For our dance company, 2020 was a year of great highs, deep lows and unexpected plot twists. Look back with us on what we’ve done in 2020.
▶︎ ︎ We created a new performance: How It Ends
▶︎ ︎ We brought dance on location: Only Patience Works Immediately
▶︎ Our newest film premiered: My Own Worst Enemy
▶︎ ︎ We developed an online workshop
▶︎ We presented a short double bill in the theatres: Duet + Going Home
▶︎ We received funding for the upcoming four years!
On March 7, How It Ends premiered at De Nieuwe Vorst in Tilburg with four dancers. Shortly afterwards we were overtaken by the reality of the pandemic. Our spring tour was cancelled. Most of the performance dates were moved to the autumn of 2020.
In the autumn we reinvented How It Ends, this time in a version for two dancers. The performance had matured, and gained momentum. The human being who bends, breaks, goes beyond and comes to a standstill, all in relation to his fellow human being. The performance had suddenly gained an additional layer about life during a pandemic.
Unfortunately, that same pandemic also put a stop to our autumn tour. Except for three performances – one in Amsterdam and two in Tilburg – we were unfortunately unable to perform How It Ends this year.
We therefore look forward to performing How It Ends again in the spring of 2021.
Only Patience Works Immediately
In the eye of the storm, we developed Only Patience Works Immediately, a new project especially for our hometown Tilburg. We brought dance and tailor-made workshops to a number of groups that are struggling in these times: care workers, the elderly and vulnerable young women. We did this in collaboration with the Elisabeth-Tweesteden Hospital (ETZ), Het Laar Residential Care Centre and Sterk Huis.
We plan to continue this project in 2021.
My Own Worst Enemy
The third dance film that Jelena and director Harrie Verbeek made together premiered at the Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Days) festival on 5 October. A beautiful premiere, but with a sombre note: Harrie unfortunately passed in the spring of 2020, and My Own Worst Enemy was his final film.
The film has also been shown at film festivals in San Francisco and Fargo (North Dakota) in 2020, as well as in theatres, in tandem with performances of How It Ends.
During the lockdown, Jelena developed an online workshop with dancers Noëmi Wagner and Blazej Jasinski for students, professionals and advanced amateurs. In a clearly constructed series of videos, participants learn how to perform a scene from How It Ends. The workshop can be followed online at any time. One week access to the material costs €9, one month €15.
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Duet + Naar Huis
In January we brought a double bill of the dance film Naar Huis (2019), Jelena’s second collaboration with Harrie Verbeek, and a live duet to De Meervaart in Amsterdam and De Nieuwe Vorst in Tilburg.
Naar Huis was also screened at the FilmFest in Durham (North Carolina), as part of Pop-up Cinema in De Nieuwe Vorst (Tilburg) and Natlab (Eindhoven) and within the online programming of Theater aan de Parade (‘s-Hertogenbosch).
Subsidies for 2021-2024
In 2020, we applied for four-year funding for the first time, in order to be able to take the next step in the development of our company.
It was a bitter pill to swallow when we were told in the spring that our application would not be granted by the province. In the summer, the advice of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund followed. Our application was assessed positively, but could not be granted due to insufficient funds. The future of our company seemed to have evaporated.
Prinsjesdag meant a sudden turn of events that we had not dared to hope for. All applications that were positively assessed by the Performing Arts Fund would still be granted. At the end of December it was announced that we would also be supported by the municipality of Tilburg within the framework of the subsidy for artists’ initiatives for the next four years.