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Read my body

On the hypnotic music of Steve Reich’s Electric Guitar Phase (original: Violin Phase), that clearly carries influences of Indonesian gamelan music with it's repetitive patters that change slightly over time, Aafke takes you on a fifteen-minute trip through the brain via the body. Mingling her two main cardinal points - western modern/contemporary dance and Indonesian dance forms – she imagines a world where people from different cultural backgrounds (but also people in general) can understand each other better if they were able to read each others body - and through the body the mind - in a more sensitive way. Words may become superfluous.

Without the body where would our brain be?

Since long we have a desire to figure out what our thoughts are, how they occur and where they take place. How do they mix with our imagination and our senses and how do they relate to our body?

These questions form the base of this partly improvised performance.


pictures by Alfred Birney

 a solo on a square meter of clay  

Concept & choreography

Aafke de Jong


Steve Reich

​This solo was performed amongst others in ‘Gallery BOSCH’ and Café Vrijdag in Arnhem in 2011 and for a private birthday party.

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