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See here the trailer of Please me Please – the Solo. Wanna see the Duet at well? Go and check it here: Please me Please – The Duet / Liat Waysbort



choreography: Liat Waysbort
dancers: Ivan Ugrin, Amy Gale and Angela Linssen
dramaturgy: Annette van Zwoll
producer: BitterSweet Dance
co-producer: Dansmakers Amsterdam
production manager: Jannita Jáuregui

Although shown through the lens of male intimacy, the feeling Vassiliou and the performers tries to channel is something that is beyond sexuality or gender: the beatitude of total absorption in another being.’
Rachel Donnelly / blog Dublin Dance Festival

Alexis Vassiliou – a series of three
In 2013, choreographer Alexis Vassiliou started his research on the connection between physical sensations and the emotional en relational consequences of that. In every performance he took one clear physical action, turned that upside down and inside out, and used it to evoke a range of associations and emotions, for the performers as well as for spectators. The diffused intimacy and playfulness that arose between the male performers became tangible for the audience.

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photo: Marquis Palmer

On October 4, 2015, the second part of the duet Please me Please will premiere during the Dutch Dance Festival.

Liat Waysbort investigates our need to please with two older dancers, Amy Gale and Angela Linssen. In Please me Please – The Duet, two bodies full of history are confronted with the standards which the ‘older person’ is supposed to meet. The production questions our definition of beauty – precisely, explosively and tenderly – with the objective of stretching that definition. ‘Liat Waysbort previously had an impact with the strong and very individual Please me Please – The Solo, danced by the young Ivan Ugrin. In contrast to his youth, Waysbort now goes on an adventure with two self-assured women who each, in their own way, embody an aspect of the history of Dutch dance. That makes one curious.

choreography: Liat Waysbort
dance: Amy Gale, Angela Linssen
dramaturgy: Annette van Zwoll
producer: Bitter Sweet Dance
co producer: Dansmakers Amsterdam
production: Jannita Jáuregui
light and technique: Mark Thewessen

Please me please – the solo has been made by Liat Waysbort and Ivan Ugrin (I was involved as dance dramaturge) with no financial support. It has been caught op by the international dance scene and is now traveling the world. After Kroatia, the Netherlands, Russia and Italy, it recently was shown at the Mercat de les Flores in Barcelona, Spain, in the frame of Flower Market. It got the following review:

‘The surprise of the evening! A journey of transformation from male to female dancer, where the vanity of someone who knows is desired and the perfection of dance gesture, connect gender change with states of mind. A small masterpiece, probably the best piece I have seen these days in Flower Market.’

Catalan review

Meanwhile, we are busy working on the next piece Please me please – the duet!

photo CaDance: Maarten Evenhuis

The coming two weeks you can enjoy exciting dance premieres at the festival for modern dance CaDance in the Hague. With  sparkling new dance by up-and-coming talents and leading choreographers in the Netherlands. This 17th edition takes place from 30 January until 15 February 2015.

Check the programme at and pay special attention to the performance texts that I wrote. And on Sunday, February 1, I will lead the after talk after the performance Rise Up of Guilherme Miotto.

Dutch Dance Dialogues 2014 / photo: Antoinette Mooy

Festival De  Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Festival) is almost coming up and they’ve asked me to organize the Dutch Dance Dialogues; a biennial programme to boost the dialogue within the Dutch dance field. This years themes are: Dance & Fashion (in relation to the projects (OLD)Fashion(ed) and Distinguished Dreams) and Dance & Gender (in relation to the European project Performing Gender). Speakers include, among others, fashion journalist Aynouk Tan, Lecturer cultural studies Bibi Straatman, director Gender Bender Festival Daniele Del Pozzo, Roberto Casarotto of the B-Motion Festival in Italy, several choreographers like Connor Schumacher and Juan Arques and many more.

You can be there as well! There is cake and coffee. Check here for more info and tickets.

Bassano Del Grappa, Italy

Dance dramaturge Merel Heering and me taught a course on looking at dance, talking about dance and contextualising dance to choreographers from all over Europe during the Summerschool Choreographic Research at the B-Motion Festival in beautiful Bassano del Grappa. A week full of enlightening insights, intriguing performances and challenging but constructive conversations. It was the best! We’re in the process of developing new concepts for workshops and courses. More to come….

Design by Esther Noyons in collaboration with Serena Kloet

I put together a booklet of the most influential project  of my professional life: Act Your Age. This two year European project focussed, through dance, on the pressing global question of aging and how we deal with the older other. Choreographers of all ages, the elderly community from the Netherlands, Cyprus and Italy, researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the medical field all came together to constructively and innovatively contribute to the discussion about aging and the depiction of the older body. The project has come to an end, but its influences stretches into the future. This booklet contains a collection of articles  on the project and beautiful pictures and you can receive it for free! Just send an e-mail to with your address.

And oh, the website has been updated as well! Have a look at

Picture: Than Beels

J o u r n e y premiered on March 28, 2013 in CC Berchem. A duet of choreographer Koen De Preter (31) and the 87-year (yes, really, 87) old Alphea Pouget. Funny, touching, excited and on the whole: quite special.

Or, as the Belgium reviewer Els van Steenberghe wrote:

‘Een guitig en soms rakend broos portret van een vurige ontmoeting.’

And a video.

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Still Standing You Picture Still Standing You: Phile Deprez

This season, I’m teaching the course Kijk! Dans at Theater Frascati. In five lectures I’ll give insight in the development of dance, duets and possibilities to look at at discuss about dance. After the lecture all the fun starts: we’ll be seeing the performance and discuss it later in the bar. Oh, and beforehand there is dinner, so it’s an whole evening out. Pretty nice, actually.   read more