Post show Q&A with Arco Renz, Melanie Lane and Eko Supriyanto in conversation with David Pledger on Saturday, November 21st.

In solid.states, Belgium-based German maverick Arco Renz places two accomplished dancers on an unstable moving platform. Performed by Javanese court dancer Eko Supriyanto and Melbourne choreographer Melanie Lane, solid.states borrows elements of their shared Javanese ancestry to trace the interplay between global and traditional forces. Through juxtaposition, both performers share their divergent experiences around the intrusion of Western pop culture into Javanese life. solid.states explores how change ultimately and intimately de-stabilises.

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In 2000, Arco Renz founded the Brussels-based company Kobalt Works. Kobalt Works' major productions include the performances Think Me Thickness (2001), .states. (2001), (2008), PA (2009), 1001 (2010), CRACK (2011), DUST (2011), solid.states (2012), and discografie (2013). Renz studied dance, theatre, and literature in Berlin and Paris and was part of the first generation of graduates of P.A.R.T.S., founded by Anne Teresa De Keermaekers in Brussels. First as performer, then assistant, he worked with Robert Wilson from 1997-2001 on various dance, theatre and opera productions.

An important aspect of Renz' activities is his engagement in projects promoting the development of research and exchange between European and Asian artists. Monsoon, a series of research and performance platforms bringing together Asian and European artists is an ongoing project with editions in Seoul (2006), Leuven (2007 & 2010) and Brussels (2013). A new edition of Monsoon iwill take place at Critical Path in Sydney later in the year.

In addition to Kobalt Works productions, Arco Renz has regularly created commissioned works for the Brussels Opera House, Paris Opera Palais Garnier, La Scala Opera House of Milan, Festival d'Art Lyrique d'Aix en Provence, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Norvegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, Germany. In the field of opera, Arco choreographed among others for Luc Bondy's productions of Idomeneo (2005),  Julie (2005) and Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne (2009).

Arco Renz has been a guest teacher for dance and choreography in numerous countries worldwide. 

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Dates: NOVEMBER 20-21 (with Q&A immediately following the Saturday night performance, approx. 20-30mins)
Time: 8pm
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse (wheelchair accessible)
Bookings: BOOK NOW

Choreography: Arco Renz in collaboration with dancers
Performed by
: Eko Supriyanto, Melanie Lane

Set design
: Lawrence Malstaf

Original music: Marc Appart

Lighting design: Jan Maertens

Artistic collaborator: Melanie Lane

Duration: approximately 60 min.

Produced by Kobalt Works (Leuven, BE)
in coproduction with STUK Kunstencentrum (Leuven, BE). Residencies at
Taman Budaya Arts Centre (Surakarta, ID), STUK Arts Centre (Leuven, BE). Kobalt Works is supported by the Flemish Authorities. Arco Renz is artist in residence at 
STUK Arts Centre (Leuven, BE).


solid.states post show Q&A - Arco Renz, Melanie Lane and Eko Supriyanto in conversation with David Pledger

On Saturday the 21st of November, immediately following the performance of solid.states David Pledger (Not Yet It's Difficult) will facilitate an informal Q&A with Belgium based/German artist and solid.states creator Arco Renz with performers Melanie Lane and Eko Supriyanto .
The artists will discuss the work, their unique artistic collaboration and take questions from the audience.

Duration: Approximately 30 mins 



Credit image: Jean-Luc Tanghe