Let's talk about dance

Let's talk about dance is a conversation based research on dance, conducted by Bram Vreeswijk. It explores the physical experience of dance in meetings between people. Meetings between the researcher and dancers, choreographers, audiences, therapists, philosophers, prisoners or any other person or group that might be valuable to invite for a conversation. The starting point for the work is the fact that every-body has physical experiences, dancers on stage as well as those that watch and sense dancing. All these different physical experiences are relevant in the process of creating and receiving dance.

Another important principle in this research is that dance - since dance deals with physical experiences - is connected to all other areas of life. In both dancing, as well as watching dance, the whole human being is involved, including one’s history that is stored in one’s body and mind.

Bram Vreeswijk is the initiator of this project. He studied photography at the Royal Art School of The Hague and Cultural Anthropology at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam. In 2001 he finished his studies cum laude with a thesis in which he compared magic-religious practices in so called 'primitive' cultures with advertising in contemporary western culture. After his studies he got interested in dance, and in a broader sense the field of physical experience. As video maker, performer and director he worked on several projects in which video projections were combined with performances (a.o. for the Dutch National Ballet). Besides this he worked for a few years as a coach with addicts. 

'Motivations for Movement' is a series of interviews that Bram Vreeswijk did with Victor Callens and Sawami Fukuoka, former dancers of ICK. It explores their motivations as dancers, and some essential aspects of movement material of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. The conversations with Victor and Sawami brought Bram to write an essay in which he compares the work of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten with the ideas of the psychologist Peter Levine on trauma-healing.

Click here to find video's of the interviews with Victor and Sawami, as well as the essay.