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Company Launch, Projects in 2015



Daniel Linehan is officially launching his company Hiatus.

With his new organization, Linehan is preparing for two premieres this year.


Un Sacre du Printemps

Premiere: 13.02.2015 deSingel, Antwerpen (BE)

Linehan is working with 13 dancers who have recently graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and TWIS-ensemble, a 35-piece orchestra conducted by Vincenzo Casale. He is further assisted by Alain Franco, who is assisting with musical analysis and dramaturgy.

The dance parallels the structure of Stravinsky’s famous score, a choreography with a multiplicity of beginnings. The 13 dancers are continually letting go of one performative state, so that they can find a way to continue in a new performative state. The dancers must find a way to keep going even though there is no dominant underlying pattern, they must must navigate through the unpredictable. How do we keep finding new strategies to deal with rapidly changing conditions?

Choregraphy Daniel Linehan Dance Jeanne Colin, Andras Déri, Alexandra Dolgova, Erik Eriksson, Taha Ghauri, James McGinn, Charles Ngombengombe, Krisjanis Sants, Christoffer Schieche, Hagar Tenenbaum, Roman Van Houtven, Kathryn Vickers, Tiran Willemse (graduates of P.A.R.T.S. Research Cycle 2014) Music Igor Stravinsky Technical coordinator Elke Verachtert Production Hiatus vzw Executive production Caravan Production vzw (Brussels, BE) Coproduction L’Opéra de Lille (FR), deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus (Antwerp, BE), Festival de Marseille (FR), PARTS (Brussels, BE).

Un Sacre du Printemps

Un Sacre du Printemps, photo by Bart Grietens


Premiere: 03.11.2015 Opéra de Lille (FR)

Daniel Linehan’s new creation dbddbb features five dancers stepping in time with one another and speaking sound poetry in a common rhythm. Linehan builds upon the steady beat of a march to create an intricate choreography driven by a simple yet uncompromising rule: every step must be followed by another. The dancers use a form of chant to accompany their steps, but instead of shouting out slogans, their chanting will be inspired by dadaist phonetic poetry.

Linehan’s choreography negotiates a tricky balancing act between group solidarity and individual autonomy. Despite the strict common rhythm shared by the group, each individual develops his or her own distinctive manner of dancing. The goal is to create a diversity of form within the regularity of the steady beat, a way of moving together as a group without the need for absolute agreement.

During the performance, it is as if the grid-like structure of the march begins to undulate and vibrate along with the voices of the dancers, becoming more and more unrecognizable. The marching and chanting are continually re-contextualized, leading to paradoxical conjunctions like disciplined absurdity, regimented anarchy, and wordless speech. Reveling in nonsense, dbddbb suggests that it might be necessary to invent a new language in order to move from this step to the next.

Concept, choreography Daniel Linehan Dance and creation Daniel Linehan, Anneleen Keppens, Marcus Baldemar, Victor Pérez Armero, Liz Kinoshita Dramaturgical advice Manon Santkin Set design 88888 Light design Jan Fedinger Costume design Frédérick Denis Production, diffusion in Belgium Hiatus & Caravan Production vzw (BE) International diffusion Damien Valette Coproductions Opéra de Lille, Théâtre de la Ville, other TBC.




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