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If A, then C (2014) -  a Retina Dance Company production

/// If A, then C (2014)

If A, then C A new solo dance and live music project for Filip Van Huffel (Retina Dance Company) and Joris Vanvinckenroye (BASta!/Aranis).

Promoters • Relative Danger (2008) • Retina Dance Company
Relative Danger (2008) -  a Retina Dance Company production

/// Relative Danger (2008)

Relative Danger starts from a group photograph, an image that often hides more than it reveals. The smiles, focus and hand holding disguise the individuality of each, the personal characteristics that make us who we are. 

Promoters • Overexposed (1999) • Retina Dance Company

/// Overexposed (1999)

Promoters • Freeze (2003) • Retina Dance Company
Freeze (2003) -  a Retina Dance Company production

/// Freeze (2003)

Promoters • Gradient (2002) • Retina Dance Company

/// Gradient (2002)

Gradient was created as a performance and education project for recent contemporary dance graduates. After leading an open audition for 150 graduates, six were selected for their creative and performance skills and their potential as teachers of dance.

Promoters • X: (2002) • Retina Dance Company

/// X: (2002)

X: is a surreal universe of games, wherin four contestants guide themselves through the unknown. In this skirmish, every players' skills of accuracy, speed, stillness, perseverance and commitment will be tested to the limit.

Promoters • Toxin (2001) • Retina Dance Company

/// Toxin (2001)

An evening of contrasting purity,  two natural poisons played against each other - INKT and FUNGUS

Promoters • Oxygenius (2000) • Retina Dance Company
Oxygenius (2000) -  a Retina Dance Company production

/// Oxygenius (2000)

Locked in an experiment where the air is slowly sucked away. More than the physical, this is delirium, ecstasy and isolation

Promoters • Tweeling (1998) • Retina Dance Company

/// Tweeling (1998)

We once were two, we two made one, we no more two, through life be one (Marjorie Wallace)

Promoters • Hard Shoulder (1998) • Retina Dance Company
Hard Shoulder (1998) -  a Retina Dance Company production

/// Hard Shoulder (1998)

Promoters • Crave (1996) • Retina Dance Company

/// Crave (1996)

Retina's second production and the first time for the choreographers to be joined by other dancers.

Promoters • Pit (1997) • Retina Dance Company
Pit (1997) -  a Retina Dance Company production

/// Pit (1997)

Battled physiques, inspired by sculptures of the Italian sculpturer Alberto Giacommetti, move restless, with furious woven lines into a seedy, metal-cold labyrinth.

Promoters • Battery (1996) • Retina Dance Company
Battery (1996) -  a Retina Dance Company production

/// Battery (1996)

Retina's first production Battery, was created in winter 1995 for a January 1996 premiere in the Resolution series at The Place.

Promoters • Me:Mo (2003) • Retina Dance Company

/// Me:Mo (2003)

Promoters • Eleven stories for the body, distance to our soul (2005) • Retina Dance Company

/// Eleven stories for the body, distance to our soul (2005)

Promoters • The boy who never grows old (2006) • Retina Dance Company

/// The boy who never grows old (2006)

Promoters • This is not a body (2007) • Retina Dance Company

/// This is not a body (2007)

Promoters • La Lutte (2011) • Retina Dance Company
La Lutte (2011) -  a Retina Dance Company production

/// La Lutte (2011)

La Lutte (French for ‘The Wrestle’) is a male duet created by choreographer Filip Van Huffel and performed by Retina’s long-term members Matthew Slater and Steven Martin. Their performance demonstrates how intricacy and power can seamlessly interweave.

La Lutte was created and premiered in Edinburgh Festival 2010, and had an impressive and very succesful two week run. It has since been on tour and most recently was performed in Busan International Dance Festival in South Korea.

Movement material was devised and inspired from visits to Belgian day centre for young children with mental disabilities Het Veer in Sint-Niklaas, by looking at the extreme, uncomfortable movements that are made by children who have severe disabilities, how they wrestle to communicate, move, express happiness and sadness. The idea was not to look at the social aspect of their situations but look at their movement and on how we can reconstruct their movement and make it into dance.

