07.05.20

Good news for Re:Born in difficult days.

The world is changing. While trying to focus on the future, sustainable solutions and working out ways to collaborate, adjust, social distance, participate, initiate, it can be hard sometimes to keep going..

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Keep inventing when there is so much around us that has been cancelled, broken, unsafe, unhealthy, uncertain. However, we happily received some good news from around the globe these days. Re:Born has been selected for two international dance film festival! In June and July Re:Born is part of the American Dance Film Festival in the USA and in late July Re:Born will travel to Chania, Kreta, Greece for the Dance Days Chania festival.  

 

We're very happy that the work can still be spread, can still be seen and shared with others. Dance films are a versatile medium these days, as we can screen, view them from a distance at home or at an event with 1.5 meters apart. The crisis we're facing is not over yet or anytime time soon, but it's these little lights at the horizon that keeps us going! 

NL / EN

Body of Art is a platform and multi-year art project of choreographer Annemijn Rijk. Ten themes from the book Body of Art*, each offer a context and guideline for research into the hidden stories our human bodies carry. Eventually creating a multi phased work of art that shows how we experience our humanity through our body in the current zeitgeist.

* Phaidon, 2015



agenda

13 November
Re:Born live, lecture & film
13 November

Re:Born live, lecture & film

Alkmaarse Dansdagen, Alkmaar



Alkmaarse Dansdagen, Alkmaar

16 November
Re:Born, live, lecture & film
16 November

Re:Born, live, lecture & film

De Kazerne, Eindhoven


brabantc.nl

De Kazerne, Eindhoven
brabantc.nl
01 December
Re:Born, live, lecture & film
01 December

Re:Born, live, lecture & film

Theater Corrosia, Almere


corrosia.nl

Theater Corrosia, Almere
corrosia.nl
10 March
Last Resistance
10 March

Last Resistance

Theater Kikker, Utrecht


theaterkikker.nl

Theater Kikker, Utrecht
theaterkikker.nl
18 till 19 March
Last Resistance
18 till 19 March

Last Resistance

United-C, Eindhoven


unitedcowboys.net

United-C, Eindhoven
unitedcowboys.net


04 December
Preview Re:Born
04 December

Preview Re:Born

Cinecitta, Tilburg


popupcinema.nu

Cinecitta, Tilburg
popupcinema.nu
20 till 21 December
Re:Born live
20 till 21 December

Re:Born live

United-C, Eindhoven


unitedcowboys.net

United-C, Eindhoven
unitedcowboys.net
25 January
Re:Born live
25 January

Re:Born live

HERA, Tilburg



HERA, Tilburg

21 till 28 February
Re:Born as part of FilmFest by Rogue Dance
21 till 28 February

Re:Born as part of FilmFest by Rogue Dance

Online


roguedancers.com

Online
roguedancers.com
28 February
Lullaby
28 February

Lullaby

Theaters Tilburg


theaterstilburg.nl

Theaters Tilburg
theaterstilburg.nl
04 March
Lullaby
04 March

Lullaby

Antwerp, Belgium


madamfortuna.be

Antwerp, Belgium
madamfortuna.be
05 March
Re:Born film
05 March

Re:Born film

Pand-P, Eindhoven


pand-p.nl

Pand-P, Eindhoven
pand-p.nl
06 March
Re:Born, film
06 March

Re:Born, film

Denver, Colorado, USA


roguedancers.com

Denver, Colorado, USA
roguedancers.com
21 March
Annemijn at Talkshow Cement // CANCELLED
21 March

Annemijn at Talkshow Cement // CANCELLED

Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch


festivalcement.nl

Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch
festivalcement.nl
22 March
Lecture performance Re:Born at Moving Futures // CANCELLED
22 March

Lecture performance Re:Born at Moving Futures // CANCELLED

Rotterdam


movingfutures.nl

Rotterdam
movingfutures.nl
23 till 25 March
Re:Born at Festival Cement // CANCELLED
23 till 25 March

Re:Born at Festival Cement // CANCELLED

Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch


festivalcement.nl

Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch
festivalcement.nl
28 till 29 March
Worldpremiere Re:Born at Cinedans // CANCELLED
28 till 29 March

Worldpremiere Re:Born at Cinedans // CANCELLED

EYE, Amsterdam


cinedans.nl

EYE, Amsterdam
cinedans.nl
23 till 25 April
Re:Born at Moving Futures // CANCELLED
23 till 25 April

Re:Born at Moving Futures // CANCELLED

Korzo, Den Haag


movingfutures.nl

Korzo, Den Haag
movingfutures.nl
28 April
Re:Born at Moving Futures // CANCELLED
28 April

Re:Born at Moving Futures // CANCELLED

Theater Kikker, Utrecht


movingfutures.nl

Theater Kikker, Utrecht
movingfutures.nl
14 May
Re:Born live and film at Moving Futures // CANCELLED
14 May

Re:Born live and film at Moving Futures // CANCELLED

Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg


movingfutures.nl

Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg
movingfutures.nl
17 May
Lecture Performance Re:Born at Moving Futures // CANCELLED
17 May

Lecture Performance Re:Born at Moving Futures // CANCELLED

Grand Theater, Groningen


movingfutures.nl

Grand Theater, Groningen
movingfutures.nl
06 June
Lecture Performance Re:Born at Moving Futures // CANCELLED
06 June

Lecture Performance Re:Born at Moving Futures // CANCELLED

Podium Bloos, Breda


movingfutures.nl

Podium Bloos, Breda
movingfutures.nl
14 till 28 June
Re:Born on American Dance Festival
14 till 28 June

Re:Born on American Dance Festival

Nasher Museum of Art, USA


americandancefestival.org

Nasher Museum of Art, USA
americandancefestival.org
18 June
Re:Born live and film at Moving Futures // CANCELLED
18 June

Re:Born live and film at Moving Futures // CANCELLED

Club Soda, Tilburg


shop.ikbenaanwezig.nl

Club Soda, Tilburg
shop.ikbenaanwezig.nl
05 till 12 July
Re:Born on American Dance Festival
05 till 12 July

Re:Born on American Dance Festival

Nasher Museum of Art, USA


americandancefestival.org

Nasher Museum of Art, USA
americandancefestival.org
09 July
Re:Born ar Staycation of Pop Up Cinema + Q&A
09 July

Re:Born ar Staycation of Pop Up Cinema + Q&A

Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg


popupcinema.nu

Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg
popupcinema.nu
14 July
Re:Born at Staycation of Pop Up Cinema + Q&A
14 July

Re:Born at Staycation of Pop Up Cinema + Q&A

Natlab, Eindhoven


popupcinema.nu

Natlab, Eindhoven
popupcinema.nu
15 till 28 July
Re:Born on Dance Days Chania
15 till 28 July

Re:Born on Dance Days Chania

Chania, Kreta, Greece


dancedays.gr

Chania, Kreta, Greece
dancedays.gr
17 July
Re:Born live at #summersessions
17 July

Re:Born live at #summersessions

De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg


denieuwevorst.nl

De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg
denieuwevorst.nl
03 till 06 September
Re:Born at Bucharest International Dance Film Festival
03 till 06 September

