Collaborations

For Opera Trionfo's production of Poulenc's Les Mamelles a movement vocabulary was developed from everyday actions and gestures. These were then presented in a non-realistic, absurdist manner in keeping with the general feel of the libretto.

The 'choreography' for the "Fairy Queen' was constructed using a movement vocabulary developed from everyday actions such as running, walking, pushing, pulling, turning, looking and jumping. The movement sequences originated directly from the dramatic situation in which they were to be performed. In general, the movement sequences were to be 'acted' rather than 'danced'.

This new Dutch opera based on a true story of mine workers in the Heerlen district of southern Holland has a non-realistic staging more in keeping with the technique of collage. The choreography for the two short dance sequences is absurdist and surreal, the vocabulary originating from everyday movements and gestures more than from a specific dance technique. While there are certain steps or sequences that relate specifically to a certain style of dancing - as in the case of the Tango - the singers were requested to perform the dances with the dramatic situation as the starting point and not the steps.