Titanic - BitterSweetDance

Bitter Sweet Dance 

Bitter Sweet Dance supports and produces the work of choreographer Liat Waysbort.
The name refers to her work, both bitter and sweet, challenging and provoking.


Liat Waysbort [photo Ton van Til]


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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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. 



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Bitter Sweet Dance presents a topical remake of Ohad Naharin’s dance production The Sinking of the Titanic (1989), inspired by the imperturbable orchestra that played on as that iconic ship went down.

Liat Waysbort: “Titanic shows that individual actions always have an impact, whatever the surrounding forces may be.”

The dancers are overwhelmed by disaster, but they don’t go down without a fight. Instead, they radically embrace every option and opportunity to exert an influence on their ending. Powerful and explosive, vulnerable and hushed, they draw us into their struggle, mortal fear, resignation and solidarity. During this biitersweet evening which – alongside the inevitable crack of human lives – hope and comradeship emerge.

Liat Waysbort saw The Sinking of the Titanic as a teenager, and the work had a deep impression on her. She went on to start her career with Ohad Naharin and his world-famous Batsheva Dance Company and has now worked for many years as an independent choreographer in the Netherlands. In 2015 she set up Bitter Sweet Dance , creating productions that permeate every fibre of your being: ‘It grabs you by the senses’. Her work undermines clichés of age, gender and physicality, broadens definitions of beauty. It makes all aspects of human life tangible.


concept & choreography: Liat Waysbort
assistant choreography: Ivan Ugrin
dancers & co-makers: Lucija Božičević, Matija Franješ, Mara Hulspas, Theo Samsworth, Ivan Ugrin, Carolina Alessandra Valentini, Minouche van de Ven, Goda Žukauskaitė
artistic associate & dramaturge: Annette van Zwoll
music: Gavin Bryars, and others
lighting design & technical production: Edwin van Steenbergen
costume design: Liat Waysbort
managing director & bookings: Gysèle ter Berg
production: Susanne Tuny
publicity: Helene Oudman
photo: Jean van Lingen
graphic designer: Serena Kloet
trailer & registration: Beldan Sezen

With special thanks to Ohad Naharin and Dansateliers.
Titanic is co-produced by Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Dansmakers and the Academy of Theatre and Dance of Amsterdam University of the Arts. Titanic was realised with financial support from the Performing Arts Fund NL, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. 


BitterSweetDance - Titanic

BitterSweetDance - Titanic
Photo by Jean van Lingen



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.



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 and general manager Gysele ter Berg she is developing 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. 





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07 Feb The Stadsschouwburg of Utrecht
21 Mar Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen
09 May Theatre de Nieuwe Vorst Tilburg
Summer Vondelpark Open Air Theatre Amsterdam

14 Juli Preview Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
08 Aug Press Presentation Festival de Nederlandse Dansdagen Maastricht
03 Sep  Preview T’s TeaBar Amsterdam
06 Sep Closed Try Out Dansateliers Rotterdam
10 Sep Preview Parcours, Opening Cultural Season Maastricht
13 Sep Closed Try Out Dansmakers Amsterdam
16 Sep World Premiere: The Stadsschouwburg of Amsterdam
07 Oct Fragment Festival de Nederlandse Dansdagen Maastricht
08 Oct Fragment Festival de Nederlandse Dansdagen Maastricht
20 Oct Theatre Rotterdam, location Witte de With
28 Dec Theatre Vrijthof Maastricht

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