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TWO SINK, THREE FLOAT Dance in nature

Filed in Projects, Two Sink Three Float | Posted by Satya on January 20, 2011

Created in 2009/2010

A trio with dance and visual theater

The water as unknown, depth, subconscious

lets things float or sink

On this thin membrane between top and bottom

one is taken into a surreal and visual story

Three characters find their balance on a platform, amongst themselves

with the elements

There is an underworld

a world under, which we do not see

It is not shown on the surface

or is it?


The audience takes their place at the edge of the water. On the water is a platform. Three dancers take the audience with them into their own world, where other realities are constructed, above and below the surface of the water.

Thus, the evidence of breathing is questioned and turned on its head. In the performance the dancers create the illusion that they can breathe under water. The realistic surroundings gets transformed by dance and movement into a surreal entity.

The dance is situated above and below the water’s surface; in the water and on the platform.

The platform is a symbol for the perceptible, the conscious, the known. The water symbolizes the protected, unconscious, unreachable. Objects appear on the surface. Wet bodies are dragged onto the floating platform. The body, half in the water; physical meetings and a figure that disappears instantly.

The performance is built around three characters, two women and one man, who behave differently towards each other and towards their surroundings. The audience is brought into a recognizable game of humans behaviors. letting go, keeping close and leaving behind.

Through movement the three performers translate this unknown amphibious environment.

The audience enters a certain atmosphere, an atmosphere where the natural world becomes a necessary part of the whole. It’s as if the audience simply passes, on their way to somewhere else. It seems that you catch a glimpse of a world that is always there, hidden from sight .

The underlying tension of the movement material comes from the physical possibilities and limitations that the water and the platform impose.

Inspiration is taken from the water, wetness, depth, weightlessness, dry land, breath and nessecity.

Photo: Delphine Bertrand


Concept and choreography: Satya Roosens

Dancers: Mirte Courtens / Estelle Delcambre, Christophe Degelin, Satya Roosens

Visual artist: Kurt Demey

Technician: Jeronimo Garcia

Constructor: Colin Kassies

Composer: Giovanni di Domenico

Dramaturgic Advise: Klaus Jürgen

Textile Designer: Rosalie Spruijt

Stage: Mael Palu (FAIAR)


Citron Jaune, Ilotopie FR
Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof B
De Tuin der Lusten NL
Internationaal Straatkunstenfestival B

Co-producers, residencies, sponsor and subsidy

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