Dance reviews by students of the ArtEZ academy of dance
Friday, 29 January 2016
On the edge of the fear with 'Phobia'
In duet the dancers Angela Herenda de Kroo and Camilo Chapela
I was waiting in the hall of the Schouwburg
Theatre of Arnhem and I knew that something mysterious was hidden
behind the doors. I had the same sensation when I was in row to enter the house
of horrors in an entertainment park.
Then the doors were finally open wide. I peeked a bit like a curious child. There
were people among the seats but they were not just ‘people’, they were not part
of the audience. They were actually the performers of ‘Phobia’. “They should be
on the stage” I thought. Then I just went in and took my seat in the first row
and knew that I didn’t have to wait for anything to start: the new Club Guy and
Roni’s performance had already started. The company settled in Groningen knows how to surprise: this time the company
collaborated with the Slovenian company EnKnapGroup and the result was a composition
which was not made to deal with the stage only, but there was a lot of
interaction with the audience. The stage was even not a stage anymore, it
actually turned into an arena where strange people communicated by dancing and
playing. Musicians of the Slagwerk Deen Hag were playing making original sounds
with instruments in the form of skulls and other specific bones. The performers
were spread through the whole space, and they were dressed differently from
A girl was slowly coming downstage when suddenly somebody put hands on her
eyes. Unexpectedly the lights went off. Screams, laments, thunders. Everything
collected in one word: fear. Through the text written by Bas Heijne and Martijn Rijk, the duo Club
Guy and Roni chose to challenge the audience and lead it on the edge of the
fear. In fact this was not only the
theme of the performance, but it was also what the audience started to feel.
All the performers were fearing something. Indeed, an egg was the all performer’s
fears container. They exchanged it carefully because they didn’t want it to
break. Some of them even wore gloves while touching this egg. I found it really
concrete: sometimes you go on preventing further impediments because you
generally fear them, and you’re also scared to touch your own fears because
they could overflow rapidly and trap you up.
The way of dancing was furious, intense, and the communication with the
audience was constantly active.
The focus was based on the egg. The performer’s chance was thrown upon a table
like dice, nobody could imagine what it would’ve happened if the egg had
broken. It was like the forbidden fruit, and sometimes it can tempt you. Suddenly
one of the girls threw the egg on the floor. The ‘Phobia’ spread in the theatre
while the actress Veerle
van Overloop started her monologue, and later she put gasoline on her
body and asked for a lighter. Somebody from the audience gave her a lighter: the fire was on, the
audience was on the edge of the fear, it was so quite in the theatre but I
could hear my heartbeat. Then the
lights switched off.
A journey into the core of the fears, a
path without any way out. Club Guy and Roni tried to make people seat in front
of their own feares.
Did the company make it? Do you really want to know? Then just book your ticket
and watch ‘Phobia’.
Choreography: Guy Weizman en Roni Haver Composition:
Hugo Morales en Pepe Garcia Chef
Music: Fedor Teunisse Text /
drammaturgy: Martijn de Rijk en Bas Heijne Performers:
Camilo Chapela, Angela Herenda de Kroo, Dunja Jocic, Veerle van Overloop, Adam
Peterson, Luke Thomas Dunne, Ana Štefanec, Tamás Tuza, Ida Hellsten, Bence
Mezei, Nik Rajšek Musicians:
Pepe Garcia, Niels Meliefste, Enric Monfort Light:
Wil Frikken Sound:
Martin J.A. Lambeek Set
design: Ascon de Nijs Costume:
Slavna Martinovic Co
production: Club Guy & Roni i.s.m. EN-KNAP en Slagwerk Den Haag.