Re:Born at Bucharest International Dance Film Festival

Bucharest, Romania


bidff.ro

Bucharest, Romania
bidff.ro
25 till 27 September
Re:Born at Thessaloniki Cinedans International
25 till 27 September

Re:Born at Thessaloniki Cinedans International

Thessaloniki, Greece


die-wolke.org

Thessaloniki, Greece
die-wolke.org
17 till 25 October
Re:Born at San Fransisco Dance Film Festival
17 till 25 October

Re:Born at San Fransisco Dance Film Festival

San Fransisco, USA


sfdancefilmfest.org

San Fransisco, USA
sfdancefilmfest.org
08 November
Re:Born
08 November

Re:Born

Film Festival, Durham, North Carolina, USA


roguedancers.com

Film Festival, Durham, North Carolina, USA
roguedancers.com
20 till 22 November
Re:Born at Dance on Screen 2020 Graz
20 till 22 November

Re:Born at Dance on Screen 2020 Graz

Graz, Austria


danceonscreen.at

Graz, Austria
danceonscreen.at
09 till 12 December
Re:Born at Video Opera Danse festival Tunis
09 till 12 December

Re:Born at Video Opera Danse festival Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia



Tunis, Tunisia

12 December
Re:Born at Stockholm City Film Festival
12 December

Re:Born at Stockholm City Film Festival

Stockholm, Sweden


stockholmcityfilmfestival.se

Stockholm, Sweden
stockholmcityfilmfestival.se
12 till 17 January
Re:Born at Multiplié Dance Film Festival
12 till 17 January

Re:Born at Multiplié Dance Film Festival

Trondheim, Norway


dansit.no

Trondheim, Norway
dansit.no
22 till 24 January
Re:Born at Rosendal theater
22 till 24 January

Re:Born at Rosendal theater

Trondheim, Norway


rosendalteater.no

Trondheim, Norway
rosendalteater.no
28 January
Re:Born, live, film & lecture // CANCELLED
28 January

Re:Born, live, film & lecture // CANCELLED

Chassé Theater, Breda


chasse.nl

Chassé Theater, Breda
chasse.nl
11 March
Studio presentation livestream
11 March

Studio presentation livestream

Club Soda & Online


dansbrabant.nl

Club Soda & Online
dansbrabant.nl
20 March
Premiere Last Resistance// POSTPONED
20 March

Premiere Last Resistance// POSTPONED

De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg


denieuwevorst.nl

De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg
denieuwevorst.nl
26 till 28 March
Re:Bon at Cinedans
26 till 28 March

Re:Bon at Cinedans

EYE, Amsterdam


cinedans.nl

EYE, Amsterdam
cinedans.nl
26 till 29 March
Re:Born at Cinedans, online
26 till 29 March

Re:Born at Cinedans, online

Online program


cinedans.nl

Online program
cinedans.nl
02 April
Last Resistance // Changed to online!
02 April

Last Resistance // Changed to online!

Korzo theater, The Hague


movingfutures.nl

Korzo theater, The Hague
movingfutures.nl
10 April
Last Resistance // Changed to online!
10 April

Last Resistance // Changed to online!

Theater Rotterdam


movingfutures.nl

Theater Rotterdam
movingfutures.nl
16 April
Last Resistance // Verplaatst naar online
16 April

Last Resistance // Verplaatst naar online

Grand Theater, Groningen


movingfutures.nl

Grand Theater, Groningen
movingfutures.nl
22 till 29 April
Last Resistance at Moving Futures Festival - online
22 till 29 April

Last Resistance at Moving Futures Festival - online

Internet


movingfutures.nl

Internet
movingfutures.nl
28 April
Last Resistance // Changed to online!
28 April

Last Resistance // Changed to online!

Theater a/d Rijn, Arnhem


movingfutures.nl

Theater a/d Rijn, Arnhem
movingfutures.nl
28 May
Last Resistance// Changed to online!
28 May

Last Resistance// Changed to online!

LUX, Nijmegen


movingfutures.nl

LUX, Nijmegen
movingfutures.nl
17 till 19 June
Re:Born at Dance on Screen 2021 Graz
17 till 19 June

Re:Born at Dance on Screen 2021 Graz

Graz, Austra


danceonscreen.at

Graz, Austra
danceonscreen.at
12 till 15 July
Last Resistance
12 till 15 July

Last Resistance

De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg


denieuwevorst.nl

De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg
denieuwevorst.nl
13 July
Last Resistance, PREMIERE
13 July

Last Resistance, PREMIERE

De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg


denieuwevorst.nl

De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg
denieuwevorst.nl
19 till 24 July
Re:Born at Beirut International Women Film Festival
19 till 24 July

Re:Born at Beirut International Women Film Festival

Beirut, Lebanon


beirutwomenfilmfestival.com

Beirut, Lebanon
beirutwomenfilmfestival.com
21 till 23 July
Last Resistance
21 till 23 July

Last Resistance

Chassé Theater Breda


chasse.nl

Chassé Theater Breda
chasse.nl
08 September
Re:Born, film, live & lecture
08 September

Re:Born, film, live & lecture

Chassé Theater, Breda


chasse.nl

Chassé Theater, Breda
chasse.nl
16 till 17 September
Last Resistance
16 till 17 September

Last Resistance

De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg


denieuwevorst.nl

De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg
denieuwevorst.nl
08 till 15 October
Re:Born at Nice Dance Festival
08 till 15 October

Re:Born at Nice Dance Festival

Nice, France


compagniehumaine.com

Nice, France
compagniehumaine.com
14 October
Re:Born film & lecture at Congres CELEVT - 2021
14 October

Re:Born film & lecture at Congres CELEVT - 2021

Amsterdam


celevt.nl

Amsterdam
celevt.nl


news

23.08.21
Re:Born wins Special Jury Mention Award on the Beirut Film Festival
We are very proud to announce that Re:Born has been awarded the 'Special Jury Mention' at the Beirut International Women's Film Festival!

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23.08.21

Re:Born wins Special Jury Mention Award on the Beirut Film Festival

We are very proud to announce that Re:Born has been awarded the 'Special Jury Mention' at the Beirut International Women's Film Festival!

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The festival took place from 19 to 23 July 2021. Re:Born was part of the international selection and won one of the three prizes that the festival had to award. More info can be found here: beirutwomenfilmfestival.com/awards-2021 



12.05.21
New Makers Trajectory!
We are SO very happy, grateful and happy with the award of the New Makers Scheme from the Performing Arts Fund! Body of Art - Annemijn Rijk has applied for the scheme with theater De Nieuwe Vorst from Tilburg and the Chassé theater Breda and was awarded on 4 May 2021.

more...
12.05.21

New Makers Trajectory!

We are SO very happy, grateful and happy with the award of the New Makers Scheme from the Performing Arts Fund! Body of Art - Annemijn Rijk has applied for the scheme with theater De Nieuwe Vorst from Tilburg and the Chassé theater Breda and was awarded on 4 May 2021.

The subsidy will be spent over the next two years on the development process of Annemijn as maker and will also be used for the creation of Chapter III, 'Beauty' and IV 'Identity' of Body of Art. 

