In this 'film duet' you will see both Eye Candy by Imre and Marne van Opstal and Mist by Damien Jalet. Mist was Jalet's debut creation for NDT 1 and was canceled due to the corona crisis. Therefore, the choreography is beautifully filmed by Rahi Rezvani.
Eye Candy – Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal (for Rambert)
The in Limburg born brother and sister Marne and Imre van Opstal are among the most exciting and sought-after new dance choreographers in the world. With roots in a family of dancers, they started their professional career at Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). Both of them were active as top dancers until 2020, after that they decided to fully focused on choreography and creating cutting edge, contemporary dance performances. Their works explore identity, sexuality, gender, love and what this means in our contemporary world. Take Root, an NDT 1 production, was nominated in 2019 for a Swan for best dance production. In 2021, in the midst of the corona pandemic, they received their first assignment abroad and created the piece Eye Candy for the Rambert Dance Company in London. Which was eventually translated to film.
Our body is the vehicle through which we experience the physical world and it houses our deepest instinctive parts. Where we feel pleasure and love, judge and destroy, bleed and smile. Since David and Venus, we have placed the body on the highest pedestal, shaping and perpetuating an unattainable standard of beauty. Through this distorted lens of beauty, our natural form has been sexualized, demonized and sometimes shamed into a taboo. Why is the naked body offensive? Does it have a political charge? Are we nothing more than it seems at first glance?
Mist – Damien Jalet (for Nederlands Dans Theater 1)
Mist is a multidisciplinary dance film by the French-Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet (1976) filmed by Rahi Rezvani, inspired by the fog banks often found in the Dutch landscape. The constant presence of wind and sea and the fact that a large part of the Netherlands is below sea level served as the main sources of inspiration for the maker. Mist marks the third collaboration between Jalet and Japanese visual artist Kohei Nawa, following their internationally acclaimed piece VESSEL and PLANET (wanderer). The work explores the ephemeral space between reality and mirage, and a physicality that recalls the dynamics of evaporating, condensing and falling water. For this creation, Jalet is also collaborating with choreographer Aimilios Arapoglou, composer Fennesz, lighting designer Urs Schonebaum, costume designer Sruli Recht and photographer and video maker Rahi Rezvani.
Camilla Greenwell (Eye Candy)
Rahi Rezvani (Mist)