4: STILL LIFE

Dance duet inspired by Bauhaus geometry

A white stage and two dancers. Choreographer Nicole Beutler goes back to basics in 4: STILL LIFE. She immersed herself in the history of dance and distilled from it the essential ingredients of the dance duet between man and woman. The partner dance was scrutinized from the baroque court dance via Lindy Hop to the postmodern dance. We see mating rituals, leaders and followers, merger and fight, distance and intimacy.

The principles of Bauhaus, the visual art movement from the beginning of the 20th century, offer a significant starting point. The geometry of square, circle and triangle is the guiding principle for this musical and visual composition. Movements, sound and lighting are completely interdependent. With great accuracy, as we have come to expect of Beutler's precise choreographies, she guides us into a poetic world where an intriguing dialogue between the dancers and the space conjures up new meanings all the time.

The piece is a composition of five moving still lifes, a dance of the space, an extraordinary court dance, a mating dance, a ritual and a 'Lichtspiel'. Every part has its own unique atmosphere and energy, supported by the music of Beutler's steady composer Gary Shepherd.

4: STILL LIFE premièred in 2013 and was awarded four stars by De Volkskrant, Theaterkrant and NRC Handelsblad. In the year we celebrate one hundred years of Bauhaus, the performance returns to the theatres. “4: STILL LIFE is all contradiction," De Volkskrant wrote. "Of periods and styles, of expectations and reality. It is functional and aesthetic, sec and sensitive, familiar and strange, dull and fascinating. In other words: extraordinary."

credits

Concept en choreography
Nicole Beutler
Artistic collaboration
Piet Arfeuille
Performers
Marjolein Vogels, Benjamin Kahn
Understudy 2019
Rob Polmann
Music composition
Gary Shepherd
Lighting design
Minna Tiikkainen
Scene design
Minna Tiikkainen, Nicole Beutler
Costumes
Jessica Helbach
Dramaturgy
Felix Ritter
Technique
Martin Kaffarnik, Rick Teunis (B - 2013)
Understudy (2013)
Maurizio Giunti, Marlinde Vos
Choreographic assistance
Hillary Blake Firestone, Inge van Huijkelom
With thanks to
Hester van Hasselt, Djahan Manuela Perez, Hans Vos, Dorothee Wortelboer, Martin Butler
Supported by
fabrik Potsdam (DE), Dampfzentrale Bern (CH), Frascati Amsterdam (NL)
Production
Nicole Beutler Projects, Theater Malpertuis (BE)
Acquisition & tour planning: Theaterzaken Via Rudolphi
Nicole Beutler Projects receives structural funding from Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst and Fonds Podiumkunsten.

premiere 18 October 2013
premiere 02 April 2019
▲ previous dates
▼ previous dates
2013
Oct18
4: STILL LIFE
Theater Malpertuis Theater Malpertuis, Tielt (BE)
Premiere (B)
Oct19
4: STILL LIFE
Theater Malpertuis Theater Malpertuis, Tielt (BE)
Oct29
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Premiere (NL)
Oct30
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct31
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Nov01
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Nov02
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Nov14
4: STILL LIFE
Theater Zuidpool Theater Zuidpool, Antwerpen (BE)
Nov15
4: STILL LIFE
Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)
Nov16
4: STILL LIFE
Theater aan het Vrijthof Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht (NL)
Nov21
4: STILL LIFE
De Werf De Werf, Brugge (BE)
Nov22
4: STILL LIFE
CC Hasselt CC Hasselt, Hasselt (BE)
Nov24
4: STILL LIFE
Next Festival Next Festival, Kortijk (BE)
Nov30
4: STILL LIFE
Theater Malpertuis Theater Malpertuis, Tielt (BE)
Dec03
4: STILL LIFE
Theater ins Blau Theater ins Blau, Leiden (NL)
Dec06
4: STILL LIFE
Schouwburg Arnhem Schouwburg Arnhem, Arnhem (NL)
Dec12
4: STILL LIFE
De NWE Vorst De NWE Vorst, Tilburg (NL)
Dec17
4: STILL LIFE
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Dec18
4: STILL LIFE
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Dec20
4: STILL LIFE
Korzo Korzo, Den Haag (NL)
2014
Jan09
4: STILL LIFE
Made in Potsdam Festival Made in Potsdam Festival, Potsdam (DE)
Jan10
4: STILL LIFE
Made in Potsdam Festival Made in Potsdam Festival, Potsdam (DE)
Jan17
4: STILL LIFE
De Lieve Vrouw De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort (NL)
Jan24
4: STILL LIFE
Stedelijk Museum Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
Jan31
4: STILL LIFE
Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film, Almere (NL)
May15
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
May17
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug21
4: STILL LIFE
Opera Estate Opera Estate, Bassano di Grappa (IT)
Aug28
4: STILL LIFE
Internationale Tanzmesse Internationale Tanzmesse, Dusseldorf (DE)
Aug31
4: STILL LIFE
Uitmarkt Uitmarkt, Amsterdam (NL)
Nov01
4: STILL LIFE
Museumnacht Museumnacht, Amsterdam (NL) Oude Kerk
Dec11
4: STILL LIFE
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
NBcollection
2015
Feb11
4: STILL LIFE
Attakkalari India Biennial Attakkalari India Biennial, Bangalore (INDIA)
Apr10
4: STILL LIFE
Kunstmin Kunstmin, Dordrecht (NL)
Apr14
4: STILL LIFE
BORA BORA BORA BORA, Aarhus (DK)
Apr15
4: STILL LIFE
BORA BORA BORA BORA, Aarhus (DK)
Apr24
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
NBcollection
Jun19
4: STILL LIFE
Vondelpark Openluchttheater Vondelpark Openluchttheater, Amsterdam (NL)
2018
Oct12
4: STILL LIFE
Theater aan het Vrijthof Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
2019
Feb28
4: STILL LIFE
Dampfzentrale Dampfzentrale , Bern (CH)
Apr02
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Premiere
Apr03
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Apr04
4: STILL LIFE
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Apr06
4: STILL LIFE
Theater Malpertuis Theater Malpertuis, Tielt (BE)
Apr11
4: STILL LIFE
Podium Hoge Woerd Podium Hoge Woerd, De Meern (NL)
Apr12
4: STILL LIFE
Theater Ins Blau Theater Ins Blau, Leiden (NL)
Apr16
4: STILL LIFE
Toneelschuur Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
Apr18
4: STILL LIFE
Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden (NL)
Apr23
4: STILL LIFE
Theater Rotterdam Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
Apr24
4: STILL LIFE
Parktheater Eindhoven Parktheater Eindhoven, Eindhoven (NL)
Apr26
4: STILL LIFE
Parkstad Limburg Theaters Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen (NL)
Apr30
4: STILL LIFE
Het Nationale Theater Het Nationale Theater, Den Haag (NL)
Jul05
4: STILL LIFE
Vondelpark Openluchttheater Vondelpark Openluchttheater, Amsterdam (NL)

