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STILL STANDING YOU - PIETER AMPE

“Two years have passed since our first collaboration. Now we are in a different place, a different phase in our lives, we have new stories (apart and together), we have new desires and fears, we conquered some things and we lost others, but we still have this strong – or even stronger – wish to tell our story, to tell what and where we are now.”

Na Still Difficult Duet (2007), de eerste choreografische ontmoeting tussen de Belg Pieter Ampe en de Portugees Guilherme Garrido, openen de twee dansers in Still Standing You een vat vol dansjes en laten ze ons op hun kwajongensachtige manier een glimp opvangen van hun caleidoscopische kijk op vriendschap. Met een heel eigen danstaal – wars van alles wat er in de hedendaagse dans leeft – gaan ze schaamteloos op zoek naar wat ze voor elkaar betekenen. Wat is hun onderlinge verhouding? Zijn ze vrienden, partners, geliefden, rivalen of zelfs vijanden?

Het enige instrument daarvoor is de inzet van het eigen lichaam, de ironie van de krachtpatserij, de intensiteit van de jongensachtige vriendschap, het vermogen de eigen beperkingen om te plooien tot virtuositeit en de kracht om dat alles te bundelen in een dynamische voorstelling waar ruwheid, kwaadheid en liefde verstrengeld worden in één grote fysieke allesomvattende omhelzing.

The only thing they know for sure, is that they are ‘partners in crime’, the Indian and the cowboy that ride their horse through the bumpy hills in direction of the sunset…

“Two years have passed since our first collaboration. Now we are in a different place, a different phase in our lives, we have new stories (apart and together), we have new desires and fears, we conquered some things and we lost others, but we still have this strong – or even stronger – wish to tell our story, to tell what and where we are now.”

After Still Difficult Duet (2007), the first choreographic encounter between the Belgian Pieter Ampe and the Portuguese Guilherme Garrido, in Still Standing You the two dancers open up a boxful of dance passages and in their own mischievous way give us a glimpse of their kaleidoscopic view of friendship. With a dance idiom entirely their own – distinct from anything else going on in contemporary dance – they shamelessly seek out what they mean to each other. What is the relationship between them? Are they friends, partners, lovers, rivals or even enemies?
The only instrument they can use is their own body, the irony of their displays of muscle, the intensity of this boyish friendship, the capacity to turn one’s own limitations into virtuosity and the ability to combine all this into a dynamic performance in which ruggedness, anger and love are entwined in one great physical and all-encompassing embrace.

The only thing they know for sure, is that they are ‘partners in crime’, the Indian and the cowboy that ride their horse through the bumpy hills in direction of the sunset…

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CHOREOGRAPHY & PERFORMANCE PIETER AMPE & GUILHERME GARRIDO
DRAMATURGY RITA NATÁLIO 
PRODUCED BY
CAMPO
CO-PRODUCED BY
STUK, LEUVEN (B) & BUDA, KORTRIJK (B)
ARTISTIC RESIDENCY
ESPAÇO ALKANTARA