From 14 – 20 November 2022
Presentation: Friday 18 November 20:00 – door open 15 min. before
There is frustration attached to us, for some reason or another, it fills us up with questions, emotions, reflections. It comes up when we are not able to control something that happened, something that we didn’t want to feel, or be. It’s triggered once something doesn’t match the expectations, ours, of other people or the environment around us.
“So, now what?” explores the individual yet collective physical and emotional experience of two people that are framed into a society, controlled into fitting a type, while facing an unpredictable world, in which a lot is out of their own control. How does it feel to be controlled but not to be able to control?
Ana Meireles is a dancer and young maker born in Porto. She initiated her dance studies at Ginasiano Escola de Dança and concluded in 2021 her Dance Bachelor studies at ArtEZ University of the Arts, in The Netherlands.
During the last year of education at ArtEZ, Ana had an internship with the dance company Another Kind of Blue, in The Hague, and developed her skills as a maker with the creation of two pieces. She is currently working as a freelance dancer, maker and dance teacher.
Evelyn Hutchings is a dancer and young maker born in Palermo, Italy. She was part of the Eko Dance Project of Pompea Santoro and the I.C.D Professional Dance Program. She finished her Bachelor studies in 2021 at ArtEZ University of the Arts, in The Netherlands. During the last year of education at ArtEZ, Evelyn had an internship with the dance company Another Kind of Blue, in The Hague, with the
company Equilibrio Dinamico, in Italy, and created three pieces. She is currently working as a freelance dancer and maker.
We began working with the idea of social manipulation, the idea that we, as members of a society, are constantly a target for being told what to do, what to wear, what to say, who to be. And from the outside, a lot of us will act accordingly, and fit the frame that we are put in. Everything is then done and said according to the rules, to the beliefs and opinions of those in higher authority positions, those who have the power to control.
Later, we began to be interested in exploring what this concept means to us, personally, emotionally and physically. What triggers us when we think about this framed world and our obligation to fit in it. We felt frustration, each of us in a different way and for different reasons, but we both felt it. We connected this feeling to our concept in the way that it relates to wanting to go out of this frame, but not having the control to do so. Everything beyond us is out of our hands, so there is a constant fight between us and the world out there, where the actions of others and the actions of nature are unpredictable and out of our control, while we struggle to get us out of the frame.
The feeling is of helplessness, there are questions, emotions, reflections, plans. It feels suffocating and the body becomes tense, there is so much information running through our heads and our biggest question is, what can I do? What is possible for me to do in this world that people fight to get control of, where I feel I have no control in anything but myself, and somehow, everyone has control over me?
We are now in the process of exploring all these ideas and finding out how the body reacts to them. Our goal is to present a personal perspective on this concept, showing not only out it looks from the outside, how we just do what we are supposed to do in this framed society, but also how we internally struggle through fitting into it and not wanting to.
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