The Red Queen
© Danny Willems


The Red Queen

The focus of the piece is the the Red Queen theory, seen in biology, a pattern which explains how species co-evolve. As one species gains an advantage, the other species then fights harder to evolve and gain it’s own advantage, and so on. This pattern can be seen across many walks of life, including business, social etiquette and relationships. This duet asks how is progress made through competition, as a necessity rather than a choice? A constant oscillation of power keeping the status quo in a more or less equilibrium. This highly physical dance-theatre piece draws on the performers Bboying and contemporary backgrounds as well as aspects of stage magic and showmanship, all whilst attempting to stay true to the science behind the theory.

During the residency in wpZimmer, Luke Jessop and Karenina Lambrechts will work on the duet. They start to put together some early ideas that they have and see how they work within the space. On Friday (03.05) they have a small public presentation so that the audience are infromed and can follow the aspects of the theory, but it will be hidden within a poetic and highly physical aesthetic.

Luke Jessop

Luke is the Artistic Director and founder of Ion Tribe. A dance theatre company with a strong focus on improving the scientific literacy of the general public through dance theatre productions, workshops and festivals. Under Ion Tribe, Luke has created a solo-work - 'Letter to my Newborn Child' and is currently working on a duet to be premiered in 2019, 'The Red Queen'. Luke trained in the UK at the University of Bedfordshire, and then went on to work with UK based companies 2Faced Dance, for the triple bill 'In The Dust' and then Southpaw Dance Company for the piece 'Carousel'. In 2012 Luke moved to Brussels to work with Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus, creating and performing in the works; 'booty Looting', 'Talk to the Demon', 'Spiritual Unity', 'FEAR NOT' and 'In Spite of Wishing and Wanting' (Revival). Luke teaches prolifically at festivals and schools throughout Europe with his own style of creative acrobatic dance - Riding The Curve, as well as being commissioned to create works for various schools and institutions.


Dance and choreography: Luke Jessop and Anna Karenina LambrechtsProduction: Ion Tribe