Ugo Dehaes presents 'Grafted' at de Brakke GrondDance / Amsterdam
22 May 2014, 8.30pm
In recent years Flemish choreographer Ugo Dehaes has become fascinated with exploring the individual behind the performer and incorporating this person into the dance.
For his work Grafted, Dehaes assembled a cast of dance-couples who have worked together for many years, many of whom are in actual relationships.
Dehaes capitalises on the special relationship between the dancers by creating choreography that further fuses them together, creating a performance in which the individuals are "grafted" together through their movements.
A physically demanding piece, the choreography forces the performers to defy gravity in tandem with elements of both ballet and acrobatics.
The result is a powerful, yet sober show in which the audience witnesses the couples struggle to stay together; to remain grafted.
About Ugo Dehaes
Ugo Dehaes is a Flemish choreographer and the current artistic director of the kwaad bloed contemporary dance company.
In 1998, Dehaes started working as a dancer for Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods and would go on to found kwaad bloed in 2000, subsequently producing pieces such as ROEST (2002), Rozenblad (2004), Couple-like (2006), Forces (2008) and WOMEN (2011).
Much of Dehaes' work investigates the relationship between the human body and emotions, often including very physical, intense movements.