Julidans x WhyNot
Julidans x WhyNot: OFF VENUE: Tour A (start Entrpotdok)
A look into the kitchen of Amsterdam dance studios.
Starting point Entrepotdok 4
WhyNot x Julidans: OFF VENUE
In this pandemic world, where little work could be presented, artists and choreographers have been working hard behind the scenes, creating new pieces. That is why this year's OFF VENUE tour, set on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July in the afternoon, will guide you past several Amsterdam dance studios. The 'kitchens' of the dance and performance world, where makers cook up their performances.
This OFF VENUE tour lets you see exciting works by emerging choreographers and performance artists, while discovering the iconic buildings in which these studios are located, from former warehouse to monumental church.
-|-With the body extensions and portable musical instruments of Astrit Ismaili, an improvisation between hip-hop dancer Shailes Baloran and Indian sarod player Avi Kishna, a choreographic clash between geological elements, the digital world and robots by dancer Elisa Zuppini with DJ James Whipple (M.E.S.H.) and the taming of a horse as a metaphor for self-control in Courtney May Robertson's multimedia performance. Come on a bike ride with us and take a look into the kitchen!
2 p.m. | Astrit Ismaili (Entrepotdok 4)
3 p.m. | Elisa Zuppini x Jacuzzi (Warmoesstraat 139 A-G)
4 p.m. | Courtney May Robertson x Studio ITE (Eerste Helmerstraat 102)
Read more about the three stops on the route below.
Astrit Ismaili x BAU
Astrit Ismaili’s work proposes bodies that consist of both imaginary and material realities, using alter egos, body extensions and wearable music instruments to embody different possibilities for becoming. Within their practice, the act of singing is used to explore the role of voice in pop culture and identity politics. For Off Venue, Astrit will open their rehearsal process to show a rework on an older piece titled »Nemesis«. The piece is initially staged in relation to folkloric rituals and songs, providing a way to deal with demarcations of geopolitical borders, experiences of migration, bodily autonomy and the right to integrity, in a performance that promises to overcome separations beyond just the one between artist and audience. Using newly designed instruments Astrit aims to explore new ways how to relate to the body and space by coping with the limitations and possibilities that these instruments offer.
Astrit Ismaili (*Prishtina, 1991), is a performance artist from Kosovo based in Amsterdam. Ismaili graduated from the MA in Performance at DasArts in Amsterdam. They have shown work at ISCP, New York, S.A.L.T.S., Basel, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Robert Grunenberg Gallery, Berlin, Juliette Jongma Gallery, Amsterdam, Frascati Theater, Amsterdam, Korzo Theater, Den Hague, Spielart Festival, Munich, Kaserne Theater, Basel etc. They are recipient of the Mondriaan Fund Project Investment Grant 2018-2019 — and the Young Visual Artists Award 2011 and were a resident at ISCP in New York. They co-organised the performance project ‘Prishtine Mon Amour’ in 2012 in Pristina and co-curated of a number of ‘Lost & Found’ events in 2018-2019 in Amsterdam.
Warmoesstraat 139 A-G
Elisa Zuppini x Jacuzzi
In the Jacuzzi studio one of the Jacuzzi makers, Elisa Zuppini, will be presenting her performance Himalaya. In Himalaya, Elisa continues her research into the reality as a complex entaglement of relational systems, within the body and beyond. For Himalaya she drew inspiration from contrasting elements. She combines the extemporaneous and textural features of the geological realm with the fragmented temporalities of the digital space and the repetition and obsessiveness of machinic bodies. In collaboration with DJ James Whipple (M.E.S.H), who plays live during the performance, these ideas are explored further. His sound interventions, sourced from both the geological and the synthetic, are as tectonic waves, encountering the body and reflecting off of it. The choreography lets all these systems clash, in an attempt to understand how these systems possibly operate in our own life and in our own body.
Elisa Zuppini (IT / NL) is a choreographer and dance maker. She graduated from SNDO- School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. Today, her choreographic research articulates around notions of relational movement and materiality in relation to the body and its affective dimensions. She is interested in the body as a transformative technology through which we can potentially access new (or lost) perceptions of reality, and those of relationality. Her work is presented both in theatrical and non theatrical venues - such those of the gallery, museums, dance clubs and academies. In 2016 she was awarded as Young Talent in Choreography from OpenFlr, Florence (IT), in 2018 she won the scholarship for Danceweb residency program at Impulstanz in Vienna (AT). Since February 2019 she is one of the supported artists by the dance company ICK Amsterdam.
Eerste Helmerstraat 102
Courtney May Robertson x Studio ITE
As a starting point for this short solo The pleasure of stepping off a hourse when it’s moving at full speed, Courtney takes a metaphor for self-control; a rider taming a wild horse. She looks at the struggle between embracing one’s primitive desires, and regulating behaviour in accordance with societal pressures. Visual projections encapsulate Courtney within an octagon spanning 3.5m in diameter. Through a combination of poetry, dance, and song, she travels across landscapes of personal desires, memories, and fears. The space almost acts like a time capsule; intimate home videos are spliced with found footage of horse taming tactics and man-made disasters, amongst other imagery. An attempt to embrace the, sometimes messy, contradictions that make up a multifaceted human.
Courtney May Robertson (Scotland, 1992) is a performer and maker based in Rotterdam. Upon graduating from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in 2013, she joined Club Guy & Roni’s Poetic Disasters Club. She has since worked with Jan Martens, Connor Schumacher and Florentina Holzinger, amongst others. Alongside working as a performer, Courtney began creating her own work in 2015. Between 2015 - 2019 her small-scale, DIY and self-produced performances were shown at various underground venues across the Netherlands such as The Performance Bar and Hoboken. Courtney’s recent projects have been supported by Dansateliers, ICK Artist Space and Dans Brabant. In 2020 she was awarded De Troffel Prijs - Festival Cement's incentive prize for young makers - for her latest work THE WOMAN DESTROYED which will premiere in 2022. Courtney's work always starts with the body, but spans various disciplines including video, generative art and writing.