© Jason R. Jeandor

Behind The iMASQ

Xclusiv - Urban Artistry

An urgent appeal to take off our masks and free ourselves of cultural, sexual, religious, and social conventions.

The Rotterdam dance company Xclusiv Artistry has for over 15 years been a booster of developments in urban dance, hip-hop-streetdance, breakdance and vogue. Working from an artistry rooted in a strong sense of authenticity, they create performances that matter. In our fast-paced and quickly changing world the pressure towards innovation, achievement, and belonging is greater than ever. In Behind The iMASQ, the second part of a series, the dancers talk candidly about (their) depression and show the struggle with powerlessness, emotions, stigmas, social pressure and (self)-denial. With dance, video, music, spoken word, and rap, they reveal their view of the world as it appears behind their masks. Behind The iMASQ is an appeal to take off our masks and to free ourselves of cultural, sexual, religious, and social conventions.

concept and direction Jason R. Jeandor, Ingeborg van Weissenbruch | business manager Osman Batal | dancers Shaquille George, Morena Stüger, Tamblyn Baal, Alexanter Tsara, Dimitris Grigoriou, Tawatha Steendam, Dane Badal | spokenword (recorded) Kain Slim | text Kain Slim, Jason R. Jeandor | music (mix) Jason R. Jeandor (JX aka JasonXclusiv) | technical production Squat Deluxe (Dieter Vandoren) | production team Xclusiv Company | videography Not Def (Sibe Kokke) | decor Jeroen Molenaar | styling Dair Design

Behind The iMASQ is supported by Gemeente Rotterdam, Luxor Theater Rotterdam, Noes Fiolet Studio’s, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, Stichting Dioraphte, Stichting Zabawas, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Zuid-Holland, BNG Cultuurfonds, M.A.O.C. Gravin van Bylandt Stichting, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, Erasmusstichting

Instagram: @XclusivCompany

duration 60 minutes

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