Trip photoshoot at Sarakasi

Trip en Masse Kenya. Remembering the Post Election Crisis. Promoting Peace.

White Horse has been invited to adapt Trip to 9 dancers from Nairobi. As Kenya is preparing for their next elections, Trip en Masse Kenya is an invitation for a cultural reflection on the violence and riots that happened in 2008 in the aftermath of the country’s elections.

IMG_1527Trip en masse Kenya

TRIP en masse Kenya can be seen 16-17 January at the Sarakasi Dome and 19 January at Fisherman’s Camp in Naivasha. Performances start at 19.00, tickets can be bought at the door.

Upon invitation from DOCH, a Swedish Bachelor-in-dance program, Julia Jadkowski teaches TRIP to dance and choreography students in Stockholm. The school has a concept of learning repertory pieces first from video and then inviting the choreographers for the final rehearsals.

The piece was initially conceived of as a trio, later produced as a masse version by Dansgroep Amsterdam and now the students of DOCH will challenge themselves with TRIP.

Premiere: March 13

Further Performances: March 13-17, March 20-24, March 27-31
Tuesdays-Fridays at 18.00
Saturdays at 16.00

Concept and Choreography: White Horse (Chris Leuenberger, Julia Jadkowski, Lea Martini)

Repetitor/Choreographer at DOCH: Julia Jadkowski

Dancers: Anna-Karin Damfors, Lisen Ellard, Johan Bandholtz, Nathalie Eriksson, Bam-Bam Frost, Rannei Grenne, Tea Harrysson, Katrine Johansen, Annie Kay Dahlström, Lovisa Rosell, Marie Ursin Erichsen, Elias Girod.

Sound: Coordt Linke

Outside eye: David Weber Krebs

costume/stage design: Theresia Knevel

Lightdesign: Fabian Lehmann, Attila Nemeth, Jan Fedinger

TRIP is a coproduction of White Horse, Theater Frascati and Freischwimmer Festival 2008. Dansgroep Amsterdam produced TRIP EN MASSE in 2010.

White Horse has won the Swan for ‘most impressive dance production’ 2011 for TRIP en masse, a choreography adapted from the original trio version to 11 dancers of Amsterdam’s city dance company Dansgroep Amsterdam.


photo: Ben van Duin

According to the jury, TRIP en masse is an overpowering dance performance that is at once entrancing, fascinating and terrifying. TRIP was originally made as a trio in 2008. Krisztina de Châtel (Golden Swan winner 2010) challenged the creators to make an expanded version for Dansgroep Amsterdam as a whole, which the dance jury considered an excellent choice. “The creation was even more gripping. The excellent performance makes TRIP en masse essential viewing in the dance theatre repertoire.”

TRIP en masse TRIP en masse is a murderous but fascinating battle of attrition about fanaticism, the masses and hysteria – a “bubble” of here-and-now-hardness. White Horse’s conceptual approach and strong physical orientation create new perspectives and insights – both for the dancers and the audience.

The Swans The 2011 Swans – the VSCD Dance Awards – were announced on Saturday 8 October in Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht, during the Gala of Dutch Dance. As always, the gala took place during the Dutch Dance Festival in Maastricht. The Swans are awarded to the most impressive dance performance and the most impressive dance production. The dance awards are an initiative of the Dutch Association of Theatres and Concert halls (VSCD).

Dansgroep Amsterdam Dansgroep Amsterdam is the city dance company for modern dance. The company develops modern dance by stimulating growth and experiment, and safeguards successful works for future audiences. Dansgroep Amsterdam makes dance accessible to a broad audience by offering educational programmes, presenting dance in unusual locations and through community art projects.



Tenerife danza lab – laboratorio de danza del Auditorio de Tenerife – y el grupo invitado White Horse, presentan la creación colectiva de  2011:

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En Together todos siguen la misma tarea, todo el tiempo. La obra investiga el impacto físico de las utopías colectivas, la necesidad de sentirse más cerca de los demás y la fuerza que se genera al juntarse. Propone una colectividad llena de contradicciones, emociones y deseos que surgen de la situación actual, del aquí y ahora. Los cuerpos en movimiento se convierten en sismógrafos de lo más intimo y lo más universal que puede unirnos con otros cuerpos. 

El espectáculo contará con una exposición sobre el proceso creativo del proyecto, que se presentará en el Hall a partir de las 18.30h, y además un encuentro con los coreógrafos y bailarines, después de la función en la Sala de Cámra, en el que se desvelará el proceso creativo del proyecto.

