Crip (working title)
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Crip (working title)

Charlotte Goesaert about her residency at wpZimmer.

“We fear the ugly… Freak shows have fortunately been behind us for a long time. But with the thought “we’re normal and they’re abnormal” we still distance ourselves from other bodies.”

In the autumn of 2019 I started my development research, with dance as a documentary and the limitation of the body. I collected material about the (imperfect) body in society and art. So I talked to anthropologists, art scientists, etc. I also spoke with other makers who deal with the medium of documentary such as Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere and theatre company Berlin.

Together with videomaker Jochem Baelus I filmed and interviewed several people with metabnormal bodies, from people with bodies with a disability (injured, lame, old, obese, disabled) but also from bodybuilders and other extremely trained bodies.

In the spring of 2020 I will immerse myself in extreme forms of movement to make the (un)perfect body physically tangible on stage. I will be guided by a Butoh and Bodybuild expert. Then I will experiment on the floor with mobile flat screens and with a cast of professionals and non-professionals.

How do I want to bring documentary on stage?
Which movement material works with the documentary material?
Which bodies or combination of bodies can best translate the content of the documentary material?

Other residency partners are Het Paleis, De Grote Post, C-stroke, De NWE Vorst and Les Ballets C de la B.

Charlotte Goesaert

1987 BE
Charlotte Goesaert is a Belgian choreographer and dancer, who graduated in 2009 as a dancer at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg. She danced with the Ro Theater, Meekers, in Belgium with Tuning People, Theatergroep Skagen, Romeo Castellucci, in Portugal with Olga Roriz and in Germany with Bodytalk. As a choreographer Charlotte worked at the Ro Theater, Likeminds and Productiehuis Rotterdam. In 2015 she made her first performance EPIC FAIL and the successor Loophole was released in 2018. These performances toured mainly in Dutch theatres and festivals such as Tweetakt, Motel Mozaique, Theater Rotterdam and De Brakke Grond. Then in 2019 she made the dance performance ChitChat, a collaboration with Karolien Verlinden of Tuning People. The failing human being is a recurring theme in her work. In a humorous and radical way, she always looks for ways to bring people and dance, reality and art together in her performances.