3: The Garden

A performance by Nicole Beutler / 2011

Symmetry is one of the most fundamental concepts in geometry…. It is so prevalent in nature, from the human body to crystals, atoms, particle physics, or cosmology, that it is difficult to imagine it not being central to our understanding of the world. (Jean-Pierre Luminet: Science, Art and Geometrical Imagination)

The Performance

The dream of getting back to nature is an ageless one. Nature represents all that is pure, real and unbridled, in contrast to everything that has been touched by humankind – culture – which is civilized, orderly and contrived. Choreographer Nicole Beutler’s takes these platitudes to task in 3: The Garden. Because although nature is indeed wild and unspoiled, symmetry is fundamental to it; not a single atom or crytal escapes it. The acrobatic dancers in Beutler’s Garden of Eden create perfectly reflected symmetrical forms, like the beads in some hallucinogenic kaleidoscope. But, very gradually, driven on by music from DJ/composer Gary Shepherd and the anti-pop band Einstürzende Neubauten this restrained aesthetic goes off the rails and humans themselves become the instigators of a raging chaos.

Beutler drew inspiration from both the contemporary zeitgeist and far older sources for whom nature had a special status: the pre-socratic natural philosophers, the Romantics and Monte Verità, the early twentieth century artistic community in Switzerland. She also gives the theory of evolution the chance to play around with the biblical creation story and lets the influence of Jeroen Bosch’s exuberant painting The Garden of Earthly Delights shine through.

With her strongly composed images, Beutler creates theatre in which dance, text, music and visual arts melt together as one.

credits

Concept, Choreography, Direction Nicole Beutler
Music Gary Shepherd
Lighting design Minna Tiikkainen
Created and performed by Hillary Blake Firestone, Marjolein Vogels, Giulio d’Anna, Niels Kuiters, Hendrik Willekens, Javier Vaquero Ollero
Cast sincs 2015 Hillary Blake Firestone, Marjolein Vogels, Giulio d’Anna, Niels Kuiters, Christian Guerematchi(sinds 2015), Felix Schellekens
Dramaturgie Felix Ritter
Dramaturgy Felix Ritter
Repetitor Keren Levi
Costume, Stage design Suze May Sho: Jessica Helbach, Rosell Heijmen, Connie Nijman
Technique (light) Martin Kaffarnik
Technique (sound) Valentijn Berkhout
Coproduction NBprojects, Beursschouwburg Brussels, Grand Theatre Groningen
Supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten, Community of Amsterdam, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
PR-Photography Anja Beutler
Graphic Design Connie Nijman
Many thanks to Paul Schimmel (technique), Hester van Hasselt (Coordination Context Programma), Anouke de Groot (assistence), Signe Tollefsen (voice-training), Robert Steijn (power animals), Bojana Mladenovic, Michael Jahoda

premiere 17 March 2011
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2011
Mar15
3: The Garden
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar16
3: The Garden
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar17
3: The Garden
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar18
3: The Garden
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar19
3: The Garden
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar26
3: The Garden
De Beursschouwburg De Beursschouwburg, Brussel (BE)
Oct13
3: The Garden
De NWE Vorst De NWE Vorst, Tilburg (NL)
Oct14
3: The Garden
De Gouvernestraat De Gouvernestraat, Rotterdam (NL)
Oct15
3: The Garden
Chasse Theater Chasse Theater, Breda (NL)
Nov01
3: The Garden
Goudse Schouwburg Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda (NL)
2012
Jan21
3: The Garden
De Lawei De Lawei, Drachten (NL)
Jan27
3: The Garden
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Jan28
3: The Garden
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Feb17
3: The Garden
Theater Malpertuis Theater Malpertuis, Tielt (BE)
Feb24
3: The Garden
Plaza Futura Plaza Futura, Eindhoven (NL)
Mar09
3: The Garden
Korzo Korzo, Den Haag (NL)
May27
3: The Garden
Potsdamer Tanztage 2012 Potsdamer Tanztage 2012, Potsdam (DE)
May28
3: The Garden
Potsdamer Tanztage 2012 Potsdamer Tanztage 2012, Potsdam (DE)
Jul23
3: The Garden
De Parade De Parade, Utrecht (NL)
Jul24
3: The Garden
De Parade De Parade, Utrecht (NL)
Jul25
3: The Garden
De Parade De Parade, Utrecht (NL)
Jul26
3: The Garden
De Parade De Parade, Utrecht (NL)
Jul27
3: The Garden
De Parade De Parade, Utrecht (NL)
Aug20
3: The Garden
De Parade De Parade, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug21
3: The Garden
De Parade De Parade, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug22
3: The Garden
De Parade De Parade, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug23
3: The Garden
De Parade De Parade, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug24
3: The Garden
De Parade De Parade, Amsterdam (NL)
2013
May15
3: The Garden
De Warande De Warande, Turnhout (BE)
2014
Jun06
3: The Garden
Vondelpark Openluchttheater Vondelpark Openluchttheater, Amsterdam (NL)
Dec11
3: The Garden
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
NBcollection
2015
Apr24
3: The Garden
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
NBcollection
Aug29
3: The Garden
Uitmarkt Uitmarkt, Amsterdam (NL) Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
Oct02
3: The Garden
Moving Meetings Moving Meetings , Maastricht (NL)
excerpt
Oct04
3: The Garden
Theater aan het Vrijthof Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
Dutch Dance Days
2016
Feb08
3: The Garden
Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)
Feb12
3: The Garden
Rabotheater Hengelo Rabotheater Hengelo, Hengelo (NL)
Feb23
3: The Garden
Toneelschuur Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
Mar02
3: The Garden
Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)
Mar14
3: The Garden
Theater aan het Vrijthof Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht (NL)
Mar15
3: The Garden
Parktheater Eindhoven Parktheater Eindhoven, Eindhoven (NL)
Mar17
3: The Garden
Korzo Korzo, Den Haag (NL)
Sep03
3: The Garden
Tanzmesse Tanzmesse, Düsseldorf (DE)
Nov06
3: The Garden
Romaeuropa Romaeuropa, Rome (IT)

reviews

The beauty is that in Beutler’s garden innocence and sin, with flowers formed by bodies and artificial grass and plants, ongoing composed dance formations and passionate animal like sequences, fluently merge together.
(Jacq. Algra, Het Parool, 07/2/2016)

Ever so gradually Beutler inverts the supposed logical order. Only now does chaos emerge. Are we witnessing the effect of a return to nature or its opposite, the effect of civilisation? Thoroughly jumbled up, ‘nature’ and ‘culture’ now resemble one another bewilderingly closely **** (Mirjam van der Linden, Volkskrant, 19/3/2011)