For the development process, Annemijn is coached on a strategic-personal and artistic level by the artistic director of the Nieuwe Vorst, Anneke van der Linden. Laura de Vos is guided in her business development by director of the Chassé theater, Ruud van Meijel. 

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photo: Kelly van den Bosch




27.01.21
Laura de Vos starts as business manager at Body of Art
Great news! In this new year, Body of Art enriches itself with a business manager! Laura de Vos will strengthen and develop the platform.

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27.01.21

Laura de Vos starts as business manager at Body of Art

Great news! In this new year, Body of Art enriches itself with a business manager! Laura de Vos will strengthen and develop the platform.

She is known in the dance world, after her dance career she develop herself over the past 8 years within the business sector. Now she brings both worlds together within Body of Art. We are very excited about this collaboration and the future we are about to create! 

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13.01.21
Re:Born wins 'Best Film Award' at the Multiplié Dance Film Festival
We are incredibly proud, happy and honored with the news that Re:Born has won the 'Best Film Award' at the Norwegian Multiplié Dance Film Festival!

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13.01.21

Re:Born wins 'Best Film Award' at the Multiplié Dance Film Festival

We are incredibly proud, happy and honored with the news that Re:Born has won the 'Best Film Award' at the Norwegian Multiplié Dance Film Festival!

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From the jury: "To a film that is well-produced, daring and has invested a lot in the details. Based on a singular concept, the idea is fully implemented, with a high level of perseverance. The film offers a unique presence and a raw expression that evokes associations with something extraterrestrial but at the same time very human and realistic. The film allows for different interpretations, but it carries with it an abstract message of hope through adversity, transformation and continuous evolvement." 

 

Read more about the awards on the website of the Minimalen Film Festival 

 

Out of the 333 films submitted to the festival this year, 8 were chosen for the program. Out of these films, the jury selected Re: Born as the winner of the 'Best Film Award'. 

 

The jury consisted of Eli Gjerden (MA in Film Studies and CEO of Midtnorsk Filmsenter), Tendai Makurumbandi (dance artist and choreographer), and Svein Inge Sæther (MA in Film Studies and CEO of Cinemateket Trondheim). 

January 18th we receive the prize at home. We invest the € 1000 prize money in upcoming productions. 



16.10.20
Re:Born nominated for the jury award at the San Fransisco Dance Film Festival
On October 12, we received news that Re:Born has been nominated for the jury prize of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival! We are very honored and happy with this nomination. The San Francisco Dance Film Festival is known as one of the most prestigious dance film festivals in the world. Being selected was a great honor, being nominated for this prize is the icing on the cake!
On the October 26 the winners will be announced and we will know if the Re:Born prize can take home.

more...
16.10.20

Re:Born nominated for the jury award at the San Fransisco Dance Film Festival

On October 12, we received news that Re:Born has been nominated for the jury prize of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival! We are very honored and happy with this nomination. The San Francisco Dance Film Festival is known as one of the most prestigious dance film festivals in the world. Being selected was a great honor, being nominated for this prize is the icing on the cake!
On the October 26 the winners will be announced and we will know if the Re:Born prize can take home.

 



19.07.20
Re:Born on San Francisco Dance Film Festival
We're very happy and honored to announce that Re:Born is part of the official selection of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival! The festival, known as the Golden Globed of dance film takes place from October 18th until October 25th 2020.
More information can be found at: www.sfdancefilmfest.org

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19.07.20

Re:Born on San Francisco Dance Film Festival

We're very happy and honored to announce that Re:Born is part of the official selection of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival! The festival, known as the Golden Globed of dance film takes place from October 18th until October 25th 2020.
More information can be found at: www.sfdancefilmfest.org

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07.05.20
Good news for Re:Born in difficult days.
The world is changing. While trying to focus on the future, sustainable solutions and working out ways to collaborate, adjust, social distance, participate, initiate, it can be hard sometimes to keep going..

more...
07.05.20

Good news for Re:Born in difficult days.

The world is changing. While trying to focus on the future, sustainable solutions and working out ways to collaborate, adjust, social distance, participate, initiate, it can be hard sometimes to keep going..

Schermafbeelding20200507om095907.png

Keep inventing when there is so much around us that has been cancelled, broken, unsafe, unhealthy, uncertain. However, we happily received some good news from around the globe these days. Re:Born has been selected for two international dance film festival! In June and July Re:Born is part of the American Dance Film Festival in the USA and in late July Re:Born will travel to Chania, Kreta, Greece for the Dance Days Chania festival.  

 

We're very happy that the work can still be spread, can still be seen and shared with others. Dance films are a versatile medium these days, as we can screen, view them from a distance at home or at an event with 1.5 meters apart. The crisis we're facing is not over yet or anytime time soon, but it's these little lights at the horizon that keeps us going! 



16.03.20
Screenings Re:Born cancelled due to Covid-19 virus
With a heavy heart, but with an understanding of the situation regarding the measures around the Corona/Covid-19 virus, we must announce that all screening of Re:Born until June 1st have been canceled. Moving Futures Rotterdam, Festival Cement and the premiere at Cinedans will not take place.

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16.03.20

Screenings Re:Born cancelled due to Covid-19 virus

With a heavy heart, but with an understanding of the situation regarding the measures around the Corona/Covid-19 virus, we must announce that all screening of Re:Born until June 1st have been canceled. Moving Futures Rotterdam, Festival Cement and the premiere at Cinedans will not take place.

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Would you still like to contribute to Re: Born? You can do this by renting the film for € 1 via Vimeo On Demand: vimeo.com/ondemand/reborn 

  

Note: Sometimes there are problems with the payment on Vimeo. Do you prefer to pay via Tikkie? You can do this via this link: tikkie.me/pay/48jjf2aon2ca4huh42uh 

Then send an email to info@bodyofart.nl and you will receive the film! 



16.03.20
★★★★ review for Re:Born!
Film site De Protagonisten reviewed Re:Born:
"Choreographer Annemijn Rijk is responsible for that experimental dance. The dance makes the film intriguing. The intimacy and fragility are clear. Naked in nature, where the basis of man lies. Composer Aura Bouw also deserves a compliment. The dark ambient music that can be heard during the dance adds to the darkness of the film. And to complete the picture, the cinematography is also beautiful. It could have lasted longer from us. It tastes like more! "

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16.03.20

★★★★ review for Re:Born!

Film site De Protagonisten reviewed Re:Born:
"Choreographer Annemijn Rijk is responsible for that experimental dance. The dance makes the film intriguing. The intimacy and fragility are clear. Naked in nature, where the basis of man lies. Composer Aura Bouw also deserves a compliment. The dark ambient music that can be heard during the dance adds to the darkness of the film. And to complete the picture, the cinematography is also beautiful. It could have lasted longer from us. It tastes like more! "

The complete review can be found here  



05.03.20
Re:Born wins price!
Happy news! Re:Born was chosen as the film of the month by the Rogue Dancer Film Fest

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05.03.20

Re:Born wins price!

