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"That was Then This is Now"
2006-03-31 until 2006-04-01
De Appel
Amsterdam, , NL

For the duration of one weekend De Appel is Janus-faced: looking back to past achievements and looking forward to unrealized possibilities. Theo Tegelaers, interim director of De Appel and Ann Demeester, newly appointed director compiled a programme that connects ‘then’, ‘now’ and the yet undefined ‘later’. With a polyphonic talk show including a large number of guests and hosts the history of De Appel is turned into a palpable experience rather than a series of written documents and photographs.

A presentation by academic Marga van Mechelen and a lecture by French curator Guillaume Désanges shed a new light on the origins of De Appel as a performance-based space set up by Wies Smals in 1975. The production ‘Show Dance’ by Swiss-Greek choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis explores the shadowland between conceptual dance, visual arts performance and hints at the future collaboration between De Appel and the festival ‘If I Can’t Dance’ in Autumn 2006.

31 March 2006
8pm: Show Dance
About authentic and casual movement that become choreographic 'Fourteen girls are representing fourteen moments where the exchangeability of the individual becomes a reality on stage. Show Dance deals with the irritation of the spectators view on a very personified moment, which in its multiplicity goes far beyond anything personal'. A.B.

Performed by: Lies Vanborm + Ann Demeester + Danai Anesiadou + Elke Vanlerberghe + Annemie Goegebuer + Daphni Antoniou + Elsmieke Scholte + Ayelen Parolin + Gosie Vervloessem + Alexandra Bachzetsis + Anat Stainberg + Barbara Raes + Otobong Nkanga + Helga Duchamps Champagne: Michael Bussaer + Michel Quéré

Concept and choreography: Alexandra Bachzetsis
1 April 2006
12pm-7pm: That was then, this is now!
The past speaks to us again

Artists represent their work and will be interviewed live or by phone in the presence of the public

With: Marina Abramovic, Gada Amer, Judith Barry, James Beckett, Waldo Bien, Barbara Bloom, Miguel-Angel Cárdenas, Castro/Olafsson, Tomas Demand, Meschac Gaba, General Idea, De Geuzen, Anton de Goede Irene Fortuijn, Nan Hoover, Madelon Hooykaas, Christian Jankowski, Joan Jonas, Niek Kemps, Mark Manders, Komar/Melamid, Matthieu Laurette, Charlemagne Palestine, Hermann Pitz, Keiko Sato, Roman Signer, Ulay, Nikolaus Urban, Lawrence Weiner, Michel Waisvisz, Peter Zegveld

Hosts: Danila Cahen, Jeroen Jongeleen Rita Kersting, Gabriel Lester, Marga van Mechelen, Barbara Visser, Alex de Vries 7pm: Guillaume Désanges: A short history of performance in 20 minutes

8pm: Show Dance

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