When Ed Wubbe, the artistic director of the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, invited Krisztina de Châtel to make a choreography for his company, she immediately saw an opportunity to carry out an idea that she had been toying with for a long time, a project with filmmaker Frank Scheffer and composer Thom Willems. This was the starting point for a unique collaboration in the world of Dutch dance.
Epoxy is a choreography for 15 dancers from the Scapino Ballet and five dancers from Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel. Willems specifically composed music for the production, while Scheffer created spatial film and video projections.
Epoxy is built around three themes: past, present and future. In the past choreography, music and film come together to portray images from the rich Western civilization. In the present, live recordings of the dancers are projected and live music is performed. In the future, image, dance and music are manipulated.
Thom Willems is renowned for his long collaboration with William Forsythe; De Châtel and Willems previously worked together in 1980 on the choreography Light. Filmmaker Frank Scheffer is known for his documentaries about composers. During the 1997 Nederlands Filmfestival in Utrecht, he was awarded the Prize of Dutch Film Critique for his entire oeuvre.
premiere 17 April 1999, Rotterdamse Schouwburg
choreography Krisztina de Châtel
dance Wen Cheng Lee, Massimo Molinari, Tim Persent, Natascha Siegertsz, Suzan Tunca and the dancers of Scapino Ballet Rotterdam
music Thom Willems
live performance Gerard Bouwhuis, Sepp Grotenhuis
film Frank Scheffer
light Benno Veen
costumes Scapino Ballet Rotterdam
photography Hans Gerritsen