Happy news! Re:Born was chosen as the film of the month by the Rogue Dancer Film Fest

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After Re:Born was selected for the monthly selection by the American film festival, the film was finally selected as "Film of the month, February 2020." 

After a screening in Denver, Colorado on March 7, Re: Born will now also be shown at the film festival in Durham, North Carolina on November 8, 2020. 



09.01.20
Re:Born selected for Cinedans!
Re:Born is selected for festival Cinedans!
On March 28th and 29th 2020 you can see Re:Born in the Dutch selection of Cinedans at film museum EYE in Amsterdam.

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09.01.20

Re:Born selected for Cinedans!

Re:Born is selected for festival Cinedans!
On March 28th and 29th 2020 you can see Re:Born in the Dutch selection of Cinedans at film museum EYE in Amsterdam.

Cast and crew are very excited and grateful to be able to show the work in the context of the festival. More information, times and exact locations can be found at cinedans.nl 

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11.12.19
Re:Born on Festival Cement!
Re: Born is programmed at Festival Cement 2020! From the 21st until the 24th of March the film will be shown in the Verkadefabriek Den Bosch, in the context of the festival.

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11.12.19

Re:Born on Festival Cement!

Re: Born is programmed at Festival Cement 2020! From the 21st until the 24th of March the film will be shown in the Verkadefabriek Den Bosch, in the context of the festival.

Annemijn will also give a number of lecture performances about the creation of the film. 

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05.12.19
Preview Re:Born
On December 4, 2019, Re: Born had a festive pre-premiere at the Cinecitta film house in Tilburg. In a collaboration with Pop Up Cinema and DansBrabant, Re:Born was presented as "Cinesandwich."

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05.12.19

Preview Re:Born

On December 4, 2019, Re: Born had a festive pre-premiere at the Cinecitta film house in Tilburg. In a collaboration with Pop Up Cinema and DansBrabant, Re:Born was presented as "Cinesandwich."

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Re:Born - Annemijn Rijk & Fleur Bax - 11 min. NL 2019

An exclusive preview of the short dance film by Annemijn Rijk and Fleur Bax. In a new concept, 'CineSandwich', Pop Up Cinema presents a special viewing experience. 

We watch the short film, talk to the makers and then watch the film one more time. With a peek in the making process, you suddenly look at a film in a completely different way. 

 

Re: Born - a short dance film about getting up 

As if she had just collapsed from the sky. We see a creature motionless on the ground, under the mucus and with just enough power to breathe. The long legs stretched out, the knees bony. The face hidden under the arms, anonymous, alone. To survive, an apparently impossible challenge lies in the prospect: To get up. 

 

How do you get up if you are thrown into life so hard? How do you proceed if life attacks you like that? How do you stand up if you don't know how to get your body together? Re: Born is about a force that must be found and that must be felt in every fiber, the force that is needed to believe (again) in the body, that is needed to rise. 

 

This program was made possible in part by: Cinecitta, Pop Up Cinema, DansBrabant. 

 

Re: Born is the first part of the body work of art Body of Art; a multi-year art project by dance maker Annemijn Rijk in which the body and experience of being human are central. 





About Body of Art

At the beginning of 2019, choreographer Annemijn Rijk started a platform in which her vision, long-term ambition and development as a maker come together: Body of Art.

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About Body of Art

At the beginning of 2019, choreographer Annemijn Rijk started a platform in which her vision, long-term ambition and development as a maker come together: Body of Art.

Ten themes, taken from the book Body of Art, each form a starting point for Annemijn's research into the communicative power of the human body and the stories that make up our bodies. As a choreographer, she finds her foundation in the body and looks for each production to see which discipline, such as film or text, contributes to the power of expression. Body of Art thus forms the framework within which Annemijn researches and develops her creatorship, vision and thematic, hybrid working method. Annemijn shows with Body of Art and through the body how we experience our humanity today. 

 

Annemijn: "When I started Body of Art I promised myself that I would do it in all honesty. No detours, excuses or masks. I used it as a means to look deep into myself and my own body in the knowledge that it most personal directly links to the most universal. As a maker I want to be able to use the biggest wounds for the creation of something healing. " 

 

“In 2019 I therefore decided to drastically change my way of life. By not hiding my traumatic experiences and the secrets and embarrassment that result from them, but by using them as sources of inspiration, a new openness has arisen within myself. I call it "radical honesty". I now dare to be completely transparent and honest in a creation, towards myself, towards my performers and towards the audience. These personal perspectives have brought me a drive and authenticity that I could not reach before. It gives me a new horizon, as a person and as a maker. ” 

 

Anneke van der Linden, artistic director of Theater de Nieuwe Vorst: "With content at the forefront, a keen eye for expressiveness and an unfolding, idiosyncratic movement language, Annemijn has developed herself as a maker with a contemporary vision. Her performances are refined, disarming, feminist, comforting, liberating, honest and self-cleansing. Apparently effortlessly she interweaves physical, theatrical, symbolic, social and aesthetic layers into one, harmonious whole. Her work is emotionally charged and narrative without becoming dramatic. Due to the (physical) awareness that she creates with and for her work, and in combination with a virtuoso performance, both dance lovers and novice dance viewers engage deeply with her work." 

 

For the first Body of Art theme, 'The Abject Body' Annemijn, powered by her radical honesty, found the courage to work from her experience with sexual abuse. She created Re:Born; a dance film about getting up and reclaiming a body that has been harmed. Re:Born was part of Festival Cement, Moving Futures, plays at film festivals around the world and won awards in Norway, America and Libanon. About this she says: “I thank that to the language and the voice I have found in forcing myself to face what needs to be told. I want and must continue to work with this voice. ” She researched the second Body of Art theme 'The Absent Body' during the corona pandemic and delivered Last Resistance; a duet between a body and voice, for which Annemijn took her coping mechanisms as a source of inspiration. The following Body of Art themes that form a starting point for the development of her work and creatorship are "Beauty" and "Identity". 

 

In addition to her artistic practice, Annemijn is following a part-time master's degree in Philosophy of Humanity and Culture at Tilburg University. She experiences this input as enriching for her vision and working method. Annemijn is a member of MAP Chapter Tilburg, with which she draws attention to diversity and inclusion in the philosophy department. 

 

Laura de Vos works as a business manager within Body of Art. After a short but impressive dance career, Laura has been working in the IT sector for eight years, first in marketing/sales and currently as a project and change manager. As a business manager, she now brings together her business and cultural work experience. Body of Art closely matches with Laura's interests and vision in terms of theme, artistic urgency, development position and possibilities. 

 

Laura: “Because I have danced myself, I have knowledge of the artistic process. Since my switch to the corporate world, I have always had the ambition to bring my acquired business knowledge back to art. I feel related to Annemijn, with her work, vision and mission, and I feel in the right place at Body of Art.” 



Biography Annemijn Rijk

Annemijn Rijk (1993) is a choreographer with an interest in the human body; how it communicates, how raw, direct and vulnerable it can be. With this body as the basis and a point of reference for what binds us, dance is the optimal medium of communication for her. Her work is refined and disarming and looks beyond the boundaries of dance to other art forms such as film and text.

