Memory Loss is the third and final production in Ann Van den Broek’s triptych, The Memory Loss Collection. In Memory Loss the two previous creations, Blueprint on Memory and Zooming in on Loss, come together and create new elements which culminate in the conclusion of the triptych. In an interactive setting the fifteen performers lose their own self. The spoken word, movement, music and technology are mixed into a game of reality and illusion.
The process is irreversible. Imprisoned in the space and the brain. All the things one holds on to fade away and the remaining signals point to dark passages. In the darkness all connections to the material world and all memories seep away. The ultimate loss of self. Lovingly and cruel. A bitter reality where nobody comes out the same.
Memory Loss is nominated by the VSCD (Association of Theater and Music Hall Directors) for a Zwaan (Swan) for the most impressive dance production, the most prestigious Dutch dance prize.
The Memory Loss Collection
In The Memory Loss Collection Ann Van den Broek delves into the topic of memory loss. This project is made up of three productions, workshops, introductions and links to social organizations. Memory Loss is the final production in the series that also consists of Blueprint on Memory and Zooming in on Loss.
concept, choreography and directed Ann Van den Broek
cast Ann Van den Broek, Frauke Mariën, Louis Combeaud, Nik Rajšek, Marion Bosetti, Jean-Gabriel Maury, Carla Guerra, Kamil Pilarski, An Hackselmans, Anthony van Gog, Aryeh Weiner, Iuri Costa, Isaiah Selleslaghs, Karolina Krynicka, Beatriz Baptista, Samina de Wulf / Karlijn Roest
music composition Nicolas Rombouts, Gregory Frateur, Ann Van den Broek
lyrics Gregory Frateur
video and lighting design Bernie van Velzen
set design Niek Kortekaas
styling costumes Marielle Vos, Ann Van den Broek
artistic assistance Gregory Frateur
source material ‘Brein en Branie: Een pionier in Alzheimer’, Prof. Christine Van Broeckhoven and ‘Verdwaald in het geheugen Paleis: Hoe te leven met dementie’, Nathalie Carpentier
photography Rio Staelens
premiere January 17, 2020, Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
Memory Loss is a WArd/waRD (NL/BE) production, supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (FR) whitin the framework of the New Settings programme and co-produced by partners Theater Rotterdam (NL) and ccBerchem (BE), as well as Theater Freiburg (THE), Podium Bloos (NL) and La Briquetterie (FR). The project has received grants from the Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL), Gemeente Rotterdam (NL), Ammodo (NL), Stichting Dioraphte (NL) and Fonds21 (NL).
22 Memory Loss – Theatre de la Cité Internationale / New Settings by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Paris (FR)
23 Memory Loss – Theatre de la Cité Internationale / New Settings by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Paris (FR)
24 Memory Loss – Theatre de la Cité Internationale / New Settings by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Paris (FR)
30 Memory Loss – Parktheater, Eindhoven (NL)
9 Memory Loss – Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen (NL)
12 Memory Loss – Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch (NL)
14 Memory Loss – Stadstheater, Arnhem (NL)
29 Memory Loss – Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen (BE)
10 Memory Loss- Podium Bloos, (NL) try-out
17 Memory Loss – Theater Rotterdam (NL) Première
18 Memory Loss – Theater Rotterdam (NL) Première
25 Memory Loss – Stadttheater Freiburg (DE) German première
5 Memory Loss – Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht (NL)
11 Memory Loss – Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
25 Memory Loss – Stadsschouwburg, Nijmegen (NL)
26 Memory Loss – Schouwburg De Lawei, Drachten (NL)
3 Memory Loss – Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam (NL)