The dancer Charlotte Vanden Eynde and double bassist Nicolas Rombouts explore the essence of dance and music. In Hyphen – the sign used to join words – dance and music are equal. Not only is the auditory experience as important as the visual one: Vanden Eynde’s and Rombouts’ physical presence are also on equal footing. Nonetheless, they occupy the stage in very different ways: Rombouts as a musician, someone who makes an instrument move, and Vanden Eynde as a dancer, someone who becomes her own instrument by moving and can no longer be distinguished from it.
“A concert, then, for double bass and body. Completely new, bursting with life, but also centuries old. With the audience as a witness and ally. Magnificent.”
The two of them reach towards each other from their own specific natures. Together they seek tipping points where music can become movement and movement music. The duo work intuitively, but always keep mental control of what spontaneously unfurls. For Rombouts, playing music is instant composition; for Vanden Eynde, dancing is thinking.
The production emerged from the purity of the momentary interplay between the two artists and invites you to participate in the possibilities that each new moment generates. Hyphen shows the strength and the vulnerability of acting and being present in the here and now.