White Horse is getting ready for the Trip Holland Tour organized by the Theater Instituut Nederland. www.theaterinstituut.nl

Each month the TIN selects a performance for the Blind Date Tour, which takes new performances by young makers out into the provincial towns of the Netherlands. 

December 1 TRIP Stadstheater, Zoetermeer (NL) www.stadstheater.nl

December 2 TRIP Schouwburg, Arnhem (NL) www.schouwburg-arnhem.nl

December 8 TRIP Kruithuis, Groningen (NL) www.stadsschouwburg-groningen.nl

December 10 TRIP De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort(NL) www.lievevrouw.nl

December 12 TRIP De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg (NL) www.denwevorst.nl

December 14 TRIP Schouburg, Utrecht (NL) www.stadsschouwburg-utrecht.nl

December 15 TRIP Witte Theater, Ijmuiden (NL) www.wittetheater.nl

December 16 TRIP Schouwburg, Almere (NL) www.almeerse-theaters.nl

December 19 TRIP Zeebelt, Den Haag (NL) www.zeebelt.nl

December 21 TRIP Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL) www.theaterbellevue.nl

December 22 TRIP De Vest i.s.m. Provadja, Alkmaar (NL) www.provadja.nl

For this tour Greek dancer/choreographer Maria Mavridou joined the Trip cast. Lea Martini, Xavier Fontaine, Chris Leuenberger and Maria Mavridou will take turns performing Trip each night in a different constellation. 

for more info on the tour check www.theaterblinddate.nl


                                                                                                       flyer by Theresia Knevel

Love declarations are being sent out these days to people who contributed a romantic voice half a year ago when we started collecting them at 100Grad festival in Berlin and at Something Raw in Amsterdam. Some love declarations have been made available to the archive of our Institute by each individual’s consent. From these public love declarations Coordt Linke, White Horse’s sound artist, has made a beautiful compilation. The sound compilation will be accessible to theatergoers in our romantic installation “Locus Amoenus” in the foyer of the theater before and after the performances of ROMANCE. 

Don’t miss your chance to be touched by these uniquely personal and diverse voices. The sound compilation in the Locus Amoenus is conceived as foreplay and echo to our stage performance. Upcoming performance dates are:

September 25 try-out Frascati WG Amsterdam

September 26 premiere Frascati WG Amsterdam

September 29, 30 Frascati WG Amsterdam

October 1, 3 Frascati WG Amsterdam

November 14, 15 Dampfzentrale Bern


Locus Amönus – a romantic installation by White Horse

February 19 -22   100Grad Festival Berlin

February 25-28   Something Raw Festival Amsterdam

April 21-23   Springdance Utrecht

May 29-30 Dampfzentrale Bern

The ‘Institute for Matters of the Heart’ invites people to contribute romantic voices as an act of political resistance in the face of the imminent crisis.


The Institute for Matters of the Heart

White Horse founded the ‘Institute for Matters of the Heart’ in order to prepare for the imminent crisis. The Institute has followed the latest developments in the social-economic field and came up with the hypothesis that matters of the heart are in danger of extinction.


The International Board for Crisis Management warns against unprecedented stress and irrational behaviour caused by heightened competition in the job market and a general feeling of loss and helplessness. People are advised to focus on their strengths, work harder, pimp their profile and increase their marketability.


The ‘Institute for Matters of the Heart’ propose an alternative solution:

It is our mission to protect our most intimate and tender emotions from being overrun and undermined by rising standards in professionalism and efficiency. In the face of financial and social insecurities it is crucial that we focus on the matters closest to our heart! By bringing public attention to our cause we hope to remind people of the fragile beauty of their innermost feelings.


This is a call for celebrating intimacy and sentimentality! An encouragement to listen carefully to our hearts! Let’s unite and face the harsh demands of the crisis by indulging in emotional attachments, melancholic daydreaming and irrational desires!


The Pilot Project

For our pilot project we collect voices speaking from the heart. Volunteers are asked to make a declaration of love in all its possible meanings: a declaration of love to oneself, to another person, a thing, a place or an idea. We collect passionate, delicate, romantic, jubilant and nostalgic voices to set a landmark of resistance against the threats of the crisis by paying tribute to matters of the heart.


The Procedure

The voices are registered and archived in order to disseminate them in future times when the crisis will have reached its peak.

For the recording the volunteer will be alone in a small closet (the locus amönus). Half a year later each volunteer’s declaration of love will be sent to him/her via email. The volunteers can give permission for their recorded love declaration to be sent to another volunteer who participated in the action. In return they will receive an anonymous love declaration from yet another random volunteer. Email addresses will only be used for this purpose and will be handled with care and discretion.

