Marijn will perform in this 1 hour long production inspired by Francis Bacon with 5 other dancers in Calais, Nijmegen and other cities to be announced. Bacon breathes live into the pictorial worlds of figurative painter Francis Bacon. At times a refined painterly vision full of wild beauty, than again ferociously aggressive – Nanine Linning’s choreography explores the emotional realm at the core of his oeuvre.
‘I’m interested in animalistic impulses, the instinctive. I deprive my dancers of all means of stylization, challenge them to transgress their own boundaries. They have to scream like wild, famished animals – but without making a sound, only with their bodies.’ (Nanine Linning)
There is no easy way to approach Francis Bacon’s work. It incites a painful sensation of grace that leaves nobody untouched. All that is distinctly identifiable in his paintings is in constant competition with what he embeds as a hidden suggestion. In their physicality the objects in Bacon’s works could very well be related to dance; their expressiveness and emotional charge evoke a stirring impression of movement. Linning and her Dance Company / Theater Heidelberg creates an updated version of Linning’s early choreography BACON more than ten years after its premiere.
Bacon in the press:
“Those who love dance and the visual arts can indulge themselves in this piece. Five dancers use their bodies to paint a wildly beautiful choreography about beastliness, physicality, sensuality and aggressiveness. And all this is done with a rich variety of twists and turns, resulting in sombre contorted poses which are at the same time very sculptural and beautiful to watch. Linning has captured this contrast, which with Bacon liked to experiment. The method of movement is highly restrained, reminiscent of the Japanese Butoh dancers, but reveals an inner explosiveness which is what makes it so exciting”. Volkskrant
“Linning’s piece Bacon is impressive when it comes to the expressive representation of pain, agony and fear”
“This journey towards a more intuitive approach is a courageous exercise, which certainly deserves a sequel”. Parool