Dutch-Flemish choreographer Ann Van den Broek explores the lure of darkness in The Black Piece: Nov 6-8

WArd/waRD-Ann Van den Broek
The Black Piece

The many qualities of the colour black – from elegant and seductive, to frightening and sinister – are examined in Dutch-Flemish choreographer Ann Van den Broek’s thrillingly audacious The Black Piece. Five charismatic dancers and a camera operator lure the audience into the darkness for a sensory adventure filled with haunting sounds and images. The camera unveils what would otherwise remain unseen, conjuring up a shadowy film noir world punctuated by sudden bursts of frenzied movement. This startling, award-winning work by one of Europe’s most provocative and original creators expertly taps into our deepest emotions.


WArdwaRD Ann Van den Broek 5 photo by Maarten Vanden Abeele

Ann Van den Broek completed her dance education at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, and then danced with the Elisa Monte Company in New York, Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel, Galili Dance and Charleroi/Danses. In 2000, after an active and successful career as a dancer, she decided to dedicate herself to choreography and founded WArd/waRD which has Dutch and Flemish branches, in Rotterdam and Antwerp. Since then she has built an outstanding reputation on the international dance scene, touring across Europe and to Canada, China and Taiwan. Her work has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Swan Award for best dance production for The Black Piece from the Dutch Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors in 2015. www.wardward.be



The Black Piece
Concept & choreography: Ann Van den Broek

Cast: Louis Combeaud, Frauke Mariën, Nik Rajšek, Wolf Govaerts, Marion Bosetti

Live camera/lightning design: Bernie van Velzen

Music: Arne Van Dongen

Vocal performance: Gregory Frateur, recorded by Nicolas Rombouts

Set design: Ann Van den Broek, Bernie van Velzen

Styling: Ann Van den Broek

Advice: Marc Vanrunxt

International booking: A propic, Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent

The Black Piece is a co-production of WArd/waRD (NL/BE), Korzo Producties (The Hague, NL) and ccBerchem (Antwerp, B). With financial support from the Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL) and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (NL).


Global Dance Connections Contemporary dance series 2018-2019

November 6-8 WArd/waRD-Ann Van den Broek

January 21-22, 28-29 Company 605

January 24-26 Kuan-Hsiang Liu

January 31-February 2 Victoria Hunt

April 4-6 Simon Mayer

May 23-25 Davida Monk


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Tuesday-Thursday November 6-8, 2018 at 8pm
Post-show talkback November 7
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets $33/$25 students and seniors: Tickets Tonight: 604.684.2787 www.ticketstonight.ca Info www.thedancecentre.ca


Cover Photo: WArdwaRD Ann Van den Broek photo by Maarten Vanden Abeele

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