I Like To Watch Too, Paradiso’s Nocturnal Dance Performance Discovery Expedition

Jun 27, 2011 |  by  |  Art, Event, Music
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Ridz, advertises, produces indie/electronic music, performs throughout the Netherlands but ultimately always ends up at an Amsterdam based ensemble... then he blogs about all these things.

As your weekly nightlife editor you’re probably used to reading post by me about a specific kind of dance parties and pop-up raves around this town. Today, we interpret the word dance differently, by focussing on its true and simple meaning: moving the human body. Combine a bunch of state of the art (inter)national dance performances with weird installations, music, film and other innovative, raw & fragile acts in every corner of the building and you have the perfect nocturnal dance performance discovery exploration. I Like To Watch Too is two-day happening on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of July.

I you’d like to go watch too, we have 5×2 tickets to give away for a night of choice during this mini-festival! Comment on this post on Facebook and tell us what your favourite dance move is to win them!

I leave you with four highlights to set a frame for the event.

1. Lawrence Malstaf / Schrink

The Belgian award winning artist Lawrence Malstaf will be suspended, vertically, between two sheets of plastic. A machine will slowly suck out the air between his body and the plastic. What is left is a body in a vacuum wrapping. A transparent tube will offer him the opportunity to control the stream of air, allowing him to slowly change his position. He will, for instance, depict an embryo inside the safety of the mother’s womb, or a man hanging from the cross. His famous piece Schrink reveals his fascination with movement, coincidence, order and chaos.

2. Tony Orrico / Untitled Circle

Especially for I Like To Watch Too, performer and visual artist Tony Orrico will develop a new piece: Untitled Circle. His penchant for artists with a provocative streak can be detected in his own work, and he will use his body on the spot to create graphic art. The audience witnesses the birth of the work of art, and both the result and the process are well worth watching.

3. T.R.A.S.H.

It seems like any work by T.r.a.s.h. will grab you by the throat. The highly physical, almost violent premièring dance performance Enchanted Room is accompanied by a soprano and a baritone. Enchanted Room was based on the full-length performance Disorderly Conduct, which focuses on the paradox of human life. With this performance, T.r.a.s.h. will be dragging you into an explosive, emotional and uncompromising fairytale world where innocence is poisoned.

4. Dog Day Disco & Too Many Dicks on the Dancefloor

If you’ve had enough of all these cultural performaces there’s obviously time to move your own body during both nights’ afterparties. On Friday the theme is Dog Day Disco, featuring Johanna Maria, Lola & Weltschmerz and more artists on the bill mixing pop, disco, nu-disco, wave, old disco, electro and house music. The Saturday has a slightly different program named Too Many Dicks on the Dancefloor; a ‘gay minded’ club night for men, women, straights, gays and bisexuals where everything is possible. All that accompanied by the beats of Jodie Harsh (UK), Egbert-Jan Weeber, The G-Team, Rachel Kramer ft. Nasser and Blush, the performance host.

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