The second stimulus for La Lutte was the ancient martial art of Jiu Jitsu. As a young person Filip trained extensively in Jiu-Jitsu and achieved a black belt at the age of 15. Jiu-Jitsu is a collective name for Japanese martial art styles including unarmed and armed techniques. Jiuj jitsu evolved among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent without weapons. Due to the ineffectiveness of striking against an armored opponent, the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker's energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.

La Lutte is a 30 minute production that can tour as part of mixed evening bills or in festivals. With a minimum performance area of 8 x 8 metres La Lutte can also be programmed in smaller or non-traditional venues. 

Downloads (promoters/press)

If you have a login/password the La Lutte (2011) downloads are available here.

Promoters • Corporalis (2013) • Retina Dance Company
Corporalis (2013) -  a Retina Dance Company production

/// Corporalis (2013)

Corporalis takes the body in architecture as its point of departure. Choreographer Filip Van Huffel and architects/designers Ruimtevaarders explore the relationship between personal space, architectural space and three-dimensional space; an exchange between the inside and the outside; the awareness of our body and its relationship to the environment.  

Filip Van Huffel is collaborating with architect/set designers Ruimtevaarders to create an environment for Corporalis that will evolve throughout the three sections of the work. They will create a unique environment for this new production that will enhance the movement and create a continuity and individuality between the sections of the work.

Corporalis is a multimedia production comprising of three separate shorter works:
Duet (20 minutes)
Solo (10 minutes)
Quartet (40 minutes)

Corporalis can be performed as a full production of 70 minutes, but the three distinct but integrated units of Corporalis can also be performed individually as part of a wider festival programme. In addition, each of the works can be performed in unusual settings, non-theatre venues or outdoor spaces, providing Retina and host venues with additional marketing and audience development opportunities.

A minimum space of 8x8m is required for the solo alone, and a minimum of 10x10m for the whole production.

Corporalis premiered in January 2013.

Photography by David Severn

Downloads (promoters/press)

If you have a login/password the Corporalis (2013) downloads are available here.

Promoters • Layers of Skin (2012) • Retina Dance Company

/// Layers of Skin (2012)

Layers of Skin is a multilayered performance event with bold choreography by Belgian/English choreographer Filip Van Huffel and his Retina Dance Company with live music by Joris Vanvinckenroye and his acclaimed Belgian chamber rock ensemble Aranis.

Layers of Skin is a dynamic and constantly changing production that will take the audience on a journey of movement with power, sensitivity and versatility accompanied by exquisite music that lies between the finesse of classical music and the excitement of pop.

Layers of Skin starts from the idea of hiding. The three layers of our skin hide the bones, the organs, the muscles and nervous system of our body. It also hides who we are, the reality of our contents. The skin is the largest organ of our body and it wraps cerebral, physical and intuition into one package.

Layers of Skin unfolds in front of the audience. The external appearances are unwrapped as we discover the inner layers. Stripping away the surface, we discover the motivations for movement.

Layers of Skin is a multilayered sensory experience never to be forgotten!

In its simplest form Layers of Skin is a production for six Retina dancers and lasts 65 minutes. However, with every booking we can discuss the potential to bring the strong participatory element to your venue. This incorporates a one-week residency with local dancers, either professional or amateur from ages 12 upwards. Retina's Education Manager can either assist your venue with finding and selecting these participants or Retina can lead on finding and selecting participants. After the residency participants perform alongside Retina within the Layers of Skin production. Music from Aranis can be played live by the seven-piece band or Retina can supply a recorded version.

This participatory element has resulted in many sell-out shows during the Layers of Skin tour and is a strong tool in venue audience development for dance.

Retina works closely with programmers and bookers to ensure the format of Layers of Skin is best suited to venue requirements and needs.

Printed publicity materials are available, along with photos from Chris Nash and clips of Layers of Skin for use across venue websites, Facebook and Twitter.

Downloads (promoters/press)

If you have a login/password the Layers of Skin (2012) downloads are available here.

Promoters • Antipode (2009) • Retina Dance Company

/// Antipode (2009)

Four great young male dancers are joined by a double bass player as they perform a raw and exhilarating piece of athletic dance. Powerful and energetic movement demonstrates the skill of the dancers and emphasises their connection with the live soundscore.

 

Promoters • Test production • Retina Dance Company