La Despedida (Het moment van afscheid nemen)
Explosive dance, emotional text and driving live music merge into a poetic dance concert. Inspired by the comforting cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, choreographer Patricia van Deutekom presents la despedida (the moment of saying goodbye), a contemporary requiem with a strong autobiographical angle.
la despedida can be seen in everything that exists. There are countless situations in which saying goodbye plays a role. The farewell to the day, a journey that is coming to an end, a phase of life that is suddenly no more, loved ones who disappear and the giving up of desires, hopes and dreams. A performance about the finite and the infinite. About winning and losing, saving and being upset, carrying and being carried. About the power of the mind that takes over when the body gives up. About light, love, letting go. A new beginning.
Explosive dance, emotional text and driving live music merge into a poetic dance concert.
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‘Mourning, holding on, letting go and moving on: that's what La Despedida is about. (...) There are enough experiences to elevate the intense performance above a private account.’
‘Personal experiences of loss, mourning and saying goodbye have been converted by choreographer Patricia van Deutekom into an explosive performance full of raw, universally recognisable emotions.’
Choreography Lava Collective lead by Patricia van Deutekom
danced by Patricia van Deutekom, Ronja Keultjes, Anna Mikuła, Marijn van der Sande, Naomi Schwarz
Text and performance by Hanne Struyf
photography Judith Zwikker