Feb 032019

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In a Flickering Light

Performance, 30 minutes, 2019

In a Flickering Light, the performance by artist duo Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen, has five characters: four actors, and the light of a screen. The light of the screen–of which the audience sees only the reflection–makes the muscles of the four actors react, contract and contort. Their faces smile, get scared, cry and admire. The facial expressions of the faces lit by the screen change from mask to mask. Are these masks a reaction to what they see on the screen? Or are they a ritualised expression of their feelings? They could also be read as an exposé of a canon of facial expressions, reminiscent of the series of frozen grimaces that Franz Xaver Messerschmidt sculpted between 1770 and 1783. At the end of his life, he obsessively studied himself in the mirror–like a kind of Narcissus–creating self portraits possessed by a spirit that visited him at night. All faces, if we do an exercise in abstraction and see them on a close-up, become masks. Masks evoke the Jungian archetypes, such as those Grotowski worked with in his “Poor Theater,” searching for the expression of a sharpened consciousness.

Performed by:
Anneke Sluiters
Chandana Sarma
Karina Holla
Phi Nguyen

Curated by Marta Ramos

Performed at MACBA, Barcelona and Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam

Jan 032017

How can we know the dancer from the dance? video registration edited from material online. Excerpt, original duration 22 minutes. 

How can we know the dancer from the dance?

Performance, 786 hours, Utrecht Central Station, 2016

Documentation of the performance is not filmed by ourselves, but edited solely out of material found online.

How can we know the dancer from the dance? is a performance which took place at the Central railway station of Utrecht. A half year long four performers were present daily among the crowds of people thronging through the station. These performers did nothing to stand out in the crowd, in fact they behaved exactly like everyone else: taking a sip from a paper coffee cup, checking the news on their phone, or just ambling around aimlessly, waiting for a friend to show up. Only they did so all four at the same time, in perfect synchronicity.

This synchronous choreography of everyday movements is based on a large video archive of behaviour at that same station. The scènes selected from this extensive study of body language where copied until the last detail in a month long rehearsal process. This procedure gives the performance a documentary quality – all scenes are based on real life events – but also a richness of information that can only come from the density of reality. It is grounded in the idea that that which surrounds us everyday, that which we find boring and normally don’t notice, can actually learn us a lot when taken a closer look at.

The performance was consciously not publicised, it had to be individually discovered by the audience.The spectators at the station stood still and watched because they noticed something, not because a sign or booklet told them to do so.

People that walk through the group of actors without having noticed the performance – some people even stand still right in the middle of it without being aware of what’s going on – they unconsciously become an extra actor in the performance. With a minimum of means, a theatrical space is created where it is least expected. How can we know the dancer from the dance? infiltrates in the environment, subtly and subversively changing the behaviour of the passerby.


Aleksandra Lemm
Alondra Castellanos Arreola
Dwayne Toemere
Eva Kijlstra
Fabian Holle
IJbert Verweij
Jason Gwen
Judith Hazeleger
Khadija El Kharraz Alami
Klara Alexova
Luca Hillen
Matías Daporta
Merel Severs
Milan Boele van Hensbroek
Nina Fokker
Raoul Copier
Rochelle Deekman
Thijs Bloothoofd


Bibi Scholten van Aschat
Astrid Oudenhoven
Titus Nouwens

Artistic Team:

Carlijn Diesfeldt
Nicolette Gast
Maaike Lauwaert
Yoeri Meessen

‘How can we know the dancer from the dance’ is onderdeel van Public Works, een initiatief van de Stichting Kunst in het Stationsgebied i.s.m. gemeente Utrecht.
Public Works is mogelijk gemaakt door:
Gemeente Utrecht, Bouwfonds Cultuurfonds, Stichting DOEN, kfHein Fonds, Mondriaan Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, VSB Fonds, Fentener van Vlissingenfonds, Ondernemers Fonds Utrecht en NS, Movares, ProRail, Klepierre, Hoog Catharijne, SNS Bank, Rabobank, Jaarbeurs, NH Hotels

May 092014

A Family Portrait

Performance, one hour and ten minutes, 2014

The Stedelijk Museum is proud to present the new performance by Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen, A Family Portrait, This performance is part of the performance and lecture series Stage It! (Part 3): SCRIPTED. The work consists of a large-scale installation, which is presented as an autonomous object, entitled Een Woonkamer, and a script performed by four actors. The two works relate to each other as a family relates to the home it lives in: the house is their property, and they belong together, but they are also two separate things in the world.

Een Familieportret (A Family Portrait) is a portrait of the average Dutch family, which the artists have managed to locate with the help of data from the Central Bureau of Statistics. The script of the performance is based on sound recordings made at the family’s home. Een Familieportret contains fragments from the family’s daily life, arranged over the course of one day. Superficially, the text is about trivial everyday events, but the subtext touches on broader social developments which characterize the age in which we live. For example, English expressions widely used in Dutch are characteristic of the dominance of Anglo-Saxon culture, and the difficulties the mother faces with her application for unemployment benefits illustrate the effect of the economic crisis in Europe at the micro level. Many things are not expressed, and the tensions, doubts, and uncertainties which play a role in this “average” family are often concealed in small, apparently meaningless sentences. The script is clearly visible during the performance. In this way, Een Familieportret becomes documentary theater, in which language serves as an objet trouvé, and the everyday way in which families relate to each other at home becomes an alienating performance.

