Julidans x WhyNot
Julidans x WhyNot: OFF VENUE: Tour D (start Chasséstraat)
A look into the kitchen of Amsterdam dance studios.
Starting point Chasséstraat 64
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!
3 p.m. | Shailesh Bahoran x Chassé Dance Studios (Chasséstraat 64)
4 p.m. | Astrit Ismaili x BAU (Entrepotdok 4)
5 p.m. | Courtney May Robertson x Studio ITE (Eerste Helmerstraat 102)
Shailesh Bahoran x Chassé Dance Studios
In Chassé we discover the role of improvisation within a creative process. We see how, through improvisation, worlds can collide, come together and feed off one another. Hip-hop dancer and choreographer Shailesh Bahoran enters into a live dialogue with the mesmerising sounds of the most popular Indian lute, the sarod, played by the virtuoso musician Avi Kishna. Shailesh is an experimental maker in the urban scene with strong roots in hip-hop culture. He is also highly successful as a choreographer in the dance world: His performance Lalla Rookh (2015) won the Danspublieksprijs [Dance Audience Award], Ignite (2017) was nominated for the Swan for the most impressive dance performance and with REDO (2019) the company won the Swan for the best dance performance. As a performer, Shailesh distinguishes himself by his versatility and phenomenal technique in various styles, including breakdancing and popping. In his work he often uses his Hindustani background as a source of inspiration.
Shailesh Bahoran is theatre maker, choreographer, dancer, coach and artistic director of the Illusionary Rockaz Company. Shailesh has a distinctive and free artistic vision: he always searches for the expression of contrast en for ways to touch and move his audience. He has worked with The Dutch National Ballet, Don't Hit Mama, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Codarts, Fontys, Vocaallab, Korzo, Spin off, Conny Janssen, the Amsterdam Academy for the Arts, and ISH Dance Collective which whom he performed at the Burning man festival in Nevada as well as on Broadway in New York.
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.
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.