ROLE MODEL

a dance concert (12+)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

-Maya Angelou

In ROLE MODEL a group of six women stand strong together: masculine, feminine, intrepid, insecure, rough, gentle. In revealing their vulnerability they emanate strength and show the value of taking pride in yourself.

Six radically different performers with backgrounds in urban dance styles from hip hop and house dance to waacking and vogueing meet in the abstract artistic world of Nicole Beutler and co-creator Magne van den Berg: virtuoso dance in a sea of subtle meaning.

ROLE MODEL is a performance that celebrates individuality and diversity. In song, dance, spoken word, and a few well-aimed karate kicks, the women present a potent image of empowerment. Driven by the atmospheric and compelling soundtrack by Beutler’s regular composer Gary Shepherd / DJ Streamer, this energetic dance concert provides food for thought for young and old. />
A performance suitable for 12 years and (much) older

ABOUT THE MAKERS
ROLE MODEL brings together the urban dance world of DOX with the abstract and richly layered theatre of Nicole Beutler and Magne van den Berg. The work of choreographer Nicole Beutler lies at the intersection of fine art, theatre and dance, and always poses profound questions about the world around us. She investigates human issues with a drive to explore fresh influences. DOX is a Utrecht-based production house for urban arts which creates performances and events with a new generation of makers and young performers in the Netherlands and beyond. Beutler regularly works with Magne van den Berg. Their collaborations include LIEFDESVERKLARING (voor altijd), LIEFDESVERKLARING (2014), Piece (2011) and 1: SONGS (2010). Van den Berg is renowned as a writer for theatre and a director of her own work. It is a partnership guaranteed to produce thought-provoking, high-energy performances laced with humour.


BACKGROUND STORIES

ROLE MODEL Soundtrack by Gary Shepherd on Soundcloud. Go to Soundcloud.

"Everyone is a role model in their own deepest thoughts, that is the message in ROLE MODEL. It's all about personal growth, not about worshiping. Growth, and the guts to speak out." Newspaper NRC interviewed Nicole Beutler and Magne van den Berg during the creation of ROLE MODEL. Read more (in Dutch).

Nicole Beutler: "Now that the patriarchy, with Trump on the frontline, is showing itself from its worst side, it's high time for a counter-movement. I'm not fighting against the man, I'm fighting FOR female power, which is about connection and softness. Together with typical masculine characteristics, such as focus and strength, these female traits can be of great added value. Every person has a bit of both. Once you realize this, there's an abundance of possibilities. That's what ROLE MODEL is about." The Volkskrant newspaper interviewed three female choreographers who make performances starring only women. Coincidence or zeitgeist? Read more (in Dutch).

Direction
Nicole Beutler and Magne van den Berg
Choreography in collaboration with the dancers
Anne Fay Kops, Debbie Ruijter, Deschny Rogers, Djinti Sullivan / Nicole Geertruida, Lucinda Wessels, Tamara Robledo Oud
Texts in collaboration with the dancers / Text coach:
Magne van den Berg
Music
Gary Shepherd (DJ Streamer)
Costumes
Jessica Helbach
Scenography and light design
Sascha van Riel
Répétiteur
Anne Suurendonk
Technicians:
Peter Goudswaard, Jeroen Smith, Arne Haijtink
Production:
DOX en Nicole Beutler Projects
With thanks to:
Hildegard Draaijer, Victor Mentink, Djahan Mazhari (kalarippayat training), Amber Vineyard (vogueing masterclass)
Photography campaign:
Kamerich & Budlowitz-EYES2
Graphic design campaign:
No Stresz
Scene photography:
Anja Beutler
Photography publicity photo:
Tatchatrin Choeychom
Teasers:
Lost Project
Trailer:
Bas de Brouwer
Made possible by
Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, Gemeente Utrecht
Acquisition & tour planning: Theaterzaken Via Rudolphi

