A choreography for light

Three video, audio and lighting artist, Susanna Brenner, Helle Lyshøj and Minna Tiikkainen, together create a ‘choreography for light’. It is a performance without performers, an installation without dancers. In AFTERIMAGE, light video and sound are the key players, and together they create movement. AFTERIMAGE can be visited for free from 2 until July 10 in the Salon (entire day) and the Koninklijke Foyer (only around performances) of the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam.

AFTERIMAGE is a installation-performance that asks what today’s choreography could be by creating movement in space with the means of light and sound. The absence of a physical body makes this work unique; it becomes a Choreography for Light. AFTERIMAGE forms a space where you are surrounded by movement of light and sounds. Abstract forms like circles and lines help to concentrate on spatiality whilst denying narrative significations of images and their meaning. Space is moved in different ways – horizontal, vertical, zooming in and out. Video projections and lights are brought into a dialogue while the soundscape becomes the third agent connecting light and darkness proposing a multitude of possible readings.

AFTERIMAGE is an ongoing collaboration between the three visual artists who share a history in performing arts. Minna Tiikkainen made many light designs for Nicole Beutler. She created the light design for 1: SONGS, 3: THE GARDEN, 4: STILL LIFE and 5: ECHO. She will also be collaboration on the upcoming production 8: METAMORPHOSES (working title). Susanna Brenner and Helle Lyshøj created video works for Nicole Beutler productions 1: SONGS and 5: ECHO under the name Videomachas.

A Nicole Beutler Projects co-production, co-sponsored by the Grand Theatre Groningen, PACT Zollverein Essen, BUDA Kortrijk and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).

Susanna Brenner (DE, NL). After her studies in jewelery design in Germany, she obtained BA and MA degrees in Fine Art in Great Britain as well as in The Netherlands. Her artistic work is multidisciplinary with a focus on video and has been presented in galleries and theaters internationally. For AFTERIMAGE Susanna has also created the soundscape.

Helle Lyshøj (DK, NL) has a BA from Design School Kolding Denmark, and BA in Fine Arts from Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. She creates video design and video scenography for dance, theater, opera, and performance art both in the Netherlands and internationally. Together with Susanna Brenner she founded the collective VideoMachas (

Minna Tiikkainen (FIN, NL) is a lighting designer working internationally within the field of performing arts and contemporary dance. she has BA in Fine Arts, and MA in Lighting Design from the Theater Academy of Finland. Recent years her work has been seen in various international festivals and theaters.

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