Curator: Hendrik Folkerts, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Jessica Zeylmaker
Martijn van der Veen (2014)
Noël Keulen (2015)
Dunja van der Velde
Titus Schutte

Casper Jansen

Assistant director:
Emma Waslander

Genevieve Murphy

Supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

May 072014

Commissioned Self Portrait

Commissioned drawings, installation, 2013

We asked Pim van den Berg – member of the city council in the city of Amerfsoort – to make a blind self-portrait every day he was at work in his office. We designed a drawing table with a mirror which was put in his office opposite of his working desk behind which he could make his portraits every morning, literally intervening in his daily office routine.

In an interview, reflecting on his portraits, mr. Van den Berg said: “When after the summer holidays I started shaving with a razor, I also looked more intensively in the mirror. And then there are moments that I recognised while making the drawings; looking at myself estranged from myself. As if your face changes into something else”

The drawings that Pim van den Berg made are exhibited together with the table and a picture of him drawing in his office. .

Apr 162013

Galeri Ansgar Lund 

Performance, five days eight hours per day, 2013

Three actors are performing in the fictitious gallery Ansgar Lund. This fake gallery is mirroring the conditions of the art market and the people around it. We developed a concept for a performance that focuses on the phenomena of the gallery and the art fair itself. It is an ongoing performance that was on view during the entire period of the fair.

Performed by: Harm van Geel, Judith Hazeleger, Roy Peters

Arco, Madrid, 2013

May 022012

A plane passing over

Performance, duration variable, 2012/2014

Presented as an installation in a loop, this small study into the nature of experience consists of a choreography constructed out of simple every day movements. The choregraphy is synchonized with three seperate soundtracks on headphones, one with music, one with sound and one with text. Each allows for a different interpretation of the same choreography. In the memory of the viewer these three intertwine.

Performed by:

Phi Nguyen (2012)
Shertise Solano (2014)
Anneke Sluiters (2014)

May 032012

From the unknown into the unknown

Performance, 20 minutes, 2011

The protagonist of this performance is Pastor Emmanuel Adeshina Jayeola, who normally works in a Pentecostal church in Amsterdam Zuidoost. The performance consists of two parts: an exorcism and a sermon.

The exorcism features a live video feed and several video and sound effects that are created by us. The performance is quite intense: the Pastor is in a state of trance, speaking in tongues and has physical contact with the audience members.

The sermon is written by the Pastor in collaboration with us. It treats the subjects of a spiritual reality and how spirits and demons influence our lives. He also explains that the most fundamental of questions – that of the meaning of life – can be answered by religion alone.

Organized with the co-operation of Lost & Found

Jan 252012

Galeri Ansgar Lund

Performance, five days eight hours per day, 2010

We developed a performance for the “no holds barred program” at Art Amsterdam 2010 in which the phenomena of the gallery and the art fair itself are exposed. The performance continues for the entire five days of the fair.

We founded “Galeri Ansgar Lund” which instead of taking part in the fair, makes the fair a decor for a performance in which the focus lies not on objects, but on a temporary situation between people. In Galeri Ansgar Lund artworks become props and people become art.

In collaboration with tegenboschvanvreden, supported by Flatland Foundation

Performed by: Harm van Geel, Judith Hazeleger, Xavier Fontaine

Production: Thomas VandeWalle, Chris Louwrier

Costume design: Selina Parr

Jan 262012

March Fanfare March, Roll Fanfare Roll 

Performance, duration variable, 2008

A traditional fanfare from the Dutch village of Velp plays and performs the music and choreography of Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen. The fanfare is divided up into smaller groups, each with their own characteristic music and choreography. The environment where the piece was performed, a church, also plays a role; over a speaker system environmental sounds are played back (rustling of the crowd, mumbled prayers and the tolling of the bells) and the church organ is played live together with the fanfare. The piece is presented as an installation, an ongoing performance during which the audience can enter and leave whenever they want.

Production: KunstSuper, Rotterdam, NL

Location: Arminius Kerk, Rotterdam, NL, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, NL

Instrumentation: Fanfare (brass band), organ, electronic soundtrack

Performed by Drum- & Showfanfare Mr. H. M. van der Zandt with Andrea Friggi on organ

Aug 272012

Just like you said it would be

Performance, 2007

A dance performance for four dancers and a steel installation, accompanied by electronic music. Made in collaboration with Simone Truong.

Duration: 10′

Location: Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, NL

Performed by: Katrin Pauer, Eilit Marom, Antoinette Hellbring, Hella Immler

Costumes: Nozomi Kume


Aug 272012

I can’t stop loving you

Performance, 2006

a dance performance for three dancers, wooden installation and percussion. Our first experience in the world of modern dance, a small study on repetition.

Duration: 12′

Location: Korzo Theatre, The Hague, NL

Performed by: Gesa Piper, Katrin Gunnarsdottir, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez – Dance; 
Aldo Aranda – Percussion


Apr 242012


Performance, 2006

Duration: 10′

Witte van Hulzen gets attacked by a police dog while writing the 10 commandments on a wall. The dog bites his arm while he tries to continue writing.

Location: Coda museum Apeldoon

Performed by: Witte van Hulzen, Valerie Kommer, Erik, Marcel and 2 police dogs