Choreography: Samir Calixto
With: Camilla Montesi, Xanthe van Opstal, Aya Misaki, Sammie Hermans , Alice De Maio
Samir Calixto has impressed us with his adaptations of Winterreise (after Schuber), 4 seasons (after Vivaldi), Paradise Lost (after Milton) and Summa (after Arco Pärt). He digs deep in the themes of his shows with an uncompromising overlap of pure musicality and intense physicality to reach a timeless quality.
After the impressive M, in which five male dancers physically and mentally completely surrender, the Brazilian choreographer Samir Calixto creates now W. Again he finds himself in the intriguing mixture of dance and Nietschze’s philosophy. W is in all respects the mirror image of M: a piece in which five women portray the power, rage and lust that are so present in the mythes and archetypes surrounding women. What Mahler was for M is Wagner for W. Wagner’s Tristan and Isolda is a polemic work about the extremes of the human instinct, that is unleashed by the irrationality of romantic love.
In a modern adaptation of Wagners music Calixto addresses with W our obsessive search for truth, this time from a female perspective. Calixto’s ruthless physicality brings the vulnerability and barbarity of the female dancers to the surface. The women experience an intense ritual of surrender, lust and sacrifice, untill the pureness of existence is reached.