A showcase of irresistibly attractive inclusive dance art.
Introdans celebrates the power of diversity with a contemporary dance programme: the HubClub. The artists of the HubClub are irresistible, guaranteed to blow everyone out of their (wheel)chair. So what’s it about? The HubClub presents a select group of top Dutch dance performers and the evening’s atmosphere is like a nightclub: the audience relaxes at little tables around a dance floor and is treated to acts from diverse/inclusive professional dance art. Besides the Introdans ballet company, the line-up includes performers Redouan Ait Chitt, Misiconi Dance Company, Theaterwerkplaats Tiuri, Cardiac Output, Ruben Chi and Rutkay Özpinar. What’s more, the HubClub features new work by young artistes Jordy Dik, Chantal de Vries and Holland Dance Festival/Junadry Leocaria. The HubClub is a showcase of irresistible, attractive, inclusive dance art.
Playtime: 26 okt t/m 9 nov
Locations: Roosendaal, Den Haag
The HubClub is a new production by Introdans in which the Arnhem-based modern ballet company presents the jewels of Dutch inclusive/diverse professional stage dance art to a wide public. It’s inspired by Introdans’ successful Encounters series, which has been running ever since 2001. The Council for Culture recently described Introdans as a leader in the field of inclusion.
Introdans leads the way with its inclusive vision and demonstrates great commitment in the region. The Council also views its inclusive working approach as interesting. Under the motto ‘Everyone can dance’ the company develops interactive projects on the basis of its current repertoire, aimed at education, the social domain, the leisure domain and for fostering talent in society.
Council for culture
Besides Introdans, many other Dutch initiatives have also been doing pioneering work with the aim of professionalising inclusive dance art. Introdans sought contact and exchange with these parties and has invited them to the HubClub. Together these artistes form a colourful mix of humanity: young, old, multicultural, physically/mentally diverse, M/F/X, LHBTQ. Thanks to the unique system of “the deferred theatre ticket”, regular dance fans give other people the chance to attend this evening – so the audience will be just as colourful and diverse as the performers.
The HubClub is an Introdans production. In collaboration with Holland Dance Festival, Amare, De Kring Roosendaal, Theaterwerkplaats Tiuri and Stadstheater Arnhem. Made possible thanks to a contribution from Stichting Joost van Roosmalen Fonds, Stichting ASBN, Freek en Hella de Jonge Stichting, Peter Paul Wiegmans/Balanz Facilitair and Siza.
The HubClub programme differs per show.
Introdans, MBO Dans Rijn IJssel and Theaterwerkplaats Kazou
We are flooded with stimuli and impulses every day. They come from both the outside and the inside world. Sometimes they confuse you and make you tiptoe, but sometimes they also bring clarity. Again and again you have to relate to that. They push you in the right or wrong direction. The choice is yours.
Libertad! is a choreography by Chantal de Vries and is danced by Introdans dancer Vincenzo Turiano together with Marshall Janse and Jens Hertog from the MBO Dans-Rijn IJssel / Studio26 and is sung by Nick Ruhe from Theaterwerkplaats Kazou. Together they have started an interesting search for the choices we have not yet made.
In No Bodies, two dancers and a live musician, led by choreographer Jordy Dik, go in search of who they want to be and who they are allowed to be. Alone and together. They confront the unknown. They want to make tangible that which normally remains invisible and thus unknown. Then everything automatically takes on a new face.
Compagnie 21 is a professional inclusive company that is characterized by bringing together different worlds. The hard core of Compagnie 21 consists of people with disabilities who have been trained for years at Theaterwerkplaats Tiuri. Compagnie 21 offers them the opportunity to show the professional theater world what they have to offer. That way we get moving together. A movement bigger than ourselves.
Jordy Dik is a choreographer and community artist who wants to bring the worlds of various people together in order to shape a layered encounter. His performances are characterized by a powerful, poetic and socially engaged language in which every performer experiences the right to exist and only wants to share this with complete surrender. Jordy has fallen in love with the actors of Theaterwerkplaats Tiuri in all their authenticity and colours. His social-artistic working method and partly the professional attitude he is looking for proved to be a bull’s eye here. Jordy is the resident choreographer of Compagnie 21 and thus directs the artistic course of this traveling company.
Redouan Ait Chitt
Shailesh Bahoran, together with Redouan Ait Chitt, the phenomenon from the breakdance world, developed the compelling production REDO. A dance performance about inexhaustible willpower and iron discipline. About how no one can determine your limits and how boundaries disappear when your gaze is determined. Over a long and unknown road along endless vistas and unexpected valleys. A road on which the greatest opponent is hidden within yourself. With this performance, Redouan won ‘De Zwaan’, the most prestigious dance prize in the Netherlands. This makes him the first self-taught hip-hop dancer to win such an award. Redo will show a small excerpt from the performance especially for the HubClub.
Redouan Ait Chitt, better known as REDO, is a professional dancer and speaker who travels the world for shows, workshops, lectures and competitions. However, a career as a dancer was not the most obvious choice for him… Without any medical explanation, Redo was born with a short right arm without an elbow joint, a total of five fingers, no right hip and a shorter right leg, which is extended by means of a prosthesis. This list of limitations hasn’t stopped him from chasing his dreams. After a lot of trial and error, he found out where his passion lies: dancing.
Alexis Geddes (Introdans), Ruben Chi
Especially for the HubClub, Ruben Chi entered the studio with Introdans dancer Alexis Geddes. They created a duet, using the solo Ella (Robert Battle, New York), set to music by Ella Fitzgerald, as a starting point.