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Biography Annemijn Rijk

Annemijn Rijk (1993) is a choreographer with an interest in the human body; how it communicates, how raw, direct and vulnerable it can be. With this body as the basis and a point of reference for what binds us, dance is the optimal medium of communication for her. Her work is refined and disarming and looks beyond the boundaries of dance to other art forms such as film and text.

Annemijn build her artistic methodology on what she calls 'radical honesty'; the need to be completely transparent, to herself, to her dancers and to her audience. "Nothing may remain hidden under a veil of shame" she says. She created a starting point for working with her dancers in the use of breath and specific breathwork techniques, allowing dancers to become present, aware and ego-less even with an audience watching. Annemijn is fascinated by what she calls the core potential of art; to create an alternative reality. "Our imagination seems hyjacked. It is hard to imagine a world where everyone is equal or where capital is not the driving force of our society. Through art, we can create a possibility, a construct where social or moral contracts and codes are different than to what we know these days, even if it is for just an hour on a stage. What better way to practice a new world, then through the imagination." 

 

Annemijn graduated in 2016 from the Bachelor of Choreography of the Fontys Danceacademy in Tilburg. Her graduation performance 'Milk & Honey' was nominated for the ITS Krisztina de Châtel Award and the Boulevard Entrance Prize. In 2017 she created the solo 'L.A.M.' which she adapted in 2018 for the Schritt_macher festival into a group piece for 24 dancers. 'Lullaby', a duet in collaboration with Piet van Dycke, has been playing on numerous stages and festivals throughout the Netherlands since 2018, including Moving Futures and Festival Cement. Re:Born, chapter I of Body of Art has been shown in over 15 countries and won prizes at filmfestivals in America, Norway and Libanon. Annemijn also created choreographies for institutions such as De Stilte, the Artez dance preparatory course and Fontys Dance Academy. 

Annemijn currently works as a choreographer with Noord-Brabant as her base. She is the permanent maker of Theater de Nieuwe Vorst in Tilburg and, as Chassé Cultuurfonds Talent, associated with the Chassé Theater in Breda for the coming two years. With both partners, she will step into the Nieuwe Makers Trajectory of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund for two years to come from September 2021 on. In the coming years she will work at both partner institutions on Body of Art. 

Annemijn is a guest teacher at Celevt's Trauma Academy, where she gives lectures and workshops to health care professionals on how she renders trauma to be an inspiration, motivation and driving force in the creation of her work. 

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Re:Born

A short dance film about getting up

As if she had collapsed from the sky. We see a creature motionless on the ground, under the mucus and with just enough power to breathe. The long legs stretched out, the knees bony. The face hidden under the arms, anonymous, alone. To survive, an apparently impossible challenge lies in the prospect: Getting up. 

How do you get up if you are thrown into life so hard? How do you proceed if life attacks you bluntly? How do you stand up if you don't know how to get your body together? Re:Born is dance film about the force that must be found and that must be felt in every fiber, the force that is needed to believe in the body (again), that is needed to rise. 

Re:Born is realised in collaboration with Fleur Bax (1997), a young filmmaker and director who will graduate in 2020 from the School of Art in Utrecht as a director and scenario writer. She also followed classes at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jeruzalem, Israel. Fleur has made multiple short film works in het time as a students and collaborated with artists such as composer Aura Bouw, fashion designer Virgina Patti and choreographer Annemijn Rijk. 

 

Re:Born has been part of

Cinedans - Amsterdam, American Dance Festival - New York, San Fransisco Dance Film Festival, Dance Days Chania - Greece, Bucharest International Dance Film Festival - Romania, Dance on Screen Graz - Austria, Thessaloniki Cinedans International - Greece, Video Opera Danse Tunis - Tunisia, Stockholm City Film Festival - Sweden, Multiplié Dance Film Festival Trondheim - Norway, Festival Cement Den Bosch - the Netherlands, #Zomersessies - Tilburg and Eindhoven, The Netherlands. 

 

Re:Born won the 'Film of the Month' prize at the RogueDance Film Festival in Colorado and the 'Best Film Award' at the Multiplié FIlm Festival in Trondheim, Norway. The San Francisco Dance Film Festival selected Re:Born as one of the 5 nominees for their 'Jury Award'. 

 

The jury of Multiplié about Re:Born: 

"To a film that is well-produced, daring and has invested a lot in the details. Based on a singular concept, the idea is fully implemented, with a high level of perseverance. The film offers a unique presence and a raw expression that evokes associations with something extraterrestrial but at the same time very human and realistic. The film allows for different interpretations, but it carries with it an abstract message of hope through adversity, transformation and continuous evolvement." 

 

Check the agenda on the homepage for upcoming screenings. 


Genre
Dance film

Duration
10min24

Dance
Nicole van de Berg

Concept and choreography
Annemijn Rijk

Director
Fleur Bax

Director of photography
David van der Drift

Music
Aura Bouw

Camera assistance
Noa Kosanović
Direction assistance & sound
Flip Kwakkel

Makeup artist & stillsphotography
Sophie Gipmans



Flyer design

Loes Verstappen

Re: Born is made with financial support from
Makershuis Tilburg
Makersfonds Tilburg
Province of Noord-Brabant
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Brabant



And with special thanks to
DansBrabant


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Ten questions to three brave women

In preparation for Re:Born, I, Annemijn Rijk, interviewed several young women of my own age who experienced sexual abuse when they were young. I did not specifically ask them about what happened at the time, but rather about the relationship they had, still have or had to rebuild with their bodies. All these brave women told me how it was their body that eventually helped them through the dark days. They spoke of a "survival instinct" One described as if that instinct rushed through her veins like waves, someone indicated that she felt it in her chest and that it slowly pushed her up. 

This described survival instinct and how it works in the body has ultimately been the main source of inspiration for the creation of Re:Born. Read the interviews with them* below. 

 

* The real names of these women have been changed. 

Interview with Iris

Interview with Iris

(A) Do you have comforting memories that helped you shortly after the abuse? This can be people / pets / situations, but also something small like a hug at the right time. If so, could you describe it?  

(I) I find that a difficult one, I told my parent very late. So at that time I had no use for them. I did tell my colleague, because my situation occurred at work. I have had a lot of support for the colleague who helped me. I told my best friend first and she often helped me and asked how I was doing. I got the most support and comfort from her. I deliberately didn't tell many people because I didn't want to be found pathetic. I also did not want to be supported, because I was still denying it. If it just happened, people are busy with it, a lot later a lot less. The colleague I told him continued to do check ups with me, that was nice. My best friend went to the police. She planned that and took me by the hand. That was concrete support. It felt good. 

 

(A) Do you have specific moments of fearful memories that came from your experiences? If so, could you describe one?  

(I) Because it was a colleague of mine, I was very afraid at the beginning that I still had to work with him or that I would come across him unexpectedly. We had the same position, but he had additional duties that allowed him to walk freely through the city and get to all departments. He still had access to me. He was driving a white car. I didn't know the brand, only that it was small and white, so I was afraid of all white cars. Recently, I was eating out with my new friend and in-laws, and then I thought I met him, that he entered the restaurant. It turned out to be someone completely different, but then my entire evening was immediately ruined. I feel anxiety or tension in my forehead. it bundles up there. I prefer not to go to the city alone. I have the feeling that I have to look around all the time. If I am with someone else I have less problems with that. Then I feel safer. 

