Production Details / Press Releases
In “6: THE SQUARE” – the second part of her Bauhaus trilogy focussing on the elementary geometric shapes of circle, square and triangle – Beutler invites us to see the world through a square filter. Eight dancers aim to master complex spatial dance patterns based on the American square dance and Asian precision walking, while an actress embodies different voices from individual confessions to populist speeches such as they dominate our times. In four scenes, “6: THE SQUARE” demonstrates the ceaseless endeavour of humanity to bring order to what cannot be grasped.
Mesmerizing movement patterns, compelling beats composed by Gary Shepherd and luminous squares in a lighting design by Minna Tiikkainen are all co-players in a performance in which ‘the square’ shows itself with all its facets: from calm simplicity to the menace of fascism. Choreographer Nicole Beutler makes visual theatre; her works are philosophical, poetic, urgent and always permeated with a subtle humour.
Choreographer and theatre maker Nicole Beutler (born in Munich in 1969) lives and works in Amsterdam. After studies of German Literature and Fine Arts at Münster and München Arts Academies, she came to study Dance and Choreography at the SNDO in Amsterdam. In 2009 Nicole set up her company NBprojects. A regular player at Frascati Theater and Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam, it is touring internationally through dance and theater festivals. Nicole’s work is interdisciplinary, situated on the threshold of dance, performance, theatre and visual arts. Her latest works include: “LIEFDESVERKLARING”, with six young performers in collaboration with playwright Magne van den Berg and youth production house fABULEUS, “5: ECHO” in collaboration with ICKamsterdam, “SHIROKURO”, a collaboration with concert pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama and lighting designer Jean Kalman, “ANTIGONE”, a collaboration with puppet-theatermaker Ulrike Quade, “2: DIALOGUE WITH LUCINDA”, or the solo “1: SONGS”, among others. Nicole’s work was awarded several prices: In 2015 “LIEFDESVERKLARING”, was selected as one of the best ten productions of the last season by the Flemish Theaterfestival, as was “1: SONGS” in 2010, for which she was awarded the prestigious VSCD Mimeprize. “SHIROKURO”, received the Dioraphte Prijs at the Dutch Dance Days 2014. For the sum of her activities Nicole was also nominated for the prestigious Amsterdamse Kunstprijs in 2014.
Cast & Credits
Choreography, directed by: Nicole Beutler
Music: Gary Shepherd
Costume: Jessica Helbach
Light design: Minna Tiikkainen
Stage: Tim Vermeulen, Nico de Rooij
Developed in collaboration with and danced by: Deborah Abrahams, Madelyn Bullard, Christian Guerematchi, Hillary Blake Firestone, Pedro Inês, Benjamin Kahn, Cherish Menzo, Patrick Schmatzer, Marjolein Vogels
Assistant choreography, rehearsal: João Dinis Pinho
Dramaturgy: Felix Ritter, Justa ter Haar
Dramaturgy advisors: Magne van den Berg, Sanne van Rijn, Fabienne Vegt
Sound engineering: Valentijn Berkhout
Lighting: Tim Vermeulen, Nico de Rooij
Text based on speeches by Marine Le Pen, Victor Orban, Afd, Donald Trump, and others
Thanks to Eleana Alexandrou, Erik Pluylaar, Jeroen Kimman, Michael Blass, Sophie Luca and Eva Villanueva
Coproduction: NBprojects, SPRING Performing Arts Festival
With the support of: Ammodo Fonds, Fonds Podium Kunsten, Amsterdam Amsterdam, VSBFonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Courtesy of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Tanz im August 2016
Artistic director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer: Sven Neumann
Production: Isa Köhler, Andreas Skjönberg, Andrea Niederbuchner
Assistance of Artistic Director / Production: Marie Schmieder
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the the Capital Culture Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)
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The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):