Exciting times for BackBone are coming up. In two weeks we start our rehearsals for the new show Speak Up! This very special combination of dance and singing, hiphop and opera, myth and earth...premiers on January 12th 2018.
'Let there be given my mouth that I may speak' - saying on Egyptian grave tomb
Four people who are in the power of their lives are unexpectedly called for accountability and a moral weighting. Singing voices bring back memories of past times and confront them with their deeds. In the shady field of power that they are in, nothing is what it seems. Will they speak up? Will they come true?
Speak Up! is a co-creation of (hiphop) dance company BackBone and Silbersee, production core for unorthodox music theatre and experimental opera.
Choreography: Alida Dors
Musical leadership: Romain Bischoff
Music: Jacob ter Veldhuis & DJ Lovesupreme
Dramaturgie: Peggy Olislaegers, Wout van Tongeren & Maarten van Hinte
Scenography: Ascon de Nijs
The Rotterdam Uitdagen is to celebrate the start of a new cultural season. During the Rotterdam Uitdagen in 2017, Rotterdam's biggest names and cultural talents gave a sneak peek of their new performances and exhibitions. BackBone was involved with the improvisation performance 3D Poetry, in which the audience inspires the performers by giving them words to work with. This 20-minute performance is a melting pot of interaction, improvisation, dance, spoken word and music. Thank you so much Rotterdam Uitdagen! It was amazing to join you with 3D Poetry!
Concept: Alida Dors
Dance: Bilal Bachir
Spoken word: Guus van der Steen
Music: DJ Lovesupreme
On 8th of September, BackBone will start the new cultural season of Theater Rotterdam! With the special improvisation performance 3D Poetry we invite the visitor to inspire us. Give us your words and we show you our poetry. 3D Poetry is interactivity, improvisation, dance, spoken word and music. Inspire us to inspire you!
Concept | Alida Dors
Dance | Delano Spenrath of Pom Arnold of Bilal Bachir
Spoken word | Guus van der Steen
Music | DJ Lovesupreme
After months of rehearsals in Het Klooster in Woerden, in Tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf and in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, we’re nearly there: the première of True Colors. Our latest production in cooperation with musical theatre company Silbersee is about the search for the real person behind our online identities. About how we present ourselves as better than we really are. About the struggle to maintain images that conceal. In True Colors, we see what we prefer to keep hidden... there will be a try-out for True Colors on Friday, 27 January, ahead of the première on Saturday, 28 January 2017 in Theater Bellevue in Amsterdam. The production will then tour more than 30 cities in both the Netherlands and Germany.
I know we’ve said it several times before: but this will be the very last production of Built for it! Great new opportunities just kept popping up... the highlight of which was the Gallery of Honour in the Rijksmuseum, where we danced between the Rembrandts and Vermeers. And not so long ago, following the speech by Minister Bussemaker at the annual Cultuur in Beeld (Culture in the Picture) conference in Rotterdam (watch the video!). Although we have become wary of saying so, we think this month really will be the very last time Built for it will be danced. On Friday, 20 January, in De Meervaart, during the Theaterweekend (Theatre Weekend). We look forward to seeing you there!