Wang Ramirez - Everyness © Denis Kooné Kuhnert

A theatre programme packed full of the best performances hiphop theatre has to offer.

Tue 15 Aug: Company Wang Ramirez – EVERYNESS
Wed 16 Aug: Accrorap – Opus 14
Wed 16 Aug: Theatre Forever #1: Amala Dianor, Rabah Mahfoufi, Bandidas, Japonism
Thu 17 Aug: Theatre Forever #2: Tentacle Tribe, Yaman, Kilaï, Black Sheep
Fri 18 Aug: Theatre Forever: Tentacle Tribe, Dalton Jansen
Sat 19 Aug: Theatre Forever: Philipe ‘Physs’ Almeida, Compagnie Uzumé
Sun 20 Aug: Theatre Forever: Linda Hayford, Roy & Simon


COMPANY WANG RAMIREZ – EVERYNESS (Dutch premiere) – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 15 August 2017

Location: Rabozaal, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Leidseplein 26, 1017 PT Amsterdam
Start: 20.00
Tickets: 22,50 euros | CJP (Dutch culture card): 17,50 euros

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The award-winning duo Honji Wang (DE) and Sébastian Ramirez (FR) together with their company will open the Summer Dance Forever festival with EVERYNESS at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (the national theatre), which will be the Dutch premiere of the show.

Performing a fascinating and gravity-defying choreography, five dancers will focus on their personal struggle with love and friendship. A sixth character, created by lauded designer Constance Guisset, appears in the shape of a semi-transparent, ever-changing sphere that glides across the stage like an autonomous creature. The music is by Schallbauer.

As an artistic duo, Wang and b-boy Ramirez personify life after the battle. Their unique movement style has deep roots in hip hop, but is also inspired by modern styles, ballet and martial arts. Among other accolades, the duo has won the Bessie Award, and Ramirez was involved in Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour as a dancer and a choreographer. In EVERYNESS, their unique dance technique interweaves with a poetically compelling stage appearance to form an innovative piece of urban dance theatre.

Photo on the right: Company Wang Ramirez – EVERYNESS, photo Denis Kooné Kuhnert


ACCRORAP – OPUS 14 (Dutch premiere)
Wednesday 16 August 2017

Location: DeLaMar Theater, Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam
Start: 19.00 (until about 20.00)
Doors open: 18.30
Tickets: 20,- euros | CJP (Dutch culture card): 15,- euros | Buy ticket
Combi ticket Accrorap & Theatre Forever #1 (both on 16/8): 30,- euros |
Combi ticket Accrorap (16/8), Theatre Forever #1 (16/8) & Theatre Forever #2 (17/8): 45,- euros |

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Opus 14 is the 14th creation of renowned choreographer Kader Attou of Accrorap dance company. Attou set up this hip hop piece, featuring sixteen extraordinary dancers, as a corps de ballet, or an urban ballet; a seeming contradiction when it comes to hip hop choreography. Opus 14 shows the audience other hip hop clichés as well: the dance style, represented as being strictly masculine, macho, boastful and bling, is contrasted with poetry, vulnerability, sensitivity and, where necessary, decelerations. This show does not tell a story. Rather, it’s a collection of snapshots investigating the scope of our senses; a chain reaction of emotions that’s embodied by each individual dancer. Kader Attou is one of the most important representatives of the French hip hop movement. With his Accrorap dance company, he’s developed a unique style that’s a mix of hip hop, modern dance, acrobatics and the graphic arts. Attou creates new expressions within modern convention, and is always looking to extend the hip hop world’s horizon.


 

THEATRE FOREVER #1: AMALA DIANOR, RABAH MAHFOUFI, BANDIDAS, JAPONISM
Wednesday 16 August 2017

Location: DeLaMar Theater, Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam
Start: 20.30 (until about 22.00)
Doors open: 20.00
Tickets: 20,- euros | CJP (Dutch culture card): 15,- euros | Buy ticket
Combi ticket Accrorap & Theatre Forever #1 (both on 16/8): 30,- euros |
Combi ticket Theatre Forever #1 (16/8) & Theatre Forever #2 (17/8): 30,- euros |
Combi ticket Accrorap (16/8), Theatre Forever #1 (16/8) & Theatre Forever #2 (17/8): 45,- euros |

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In two nights – Wednesday 16 August and Thursday 17 August – Summer Dance Forever presents the best the hiphop theatre world has to offer. With each night a different programme, packed full with Dutch and European premieres.

