Astrid Boons

Belgian choreographer and dancer Astrid Boons started her career as a dancer at Dansgroep Amsterdam and NDT2, before she connected with GöteborgOperans Danskompani. It was here she made her first choreographic work. In 2016, she returned to the Netherlands, where she made a great impression during Here we live and now with the intense duet Rhizoma. The success of the piece was instant: together with Ryan Djojokarso and Sabine Molenaar, Astrid was awarded the BNG Bank Dance Prize 2017 and in the same year she won a Piket Art Prize for young, promising artists. In 2017, she created her second duet for Here we live and now: Vestige, which was equally well received by press and public.

This evening we celebrate the new voices in dance. Korzo’s production house is constantly in search of exciting new creative artists. One of these remarkable new voices is Astrid Boons, who creates her first full-length production for CaDance. Other choreographers that made an impression with their debut performances are Antonin Rioche and Christiaan De Donder & Sedrig Verwoert. What connects these artists, is that the transformation between different physical and mental states of being becomes tangible in their works. This makes them able to deeply move the audience. With an introduction by dancer/dramaturg Yvan Dubreuil.

Choreographic talent Astrid Boons danced with Dansgroep Amsterdam, NDT 2, and the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani before embarking on a career as a choreographer. Two years ago, Korzo introduced this brand-new talent to the Dutch public. She overwhelmed the scene with an original, very precise and intensely felt movement language in the equally intense as intriguing duets Rhizoma and Vestige.

In Astrid’s work roles or ideas are not portrayed, the movement comes directly from the emotional and physical state of the dancer. The spectator is closely involved as a witness to the transformations the dancers go through. In the poetic and abstract Fields the dancers merge with their surroundings. Bodies, space, and time seem to become transparent and break through each other’s boundaries. In this sensual performance, the dancers lose themselves and seem only to exist as matter in dialogue with other elements. In an interplay of dance, music, and light, Fields creates images that stimulate all the senses and steal away associations that slip away as soon as you grasp them.

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