22 Jan 2020 - PolyBandA Question of Ma - BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Festival WhyNot | The Rest is Noise & BIMHUIS

A Question of Ma

Hypnotic performance fusing dance and music, by a large ensemble led by Jasper Stadhouders and the performance installation Question of Ma. A presentation of Festival WhyNot in collaboration with BIMHUIS and The Rest Is Noise.


Since 2009, WhyNot has organized a biennial festival, which aims to open up the dance scene from within by connecting dance and performance art to other creative worlds and disciplines, letting new forms emerge. In this edition (22-25 january) WhyNot focuses on the body and movement in relation to architecture and space.

With tonight in BIMHUIS:

The ​PolyBand is built around an ever expanding pool of musicians and performers. Together they create an amalgamation of sound and movements, where each member is equal. Its flexible instrumentation is built around a core of multiple electric guitars and drums, often augmented by accordion, bagpipes and keyboards, and often featuring guest musicians. Dance plays an important role in the performances. PolyBand is led by guitarist Jasper Stadhouders (also in Spinifex and Cactus Truck). Following memorable shows at Le Guess Who?, Transition and Lowlands, the band will now perform at the Festival WhyNot.

The evening starts in the atrium of Muziekgebouw with the performance installation A Question Of Ma by Amos Ben-Tal, choreographer and musician, and Gosse de Kort, an interdisciplinary artist with a background in architecture. This kinetic installation consists of various mobile elements, each spinning around its axis. A landscape of ever-shifting boundaries for a dancer to find a way through.

Click here for the complete programme of Festival WhyNot 22-25 january

PolyBand is generously supported by Stichting DOEK, Gaudeamus, NORMA fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Fonds Podiumkunsten.

Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti voice/percussion/dance, Marjolein Vogels dance, Suzanne de Bekker dance, Björk Níelsdóttir voice, Genevieve Murphy bagpipes, Leo Svirsky accordeon/fender rhodes, Nora Mulder cymbalom, Marta Warelis piano/organ/synth, Joost Buis trombone, Salvoandrea Lucifora trombone/tuba, Jeroen Kimman guitar/effects, Jasper Stadhouders guitar/mandolin/bass/composition, Miguel Petruccelli bass/guitar, Tristan Renfrow drums, Onno Govaert : drums/gongs, Philipp Moser drums, Paul Koek percussion, Mei-Yi Lee percussion/glockenspiel, Sandor Caron live sound engineering

A Question of Ma:
Luca Cacitti dance, Amos Ben-Tal dance/choreography/installation, Gosse de Kort choreography/installation, Rolf Meesters software, Katia Truijen research, WhyNot production

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