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'Try not to know what you know’, Severs & Milou van Duijnhoven 
Date: 15 December 2023, 20:00h & 21:15h (Frascati 2) 
Duration: 30 minuten 

Merel Severs and Milou van Duijnhoven perform scenes from 'Try not to know what you know' 

In the physical theatrical performance Try Not To Know What You Know, Merel Severs and Milou van Duijnhoven step into a self-constructed arena, in which they explore both desire and aversion to heroism. They let go of what they think they know and make a new proposition; in constant motion, transformative, fluid and ambiguous. Playing with martial arts, destruction, creation and everything in between, they attempt to free themselves from the conditioned body where violence seems to win out over connection. In a constant alternation between being and not being in contact with themselves and the other, they scan a universe where they turn the limited image inside out with unheard voices. What do they want to move in today's world? 


No Strings Attached (Working titel), collectief collectief MAMM 
Date: 15 December 2023, 20:00h & 21:30h
together with Roshanak Morrowatianin a double bill  (Frascati 3) 
Duration: 30 minuten 

Connected to the wall by a bungee cord, two dancers run as fast as they can, relentless and determined to reach their goal. They sabotage each other, challenge each other, give up and start again. Until one of the dancers, too tired to continue, discovers the impasse and slowly realizes not to work against it anymore, but to run with it. To use it to their own advantage and make themselves stronger. They discover the hidden possibilities that lie within it and a playful game begins. 
The bungee cords attached to the dancers are a metaphor for how we experience life. We can all identify with the feeling that life can work against you. That feeling of an invisible force pulling you back, preventing you from reaching your goal. You push, run, crawl as hard as you can, but you never seem to make it. It is as if this higher force, this universe, does not want you to reach your goal. What if this invisible force suddenly became visible? 


Indigo and Blackstone, Morrowatian 
Date: 15 December 2023, 20:00h & 21:30h
Together with Collectief MAMM in a double bill  (Frascati 3) 
Duration: 7 minuten 

“Ze moeten de wind blijven volgen, de belofte dat het straks beter zal zijn leeft nog altijd in ze.”
Roshanak Morrowatian conducts choreographic research with the text Indigo and Blackstone by writer Abdelkader Benali. This research focuses on the relationship between dance and language. Together with dancers from ICK Next ( Junior Company ), Roshanak has worked with themes such as sisterhood, homelessness and the paradox of an infinite desire to arrive somewhere and at the same time keep moving.

On Oct. 6 and 7, this ‘prologue’ for the double-bill of ICK’s New Adventures-presentations was on view at ICK Dans Amsterdam/Space for Dance Art. The final result is presented during The Artists Are Present at Theater Frascati.

Robin Nimanong 
Popup performances (Theatre Café)

Robin Nimanong brings a colorful program to Frascati's Café. Let yourself be surprised by these exciting pop up performances! On Wednesday night, Robin invites dragartist Rex Collins, who will showcase a performance with elements of live painting and sculpting. Thursday night, the Frascati Café will be transformed into a "runway.” The ballroom-house House of Mugler will introduce you to this sparkling community! On Friday, Robin will show excerpts from their performance Cyborg DNA, where they search for a dance language that merges technology and the body. 


Christian Guerematchi  
Popup performances (Theatre Café) 

Christian Guerematchi shows fragments of his performance FUNK.  

FUNK is how bodies move together, how they make themselves be heard and how they connect with each other. The groove of the music movement funk is a metaphor for physical behavior, a passed on culture of sound, a dance and the smell of the body in motion. Therefore, FUNK is a cosmic experience that brings together the vibrations of the past, the present and the future.  
The musical philosophy of Sun Ra, expressed in this performance, embraces the 'ancestral' feminine energy from which we as humans are born and which can heal us. An energy that liberates the black body and connects it with resilient identity, lost culture, stolen wisdom and forbidden authenticity.  
Choreographer Christian Guerematchi shows that the body recognizes the cultural traditions that are in our blood. The body unconsciously reacts to internalized trauma, which is passed down from generation to generation. The consequence for bodies of color is therefore evident in the wearing of 'white masks'; as depicted in Frantz Fanon's book 'Black Skin, White Masks'. Inspired by the emotions and insights contained in Fanon's words, and the poetic lyrics of Sun Ra, Guerematchi makes a physical translation of the search for self-awareness.  


Réve Terborg
DJset (Frascati Café)




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