Two dancers perform a choreography by David Middendorp named The Great Escape, featuring hand gestures and visuals of hands
In honor of the Dutch national holiday King’s Day (April 27th), our network of foreign missions abroad, is sharing an exclusive, online premiere of the registration of a brand new dance performance by Dutch choreographer David Middendorp, titled ‘The Great Escape’. In this video of 3.24 minutes, dance and technology form a symbiosis. It shows the interplay between two dancers and two large, animated hands. In their own way, the dancers show how hands can effectuate or counter our liberation. A dynamic and thrilling journey.
Every person has his own authentic choreography of hand movements with which he expresses emotions. Busy, large repetitive movements in a state of enthusiasm or smaller, more restrained movements in case of discomfort or seriousness. Hands tell a story, they give people space or hold people in their grip.
In The Great Escape the interplay between dancers and hands is central and the dancers will be influenced by ‘’the hand language movement’’ of the life-size animated hands. The Great Escape is a continuation of Another Kind of Blue’s earlier production HandsON, a unique dance performance that is partly performed in virtual reality, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HandsON, a unique dance performance that is partly performed in virtual reality, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Another Kind of Blue’s motion capture system can track the hand choreographies that Middendorp has created and can be incorporated in three-dimensional objects that move with and around the dancers.
Aya Misaki and Richèl Wieles
CHOREOGRAPHY & CONCEPT
David Middendorp in cooperation with the dancers
ANIMATION & VISUALISATION
Another Kind of Blue and Mathijs Brussaard – Dutch Tilt Studios
Patrick Watson – The Great Escape