6: The Square


6: THE SQUARE zooms in on mankind’s need to create order in a continually changing world: marking out, creating frameworks, drawing boundaries, pigeon-holing; square. What role does this man-made shape play in our society? In a festive ritual, eight dancers and one actress lead you through an impalpable landscape of possibilities.

In this second part of Nicole’s BAUHAUS trilogy about the basic principles of the circle, square and triangle, Nicole expresses the constant tension between abstract and organic. The square brings calm and regularity. It frames things, yet also shuts them out. It is restrictive, yet safe. Along with DJ/composer Gary Shepherd, lighting designer Minna Tikkainnen and costume designer Jessica Helbach, Nicole drives the ‘square’ to its limits and makes tangible our deeply rooted desire for nuance, poetry and vitality.

Inspired by the mathematical efficiency of urban city life, the magical abstract art of Piet Mondriaan and the hierarchical patterns of the American Square Dance, 6: THE SQUARE is a plea for freedom, in which dance, fashion, visual art and contemporary electronic music come together.

Choreography & Direction: Nicole Beutler
Music composition: Gary Shepherd
Costumes: Jessica Helbach
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Assistent lighting design: Marijn Alexander de Jong
Scenography: Tim Vermeuelen & Nico de Rooij
Co-creation & Performance: Deborah Abrahams, Madelyn Bullard, Christian Guerematchi, Hillary Blake Firestone, Pedro Inês, Benjamin Kahn, Cherish Menzo, Patrick Schmatzer, Marjolein Vogels
Choreographic assistance, training: João Dinis Pinho
Text: based on manifesto's by Tarkovsky, a young man, Marine Le Pen, Victor Orban, AfD, Donald Trump, a woman, Otto Piene
Dramaturgy: Felix Ritter, Justa ter Haar
Assistant dramaturgy: Fabienne Vegt
Dramaturgic advice: Magne van den Berg, Sanne van Rijn
Repetitor: Eva Villanueva, Joao Dinis Pinho
Sound technique: Valentijn Berkhout
Light technique: Tim Vermeulen & Nico de Rooij
Many thanks to: Eleana Alexandrou, Erik Pluylaar, Jeroen Kimman, Michael Blass, Sophie Luca
Poster & flyer: Suze May Sho
Graphic design booklet, poster, flyer: Connie Nijman
PR-Photography: Kamerich & Budwilowitz-Eyes2
Scene Photography: Anja Beutler
Registration and trailer: Videomachas: Susanna Brenner, Helle Lyshøj

Supported by: Ammodo, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Amsterdam, VSBFonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

6: THE SQUARE is a production by NBprojects and SPRING Performing Arts Festival.

6: THE SQUARE is the opening performance of SPRING 2016 as part of the collaboration of NBprojects and SPRING for the project SIZE MATTERS.

▲ previous dates
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SPRING Performing Arts Festival SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Utrecht (NL)
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SPRING Performing Arts Festival SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Utrecht (NL) Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
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Tanz im August Tanz im August, Berlijn (DE)
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Tanz im August Tanz im August, Berlijn (DE)
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Uitmarkt: Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam Uitmarkt: Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam,
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ROCKY - Paradiso Noord ROCKY - Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam (NL)
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Vondelpark Openluchttheater Vondelpark Openluchttheater, Amsterdam (NL)
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Dampfzentrale Dampfzentrale , Bern (CH)
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Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)
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Toneelschuur Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
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Theater aan het Spui Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag (NL)
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Nederlandse Dansdagen Nederlandse Dansdagen, Maastricht (NL) Nederlandse Dansdagen
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Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)
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Zwolse Theaters Zwolse Theaters, Zwolle (NL)
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Rabotheater Hengelo Rabotheater Hengelo, Hengelo (NL)
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Junushoff Junushoff, Wageningen (NL)
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Schouwburg Amstelveen Schouwburg Amstelveen, Amstelveen (NL)
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Verkadefabriek Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch (NL)
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Theaters Tilburg Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg (NL)
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Parktheater Eindhoven Parktheater Eindhoven, Eindhoven (NL)
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NBcollection (Internationaal Theater Amsterdam) NBcollection (Internationaal Theater Amsterdam), Amsterdam (NL)


Guided by hard pounding electronical music, the beautiful young dancers pull the audience in their strictly rhythmic world. I want more!
(De PIT, 24/05/2016)

In a time in which delimiting borders appears to be important to a lot of people, Beutler’s work is very relevant.
(Parool, 24/09/2016)

"On a rigid square, the eight dancers dance zig zag mill figures, in which they rapidly change positions and partners, encouraged by a nice beat."
(Volkskrant, 21/05/2016)

"The MC, wearing a traditional outfit including cowboy hat, encourages the audience and guides the dancers from abstract and anonymous rhythmic dance towards a teeming orgasmic climax." (Metropolis M, 12/09/2016)

"It is an intelligent mix of events, there is always a movement to follow."<br/> (Theaterkrant ***, 21/10/2016)

"Beutler exposes the tendency to stereotype without passing judgment."
(Dans Magazine, 21/05/2016)

"Do you recognize the person next to you? Do you want to take care of someone or something? Yes. Hence we are rich, happy to be free – let us believe in the future and our community."
(Inferno Magazine, 22/05/2016)

During the dance performance 6: THE SQUARE by Nicole Beutler, we witness the gradual breakdown of order and demarcations in daily and urban life into an organic amalgam of people, culture, freedom and diversity.
(Liefde voor Theater, 20/05/2016)

"Oh my, Oh my! 6: THE SQUARE is G.E.N.I.O.U.S in every way!" (audience reaction)

The tension between the universal, abstract geometric qualities of the dancing and the underlying problematic emptiness of the monologue seems to be at the heart of 6: The Square.
(Ramsay Burt, 20/05/2016)