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Mooni Van Tichel / Deep Nyx

©Eimi Leggett
©Eimi Leggett


To play the drums one must hold the drumstick in a way that is firm, yet not over controlling. The drumstick should rest in the hand and retain the possibility to move up and down in it, so that it can bounce casually off of the surface of the skin. A drummer can lick speed and rhythm, increasing intensity by letting the stick rebound naturally only to then guide it back towards impact once again. When drumming slow, the stick falls down, turns around and starts to play her. A distorted figure appears when the stick starts to become part of the body of the player, moving in through the hand to the scapula. There is a fine balance between control and non-control, violence and abjection, sensation and sensuality when holding the stick.

This work was inspired by Luce Irigaray’s writing, Prince’s Baby I’m a star and Ursula K. Le Guin’s sci-fi novels.

Choreographer & performer: Mooni Van Tichel
Music: Mooni Van Tichel
Mentors: Bryana Fritz, Mette Ingvartsen
Residency support: Zaman
Special thanks to: Eric Van Tichel, Jacinta Meganck, Noa Van Tichel

Mooni Van Tichel is a dancer, performer and maker based in Brussels. She found her way into dance through hiphop and breaking, dancing with her crew and soaking up as many elements of the dance and the culture as possible, always strongly in touch with the social aspect of dance. She later discovered contemporary dance, which eventually led her to P.A.R.T.S., where she completed the Training Cycle in 2016 and joined STUDIOS IN 2019. Currently, she wants to continue developing her role as performer as well as her own work. In creating performance, Mooni looks for reasons to move through restrictive and difficult tasks or frameworks, trying to find a way to reach a high specificity in movement and in quality. Starting from movement and connection to music, she then allows other images and concepts to seep in. A level of complexity and intensity as well as enjoyment of movement and the specific relation of the performer to her (female) body are currently important for her.
She has performed her own work in Tanzwerkstatt (2018), Open Your Mind (2019), Platform 6a (2021). For her solo, she recently received the ‘De Troffel’ grant, to help develop her work further.

Wednesday June 9, 2021 / 20h / ⧖ 2h incl. break
Deep Nyx is part of a double bill, you always buy a ticket for 2 performances
Location: Rosas Performance Space - Avenue Van Volxemlaan 164, 1190 Brussels
For tickets (7€) click here
Practical info here

©Eimi Leggett
©Eimi Leggett