Please me Please The Duet - BitterSweetDance

Bitter Sweet Dance 
Dance organisation Bitter Sweet Dance of Liat Waysbort creates powerful, physical productions fueled
 by acute social topics. Bitter Sweet Dance undermines clichés concerning age, gender and physicality, expands definitions of beauty and makes all aspects of human life tangible. It grabs you by the senses. 

In 2021/2022 Bitter Sweet Dance will tour with Gioia Live

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Liat Waysbort (Israel, 1974) is an Amsterdam based choreographer that started her career as a dancer and rehearsal director for Batsheva Dance Company. There she worked with choreographers like Ohad Naharin and William Forsythe. With her communicative and physical dance language, she makes disturbing themes in society tangible. Her works undermines clichés and stereotypes and embraces the complexity of the world with subtle activism. In 2015 she founded the foundation Bitter Sweet Dance in which she is develops new working methods in which the artistic and organisational structures are intertwined. 

Liat holds a master in choreography from CoDarts Dance Academy and was a resident choreographer in Dansateliers till 2012, where she created five full evening programs and a large body of shorter works for companies such as Conny Janssen Danst, Dansgroep Amsterdam and The Meekers. Her works were performed nationally and internationally at festivals like Springdance (Utrecht),  Dutch Dance Festival (Maastricht), Julidans (Amsterdam), rencontres- Choreographiques (Paris) and B-motion (Bassano del Grappa). Liat was nominated for the prize for the most promising choreographer at the Dutch Dance Festival in 2012. The succesful solo Please me Please-The Solo toured around the world, won the audience prize in Platform HR in Zagreb and was descriped as “A little masterpiece” in the critiques of Barcelona.  

Liat is a dedicated, open and forceful teacher who teaches at Modern Theatre Dance and the School for New Dance Development at the Theaterschool in Amsterdam and at the Henny Jurriens Stichting in the same city.

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Liat Waysbort [photo Ton van Til]



With her dynamic, physical, warm and communicative performances Liat makes disturbing themes in society tangible. Her work evokes a physical and sensorial response before it reaches the intellect. In this she has found a way to connect to a multitude of audiences. The content defines the context and form of her work, and she creates her performances in a way so they can easily be adapted to other circumstances, without loosing the core of the work. Next to big and small stages, her work was visible in clubs, in a tea bar in Amsterdam, at TEDX and more. The focus on creating space for the dancers to have ownership of the work contributes to this flexiblity of the work. 




During her psychoses Gioia experienced her most beautiful dreams and her blackest nightmares. A regular life keeps her in reality, but what does it to do her imagination? Choreographer Liat Waysbort's work builds on Laura Stek's film documentary Gioia, which impressively captures Gioia's experience of the world. In Gioia Live, dance, video and audio push each other up in the search for the boundary between delusion and reality. Fantastic heights and dramatic lows alternate and crash with the banality of everyday life. Mara Hulspas' warm, elusive and powerful movements and Gioia's poetic, humorous and dry reflections on her psychoses merge into an intense and personal mix of dance and documentary theatre. A performance that celebrates the autonomy of the individual

choreography: Liat Waysbort | artistic associate: Annette van Zwoll | performance: Mara Hulspas, Gioia Norina Melody Fiorito | artistic advice: Laura Stek | lighting design: Edwin van Steenbergen | business management: Marten Oosthoek | Gioia Live is based ont the dance documentary Gioia by director Laura Stek, produced by Witfilm in collaboration with NTR | Gioia Live is financially supported by Performing Arts Fund NL and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.




Bitter Sweet Dance supports and produces the work of Liat Waysbort, which is both bitter and sweet, challenging and provoking. As the artistic director, Liat Waysbort is creating a new and adventourus landscape of activities. From choreographing for bigger venues to choreographic pop-ups, from workshops for professionals to physical introductions for audiences, from developing new working methods with other media like film, to deepening her dance language. Together with artistic associate Annette van Zwoll an she develops a dynamic, playful but professional organisation in which the artistic work and the organisational work are intertwined.

Bitter Sweet Dance is warmly and inspiredly supported by collaborators Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Dansmakers Amsterdam, Dansateliers RotterdamWHY NOT Festival, Theaterschool Amsterdam and many more. 






The Sensorial body

Movement can be originated in an aesthetic idea, an image or sensation.

Principles: Bodily connectivity, technical body, – action – motion, active – passive relations, Surrendering / giving in to movement

My classes are focusing on developing physical and technical skills and increasing the sensorial awareness of one’s body.In the classes I connect the physical/Kinesthetic processes to the awareness and the awakening of the body. I am using references to traditional dance practices and techniques mixed with yoga. With that synergy I am training dancers to arrive at their full potential and enlarge the positive experiences in the practice of dance. The classes relates to my own vocabulary, which resaults in a very physical and increasingly demanding work of high energy. It is necessary to have a follow up of the classes in order to sense the development. In those classes I am training the body and the brains in a multi tasking way. My attitude as a teacher is humen and positive.

Flow of thoughts and practical tasks leads us into moving in space, connecting to the dancing body in real time, As in life – increasing our experiences while moving.

I  teach regulary in the Modern Theater department in AHK, Amsterdam, Henny Jurriëns foundation Amsterdam, Codarts Rotterdam and national and internationaly workshops. The technical classes are based on my own idioms developped in years of experience and experimenting. Besides that I teach composition courses, deepening physical performative knowledge and do professional coaching.


Nellie de Boer


Don't Look bAck

Titanic >>
Please me Please-The Duet >>
Please me Please-The Solo >>
Beyond (words) / Before (language)
What’s Left
Backwardbill (version1 & 2)
Male Version
The seeking (of) FELIX
Female Version
Reality is Shaped By Recalling
Re-Dreaming the work

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In 2020/2021 the multi-disciplinary performance Gioia Live will tour in theaters in the Netherlands. Dates will follow soon!

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Stichting Bitter Sweet Dance
Noord Hollandstraat 68
1018 AV Amsterdam 
Fiscaal nummer: 854839756
KvK 62494546

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Artistic Director:

+31(0)6 46100568
General Manager:   +31 (0)6 20429036 
Artistic Associate:   +31 (0)6 24436245

Beppie Blankert, Anne Marleen de Jong, Marjolein Vogels

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