For Ivgi&Greben, De Voorlopers is a representation of a powerful idealism and alternative paths in art and life. In the current era of negativism, they want to put the positive, liberating power of ideals first.
The liberating power of ideals
Five dancers arrive as firstlings on a distant planet where they will settle. There’s nothing yet. What are they going to do? How do they relate to each other? What values and ideals will form the basis of their community? There is creation and demolition, there is abundance and also scarcity. It is a laboratory of shifting relationships between people and between people and their environment.
World premiere: 24 oktober 2019 – Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, the Netherlands
‘The duet of the dancers is classic, controlled, no problem at all – until the wall of pockets suddenly slowly moves towards them and finally seems to implode.’Theaterkrant, 30 oktober 2019
‘Not only is it a stimulating image to see the plastic waste of Western society as building material for the walls we use to protect our prosperity, it also enables the dancers to finally look for new forms.’Theaterkrant, 30 oktober 2019
‘It results in a beautiful scene in which the performers try to come up with new ways of being together in a tangle.’Theaterkrant, 30 oktober 2019
Decor design: Ivgi&Greben
Dramaturgy: Judith Schoneveld
Costume design: Ivgi&Greben
Lighting design: Edwin van Steenbergen
Music composition: Tom Parkinson