Pictures: Dorine Kleinloog and Jurriaan Bobbel
For the opening of the 'Werelddanswerkplaats' (platform for world dance) in the city of Den Haag (The Hague) in The Netherlands on the 24th of November 2017 dancers/dance makers Aafke de Jong and Fazle Shairmahomed were asked to do an improvisation together, starting from their own roots in dance, slowly coming towards a dialogue.
Shairmahomed has a multiple dance style background (a.o. western modern and contemporary, Butoh, hiphop and Vogue) and De Jong's dancing techniques are mostly western modern dance styles, jazz dance and traditional Balinese. Therefor perhaps a well choosen couple for the opening of this new platform for world dance (which is actually meant as a platform for all kinds of dancing styles, but due to funding reasons unfortunately the word 'world' still needs to be added to the word 'dance' in general up to today).
De Jong and Shairmahomed did not know eachother on forehand and literally shook hands for the first time about one hour before the performance.
Also composition student of Codarts Conservatorium Krishna Sutedja (Bali, Indonesia) was involved to make a musical improvisation on the spot. Sutedja is a composer of contemporary gamelan and also studied tabla (Indian drums) at Codarst Conservatory in Rotterdam, from where he recently graduated.
WERELDDANSWERKPLAATS DEN HAAG / THE HAGUE
Improvisation project with cross cultural music and dance
Fazle Shairmahomed & Aafke de Jong
An interesting dialogue rose between various (western)
contemporary dance styles and Balinese and Javanese dance movements, reacting on the soundscapes produced by Sutedja's laptop and live instruments, like a Balinese drum (kendang), 2-stringed zither (rebab), bamboo flute and bronze praying bell. A starting point for a next inspiring cooperation was born.
Aftertalk with Jolanda Boejharat
(Werelddanswerkplaats) in Theatre De Vaillant/Den Haag