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Dunja Jocic is one of the most exciting new choreographers in the Netherlands. She received the Prize of the Dutch Dance Festival in 2018. From an equally original as uncompromising view of dance, she creates hallucinatory, cinematic performances with an electrically charged and capriciously virtuoso dance language. For The Protagonist she works together with the renowned Dutch composer Harry de Wit and the young pop art writer Barbi Marković. We follow a narcissistic young woman who is a computer-addict. She becomes increasingly entangled in the digital world and finds it more and more difficult to maintain herself. In an attempt to get control over her life, she rigorously decides to go offline. Her escape into the analogue world sets off a stream of surreal daydreams, where the present merges with the past in the person of the mythic, violent, and tragic  QueenMary of England a.k.a. Bloody Mary. In an astonishing stream of images the woman fights to protect her identity.

The Brazilian choreographer Samir Calixto has made quite an impression in recent years with his resolute cross between pure musicality and intense physicality. He digs deeply into the subject matter of his performances until they achieve a timeless quality. W is the second part of a two-part project for which Calixto found inspiration in Nietzsche’s philosophy. After the introverted and lyrical M, danced by men, W shows five impressive female dancers who make the power, fury and sensuality tangible so present in myths portraying women. To the accompaniment of a soundscape that conjures up echoes of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Tristan und Isolde, they portray our obsessive search for truth. They peel off many layers until only their vulnerability and barbarity can be seen.

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