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I/II/III/IIII

Kris Verdonck

★★★★ NRC
"Manipulations and aesthetic delight with Kris Verdonck"

In I/II/III/IIII, choreographer and visual artist Kris Verdonck transforms the stage into a life-size dollhouse. Four female ICK-dancers - not unlike marionettes - are floating in mid-air, suspended from a huge machine. A solo, a duet, a trio and a quartet follow one another in this choreography of identical movements. A game of surrendering to the machine and at the same time, searching for control. The images evoked by I/II/III/IIII are confusing and ambiguous: the dancers almost look like graceful, fragile swans ... but they also remind us of animal carcasses being dragged along, floating angels, falling human bodies and everything in between.