"The body is a transformative entity, one that can oscillate between extreme opposites; we are open to choices, whichever the environment. In this dance of opposites, we decide who and what we want to be. It is up to us"
Macbeth (Blood on the dance floor) 2015
ICK & de Toneelmakerij
Liesbeth Coltof (De Toneelmakerij) directs and writes the script for this adaptation of Macbeth with choreography by Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten in collaboration with Jesus De Vega.
A performance in which the body protests as humanity falls away.
Full credits, pictures, trailer and more info on the link below:.
In this multidisciplinay work, video, sound and lights (and a dose of dark humour) create a claustrophobic environment for the performers. Mixing twerking, stripper joints, can-can, Barbie and pop culture to talk about the hyper-sexualisation of the female figure in media, MasturNation pushes the physicality of the dancers to their own extreme.
Choreography, video/sound collage and lighting concept: Jesus de Vega.
Lighting advice: Marcus Schnizer.
Created for the final showing of the European program Spazio, of which de Vega was a participant. The starting point was Hikikomori and Yuugen. Feedback focuses on the notions of connection and isolation.
For this work de Vega developed a system (inspired by cybernetics) in which the performer needs internal feedback to arrive to the connection of the isolated elements (dance, light, sound, smoke) Once all of the elements are inter-connected, new meaning will arise from the full picture..
Performed by Helena Volkov.
An impression of the final presentation: https://vimeo.com/83808120
Aether talks about love from the perspective of sound: are we lonely sounds in search of other sounds to form a melody? or are we a melody on our own?
In a cacophonous world, two lonely beings try their best to harmonise. Will they be able to, or will their own sound get lost in the Aether?
Performed by Helena Volkov and Jussi Nousiainen.
In this site-specific work, de Vega collaborates with Bart van Geldrop (video artist) to create a surreal world inspired by (and dedicated to) his deceased uncle, who suffered from schizophrenia.
The combination between video (projected onto the smoke that fills the room) an industrial soundscape and a disjointed physicality creates a claustrophobic atmosphere, broken at moments by silence and full light to question the notions of real vs. imaginary.
Performed by Gloria Ros Abellana.
Thanks to Florain Verheijen and Station Zuid for their help.
Produced by Station Zuid (Tilburg) and part of the program Lust, Rattlepit is one of the 4 pieces that were created using The garden of earthly delights from Hieronymus Bosch as inspiration.
In Rattlepit, de Vega correlates the 3 parts of the tryptic (Paradise, earth and Hell) with the process of aging (Paradise as the beginning of life, naivety, Earth as the years of sexual awakening/self realisation and Hell as a symbol for old age, correlating physical pain with the hellish tortures depicted in the artwork )
Performed by Helena Volkov, Eline Tan and Sara Wiktorowikz.
Music by Richard van Kruisdijk. Dramaturgical input: Guy Cools.
Shut quietly, almost 2010
Created in collaboration with Jussi Nousiainen (choreographer) and Bart van Geldrop (video artist), this piece was part of the program Jong Zuid and produced by Station Zuid,
This duet reflects the tension between the impulsive, physically theatrical world of Jesús and the more elusive, imaginary world of Jussi. The video images, light design, movement and original music by Jürgen de Blonde entice the audience into this unique universe.
Choreography: Jesus de Vega/Jussi Nousiainen
Performed by Jussi Nousiainen and Joeri Dubbe.
Music: Jürgen de Blonde. Light design: Ate Jan van Kampen.
A site specific project created in collaboration with Jussi Nousiainen, this duet was performed at the Designhuis in Eindhoven (Netherlands) and curated and commissioned by Station Zuid (Tilburg).
Several choreographers use the different rooms of the museum as inspiration and performance space.
In the case of Rainbowbody, the inspiration comes from the room called Soul/Body.
Performed by Jesus de Vega and Jussi Nousiainen.
Disappear here 2008
Taking the notion of fear as a departing point, de Vega uses his first piece as maker to talk about the fear of being oneself, of finding your own light and "letting it shine". it presented a world where there are only 2 choices: dark or light, black or white. But throughout the solo we discover that there are more possibilities between those extremes, and that it is fear what doesn't allow us to see all the possible choices that exist in between them.
The solo was produced by Station Zuid and premiered at the Parktheatre in Eindhoven.
Performed by Jesus de Vega.
Dramaturgical help: Dirk Dumont.
Light design: Jesus de Vega.