‘Trip en masse’ wins Swan


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 TRIP was originally made as a trio in 2008.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.

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