Only Patience Works Immediately in Het Laar

Only Patience Works Immediately in Het Laar


On 1 October 2020, International Elderly Day, our dancers Noëmi Wagner and Blazej Jasinski performed our community project twice at the residential care centre Het Laar in Tilburg.

In the new material, which just like Jelena’s last performance HOW IT ENDS and the dance film My Own Worst Enemy starts from the interaction with obstacles, the need for patience is central. Hence the title: Only Patience Works Immediately.

This is a very current subject, especially now that the national corona-related measures have become more strict since September 29th. This situation creates a deep-felt uncertainty about the light at the end of the tunnel, about isolation and collectivity. Yet in the end only patience works.

‘I am deeply impressed’
We did two performances on the stage in the restaurant of residential care centre Het Laar in Tilburg. Each performance for 30 residents, who were seated at a safe distance from both the dancers and each other. The oldest spectators were two ladies of 100 and 102 years old. The performances were followed by a discussion in which the residents also shared their experiences.

Audience reactions
“I don’t know what to say. It touched me deeply.”

“In life you have to take a lot of obstacles together. It’s difficult to be patient and to stay connected, but it’s absolutely necessary. That is what I got out of it.” 

“I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“For me, the performance is about a relationship between a man and a woman trying to reach each other, with varying degrees of success.”

“Let’s not try this ourselves!”