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Friction & Tension



One year research project

Promotor: Annelies Van Assche

This project investigates the notions of friction and tension as a constructive potential for the field of choreography. In general, these notions are rather seen as negative forces within the dance world.
The aversion to friction and tension is expressed very explicitly at the level of dance technique. From classical ballet’s danser sur les pointes (the nec plus ultra of reducing friction) to release technique in contemporary dance: friction and tension seem to be the two antagonists against which the aspiring dancer has to compete.
An aversion to friction and tension on a figurative level is something I observe on a daily basis in my practice as a contemporary dance maker. Contemporary creations seem to follow a work ethic that regards the acknowledgement and naming of tensions and frictions as some kind of taboo. Yet these creations tend to be characterized by a particularly high level of frictions and tensions, among other things, by the collaborative structures they opt for and by the economically precarious context in which they occur.
This project wants to investigate on a technical, dramaturgical and sociological level whether the notions of friction and tension can also be used as constructive forces within choreography. More specifically, can choreography that explicitly relates to friction and tension teach us something about the different (coping) mechanisms with friction and tension (e.g. by looking into the role and importance of resistance and suppleness)?

Tuur Marinus


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Tuur Marinus was born in Antwerp in 1981. He obtained a Masters degree in visual arts at Sint Lucas (Kdg Hogeschool, Antwerp) before starting to train as a dancer/choreographer at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) from 2004 until 2008. After finishing P.A.R.T.S. he created the dance performance “Dominos and Butterflies” with the Brussels based dance collective Busy Rocks, and performed it in ao Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden and Switzerland. Busy Rocks keeps producing -at irregular intervals- new projects. Tuur also makes dance performances in his own name, such as “Still Animals (Installation)” which toured extensively throughout Europe. As a dancer Tuur worked for ao Rosas/Zita Swoon, Vincent Dunoyer, They Are Here, and Fabian Barba. Together with his brother, Tuur & Flup Marinus make an artist duo that works in the visual arts field, ao with their project “Belgisch Congo Belge” an exact trompe-l’oeil oil paint copy of their 16 pages stamp album from ‘Belgian Congo’.

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