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New Adventures 2021-1

Tamir Eting
Charles Pas

Dance sketches by new artists

Fresh ideas and new adventures in two performances by emerging dance artists and choreographers in residence at ICK-Artist Space. On Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October, Charles Pas and Tamir Eting will share the result of their New Adventures residency in the freshly renovated theatre-studio De VLUGT. The evening will be concluded in dialogue with both artists. 

In his new research for The tiniest act, Tamir takes the book The passion according to G.H. by Clarice Lispector as a starting point. The stream of consciousness of an unknown female character is staged in movement and images. Two female performers of different generations interpret one life, one flow.

How do you stage total emptiness and total restlessness? Motel by Charles Pas portrays a person alone in a motel. We know nothing about her, only that she is clearly not at ease. Her restlessness grows and her ability to make herself comfortable in the room steadily diminishes. Charles' work is characterised by simplicity, melancholy and humour.


The tiniest act - Tamir Eting
Tamir is exploring how to stage the story of "The Passion according to G.H." by Clarice Lispector in his own way. He has staged this story before, at the time with two male performers. He sees this trajectory as an opportunity to create a second chapter, this time with two female performers. The actors have a significant age difference, yet represent the same character. In the book from which Tamir takes his inspiration, the main character also has no identity. The reader knows nothing about her, including her age. To avoid projecting characters onto a single body, he chose two performers who stand far apart from each other.                           

He wants to invite the audience to a connection. A connection to the two dancers on the floor, a connection to one's own feelings, even a connection to another state of being. He wants to create an intimate and close experience, in which powerful yet delicate ways of moving in a cryptic environment emerge. He wants to give the audience the space to disappear for a moment and experience an opportunity for self-reflection.

Motel - Charles Pas
Motel paints the picture of a person entering a motel. We have no idea if this is the first time she has been there or if she has been staying here for weeks. We only see that she is not at ease. As her restlessness grows, her ability to make herself comfortable steadily diminishes. Accompanied by a live produced soundscape, we are slowly taken into her physical, increasingly absurd attempts to overcome the emptiness and restlessness.

In Motel, Charles Pas wants to stage a panic attack and portray a person who frantically tries to deal with her restlessness caused by emptiness. He lets the whole room and the person be devoured by this relentless emptiness. He wonders how someone can find freedom in such an in-between space, of which a motel room is the ultimate example, according to him. According to him, this physical in-between space runs parallel to our emotional in-between space. The urge to fill in contextlessness and the inability to define what that entails were the biggest sources of inspiration for Pas in the process of making Motel.

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