Letters 2 Dance

In a choreography for three dancers, the dance 'describes' the space and the double meaning of 'letters' is fully played out: letter and letter. In that space in between - between the arbitrariness of the sign and the meaning inherent in communication - the dance language of Letters 2 Dance will move.

How do you dance from letters to words, from words to sentences? What is the syntax of a dance phrase? The dancers are on stage together with the eclectic musician/composer Liesa Van der Aa. The arrangement of letters and musical samples go hand in hand; the dance leads the music and creates a fabric of dancing/ speaking/ listening together. And vice versa: the musical composition co-determines the choreographic writing that moves between abstraction and depiction, which takes the spectator along, moves him or her and involves him or her in the game of depicting, representing and letting go of the attempt to be something other than oneself - a moving body.

Aslı Çiçek's scenography further depicts the play with literalism and metaphor. Eight to ten light-colored, transparent planes appear as pages on the stage, reinforcing the image of the dancing body as a nib, as a letter danced on the page. The static color planes create a restriction in the space through which the dancers move, like a narrative that emerges between the lines. Letters 2 Dance lets its choreographic writing balance on the threshold of sign and meaning. It invites the spectator to participate in the game of deciphering, with the dance language in a continuous tension between depiction and abstraction.

Femke Gyselinck
Femke Gyselinck, Sue-Yeon Youn & Luka Svajada
Liesa Van der Aa
Asli Cicek
Caravan Productions in coproduction with Het Laatste Bedrijf


03.03.22 – 20:00 – Kunstencentrum nona, Mechelen (Première)
04.03.22 – 20:00 – Kunstencentrum nona, Mechelen

23.04.22 – 20:00 – C-Mine, Genk

11.06.22 – 20:00 – Kaaitheater, Brussel
12.06.22 – 20:00 – Kaaitheater, Brussel