CC Amstel, Grote Zaal
MIND THE BODY is a physical performance on the wondrous world of the head and the body. Anton van der Sluis searches in the extremes to find where the body ends and the head begins, and the other way around.
MIND THE BODY
A man tries to comprehend the body and get rid of the controlling head. But what is a body without a head to guide it? And how does a head move without a body to carry it?
An attempt of a man to embody his head.
While the head lets us categorize and understand the world, paradoxically, it can also keep us from making contact with our body and the world around us. MIND THE BODY developed from the wish to integrate the rational head and the intuitive body. In this wordless imaginative performance it becomes tangible how these two are connected, but also how our head can get in our way.
“You are drawn into the world he manages to create. A performance you will remember for its poetic expressiveness.”
"Anton draws the viewer into a physical universe in which he poetically tries to merge these opposites."
Judith Wendel - Jakop Ahlbom Company Dramaturg
Anton van der Sluis graduated from the Mime School in Amsterdam in 2016 and has been working in theater and dance since. He has worked with makers such as Igor Vrebac and Japser van Luijk. MIND THE BODY is his first work as independent maker.
Anton works from the (im)possibilities of the body. The transformations of the body are at the same time comical and tragic. His work triggers the imagination of the audience. He seduces the viewer to rediscover their own body and fantasy. Physical empathy is a central theme in his work.
Concept and performance: Anton van der Sluis
Dramaturgical Advice: Nick Deroo
With thanks to: De Nieuwe Oost, Jakop Ahlbom Company, Loes van der Pligt en Joshua Walter