Currently working in the studio
This week Liat Waysbort (Bitter Sweet Dance) is working on her new show at the studio of Dansmakers Amsterdam. This time no solo or duet, but eight dancers dance until they sink.
Bitter Sweet Dance presents 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.
Liat Waysbort: “Titanic shows that individual actions always have an impact, whatever the surrounding forces may be.”
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 biitersweet 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, and others
lighting design & technical production: Edwin van Steenbergen
costume design: Liat Waysbort
managing director & bookings: Gysèle ter Berg
production: Susanne Tuny
publicity: Helene Oudman
photo: Jean van Lingen
graphic designer: Serena Kloet
With special thanks to Ohad Naharin and Dansateliers.
Titanic is co-produced by Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Dansmakers and the Academy of Theatre and Dance of Amsterdam University of the Arts. Titanic was realised with financial support from the Performing Arts Fund NL, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.