 

(A) Where in your body do you feel the pain / fear / shame that is related to your experiences? And where do you feel the power needed for the recovery process?  

(I) In the beginning that pain, those negative emotions, was in my lower abdomen. It is difficult to explain, I do not know exactly, but the strength is in my chest and shoulders. Since I am doing better, I have become a lot more right. My chest is pushing me up and it feels like that power is flowing from my chest to the rest of my body. It is difficult to describe. It comes from within, not from outside. 

 

(A) Do you still carry your experience(s) with you and do you embrace it? Or did you leave it behind and is it no longer in your body?  

(I) It varies a bit and it depends on how I feel. For me it is still fairly recent, so it feels as if I sometimes carry it with me and sometimes not. In the beginning I always carried it with me and I did not accept the feeling. Now I manage that better, but not yet completely. I have already left it behind more, but I cannot yet fully embrace it and accept it. I think I will carry it with me in the future and accept it. I can't shake it out. I myself am a social worker and I don't think therapy would help me. It would even have the opposite effect. Later when I still need it, I may want to go into therapy, but not now. 

 

(A) How does the force that you needed during the processing / recovery feel in your body? Soft, wavy, hard, powerful, bundled?  

(I) It feels powerful and I feel more confident again. It is present, but it is hard to describe, as if a sea is flowing through me. The force ripples from my chest to the rest of my body. 

 

(A) What do you feel when you look at your own body? 

(I) That is difficult. I don't really look at it anymore. I no longer look at myself to avoid confrontation. I have trouble looking at myself in the mirror. It is not that I look in the mirror and that I think "I look good." I miss that, I used to do that a lot. But now I only check if I look presentable. I had poor self-esteem for my abuse experience and I worked hard to improve it. But my self-image has been crushed again by my experience. 

When I look at myself, I always hear that man in the back of my mind. That is too confronting for me, then I better not look in the mirror. That voice repeats itself in my head. When I go to the gym and I take a physical exercise class, it is always in a room with mirrors. I then stand at the back, so I don't have to see myself. 

 

(A) When you think of your experience (s), it is one total thought that you carry with you or a (physical) load / luggage? (In other words: Is the memory of your experience mainly nestled in your head or in your body?)  

(I) Oh, that's a difficult question, I think it's both. When I think back unconsciously, I think about it. But then I relive it automatically and then I also feel it physically. I immediately feel those hands everywhere. On my lower abdomen, my back, my breasts. That you feel your body makes you experience it every time. That re-experience is easy to trigger: A hand on my shoulder is enough. Recently a client asked me something and I reacted quite fiercely to that. "What's the matter with you?" People ask. A physical reminder makes the re-experience extra strong, and makes me feel dirty and guilty afterwards. 

 

(A) Is there a metaphor that you can think of that can indicate your recovery? 

(I) I used to watch a movie where there was a bird in a nest. All other birds flew out, but that bird was left alone. He only had to learn to fly, but didn't dare. He always fell out of the tree, but kept trying. Then he climbed the tree again and tried again. Eventually he succeeds. He flew. When I think about the other birds, I think, "Guys, come and help." I wanted help, but I didn't know what help I needed. I did know that I didn't want any help from people who were close to me. There is less emotion for me when I talk about it with someone I don't know. When I finally told my parents, they reacted very emotionally. My father was very angry and said he wanted to do something about the perpetrator. That was terrible for me. I wanted to just say it and not talk about it afterwards. I went to the police, but finally decided not to report it. The police asked very critical questions in my report, because a lawyer could do the same. They asked why I did not resist. They showed me screenshots of security cameras, but you can't see how he threatened me on those images. How he said what he would do to me if I didn't go with him. I am small and petite, that man was tall and wide. There was no point in moving. Ultimately, only a report was made. He received an official warning at work, but I was eventually fired. My then director believed me, but he made promises he could not keep. Because they could not legally dismiss him and the situation was not justified, I finally had to leave. It took 4 months before an official warning came. Costs that I incurred at the time because of the use of a mediator were allowed to recover from them. I had to wait 5 months until I finally got my money back. That meant that I didn't feel taken seriously and couldn't close it properly. There was literally another account open. 

 

(A) What did you develop? What are you extra good at because you have developed a double awareness? 

(I) I quickly understand the intentions of someone. I looked naive to many people. But what happened is not due to naivety. I worked for an aid organization, you assume that you can trust your colleagues. I am now less naive and more attentive. Whether that is positive or negative? I think both. I now experience it as positive. With some people I now pay more attention, I keep my distance. Especially with men. I'm on my guard when they come closer. I am less afraid of women, but I also keep my distance. I have noticed that women quickly have their opinion ready, can be underhanded. People gossiped about me at work. People wanted to know exactly what had happened. There were remarks like "she must have provoked it" and "she just wanted attention." Those were actually always men. 

 

I found it exciting to start dating again after my experience, because I didn't know how men would react to it. I finally told my new friend what happened and that I have limits that he must accept. He was shocked, but immediately accepted it. I was afraid he would find me a flaky sandwich, but luckily it wasn't. If I have a bad day, he understands that he should not touch me. 

 

If I had a daughter later, I would tell her not to be too naive. That she has to pay attention. Especially with people you trust. In most cases, they are acquaintances who become perpetrators, not the scary man in the bushes. If I had a son, I would tell him that no really means no. That he must respect limits. That would really be a basic principle for me that I would give in the upbringing of my children. 

 

(A) How would you like people to have reacted when you told them? 

(I) Not in the negative. I often have had the idea that I had to prove that it had happened. I would have liked it if people would say they were happy that I told them. Show understanding. I find it annoying when people ask for details. "What exactly happened?" I also learned that people did not believe me. "What do you want to hear?" I think. In retrospect, I dealt with it too easily, I should have stood up for myself more. I learned that now. 

Interview with Marthe

Interview with Marthe

(A) Do you have comforting memories that helped you shortly after the abuse? This can be people / pets / situations, but also something small like a hug at the right time. If so, could you describe it? 

(M) It gave me a lot of comfort when I heard the experiences of fellow sufferers. I was no longer alone. I also got a lot of comfort from running, which made me feel completely in control again. I also liked that others from my area wanted to listen to me. 

 

(A) Do you have specific moments of fearful memories that came from your experiences? If so, could you describe one?  

(M) I have anxious memories of the fact that I had no control at all. It is the scariest thing that ever happened to me, I was completely left to his mercy. The rape took place while walking, so I have bad memories of that too. Seeing his face is the most fearful memory for me. The trace investigation afterwards was also very annoying. I have nasty memories of it. In the past, these memories often came to mind at night. I had nightmares and woke up in a panic. 

 

(A) If you had to sign your processing process, what would it look like?  

(M) It is a drawing of myself that gives herself a hug. Others stand around it, all with a comforting hand on my shoulder. I would draw the processing process as an up and down line with peaks and troughs. 

