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until May 17 2015
The major spring exhibition ‘La La La Human Steps’ in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen features a hundred works of art from the museum’s collection. They all deal with la condition humaine: human failings. Four top choreographers have each created a duet especially for the exhibition.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing its own collection in the Bodon Rooms on a grand scale: from old masters to young talent, from immense installations to small paintings, from unnerving melancholy to entertaining absurdity. ‘When you look at the collection you see that artists from all ages and from all disciplines have made extremely personal images of the world. These images, you could say, are linked together underground,’ explain the compilers of the exhibition Sjarel Ex (Director) and Els Hoek (Education Curator).
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is experimenting by asking four choreographers, who reach an audience of millions, to each create a duet inspired by the exhibition. Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, La La La Human Steps of Montréal and House of Makers (associated with the Dutch National Ballet) are each producing a duet danced by a man and a woman, visualizing the process of attraction and rejection. At the heart of the exhibition will be a dance floor for them to use. Dance is a link in the exhibition which will change and define the environment of the works of art. During the openingsweekend the Rotterdam HipHopHuis presents a duel between street dancers Ques and Claerence Person.
There will be four exclusive performances in the museum galleries; it is not possible to make reservations. There is limited space for the public and there are no seats. The star choreographer concerned will be interviewed in the auditorium on the day of the performance. Seats for these interviews can be reserved. The dates and times of the performances are shown below. You will find the links to the interviews with dates and times in the right-hand column on this page.
La La La Human Steps & Cullberg Ballet:
Satureday 4 April: La La La Human Steps & Cullberg Ballet and Opéra de Paris present a choreography by Édouard Lock with the dancers: Gesina Moog, Jac Carlsson and Jac Carlsson.
The times of the performances and the interview to follow.
House of Makers:
Sunday 17 May: performance by Sterre van Rossem, Peter Leung and Matthew Pawlicki
Sunday 17 May at 1.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m., interview at 3.30 p.m.
Details of the interview to follow.
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February at 1.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m.: Krumping Duel between Claerence Person and Ques.
The interview with Leal van Herwaarden, HipHopHuis, will be on Sunday 8 February at 1.30 p.m. Language: Dutch. Reserve here.
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February at 1.30 p.m., 2.30 p.m. performs 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe.
Scapino Ballet Rotterdam:
Saturday 14 February at 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.: Dance Duet ‘A Dream’ by Bonnie Doets & Mischa van Leeuwen (dancers)
The interview with choreographer Ed Wubbe, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, was on Saturday 14 February at 1.30 p.m. Language: Dutch.
This collection of artworks lays bare a human problem. The concept of ‘la condition humaine’ originated with the author André Malraux, who had links with Surrealism. In his major novel of the same name he shows how people are constantly conflicted, torn between their intellect and their passions. In a story spanning a few days he describes the eternal human dilemmas—desire and love, loyalty and infidelity, revenge and betrayal, duty and ambition, life and death. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has previously shown a selection of its artworks on this subject in Istanbul, where it was a great success with the public.
Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Carlos Amorales, Anoniem, Matthew Barney, Yael Bartana, Hans Bellmer, John Bock, David Claerbout, Joost Conijn, Dirck Vokertsz. Coornhert, Curt Ehrhardt, Jeroen Eisinga, Peter Feiler, Frans Floris, Yang Fudong, Cyprien Gaillard, Robert Gober, Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, Siobhán Hapaska, HipHopHuis, House of Makers, Theo van Houts, Mike Kelley, Joachim Koester, Paul Kooiker, Tetsumi Kudo, Yayoi Kusama, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Édouard Lock, Édouard Manet, Gery Mendes, Melvin Moti, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Bruce Nauman, Erkka Nissinen, Joachim Patinir, Piranesi, Robin Rhode, Pipilotti Rist, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Paul Thek, Salla Tykkä, Bill Viola, Andro Wekua, Ed Wubbe, Sylvie Zijlmans and Unica Zürn.
‘La La La Human Steps’ has been made possible by the support of the BankGiro Loterij.