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Transmute

Quicksand in troubled times

A gloomy light reveals slowly what appears to be a waiting room. Four mysterious figures emerge from the organic background. They are waiting. Waiting for what awaits them behind the doors.

Are they sick? Are they fearing something catastrophic happened? Are they imagining losing their loved ones? Are they projecting or remembering?

In troubled times it feels reassuring to say that we have solid ground under our feet. When you lose that ground from under your feet, the self-image gets out of balance. In Transmute familiar soil suddenly turns into quicksand and we slowly sink into a world unknown.

Unaware that the COVID-19 pandemic was on it’s way, Transmute was made just before it all started. In this new performance by Sandman, choreographer Sabine Molenaar and her four wonderful dancers deconstruct the reality we thought we knew. There where borders start to fade and confusion and chaos reside, one can also create an opening to rewrite oneself. Time, space and role seem interchangeable. To be or become the other. Between dream and quicksand even authenticity seems fluid.

Credits

Concept & direction: Sabine Molenaar

Dance & performance: Marcia Liu, Lisa Bless, Janosch Horn, Joséphine Terme

Scenography: Amber Vandenhoeck

Music: Jochem Baelus

Lighting design: Lucas Van Haesbroeck

Animatronix: Gertjan Biasino

Costume: Joke Van de Casteele

Photos: Britt Guns & William van der Voort

Trailer: Tessel Schmidt & Beeldstorm

Production: Sandman Coprodution: DansBrabant Executive producer: Kosmonaut

With the support of: Performing Arts Fund NL - Nieuwe Makers Regeling, ccBe, De Warande, C-Takt, VGC

This initiative was made possible by Grensverleggers, an arrangement to support cultural collaborations between parties in Flanders, the Province of Noord-Brabant, the Province of Limburg and the Province of Zeeland

Sandman/Sabine Molenaar works in a collaboration with DansBrabant & Kosmonaut.

Reviews Transmute

"Sensationelle 75-minütige Performance, Füße stampften zustimmend."

https://volksblatt.at/nur-noch...

in Volksblatt (AT)

"Fazit: Ein Abend wie ein langer, surrealer Traum."

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in Nachrichten (AT)

"But it is certainly not everyday in this setting of the mystical dance performance Transmute, made by Sandman (...) In fact, the painted walls already form a silent harbinger of the surreal tableaus that will take place in this room for an hour."

in Theaterkrant (NL)

Full review Theaterkrant

Annette Embrechts

"Sometimes music in dance performances sets the mood, sometimes it brings cohesion. The musical soundscape Jochem Baelus has made for Transmute by Sandman – seen 11 February at Theater Bellevue – does both."

in Movement Exposed Critical Space

Full review

Bregtje Schudel

"At this performance by Molenaar, that unpredictability is embodied by three woman and one man. Each has his own style of movement, one silent, the other jerky, the next hyper-flexible."

in het NRC (NL)

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Francine van der Wiel

"It is precisely this deliberate intangibility that draws the viewer inside in an atmosphere that must have unsolved mystery."

in Het Parool (NL)

Fritz de Jong

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Archive

03.12.2019
Posthof
Linz (AU)
30.11.2019
Première BE at CC Berchem
Antwerpen (BE)
12.12.2019
Première NL at Theater De Nieuwe Vorst
Tilburg (NL)
18.12.2019
Korzo Theater
Den Haag (NL)
07.01.2020
CC De Werft
Geel (BE)
11.02.2020
Theater Bellevue
Amsterdam (NL)
28.03.2020
Cement Festival Transmute - CANCELLED
Den Bosch (NL)
06.05.2020
Het Gasthuis - CANCELLED
Aarschot
08.05.2020
Chassé Theater Transmute - CANCELLED
Breda (NL)
05.02.2021
Les Brigittines CANCELLED
Brussel (BE)
06.02.2021
Les Brigittines CANCELLED
Brussel (BE)
20.11.2020
Het Gasthuis CANCELLED
Aarschot (BE)
14.05.2021
Natlab Parktheater - CANCELLED
Eindhoven (NL)
19.03.2021
Cement Festival Transmute - CANCELLED
Den Bosch (NL)
20.03.2021
Cement Festival Transmute - CANCELLED
Den Bosch (NL)
18.06.2021
Les Brigittines
Brussels (BE)
19.06.2021
Les Brigittines
Brussels (BE)

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