 

(A) Where in your body do you feel the pain / fear / shame that is related to your experiences? And where do you feel the power needed for the recovery process? 

(M) My vagina and anus had become war zones. I couldn't look at it, let alone touch it. I often had pain that, according to care providers, was psychosomatic. According to them, that pain was not real and it was all in my head. 

 

(A) Do you still carry your experience (s) with you and do you embrace it? Or did you leave it behind and is it no longer in your body? 

(M) I carry my experience with me and embrace it. Sometimes it is very heavy, sometimes it is light and it feels great. It changes from day to day. 

 

(A) How does the force that you needed during the processing / recovery feel in your body? Soft, wavy, hard, powerful, bundled?  

(M) That power is a kind of inner glow of self-love. In the beginning it was very powerful and pushed me forward like a wind. Then it became softer and I prefer to be myself. I have experienced that power as a sort of primordial urge to get back on top. 

 

(A) What do you feel when you look at your own body?  

(M) I feel very satisfied now. I'm proud of my body. I have some scars from the automutilation that started as a result of my rape, but they also belong to me. They are proof of the hard fight I have fought to become myself again. 

 

(A) When you think of your experience (s), is it a (mental) thought that you carry with you or a (physical) load / luggage? (In other words: Is the memory of your experience mainly nestled in your head or in your body?) 

(M) Now it's mainly in my head. The bad feeling in my body is gone. I do feel that I have become stronger both mentally and physically through what I have experienced. 

 

(A) Is there a metaphor that you can think of that can indicate your recovery? 

(M) A poem that reminds me a lot of my recovery is "Dust if you must." In the beginning I could only lie in bed and do nothing. My life passed by me. Only later did I find the sense and energy to live again. 

 

Dust if you must, but it would be better 

To paint a picture, or write a letter, 

Bake a cake or plant a seed; 

Ponder the difference between want and need? 

 

Dust if you must, but there's not much time, 

With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb; 

Music to hear, and books to read; 

Friends to cherish, and life to lead. 

 

Dust if you must, but the world's out there 

With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair; 

A flutter or snow, a shower or rain, 

This day will not come around again. 

 

Dust if you must, but bear in mind, 

Old age will come and it's not kind. 

And when you go (and you must go) 

You, yourself, will make more dust. 

 

by Rose Milligan 

 

Another poem that reminds me is the following. It reminds me that I am not a victim but a survivor. 

 

Do not stand at my grave and weep 

I am not there. I do not sleep. 

I am a thousand winds that blow. 

I am the diamond glints on snow. 

I am the sunlight on ripened grain. 

I am the gentle autumn rain. 

When you wake up in the morning's hush 

I am the swift uplifting rush 

Or quiet birds in circled flight. 

I am the soft stars that shine at night. 

Do not stand at my grave and cry; 

I am not there. I did not die that. 

 

by Mary Elizabeth Frye 

 

(A) What did you develop? What are you extra good at because you have developed a double awareness? 

(M) I started to pay more attention to my limits and don't just let me walk over me anymore. Sometimes I bite off a bit too hard, but that is the urge to protect myself. I now also know my own strength much better. I started running to process my experience and now run marathons. This helped me a lot, because I was working together with my body again after running instead of fighting it. This also taught me to listen to my body again. I could put all my emotions in it. Running is something incredibly beautiful that I have recovered from my recovery. 

Interview with Elif

Interview with Elif

(A) Do you have comforting memories that helped you shortly after the abuse? This can be people / pets / situations, but also something small like a hug at the right time. If so, could you describe it?  

(E) I was just a kid when it happened and I have no specific comforting memories of that time. I told no one then, so there was no one who could help me. I was particularly relieved when it was over. Only later, when I was about 15 years old, during a school trip did a classmate talk about how her stepfather had abused her. I then went to her at a quiet moment and told that I understood her and I told her that I had experienced something similar. It helped me to know that I was not the only one who was the victim of abuse. At that time I felt less alone in my grief. 

 

(A) Do you have specific moments of fearful memories that came from your experiences? If so, could you describe one? 

(E) Yes, every time he came by, I was scared again. I was abused by my babysitter, so I had nothing to say about when he would come by. I always tried to postpone the moment he would put me to bed as long as possible. Then I ran through the house or lay down on the floor and tried to make myself heavy. But I was 6 or 7 years old, he was around 18, I didn't stand a chance. That powerless feeling frightened me very much. I still find it difficult not to have control over situations. I am then inclined to compensate for another situation, such as my eating habits. I had moments in my teenage years where I noted my food intake and tried to eat as little as possible. To have control over my body. 

 

(A) Where in your body do you feel the pain / fear / shame that is related to your experiences? And where do you feel the power needed for the recovery process? 

(E) The shame is in my lower abdomen. It hides deep between my intestines and blood vessels. I hardly ever let it out, but when men come closer it takes over my whole body, like a fungus. I get cold and block them. I find it very difficult to let people in physically, unless I know that there are no feelings involved or when it is without sexual intentions. 

 

(A) Do you still carry your experience (s) with you and do you embrace it? Or have you left it behind and is it no longer in your body? 

(E) I carry it with me and I think I have almost embraced it. That I have almost completely accepted myself with the situation as it is. Even though I couldn't do anything about the situation myself, I'm still ashamed of it. I only dare to talk about it with people I really trust. 

 

(A) How does the force that you needed during the processing / recovery feel in your body? Soft, wavy, hard, powerful, bundled? 

(E) It can best be described as a primal force. Pure urge to survive. In that sense it is not soft, but it feels to me that that power was able to dose itself just right. As if it was something stronger and smarter than me. It kept me going and has brought me a step further in my recovery time and time again. I link it most to nature, to energy. Such as sun rays and running water. Elements that serve us and help us move forward. That power lives in me, I have received a large dose of it. Sometimes it is clenched in my fists, sometimes it pumps through my veins and sometimes it ripples gently through my vertebra to my toes. 

 

(A) What do you feel when you look at your own body? 

(E) I feel proud. Proud of this body which I have rebuilt myself. That I know my muscles well, that my skin shines and that it is a beautiful, feminine body. No one I don't trust can touch my body. I hate it when people are too close. I only want to share it with the people I love, who have proven to me that they will not damage my most precious possession, my body. 

 

(A) When you think of your experience (s), is it a (mental) thought that you carry with you or a (physical) load / luggage? (In other words: Is the memory of your experience mainly nestled in your head or in your body?)  

(E) For me, my experience is both in my head and in my body. I can block if someone touches me too much or too quickly, that is a physical reaction. In my head it goes very quickly then, I am afraid of what could possibly happen. I would rather run away really fast and never have to see that person again, because I don't want to explain where that blockade comes from. But of course that is not possible, so I have to try to indicate to them that my physical boundaries are a bit tighter than with most people. Because I struggle with that I often avoid situations in which such contact can occur. I am not someone who often has relationships. When I think about the situation I can feel a lot of powerlessness. Powerlessness and defeat, because I know that I can not change anything about how the situation was then. "What if I had this .." or "if only I had that ..." If I think about it, I can explain to myself that I have done nothing wrong. Yet I am not always smiling. 

