Quarantine makers in the picture: Sherise Strang and Julia Monschau

Sherise Strang, Julia Monschau and Elisa Zuppini have been working in the studios of Dansmakers Amsterdam and ICK for the past few weeks. The public presentation of these New Adventures has been postponed, but we did get a look behind the scenes. The makers themselves are in quarantine and give us, in this interview, a glimpse into the process of their choreographic research. Part One: Sherise en Julia about #29828993.

Sherise Strang & Julia Monschau


What goes on in the mind of a serial killer? Inspired by the seven mental phases that precede a murder, Sherise and Julia investigate how they move us. When does a small innocent act become a dark emotion and ultimately a tragic ritual? #29828993 is a physical dance performance that breaks the taboo. In this first collaboration Sherise Strang and Julia Monschau explore this exciting vibration, which is not accepted, but lives in all of us.


“Your research topic for this residency was ‘The 7 phases of a serial killer’. Why?”

“Which perspective did you take on?”

“The 2nd phase is the ‘trolling phase'. What does this phase stand for for you?”

“To what extent is it necessary for the audience to have prior knowledge of your movement research?”

“How did you experience translating a research topic into an artistic interpretation?”

Sherise Strang (NL) is a dancer (AHK, 2016) and has been developing as a maker for two years. Her solo I'd had enough so I killed him (Fringe Festival, Amsterdam and Brighton), will perform at the PACE festival (South Africa) in June. Other collaborations are the duetsThere is nothing but there is something (with her sister), and SSESSOP with Mayke van Veldhuizen.
Julia Monschau (DE, 1989) is a trained dancer/performer. She worked with Guido Markowitz, Damian Gmuer and danced with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Tonhalle in Düsseldorf (DE). She studied hip-hop, mixed martial arts and muay thai boxing autonomously. Her own choreographies were part of several festivals at Dansmakers Amsterdam, in Berlin, and as a season opening for Theater TanzSpeicher.







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