The middle ages
“The Middle Ages” is a performance for five dancers about a time which is inherently ‘middle’- ambiguous, fluid, either both-and or neither-nor. Through an (over-the-top) use of costumes and a rigorous investment in movement, the performance attempts to occupy an ambiguous place and time, where historical references overlap and fold over one another. The performers’ time-travel through the history of movement becomes increasingly layered and abstracted, while the speed of the performance, or rather, time in general, becomes warped. Actions and events are compressed and stretched by the performers, lending an uncertainty to the time which the performance speaks of and the timing in which it occurs. Drawing on sources as far-fetched as time travel, historical costume dramas and reenactments, and the theoretical physics of the uncertainty of time itself, “The Middle Ages” asks, not what are we, but when are we? When is now?
- About Andros Zins-Browne
Andros Zins-Browne, born in New York City and based in Brussels, began practicing ballet at an early age at the Joffrey Ballet School. After completing a degree in Art Semiotics at Brown University, he moved to Brussels in 2002 to study at P.A.R.T.S., the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios. He later pursued a research programme at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht to work on his research project Immaterial Bodies, Embodied Materials. This work spawned his creation “Welcome To The Jungle”, which developed themes of climate change, ‘global weirding’, and how to consider choreography not only in terms of bodies but in terms of space and the seemingly inanimate as well. Aside from his performances as a dancer with Jonathan Burrows, Mette Ingvartsen, Tino Sehgal and Maria Hassabi, Zins-Browne’s own creations, in which he often collaborates with visual artists, have been produced and/or presented across Europe, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Dance Umbrella in London, HAU in Berlin, PACT Zollverein in Essen, MDT in Stockholm, Vooruit in Ghent, deSingel in Antwerp, Kaaitheater in Brussels and the Impulse Theater Festival, Düsseldorf.
Concept & Choreography: Andros Zins-Browne. Created and performed by: Dragana Bulut, Kennis Hawkins, Jaime Llopis, Sandy Williams, and Tiran Willemse . Sound design: Peter Lenaerts & Andros Zins-Browne. Lute and Theorbo played by Sofie Vanden Eynden recorded and mixed by Peter Lenaerts at Low Man’s Land Studios, Brussels. Light design: Nick Symons. Costumes: Sofie Durnez. Assistant Costumes: Valerie le Roy. Production Manager: Elisa Demarré. Production: Hiros. Coproduction: Kaaitheater (Brussels), Buda (Kortrijk), MDT (Stockholm), PACT Zollverein (Essen), HAU (Berlin). Coproduced by Vooruit in the frame of the European Network DNA (Departures and Arrivals). This presentation is part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. In collaboration with: Departs, Stuk (Leuven), Netwerk (Aalst), wp Zimmer (Antwerp), Les Ballets C de la B (Ghent). With the support of: The Flemish Government.
- The middle ages
- Andros Zins-Browne
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