  Japonism – WabiSabi
  Bandidas – Bodies and Soul
  Amala Dianor – New School
  Rabah Mahfoufi – Laisse moi danser

Japonism – WabiSabi (European premiere)
Japonism’s latest creation Wabisabi, named after the Japanese philosophy of the art of simplicity, puts the beauty of Japanese culture into the spotlight. In this show, the four members of the crew are backed by a number of renowned dancers: Tatsuo, Yoshie, S**t Kingz, Aki, Kazane and Santa.

The S**t Kingz (Shikkin) toured the world with the likes of Mariah Carey, and among other competitions, they won the prestigious Body Rock Dance Competition twice. Their innovative style, funky moves and energetic live shows earned S**t Kingz an unrivalled fan base and reputation within street dance. Yoshie (Be-Bop Crew / Ebony) represents the older generation of Japanese dancers, and is known as the grande dame of Soul, Waack and Lock. Fellow dancer Tatsuo (Grasshopper Crew) has mastered the art of house dance like no other. Having made a name for themselves both commercially and in the underground dance scene, they’re a source of inspiration for many dancers.

Bandidas – Bodies and Soul (Dutch premiere)
Enter the atmosphere of the Cotton Club in the 1930s. This period, with its aesthetic, social rules and musical culture, is an important source of inspiration for the popping style of the members of Bandidas (FR). In Bodies and Soul, the five dancers completely reshape the codes of conduct of the age in order to blur the lines between male and female. Elegant, stylish fashion and sensuality, combined with women with pantsuits and short hair. Bandidas challenges these codes and focuses on the ambivalent presence of the ‘masculine’ and the ‘feminine’ in all of us.

Bandidas (2012) is an all-female quintet with one shared passion: popping. Not the ladies’ individual styles, but the group dynamic is most important and forms the signature of the crew. In the retro universe of Bodies and Soul, they demonstrate their technical skills with grace and power, like an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Photo Knas Vang

Photo Knas Vang

Amala Dianor: New School (Dutch premiere)
Directly following his larger show De(s)generation, in which he introduces the audience to various generations of French hip hop dancers, Amala Dianor introduces his trio New School. This piece represents the latest generation of dancers, exploring the boundaries of hip hop and pushing the genre over the edge. At the center of this piece by the award-winning French choreographer/dancer is the multi-faceted form language of the up-and-coming generation whose knocks on the door are getting louder and louder. New School illustrates their battle with the old school and, from there on out, their search for the new school. With their dedication and playfulness, these artists pave the way for a form that cracks codes and mixes colors. This is ‘Abstract’, a dance style that’s a hybrid, without losing sight of the traditional adage of hip hop.

Photo Benoite Fanton

Photo Benoite Fanton

Rabah Mahfoufi – Laisse moi danser (Dutch premiere)
In the French house dance scene, Rabah Mahfoufi is known as a true pioneer. With Laisse Moi Danser, he returs to one of the core elements of hip hop: freestyling. Every performance is unique. There is no underlying narrative; only the movements themselves matter. This is dance in its purest form.

In Laisse Moi Danser, five dancers cross the boundaries of their own specialties (house dance, popping, boogaloo and freestyle hip hop), in order to encourage each other to rise above themselves. Bound by friendship, the men share a love for experimenting. This fragile harmony allows them to shine in their own styles. Mahfoufi brings the code of the street into the theater, with the goal of creating the same sense of excitement within the black box. It’s hip hop as an art form that never loses sight of its roots.

Dancers: Walid Boumhani, Rabah Mahfoufi, Michel ‘Meech’ Onomo, Bruce Soné, Ejoe Wilson.


THEATRE FOREVER #2: TENTACLE TRIBE, YAMAN, KILAI, BLACK SHEEP
Thursday 17 August 2017

Location: DeLaMar Theater, Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam
Start: 20.30 (until about 22.00)
Doors open: 20.00
Tickets: 20,- euros | CJP (Dutch culture card): 15,- euros | Buy ticket
Combi ticket Theatre Forever #1 (16/8) & Theatre Forever #2 (17/8): 30,- euros | Buy ticket
Combi ticket Accrorap (16/8), Theatre Forever #1 (16/8) & Theatre Forever #2 (17/8): 45,- euros | Buy ticket

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In two nights – Wednesday 16 August and Thursday 17 August – Summer Dance Forever presents the best the hiphop theatre world has to offer. With each night a different programme, packed full with Dutch and European premieres.

