The Critical Piece

An Ongoing research on Dance Criticism and the relation between movement and language. The Critical Piece starts from a simple idea: to create a dance solely on the base of already written dance reviews. The usual order to write a review as a reaction on the dance is turned around: the dance is constructed as a reaction on the review.

Within a laboratory setup we explore choreographic structures in which the highly comitted performers methodically investigate their subject through the execution of specific tasks. These practices create multilayered insights into the mechanisms of criticism and the mutual influences of words, movements and perception upon each other.

Dance reviews from local sources are included in the experiments.




concept, choreography: Jochen Stechmann

direction Leipzig: Claudia Van Rooij

performance: Ulrike Etzold, Gabrielle Uetz, Zoë Gyssler, Mariangela Tinelli, Jochen Stechmann, Andrea Beugger, Silke Hundertmark, Nadia Tsulukidze

assistent: Nadia Tsulukidze

light: Stefan Kracht, Raoul Baeten

video-animations: Jochen Stechmann

The Critical Piece is produced by Traum-A and Dansmakers Amsterdam

Supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, SNS Reaal Fonds, Tanzhaus Zürich