Coreografía y Danza Paloma Hurtado, Juan Manzano, Javier Ferrer, Laura Marrero

Concepto White Horse

Dirección Lea Martini

Co-Dirección Chris Leuenberger

Asistencia Julia Jadkowski

Composición y Arreglo Musical Coordt Linke

Diseño de Iluminación Dimas

Vestuario Raquel Rodriguez

Coordinación artística y pedagógica Helena Berthelius

Ayudante de Producción Begoña Dominguez


Premiere 6. Oktober 2011, 20.00 Uhr, HAU3 Berlin
weitere Vorstellungen 7.-9. Oktober, 20 Uhr, HAU 3 Berlin
1./3./4. Dezember, 20 Uhr, Dampfzentrale Bern
Glaube findet im Körper statt: ob Rosenkranzgebet und Bekreuzigung, rhythmisches Wippen vor der Klagemauer, genaue Abfolge des Salah-Gebets oder der balinesische Kecak-Tanz – weder eine Weltreligion noch exotische Schamanen- und Ritualtänze kommen ohne Bewegung aus. Abseits von Ideologie und religiösen Diskursen befragt das Performance-Kollektiv White Horse in ihrer dritten Produktion die Choreografie von Gebeten weltweit. Was ergibt sich aus einer rein körperlichen Praxis des Betens? Welche für uns noch ungeahnten Glaubensbekenntnisse lassen sich im Körper finden? Erzeugen die Handlungen ohne religiösen Bezug eine Gemeinschaft? Auf der Bühne werden die sieben Performer zu Groupies gemeinsamer Hingabe, springen in die Körper der Glaubensrichtungen und erzeugen ihr ganz eigenes Ritual.
Inszenierung: Julia Jadkowski, Lea Martini
Choreographie und Performance: Daniel Almgren-Recén, Dennis Deter, Xavier Fontaine, Julia Jadkowski, Chris Leuenberger, Lea Martini, Maria Mavridou.
Dramaturgische Mitarbeit: Frédéric Gies
Sound: Coordt Linke
Kostümbild: Marie Gerstenberger, Malena Modéer
Lichtdesign: Benjamin Schälike
Produktion: Björn Frers – björn & björn
Photo: Andre Wunstorf
Eine Produktion von White Horse in Koproduktion mit dem Hebbel am Ufer Berlin und der Dampfzentrale Bern. Gefördert durch den Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

In November 2010 White Horse taught two workshops in Bogota and Montevideo. In the workshops Maria, Xavier and Chris explored physicalities of devotion and surrender with both semi-professional and professional dancers/choreographers. The workshops served as laboratory and research playground for White Horse’s new group performance about religion GROUPIES which will premiere at HAU theater in Berlin on October 7, 2011.

In Bogota the workshop took place at Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, where White Horse also got to perform Trip in the context of the 14th edition of the Festival Universitario de Danza Contemporánea. While in Colombia they also performed and gave a master class at the Encuentro de Danza CUERPO ABIERTO on the campus of the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia in Tunja, gave a private performance at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and performed for the opening of the Festival Danza en la Ciudad at Teatro Libre in Candalaria.

Maria and Xavier at Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán

blog of the festival:

In Montevideo they taught a week-long workshop at Casarrodante – taller de danza y creación after having shown Trip at Teatro Solis.

groupies workshop at Casarrodante, Montevideo / photo: Nacho Correa

Choreography ‘TRIP en masse’ in the streets of Amsterdam

photo: Bernie van Velzen

On November 20 a collective cry for culture resonated throughout the Netherlands.

60 dance students of the Theaterschool (School for New Dance Development and Modern Theater Dance Department) as well as dancers of Dansgroep Amsterdam made this cry tangible for the public while performing an extract of Trip en masse in the streets of Amsterdam. A silent but potent scream on Netherland’s protest day “Nederland schreeuwt om cultuur” in reaction to severe cuts in cultural funding.



For the Festival: Einzelkämpfer Monologe, which took place at Theaterdiscounter Berlin from October 14-17, White Horse conceived an audio installation where audience members could listen to love declarations (recorded in the U-Bahn) in a telephone booth.



In June 2010 White Horse participated in X-Schulen, a project initiated by HAU theater in Berlin. 20 artists were invited to create a performative work on the premises of a Gesamtschule. White Horse took the chance of a lot of adrenaline and talent: 9 16-year-olds made love declarations to the audience: secretely in the toilet, screamed from the school yard, written in a diary, through a mobile phone and danced by a big group. From July 1 to 4 the peformances were shown in 3 different parcours at the Hector Peterson Schule.

Trip en masse


Dansgroep Amsterdam gives a glimpse of the future of contemporary dance in Amsterdam by offering emerging artists the chance to work with the company’s high-quality dancers. For this year’s guest choreographer program VIEWTURE, artistic directors Krisztina de Châtel and Itzik Galili selected White Horse and Giulia Mureddu.

photo: Karel Zwaneveld


White Horse – TRIP en masse

White Horse takes on the challenge to enlarge TRIP (Freischwimmer & Frascati production 2008) for three dancers to a choreography for a large group of dancers.

Rehearsals will take place in Amsterdam in June and September. TRIP en masse will premiere on September 22nd at the newly built  Raabozaal of the Stadschouwburg Amsterdam and thereafter tour through the Netherlands.