Guilherme Miotto / Corpo Maquina (The Netherlands)
In Even Worse choreographer Guilherme Miotto brings three of the most remarkable dancers from urban and contemporary dance together on a stage. After the dark duet Gefallen (2014) for b-boys Joey Schrauwen and Menno van Gorp, and the solo Rise Up (2015) – which brought Van Gorp a nomination for a Zwaan award – Miotto has now created a trio: Even Worse.
Shane Boers, Simon Bus and Evangelos Biskas are three well-matched dancers from widely differing backgrounds: from cutting-edge breakdance to experimental hiphop and contemporary dance. In Even Worse the styles all blend to form a new and distinct vocabulary. We witness three young men with virtuoso motor skills, in the midst of a casual yet tense togetherness, each wrestling with his own individual obsessions and fears. Lifted up by the dynamics created by their sense of community, they proceed to create a series of heroic images to test themselves and each other repeatedly. Alternating between resistance and surrender they organise one escape after another. Undiluted energy translated into pure physicality. Sometimes exuberant, sometimes painful, and sad, too, but arresting every time.
Guilherme Miotto received the Andre Gingras Award in 2015. The judges’ report read: “Departing from his radical integrity, Miotto creates shows with a very unique, contrary signature. Like a piece of hard-hitting poetry, raw and delicate at the same time. His work is suffused with the complexities of our age, with his performers who appear to be propelled by their surroundings, their bodies struggling to find their balance.”