 

(A) Is there a metaphor that you can think of that can indicate your recovery? 

(E) I see many metaphors in nature: A tree that loses its leaves and slowly blooms again, a frozen lake that slowly thaws, animals that go into hibernation and only wake up again in the spring. Time in particular was an important factor in my recovery. It took me about 15 to 20 years until I could call my body my own again. It has been an intensive and long process with peaks and lows and that I have sometimes been more and sometimes less aware of. 

 

(A) What did you develop? What are you extra good at because you have developed a double awareness? 

(E) I have learned to embrace my body again. I think I have learned from close contact with my body how to take care of my body and how to use it best, for example in my work as an artist. I am also very careful about allowing others into my life and I can "read" others quickly. 

 

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Last Resistance

A duet between voice and man

Last Resistance is a duet between the grasping body of a young man and the clear, warm voice of the messages he plays, again and again and again. Holding on to what he still has, in a desperate attempt to hear from the voice how he should continue living, how to carry the cold sweat on his body without her. 

Last Resistance unfolds fragmentarily, like a fever dream. The exact timeline of events, origins, relationships and consequences is not shown. The public only has access to the one-sided information from the voice. What has happened is indefinite, but what it does to the body is inevitable. Blazej Jasinski's long, limber and at the same time brittle limbs suppress, gathering tension and eagerly interlock in search of control. To then burst again, at the most impossible moments, to wave around like unguided wreckages, looking for hope and salvation, for breath, for space for light or enlightenment. 

 

“Nobody really tells you this, but sometimes, the healing hurts more than the wound. Yet I want you to know darling, that a healed person can love you to death and never speak to you again. I need you to understand that.”

– part of the monolgue

Last Resistance premiered July 13th, 2021 in theatre De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg, The Netherlands. For bookings please contact info@bodyofart.nl.  

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Genre
Black Box

Concept, text & choreography
Annemijn Rijk

Dance
Blazej Jasinski

Voice
Tessa Stephenson

Text editor
Anna van der Kruis
Music
Aura Bouw

Technician
Bo van Vliet

Production
Makershuis Tilburg, Chassé Theater Breda

Graphic Design
Loes Verstappen


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Last Resistance key terms: coping mechanisms, dissociation, knots, addiction, escapism, hope, rock bottom, blood, hope, violence, relief, release, hope, hope, hope. 

In the bleak mid-winter

In the bleak mid-winter 

Frosty wind made moan; 

Earth stood hard as iron 

Water like a stone 

Snow had fallen, snow on snow 

Snow on snow 

In the bleak mid-winter 

Long ago 

 

 

What can I give him 

Poor as I am? - 

If I were a shepherd 

I would bring him a lamb; 

If I were a wise man 

I would do my part, - 

Yet what can I give him 

 

Give my heart 

 

“When we are ashamed we can’t tell our stories, and our stories are the foundation of our existence.”

- Andrew Solomon

“The need to be seen, and the complete horror of being seen.”

- Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

“On the surface it might look like that on the day we met, you made a mistake.”
“You stole something, your parents labeled you a little, eight year old thief. But it wasn’t a mistake at all, underneath the surface that delicate act of transgression was actually a well considered solution for some of your other problems.
Just like me coming into your life is not something you should see as a problem, it was a solution. It is quite fucking beautiful actually, the creativity, the imagination through which your survival instinct manifested itself. Not all child soldiers live in war zones, you know.”

“Looking back on it, you were probably already too invisible to the people around you for them to recognize your behavior as such. Survival of the fittest. Like what they said on National Geographic. The man with the slow talking voice. He called a snow leopard a ghost cat. Ghost cat. Because snow leopards hardly ever let themselves be seen. Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.”

- A paragraph that didn't make it in the final edit
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Woman's Work

Reclaim ownership of that gaze

Reclaim ownership of the gaze. Undermine the representation of women as beautiful objects created by male artists and enjoyed by male viewers. Use the body to challenge patriarchy and introduce the female gaze. 

- Body of Art, Beauty, Phaidon (2015) 

 

Woman's Work is the titel of the third chapter of Body of Art which will be created around the theme 'Beauty.' Annemijn will work with seven female dancers and performers on a film installation. 

"The presence of misogyny and patriarchal demands on women (her being the giver, not trespassing his grounds) are often concealed by social structures and norms. Art can be a way to reveal this blanket of concealment and make these structures tangible and graspable."

- Part of my research texts

"Representation of (bodily) beauty today has, like human society itself, become inclusive. Rather than a hollowed arena that mirrors specific cultural ideas, it has become a stage for powerful social critique."

- Phaidon, 2015

Genre
Film installation

Concept & choreography
Annemijn Rijk

Performance
Pauline Roelants, Nicole van den Berg, Izah Hankammer amongst others (casting in progress)

Production
De Nieuwe Vorst, Chassé Theater Breda


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Adèle Haenel on the paradox of 'strong women' in film

French actress Adèle Haenel on why portraying 'strong women' in film is not the solution, or as I call it: peusdo-emancipation: 

 

Haenel: "This is why we’re creating the future. Nowadays, the producer or the project is a bit more more concerned about, “Oh, maybe this person shouldn’t just be an object, she can be the subject, as a woman.” So it’s more common now. But there’s a way to stop halfway, and just say, “Oh, we’re going to do a strong woman character that fights the world and makes it!” This is the problem. When you’re portraying that, you’re in a way, saying, “Oh, actually, the world is okay. If you want, you can make it!” To me, it’s violent to say that. It’s super that there are women superheroes, we need that. But to me, it’s a stop halfway. You are trying to say, “Okay, this world is bad, but not that bad. You can exist if you want.” It becomes not political, and tells you that you can be self-made." 

 

Source: www.vulture.com/2020/03/portrait-of-a-lady-on-fire-q-and-a-cline-sciamma-adle-haenel.html 

Double focus: On the History of Woman's Writing

Extract from "Double focus: On the History of Women's Writing" by Sigrid Weigel. p.61  

 

"Women are... defined according to male criteria as regards their characteristics, their behavior, etc. Woman in the male order has learnt to see herself as inferior, inauthentic, incomplete. As the cultural order is ruled by men but women still belong to it, women also use the norms of which they themselves are object... woman in the male order is at once involved and excluded.  

This means for woman's self awareness that she sees herself by seeing that and how she is seen. She sees the world through the male spectacles... She is fixated on self-observation refracted in the critical gaze of man, having left observation of the external world to his wide-ranging gaze. Thus her self-portrait originates in the distorting patriarchal mirror. In order to find her own image she must liberate the mirror from the images of woman painted on it by a male hand." 

"And at a certain point, beauty becomes interchangeable with the truth. And it's in these moments, that you really start to understand the life you're living."

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Where should we begin? (2022-2023)

 

 




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The body's limits

 




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Body of Art is a multi-year project consisting of ten chapters. Each chapter has a theme related to the human body that forms the basis for research. Work is then created from this research. The form of expression of the work is always open in advance, so that the final (art) product can take on various forms. The order of the chapters is intuitively determined by the maker. The following chapters are 'The Absent Body' and 'Beauty'. 'The Abject Body' is the first, completed chapter.