reviews

Een duet voor twee lichamen als bouwpakketten waarmee verrassende secuur gebalanceerde vormen worden geboetseerd. **** (NRC, Francine van der Wiel, 5 / 11/ 2013)

Van tango, ballroomdancing tot breakdance: de staalkaart brengt ze in een strak getimede, vormelijke stijl, terwijl ze de dansers tussendoor met het decor laat schuiven (zes witte panelen) en Beutler als een volleerd Bauhausarchitecte ‘een nieuwe ruimte creëert’. Voorzichtig met humor en sentiment benadrukt ze in de duetten in de eerste plaats het ritmische aspect. Het maakt 4: Still life tot een esthetisch prachtige, ritmisch en vormelijk interessante choreografie. (Sarah Vankersschaever, de Standaard, 22 okt 2013)

Hoogtepunt = Het moment waarop de dansers stoppen met elkaar te negeren, hun hoepels weggooien en zich eindelijk overgeven aan elkaar en een even ingenieus gecomponeerd als betoverend mooi liefdesduet aanvatten. Dan toont Beutler weer dat ze de ongekroonde koningin van de minimalistische dans is die met een minimum aan bewegingen een maximum aan emotie en betekenis weet te genereren.** (Els van Steenberghe, Knack Focus, 18 /10/2013)

A fantastic beautifull dance performance. A game of objects, bodies, space and light. A man and a woman who challenge each other, provoke each other and merge. A very diverse performance that is truly a feast for the eyes.
(Jur Jansen, Sapsite, 23/12/2013)

The device of a man and a woman performing a duet onstage is a classic one. In 4: Still Life (the fourth in what can be regarded as a series of works), choreographer Nicole Beutler transports us...

There is a perfect fusion between form and narration, with an ambient musical background that, in some moments, turns into an insistent ticking clock, recalling the inevitable passage of time. As in real life, even on stage the bodies are sometimes absolutely distant, other times so close as to become a single entity, the completion of each other. There is a certain sensuality in seeing a body that follows the movements of the other with grace but also with decision.(Arts Talk Magazine)

4: STILL LIFE is suffused with contradictions – between periods and styles, and between expectations and reality. It is functional and aesthetic, reserved and emotional, familiar and strange, dull and captivating. In a word: remarkable. ****
(Mirjam van der Linden, Volkskrant, 31/10/2013)

Solid form and movement, spaciousness and intimacy, visual arts and dance, past and present; 4: STILL LIFE is an intriguing dialogue between extremes. Beutler mixes and knead the ingredients into a delicious, super aesthetic, formal whole, in which we may look for sweat and emotion.****
(Moos van den Broek, Theaterkrant, 30/10/2013)