Scripting Dance - A Physical Script
We are delighted to share the research project Scripting Dance, which will analyse the choreographic philosophy Physical Script developed by choreographer Sagí Amir Gross. The outcome and process will be shared through presentations, articles, a visual glossary of the choreographic practice and a film documentary.
The project also includes the creation of 5 short dance films.
The team of Scripting Dance includes:
PhD candidate dance researcher Bertha Bermudez (Biarritz).
PhD candidate dance researcher Derrick Brown (Amsterdam, Bern).
Film producer Annemiek Van der Hell - Windmill Film (Amsterdam).
Film professional Harry Bos of Centre Pompidou (Paris).
Dramaturg Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar (Tilburg).
Production manager is Sacha Alexander Schemkes (Rotterdam, Berlin).
''Through my life and as part of my creative process, I am challenged to express individual and personal stories. I feel that it is important to communicate through my artistic processes and creations, searching for an exposed fragility and pure authenticity together with the audience and my collaborators. As an artist, who grew up in Tel aviv, has lived half of his life in Amsterdam and travels around the world in order to create, I am always trying to observe. I take inspiration from extreme experiences of my own life, next to simple, pure random, beautiful moments. Connecting with people is the essence of my work; telling stories of individuals on stage or in film, between the abstract and the narrative. The research is about authenticity and intuition, which are important components for me as a choreographer, director and most importantly as a human being.''
Sagí Amir Gross
The project will be realised with the kind support of Amsterdam fonds voor de kunst (Amsterdam foundation for the arts), Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (The Dutch Prince Bernhard cultural foundation) and foundation Diorapthe.
Thank you as well Marc Jonkers, Nehemia Aipassa and Ronald van Hoolwerff of GDC - GrossDanceCompany foundation for the support. Further details and information will be exposed in the near future. Stay tuned!
Team: Scripting Dance - A Physical Script
Bertha Bermúdez - Dance research, notation, archive, advice
(MA in Dance and Choreography) has developed her dance career with main European dance companies working with choreographers such as Maurice Béjart, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Rui Horta and Paul Solving Norton, Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten . From 2005 Bermudez has turned her dance career into dance research. She has co-directed and coordinated interdisciplinary research projects; (Capturing) intention and Inside Movement Knowledge and Pre-choreographic elements. Since 2014 she works on her PhD at the Humanities department of the Amsterdam University and combines it with her work as advisor, documentarist and external eye for dance creative processes at Dantzaz Choreographic Center and Dantzagunea (Spain).
Derrick Brown-Appenzeller - Dance science, advice
(MSc Dance Science) has developed his dance career in both the USA and European dance companies working with choreographers such as Mark Morris, William Forsythe, Dana Caspersen, Amanda Miller, Itzik Galili, Paul Selwyn Norton, and Igal Perry. Since 2008, Brown has concentrated on research which addresses the physiological and psychological needs of dancers. He is currently the scientific coordinator and module leader of the Health and Performance module at the University Bern , Switzerland in partnership with tamed — Tanzmedizin Deutschland e. V. He has (co)authored over 25 peer-reviewed publicaGons in Dance Science and co-authored and edited four books on dance. Since 2014 he is working on his PhD at the Donders institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University , (NL) where he investigates the cognitive and motor behaviour underpinnings of human movement , including dance.
Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar - Dramaturg and artistic strategies
(MA in Theatre Science) is dramaturge in dance and performance art. Since 12 years she worked with different choreographers (Mor Shani, Hilde Elbers, Joost Vrouenraets, Judith Clijsters). With Kristel van Issum she’s currently developing and editing content about creational practice for a new plaqorm in the DocumentSeries (2021). She’s also one of 4 programme curators in the creative Europe Project ‘Micro Macro Dramaturgies in Dance’ hosted by dance house Tanez Praha(TS), Dance Brabant (NL), Dance House Bora Bora (DK) and Dance Hub Anghiari (IT). In 2015 she founded the Concept Store for artistic strategies to expand dramaturgy practice to practices of storytelling, design and other collaborative projects. Anne-Marije has been teaching art theory, philosophy and dramaturgy courses at Fontys Dance Academy for 7 years. In 2014 she took part in an international Erasmus+ Project ''Inclusive Dance. The Transferable Skills of the Dance Arist” as researcher and content designer of the platform, in collaboration with Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague. She also co-designed a new cross-disciplinary Master programme Performing Public Space (PPS) in 2017. Since 2018 Anne-Marije coordinates the organisation of 2 progressive MA programmes in art and design and animation at the Master institute of Visual Cultures (MIVC), graduate programme of St.Joost School of Art & Design.