Canadian dancer Alexis Geddes came to Europe when she was seventeen with only one goal: to dance. She ended up in Rotterdam where she studied at Codarts. In her second year she does an internship at Introdans, after which she is offered a contract. Alexis has been dancing with the Arnhem company for ten years now, with which she tours the Dutch theaters with family performances. In addition, she has been seen during foreign tours all over the world.
Ruben Chi is an Arnhem-based movement artist and a pioneer in the Dutch dance world. Over the years, his dedication, determination and drive to seek the impossible have enabled him to travel the world. With the many professional awards, including “Juste Debout” Holland winner 5 times in a row, he has received a lot of recognition. He has since built a sustainable hip-hop dance community in his city with Soulcypher, and co-founded Ghetto Funk Collective. This pioneering interdisciplinary artist constantly seeks new boundaries between movement and music in his work.
Misiconi Dance Company
During the Hubclub, Joop Oonk shows a small scene of the new performance Shifting Faces, which reflects on the manufacturability of man and its transformation in the present and the future. Shifting Faces raises questions about what ‘normality’ is and how synchronous and identical we can be as people in this society. Non-verbal communication plays a major role in Shifting Faces through the use of masks, focusing on the body as the narrator.
Joop Oonk is a visual artist and choreographer (1989). Since 2013, she has been artistic director and founder of the Misiconi Foundation. She has collaborated with European dance companies and organizations including Holland Dance Festival, Northern Ballet, Stopgap Dance Company, Codarts, Theater Babel. Her performative works are inspired by physical theatre, location theatre, improvisation, play structures and performance art. Her concepts stem from personal interest and often have a socio-cultural challenge. Joop’s performances are the result of extensive practical research in which the audience is asked to be part of the experience. During the performance, the duration, the repetition and the visuals can be enchanting. With unexpected twists, the work is humorous, playful and has many layers.
One of the Turkish folk dance styles that dancer Rutkay Özpinar has focused on and will present in the HubClub is Oriental (belly dance). He created the solo His (pronounced: Hies. Turkish for feeling) for Korzo in The Hague. In this production he tries to break the boundaries between masculinity and femininity and explores sensuality in dance.
Rutkay Özpinar is a modern dancer and choreographer at Korzo, a development center for young dancers/makers in The Hague. He was previously a guest dancer with Introdans. In 2019 Rutkay started a research in Korzo focusing on Turkish folk dance with the aim of having his movement language influenced by it. This turned out to be successful. Now he combines the colors of modern, classical ballet, hip-hop and Turkish folk dance (disciplines he practiced on his path to professional dancer) into a completely new color with which he is able to express himself in complete freedom. As one of the Korzo choreographers, Rutkay will make many creations over the next four years, both internally and externally.
Holland Dance Festival Productie
A sung letter in which the dancers walk full of love on the path of memory. Let yourself be carried away by the love and the blues.
Junadry Leocaria is no stranger to the dance world. She has been working as a professional in the theater and dance world for over 15 years. During the last Holland Dance Festival, together with a group of stubborn older dancers, she managed to win over the audience with the Good [old] Times production Luna. Now, in collaboration with Holland Dance Festival, Junadry works for the HubClub together with singer Florans Harris and dancers Annemieke Mooij and Wendy de Vries.
Holland Dance Festival has been campaigning for a greater visibility of inclusion dance in the Netherlands for years: dance that makes no distinction between people with and without physical or mental disabilities. Their DanceAble program aims to lower barriers and remove prejudices. This is desperately needed, because the Netherlands, compared to neighboring countries, is lagging considerably behind in the field of inclusion dance. In addition to offering everyone the opportunity to dance, Holland Dance Festival also wants to challenge the notion that beauty in dance is related to motor perfection and perfect bodies. After all, dancers with disabilities can touch, move, amaze and entertain their audience just as much, and they can excel just as well.
Pro forma; [Latin] As a matter of form; for the sake of form
Since 2002, Introdans has been publishing dance productions under the name De Ontmoeting (The Encounter) in which choreographer Adriaan Luteijn brings together the most diverse guest dancers with dancers from Introdans in a groundbreaking way. In Pro Forma, which he created in 2021, three women, each with their own physical movement style, meet on a square surface that literally throws them off balance.
Guest dancer Eva Eikhout, presenter and program maker of, among others, BNNVara, Lize Wubbels, just graduated as a Dance Teacher at ArtEZ School of the Arts, and Introdans dancer Vérine Bouwman together form an original trio. Choreographer Adriaan Luteijn challenges the dancers to explore the capabilities of their bodies in this special Encounter. The three dancers stand together on an unstable stage, sometimes pull up together and roll rhythmically off the floor. All three equally strong.
De Volkskrant called the cheeky Pro Forma “a gem” in its review.
The HubClub is hosted by Adriaan Luteijn. He has been involved with Introdans since 1989; first as a dancer and later as a choreographer and artistic manager. Luteijn enjoys ‘serendipities’, special opportunities that cross his path and that also inspire people with whom he creates choreographies for special occasions. These can be actors, urban dancers, older people, people with a physical and/or mental handicap, all of whom he places alongside professional dancers, and almost always with remarkable results. As the artistic manager and choreographer of Introdans Interaction, Luteijn feels it’s important to build bridges. And in his view of things, dance is a superb, non-verbal way of doing that.