In Both, Two Tussing & Vanderbruggen examine the duet, the smallest unit of togetherness. The dance duet is a genre with a history. In their most familiar forms, duets reflect the range of possibilities for relating, which resonate within a certain cultural imaginary. In particular, they reveal common-sense attitudes towards who gets to move, how, and under what conditions.
When two people dance together, a whole constellation of invitations, permissions and prohibitions is put on display. Both, Two invites the spectator to jump into this complex more-than-human ecology with her whole body: the work asks us not just to see but to sense. Can we hear a duet? What does it feel like? Costumes with palpable textures, swirling currents of air and sound, and a tactile program note complement the movements of tangibly enfleshed bodies; a journey for the proximal senses that intersects with the visual and the aural in unusual ways. In a duet which both references and exceeds the tropes of the genre, Both, Two asks what it could mean, today, to be two together.
Performance & Creation: Vera Tussing & Esse Vanderbruggen
Sound: Mike Picknett
Lights: Bert van Dijck Costumes: Sofie Durnez, Jivan van der Ende
Direction: Vera Tussing
Dramaturgy: Seb Kann
Feedback: Saïd Gharbi
Artistic Collaborator: JS Rafaeli
Photography: Alessandra Rocchetti
Video: Zoilly Molnar Production: Hiros
Co-production: Kaaitheater, KAAP, The Place, IN / FINITY Support, Research
Residencies: Vlaamse Gemeenschap, South East Dance, The Place, CND Paris, Tanzhaus Zuerich, ImpulsTanz , BUDA, STUK, KAAP,
De Markten, Cc 't Vondel, De Warande, Stems Gallery / Cindy Daignault, Klein Verzet
Tactile Programme Note: Anna Goette, Bert Van Dijck, Lucie Beauvert, Esse Vanderbruggen & Vera Tussing
Additional support and special thank you: Esther Severi, Anneleen Keppens, Zoltan Vakulya, Chen Wei Lee, Gorka Gurrutxaga, Laura Poletti, Magrit De Maegd, TOPAZ, Susan Carter-Schwantes, Bun Kobayashi & Clara Levy