Dream Amsterdam Foundation presents T.R.A.S.H. at Den Frie during Copenhagen Art Week

Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 16:00–18:00
Friday, September 2, 2016 at 16:00–20:00
Dream Amsterdam Foundation (the Netherlands) proudly announces the commission of dance / performance group T.R.A.S.H. (the Netherlands) at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art for the first edition of dream copenhagen: a series of unfolding events, interventions, and site-specific art exhibitions on multiple locations, pinpointing the city of Copenhagen.
“T.R.A.S.H. investigates the body as a portal to our self and as an intermediary to the outside world. We explore the many roles people play and the physical extensions they use. We look at how the outside world affects our inner being and in what way our body reaches the outside world.” Kristel van Issum, artistic leader / choreographer T.R.A.S.H.
Urban asphalt Jungle
When J.F. Willumsen, one of the founders and the architect of Den Frie, designed the iconic building in 1898, he envisioned a green space around it. Instead, the Østerbro area around Den Frie grew into an urban asphalt jungle, where people race against each other to be the fastest in an invisible race. In this dynamic transition area, Den Frie is juxtaposed as an oasis of peace and beauty. Now in 2016, Den Frie will have its long-awaited garden and the architects dream can finally come true. At this site, T.R.A.S.H. creates disruption and interaction through a new site-specific work titled ‘Mein Liebling’. The performance is derived from the dilemma in everyone’s life: the choice between here and there, between us and the other, between holding on and letting go.
Rethinking identity
The framework for dream copenhagen forces T.R.A.S.H. to rethink identity, an aspect that can be found in all their work. The notion here is that identity does not exist. Identity is a fiction, an illusion. Society forces us into certain roles, so we can adopt an identity we prefer. Thus, for T.R.A.S.H. there is no such thing as 'the Dane', except in shared features like nationality or in characteristics that result from the applied national patterns in organisation and communication. Here T.R.A.S.H. investigates 'the (wo)man and the façade', as well as 'transformation and metamorphoses', examining gender-specific roles. Clichés and the enlarging of daily actions are thereby widely used.
The body versus the outside world
What triggers T.R.A.S.H. about the context and situation of dream copenhagen is the urge for the human element in an increasing artificial, planned (urban) environment. Kristel van Issum creates different individual and collective stories and choreographies with four female performers. With several short presentations and performances at various locations around Den Frie, the work unfolds itself. The dancers work within surrealistic décors by set designer Paul van Weert, with elements such as hurdles, a stationary fitness bike, and a treadmill. The different characters of the performers and their direct surroundings form the inspiration for the work and lead to an unforgettable experience. The line between public and private is vague. The spectator, the audience, as well as the unsuspecting passer-by, is invited, as a voyeur, to follow every step of the way.
“With dream copenhagen I want to wake people up from their daily patterns, make them more aware of themselves and the sphere around them. At the same time, I want to bring T.R.A.S.H. and the performers out of their “safe” studios and theatres into the public arena, where things are both predetermined and unpredictable. The commission for a new site-specific performance within the frame of dream copenhagen at Den Frie during Copenhagen Art Week marks a next step in their artistic career, which will lead to new audiences and create new in-depth layers in their work.” – Jamain Brigitha, founding director of Dream Amsterdam Foundation and curator of dream copenhagen

Artist Talk and Panel Discussion
On Friday, September 2 at 17.00–18:00 pm with Kristine Samson (Associate Professor Visual Culture and Performance Design, University of Roskilde), and Niels Roe (journalist/writer) about how public space and urban planning affects and influences us.
DREAM COPENHAGEN | T.R.A.S.H. at Den Frie is made possible by:
The Danish Arts Foundation, Dans Brabant, and Performing Arts Fund NL.
With special thanks to Copenhagen Art Week, Attack & Release, and Ivana Helsinki.
Cast & Crew ‘Mein Liebling’ dream copenhagen
Concept and choreography: Kristel van Issum
Created with and performed by: Tegest Pecht-Guido, Lucie Petrusová, Helena Araújo, Eleni Ploumi
Music composition: Roel van Camp, Hannes d’Hoine, Han Stubbe
Music: DAAU (Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung), Han Stubbe (clarinet), Roel van Camp (accordeon), Hannes d’Hoine (double bass)
Set design: Paul van Weert
Dramaturgy: René Jagers
For further information and images, please contact Kit Leunbach
E: kl@denfrie.dk
T: +45 23 32 68 70

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