>> HAND TO HAND 2014
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ROSER LÓPEZ ESPINOSA // CONNY JANSSEN DANST (DANSLOKAAL #2) + DANSATELIERS, ROTTERDAM
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HAND TO HAND is a unique "Swan Lake" in the form of judo combat. A work where dance approaches martial arts and plays with its tactics and cadence. Hand in hand, two dancers, precise and in fair play, compose a couple dance. Hand to hand, a movement like a caress.

"In Hand to hand judo and dance are intertwined. A beautiful and pure piece of dance." Mirjam van der Linden, de Volkskrant

"The doubt lingers on for a while: are these typical judo moves or are there maybe a little too many twists, turns, long pauses and gazes too intense? As soon as Tchaikovsky starts to play the ultimate ballet music, the game officially turns into drama, filled with fervent embraces and vertiginous lifts." Mirjam van der Linden, de Volkskrant

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Which are the similarities and diffences between dance and certain sports?
Which sports can we approach from a dance point of view?
Can we use popular social frameworks as sports to talk about universal topics?

HAND TO HAND is part of the long term project "dance + sports + iconic ballets". Contemporary dance approaches sports, embodying new physicalities, tactics and cadences. At the same time, the project takes some of the most iconic ballets as frame of references and as playing
fields to revisit universal topics such as love, desire, rituals and men and women roles in society.

To develop this project choregrapher Roser López Espinosa (resident artist in Mercat de les Flors 2018-20) collaborates with international
dance companies. The first piece of the project is HAND TO HAND, created in 2014 for ConnyJanssen Danst and Dansateliers in Rotterdam
(The Netherlands). The second piece of the project is the FEATHERWEIGHT, where boxing approaches the Firebird.
FEATHERWEIGHT is created for Skånes Dansteater in Malmö (Sweden) and premiered in May 2019.





ARTISTIC INFORMATION

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Concept and direction: Roser López Espinosa / Choreography: Roser López Espinosa in collaboration with the dancers / Dance: Stein Fluijt / Magí Serra, Olive Lopez / Roser López Espinosa / Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Sound design: Mark Drillich / Costume: Roser López Espinosa, Lluna Albert / Set: Roser López Espinosa / Lighting design: Remko van Wely / Artistic advice: Kristin de Groot, Conny Janssen / Production: Conny Janssen Danst (Rotterdam) / Co-production: Dansateliers (Rotterdam)

Thanks to: Raquel Gualtero, Karolina Szymura, Amy Josh, Ilias Pasidis, Ilia Mayer, Àngels Margarit, Pavla Siková, Ana Teixidó, Arthur Rosendfeld, Graner - Creation Centre

Photos: Leo van Velzen, Tristán Pérez-Martín, Phillip Zinniker, Pavel Serpokrylov, Marta Arjona

Duration: 20 min


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HAND TO HAND / outdoors version


PERFORMANCES
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HAND TO HAND selected for spring tour 2015:
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28 May 2015: Korzo Theater, The Hague
29 May 2015: Korzo Theater, The Hague
30 May 2015: Korzo Theater, The Hague
2 June 2015: Theater Kikker, Utrecht
3 June 2015: Theater Kikker, Utrecht
5 June 2015: Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam
6 June 2015: Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam
12 June 2015: Toneelschuur, Haarlem
13 June 2015: Toneelschuur, Haarlem
17 June 2015: Lux, Nijmegen
18 June 2015: Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
19 June 2015: Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
20 June 2015: Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
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2 - 3.10.2014 Try-out / 4.10.2014 PREMIERE / October 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 / CONNY JANSSEN DANST (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
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CONNY JANSEN DANST // dance company >> + info: www.connyjanssendanst.nl

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DANSATELIERS // creation centre >> + info: www.dansateliers.nl
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