Volunteers can give us permission to add their love declaration to our big archive for matters of the heart where it will be processed and made public. In so doing the volunteer makes a generous contribution towards saving matters of the heart from extinction.


Representatives of the Institute for Matters of the Heart will be sitting at a desk in front of the locus amönus to answer questions in regards to the Institute’s mission and to discuss the Institute’s hypothesis with anyone interested and curious.



a new performance by White Horse


concept and performance: Julia Jadkowski, Lea Martini, Chris Leuenberger
dramaturgical support: David Weber-Krebs
sound: Coordt Linke
costumes and set design: Theresia Knevel

‘Romantic love is such a cliché that it is already a cliché to say that love is a cliché.’

(Eva Illouz)


White Horse is interested in the collision of real bodies with utopic images. For their new piece Romance the performance collective White Horse chose the exceptional state of falling and being in love with all its side effects: butterflies in the belly, palpitations of the heart, vertigo and slight nausea. Romance deals with phenomena of romantic love on a physical-emotional, popular-banal and euphoric-sublime level. In so doing White Horse continues the research into extreme physical states, which they started with their debut performance Trip at the Freischwimmer festival.


What to do with the desire for a state of complete ‘unification with the world’ in these times of financial and social angst where hybridism and incoherence of different concepts form our everyday reality? A collective desire for uncontrollable emotions, which in their complexity evade words and seek to undermine a defined order of the world through something magical and secret, is to be physically and kinaesthetically transmitted to the audience without becoming narrative or representative. Thrown back and forth between distance and longing, the spectator is to be confronted with his/her own relationship to romantic concepts and images.


Romance does not refer directly to the historical Époque of Romanticism, but is looking for traces of romantic adoration and dizziness in contemporary bodies. Scenes from the movie Die Legende von Paul und Paula and iconographic poses like the one of Venus by Botticelli or a singing Marilyn Monroe serve as source material. The performers take on the celluloid images and icons and research their potential to evoke physical empathy in the audience. Anything between arousal and indisposition shall be generated – challenging borders between something obscene-decadent and total naivety. An unconditional declaration of love is to be made to the audience purely through the body and without a word.


ROMANCE is a coproduction of Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Frascati Productions Amsterdam,  Dampfzentrale Bern, FFT Düsseldorf and brut Vienna 


White Horse is in the process of creating a new piece about romance.
The premiere will be end of September 2009 at Frascati Amsterdam.

We have come up with the idea to create individual projects for each one of us to practice the art of turning our victim roles into perpetrators (Opfer/Taeter). The idea of victim/perpetrator has become crucial in the way we look at the material during the rehearsal process.  In order for the material not to become heavy and dragging, we have to assume the attitude of perpetrators. The material has to be executed with zest and gusto. Even if we are executing material that comes from a victim (the woman picking up her dead baby) we are going to keep an attitude of total control and enthusiasm.

We have assigned tasks to ourselves in order to practice the art of defying our victim in everyday life:

Chris is going to sit at a little table at school with a sign saying: “If you have some time feel free to talk to me.”  He often feels stressed at school and doesn’t know how to talk to people in a relaxed way. He is a victim of his own timetable and busybody attitude. He feels he is a role model student and is tired of trying to live up to this image. He wants to be at school and stay relaxed without having anything to do other than just being there and talking to people.

Julia is going to talk to someone during one hour about her difficulties in dealing with aggression. She doesn’t know how to deal with aggression directed towards her. She feels that she often swallows other people’s anger or aggression without a means to protect herself.  Her goal is to find a way to ward off aggression and react in a healthy way. One possible strategy could be to simply bark at people who are behaving towards her in an aggressive way.

Lea is a victim of her busy schedule. She wants to find a day off without planning beforehand how she is going to spend that day. She wants to create more free time for herself – time to just be and do what she feels like in the moment.

White Horse Collective was founded in October 2007 by choreographers/performers Lea Martini, Julia Jadkowski and Chris Leuenberger. All three of them studied among other places at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. This blog was created for White Horse to archive and promote their body of work.

Right now White Horse is in the middle of the creation process for their new piece TRIP. TRIP will premiere at Sophiensaele in Berlin on March 7 and 8, 2008. Subsequently it will be performed at Gasthuis in Amsterdam, Gessnerallee in Zuerich, Brut in Vienna, FFT in Duesseldorf, and Kampnagel in Hamburg.