TITANIC (2017) Liat Waysbort: “Titanic shows that individual actions always have an impact, whatever the surrounding forces may be.”
Titanic is 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.
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 bittersweet 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 | sound design: Guido Verwer | light design & technical production: Edwin van Steenbergen | costume design: Liat Waysbort | managing director & bookings: Gysèle ter Berg | production: Susanne Tuny | publicity: Helene Oudman | special thanks: to Ohad Naharin and Dansateliers.
Titanic was co-produced by Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Dansmakers and the Academy of Theatre and Dance of Amsterdam University of the Arts and realised with financial support from the Performing Arts Fund NL, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
14 July Preview Openluchttheater Vondelpark Amsterdam (Julidans Extended)
08 August Press presentation Festival de Nederlandse Dansdagen Maastricht
03 September Preview T’s TeaBar Amsterdam
06 September Try-out Dansmakers Amsterdam
10 September Preview Parcours Opening Cultureel Seizoen Maastricht
13 September Try-out Dansmakers Amsterdam
16 September Premiere Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
07 October Fragment Dutch Dance Festival Maastricht
08 October Fragment Dutch Dance Festival Maastricht
20 October Theater Rotterdam
28 December Schouwburg Maastricht
07 February Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
21 March Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen
09 Mai Theater Nieuw Vorst Tilburg
13 January Korzo Theater Den Haag
Liat Waysbort: “Titanic shows that individual actions always have an impact, whatever the surrounding forces may be.”
photo: Jean van Lingen, design: Serena Kloet