⚡ Kilaï – Parasite
⚡ Black Sheep – Wildcat
⚡ Yaman – 1 millimetre au dessus du sol
Tentacle Tribe: Origami Mami

Kilaï Dance Company: Parasite (Dutch premiere)
Parasite by Kilaï Dance Company earned choreographer Sandrine Lescourant the Prix Beaumarchaise for choreography in 2016. This all-female quintet exposes a plethora of universal feelings; the sometimes idiotic, but essential emotions that make life both complicated and vibrant. The dancers all have the same wish, the same need to get closer to each other and to find a way to be together. But how can we overcome our differences? What are the consequences for a relationship if parasitic elements are trying to disturb the balance? Parasite exposes our search for an equilibrium, as well as the desire to share our fears and insecurities with others. The show hovers somewhere between the ‘I’ and the ‘We’, which makes it both introspective and exuberant.

Sandrine ‘Moufasa’ Lescourant (FR) started her career in classic, modern and African dance, and worked with various hip hop choreographers before finally specializing in multiple urban styles.

Black Sheep: Wild Cat (Dutch premiere)
In Wild Cat by Black Sheep (FR), Saïdo ‘Darwin’ Lehlouh reverts to a Parisian style of breakdancing from the 1990s. At the heart of the show is the evolution of this Parisian dance, which was inspired by the swift and graceful movements of cats, and which was envied by and famous among American b-boys under the name ‘finesse’. Wild Cat represents an acknowledgement and reinterpretation of this originally French style. The show is both an homage to and a platform for the Bad Trip Crew performing Wild Cat, and serves to showcase its influence and evolution throughout the years.

Saïdo “Darwin” Lehlouh started the Bad Trip Crew in 2001, moving in the underground hip hop scene. Black Sheep is his collaboration with Johanna Faye. In 2015, Black Sheep received the Prix Beaumarchais for the choreography of the duet Iskio.

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Yaman – 1 millimetre au dessus du sol (Dutch premiere)
This piece is based on a choreography by Sébastien Lefrançois and Yaman Okur, two big names in the French hip hop scene. After meeting for the first time in the 80s, they each went their own way. Sébastian founded Trafic de Styles dance company and went on to design great choreography experiments. Yaman became a much sought-after choreographer and dancer. His sophisticated musical sensitivity and unparalleled control over his body have resulted in many awards. With his own crew Pro Phenomen, he toured, among other artists, with Madonna.

Years later, the two came together to tell Yaman’s story: his first steps, his successes, his failures, and his inability to return to a society that’s light years away from his dreams. Together, they choreographed and danced the things they shared. In the margins, they were able to learn from each other and create new codes. At Summer Dance Forever, Yaman will perform his own interpretation of the choreography.

Tentacle Tribe: Origami Mami (Dutch premiere)
Three women shape and reshape the space around them with intimate, intertwined movements, sometimes resulting in technically impressive bits of footwork. Origami Mami is a choreography by Emanuelle ‘Cleopatra’ Lê Phan. In this new female trio, she uses origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, as the basis for a transformation of simple lines into complex, geometric shapes. With backgrounds in both modern and urban dance styles, Lê Phan, along with Elon Höglund, comprises conceptual hip hop crew Tentacle Tribe. In their native Canada, they’ve been lauded as one of the leading current dance crews.


THEATRE FOREVER: TENTACLE TRIBE, DALTON JANSEN
Friday 18 August 2017

Location: Melkweg Upstairs, Lijnbaansgracht 234A, Amsterdam
Start: 19.00 (until about 20.00)
Doors open: 18.30
Tickets: 15,- euros | CJP (Dutch culture card): 12,50 euros

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Tentacle Tribe: Origami Mami 
Three women shape and reshape the space around them with intimate, intertwined movements, sometimes resulting in technically impressive bits of footwork. Origami Mami is a choreography by Emanuelle ‘Cleopatra’ Lê Phan. In this new female trio, she uses origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, as the basis for a transformation of simple lines into complex, geometric shapes. With backgrounds in both modern and urban dance styles, Lê Phan, along with Elon Höglund, comprises conceptual hip hop crew Tentacle Tribe. In their native Canada, they’ve been lauded as one of the leading current dance crews.


Dalton Jansen: The Double
When choreographer Dalton Jansen met Gihan Koster two years ago, he was immediately struck by how much Koster resembled Terencio Douw, his former colleague. Triggered by their almost identical looks and their explicit movements, he decided to create a piece for these two dancers, in a new style: Urban Contempary, with breakdance and martial arts as the basis. They won both the jury and audience award at ‘Fanatics’, a talent show in Rotterdam, and were praised by contemporary dance legend Conny Janssens as representing the ‘new language of contemporary dance’. Dalton is ready to bring an entirely authentic concept to the stage with his show The Double.

