by Vera Tussing and Esse Vanderbruggen
In residency from 3 until 7 April 2019
(c) Alessandra Rocchetti
In Both, Two Tussing & Vanderbruggen examine the duet, the smallest unit of togetherness. The dance duet is a genre with a history. In their most familiar forms, duets reflect the range of possibilities for relating, which resonate within a certain cultural imaginary. In particular, they reveal common-sense attitudes towards who gets to move, how, and under what conditions.
When two people dance together, a whole constellation of invitations, permissions and prohibitions is put on display. Both, Two invites the spectator to jump into this complex more-than-human ecology with her whole body: the work asks us not just to see but to sense. Can we hear a duet? What does it feel like? Costumes with palpable textures, swirling currents of air and sound, and a tactile program note complement the movements of tangibly enfleshed bodies; a journey for the proximal senses that intersects with the visual and the aural in unusual ways. In a duet which both references and exceeds the tropes of the genre, Both, Two asks what it could mean, today, to be two together.
During their residency in wpZimmer, Vera and Esse rehearse Both Two for their upcoming tournée.
Vera Tussing graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School, and has worked as a dancer, director and creator throughout Belgium, the UK, Canada and across Europe over the last 10 years. In 2011 she premiered Trilogy with Albert Quesada before going on to make the stage pieces You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet (2012) and T-Dance (2014), and the movement-sound installation Sound Bed. The performance, The Palm of Your Hand premiered in 2015 and Mazing in November 2016. In 2017 a recreation of The Palm of Your Hand, making the work accessible to blind and partially sighted audience members, premiered at CND in Paris. This piece is part of The Humane Body Project with ImPulsTanz (Vienna), Kaaitheater (Brussels) and The Place (London) as its partners. Both, Two, a duet in collaboration with Esse Vanderbruggen premièred at Kaaistudio's (Brussels) in 2018.
Esse Vanderbruggen and Vera Tussing currently continue this duet cycle in which they explore the forms of the duet. For the occasion of Dag van de Dans 2019, they will present @duetthecity, a collaboration with photographer Stine Sampers, on Instagram and in Kaaitheater. The IN/FINITY project will be part of Performatik 19 (Brussels). In October 2019, Tactile Quartet(s), a performance in which she expands her research into tactility to the discipline of music, will premiere at Kaaitheater. A central theme of Vera's work is how the different senses combine to structure our perception, and the creation of unique, inter-personal encounters between audience and performer. Being a former Research Associate at South East Dance (Brighton), Workplace artist at The Place and KAAP-maker (Oostende/Brugge), she is currently part of IN-FINITY (Brussels) and artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater.
Performance & Creation: Vera Tussing & Esse Vanderbruggen
Sound: Mike Picknett
Lights: Bert van Dijck
Costumes: Sofie Durnez
Direction: Vera Tussing
Dramaturgy: Seb Kann
Feedback: Saïd Gharbi Copy
Writing: JS Rafaeli
Photography: Alessandra Rocchetti
Video: Zoilly Molnar
Co-production: Kaaitheater, KAAP, The Place, IN / FINITY
Support, Research, Residencies: Vlaamse Gemeenschap, South East Dance, The Place, CND Paris, Tanzhaus Zuerich, ImpulsTanz , BUDA, STUK, KAAP, De Markten, Cc 't Vondel, De Warande, Stems Gallery / Cindy Daignault, Klein Verzet Tactile
Programme Note: Anna Goette, Bert Van Dijck, Lucie Beauvert, Esse Vanderbruggen & Vera Tussing
Additional support and special thank you: Esther Severi, Anneleen Keppens, Zoltan Vakulya, Chen Wei Lee, Gorka Gurrutxaga, Laura Poletti, Magrit Duchateau, TOPAZ, Susan Carter-Schwantes & Clara Levy