Andreas Hannes has been working with skipping (huppelen) since 2017. His performances aim to vitalize bodies and space in order to open up, question and highlight the intricate relation between them, and to consider distance, transit and approach as a meaningful dance of time.
Everything always moves and occasionally flows. Measuring, counting, pushing and pulling, bodies find a way to navigate space and time, in full fantasy and hope. On the groove of their feet, a group of dancers is skipping the finite to find the infinite. By outlining trajectories of encounter and departure and passing through energetic fields made of memories and dreams, they become markers of change in an ever-transforming city.
Background on skipping
Skipping (as in skipping down the street) is a historical motion for the human body and it relates to a bodily experience that everyone knows. Our force and urge to move, to understand and cover distance, that has originated in our childhood, in the backyards and streets of the city and has moved through folk, street and club dances, is utilized in this context to create an artificial continuum in which the body invests against gravity and orientates through a stream of rhythm.
About Andreas Hannes
Andreas Hannes is an eclectic maker who explores gravity and aerodynamic forces. He uses rhythm and vibration as a source for informing and revealing the body within environments. Growing up in a musical environment, Andreas Hannes (Greece, 1987) danced extensively in the living room. After completing his studies in classical percussion at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki (Greece), he moved to the Netherlands to follow his passion for film.
He worked as an independent director and producer of short films and he co-founded Small House Productions, a platform for international and interdisciplinary projects (2011-2015). In 2018, Andreas graduated from SNDO (School for New Dance Development) with the performance The City, in which he showcased the practice of continuous skipping. He won the Moving Forward Trajectory 2018 and the Young Art Support Amsterdam 2019, and produced the skipping sequel Tremble. In 2020, he won the BNG DansPrijs and created Warping Soul, a commission from Conny Janssen Danst, nominated by Dansateliers, and in collaboration with Korzo. In 2022, he was selected by Aerowaves ’22 as one of the twenty most promising choreographers in Europe.
Andreas Hannes summarises his artistic work under the notion of relational, physical and metaphysical distance. He investigates by playing with the proximities and tensions between bodies, traditions and disciplines which, at first glance, might not be considered relevant or engaging. The spectacle, entertainment, science fiction and time tenses fuel his creative force, with all the social and political implications they bring along. Currently, Hannes is affiliated with Julidans and is artist in residence at ICK Dans Amsterdam, where he created Reverberated Emissions (2021) with the ensemble of the company. He also collaborates with Cinedans FEST in Amsterdam as artistic programmer and producer