premiere 22 February 2018
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2018
Feb21
ROLE MODEL
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
Try-out
Feb22
ROLE MODEL
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
Premiere
Mar08
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Lieve vrouw Lieve vrouw, Amersfoort (NL)
Mar12
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De Krakeling De Krakeling, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar13
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De Krakeling De Krakeling, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar14
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De Krakeling De Krakeling, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar15
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De Krakeling De Krakeling, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar16
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De Krakeling De Krakeling, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar20
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Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film, Almere (NL)
Mar21
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Posthuis Theater Posthuis Theater, Heerenveen (NL)
Apr05
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Theater aan het Spui Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag (NL)
Apr06
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Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Apr07
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Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Apr11
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Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)
Apr12
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Het Park Het Park, Hoorn (NL)
Apr15
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Festival Tweetakt Festival Tweetakt, Utrecht (NL)
Apr16
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Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Apr17
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Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Apr19
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Toneelschuur Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
Jun15
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Vondelpark Openluchttheater Vondelpark Openluchttheater, Amsterdam (NL)
Jun29–Jul03
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De Parade De Parade, Rotterdam (NL)
Jul07
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Julidans, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam Julidans, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug03–07
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De Parade De Parade, Utrecht (NL)
Aug29–Sep02
ROLE MODEL
De Parade De Parade, Amsterdam (NL)
Sep06
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Nederlands Theater Festival Nederlands Theater Festival, Amsterdam (NL) Theater De Krakeling
2019
Jun06–08
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Tanzhaus nrw Dusseldorf Tanzhaus nrw Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf (DE)
Jun28
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Schäxpir Festival Schäxpir Festival, Linz (AT)
Sep11
ROLE MODEL
Schouwburg Hengelo Schouwburg Hengelo, Hengelo (NL)
Sep14
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Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film, Almere (NL)
Sep19
ROLE MODEL
Zwolse Theaters Zwolse Theaters, Zwolle (NL)
Sep25
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Theater Zuidplein Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam (NL)
Sep26
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De Groene Engel De Groene Engel, Oss (NL)
Oct02
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Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct03
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Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct10
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Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden (NL)
Oct12
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Kunstmin Kunstmin, Dordrecht (NL)
Oct16
ROLE MODEL
De Lawei De Lawei, Drachten (NL)
Oct17
ROLE MODEL
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
Oct18
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Kunstlinie Kunstlinie, Almere (NL)
Oct24
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Podium Hoge Woerd Podium Hoge Woerd, De Meern (NL)
Nov07
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Theater Ins Blau Theater Ins Blau, Leiden (NL)
Nov08
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Het Klooster Het Klooster, Woerden (NL)
Nov13
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Schouwburg Ogterop Schouwburg Ogterop , Meppel (NL)
Nov15
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Lux Lux, Nijmegen (NL)
Nov26
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Parktheater Eindhoven Parktheater Eindhoven, Eindhoven (NL)
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Nov29
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ECI Cultuurfabriek ECI Cultuurfabriek, Roermond
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reviews

An urban dance explosion of variety. ★★★★ Trouw

Role Model is liberating and moving. Musicalnieuws

An agreeable image of empowerment. ★★★ Theaterkrant

You are captivated straight away by the cool urban dance moves they show, and stay that way to the end. ★★★★ Scènes

Hugely entertaining performance. ★★★★ 8Weekly

Directors Nicole Beutler and Magne van den Berg work their way, along many side roads, towards a sparkling finale in which the six young women demonstrate that they can be whoever or whatever they may wish to be. Parool

In een heerlijke energieke show zien we hoe [vijf vrouwen] starten als grijze muisjes, maar het gevecht aangaan en uitgroeien tot sterke, kleurrijke individuen. De Telegraaf

Zes danseressen in mooie, zilvergrijs gekleurde kleding komen samen in verscheidene fraaie formaties, afwisselend vrolijk, soms wat grimmig, dan weer geestig. ★★★ De Volkskrant

De zes vrouwen ogen krachtig en stoer, zowel tijdens hun flitsende urban dance moves als in de momenten dat ze over zichzelf vertellen. Ze zijn niet doorsnee, zeggen ze, maar des te strijdbaarder. Hun kwetsbare én zelfbewuste houding maakt van Role model een inspirerende mix van dans, theater en rap. ★★★★ NRC

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