The Double is a meeting between two similar dancers who challenge each other, while also showing each other their strengths and weaknesses. It taps into a deep layer of physical energy and is about getting to know yourself through the eyes of someone else. Is The Double a real doppelgänger, or just a fantasy?


THEATRE FOREVER: PHILIPE ‘PHYSS’ ALMEIDA, COMPAGNIE UZUMÉ
Saturday 19 August 2017

Location: Melkweg Upstairs, Lijnbaansgracht 234A, Amsterdam
Start: 19.00 (until about 20.00)
Doors open: 18.30
Tickets: 15,- euros | CJP (Dutch culture card): 12,50 euros – SOLD OUT
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Philippe ‘Physs’ Almeida – Weakness (Dutch premiere)
“The weaknesses of the heart make for the most beautiful failures.” These words, by French poet and playwright Paul Géraldy, inspired Philippe ‘Physs’ Almeida to create his intimate solo piece Weakness, which connects dance to various chapters in his life. Weakness is the personal story of a dancer with Cape Verdean roots, looking for a way to express his artistic self. The piece was created with the help of Mourad Merkouzi, Kafig’s artistic director.

Phillipe ‘Physs’ Almeida is, in a sense, the embodiment of what Summer Dance Forever wants to portray during the festival. His status as the king of battle is indisputable, and he will be part of the jury of Hiphop Forever this year. Many people see him as a role model; his artistic skills demonstrate that he has moved beyond the battle. At the festival, he will share his knowledge during various workshops and masterclasses.

Uzumé – Claire Moineau: Descendance (Dutch premiere)
Descendance (French for ‘offspring’) by the Uzumé dance company is an intimate portrait of the physical and psychological metamorphosis of a pregnant woman. This trio was created by Claire Moineau, who won the Prix Beaumarchais, an award for young up-and-coming creators, in 2012. Moineau, a new mother herself, presents an introvert’s perspective with this piece. By focusing on the fear and the excitement that come with pregnancy, she challenges the stereotype of the expectant mother as brave and strong.

Moineau was classically trained, and started focusing on jazz, streetdance and hip hop and popping in the mid-90s. The themes and language of Descendance make it a unique piece that combines various different elements into a whole.


THEATRE FOREVER: LINDA HAYFORD, ROY & SIMON
Sunday 20 August 2017

Location: Melkweg Upstairs, Lijnbaansgracht 234A, Amsterdam
Start: 19.00 (until about 20.00)
Doors open: 18.30
Tickets: 15,- euros | CJP (Dutch culture card): 12,50 euros – SOLD OUT
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Linda Hayford: Shapeshifting (Dutch premiere)
Shapeshifting is Linda Hayford’s first solo show with Inside Out Dance Company. She’s part of a new generation of French creators. In Shapeshifting, Hayford uses popping as the main technique to create a tantalizing show, in a musical scenery composed by Abraham Diallo. Her body, possessed by a spiritual creature, seems to take on supernatural shapes and appearances. In this bold introspective, the audience follows Hayford’s graceful metamorphosis as she dances from the shadows into the light.

Linda Hayford is a renowned dancer, whose unmistakable technical skills form the basis for her organic movements. Popping, hip hop and house dance meet in a single, harmonious, physical expression. Hayford has worked with dance companies Par Terre – Anne Nguyen, Paradox-sal, Engrenage – Marie Houdin and Black Sheep – Johanna Faye / Saïdo Lehlouh. She develops her own solo projects within Inside Out Dance Company.

Simon Bus & Roy Overdijk: Boredom 2.0
In 2014, Andrey ‘Drosha’ Grekhov and Simon ‘Statue’ Bus created the duet Boredom in co-production with Summer Dance Forever. This piece was described as a bold, Beckettian, and slowly timed Waiting for Godot when it was the opening piece in the Municipal Theatre. It was inspired by the drinking habits of white-collar workers from the Soviet Union. With absurd, comical interactions, two bored men convey the need to escape the reality of a long working day. Boredome 2.0 is the sequel, with a third talented young Dutch creator as a new addition to the team. Roy Overdijk of The Ruggeds replaces Drosha as a dancer and choreographer, while Drosha is responsible for the dramaturgy and direction.