn vroeger werk, en Dehaes zou zijn dansers ook nu weer fysiek uitputten om tot een wonderlijk sobere mix van ballet en acrobatie te komen.

24/04/2013, Knack


Vroeger tekende Dehaes wezens/objecten die de dansers daarop 'animeerden'. 'Nu vertrek ik van de dansers. ik teken hun geimproviseerde bewegingen een bouw vandaaruit de choreografie. Mijn schetsen zijn mijn partituren. Ik teken vooral tijdens het repeteren.'
Grafted trailer
Author : © ugo dehaes
Duration : 07:17
Grafted [full show]
Author : © ugo dehaes
Duration : 09:53
Grafted week 1
Author : © ugo dehaes
Duration : 03:10
Grafted failed
Author : © ugo dehaes
Duration : 00:58
[STUK] Ugo Dehaes - Grafted (trailer)
Author : © Joeri Thriry
Duration : 04:02
Grafted : love will tear us apart
Author : © ugo dehaes
Duration : 04:52
Grafted : ne me quitte pas
Author : © ugo dehaes
Duration : 04:31
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