YOUNG CREATIVES – 3 new dance films by 3 talented choreographers

Photo header: scene from I Feel It Too – Sedrig verwoert Photographer: Hans Gerritsen
  • Three new dance films by the Young Creative Associates:
       Wubkje Kuindersma, Milena Sidorova en Sedrig Verwoert-
  • The films are available now & can be viewed free of charge for 6 months

For the first time Dutch National Ballets three new Young Creative Associates: Wubkje Kuindersma, Milena Sidorova and Sedrig Verwoert present their work in one online programme entitled Young Creatives. The programs consist of three dance films for which they devised the concept as well as creating the choreography.

The films – Memento by Wubkje Kuindersma, Rose by Milena Sidorova and I Feel It Too by Sedrig Verwoert – are available on our online platform and our YouTube channel now and can be viewed free of charge for six months until 20 October 2021.

Direct links:
Wubkje Kuindersma – Memento
Milena Sidorova – Rose
Sedrig Verwoert – I Feel It Too
Young Creatives – programme

Concept and choreography: Wubkje Kuindersma
Film director: Mathieu Gremillet
Available until 20 October 2021

Memento was not created just for film but also with the intention that it can be performed live on stage. Made at a time when the world was put on hold, due to COVID-19, choreographer Wubkje Kuindersma says, “It’s in our nature to move freely and to flow like a river, but free movement between people has suddenly become restricted as a consequence of lockdowns. It’s as if the earth has lost its natural flow”. 
Kuindersma chose the title Memento because this creation will always remind her of these strange times. In addition, the word ‘memento’ is reminiscent of the expression ‘memento mori’. It is precisely this connection with the inevitability of death that reminds us to live: ‘memento vivere’.
For her choreography, she chose the third movement from Henryk Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. While the song expresses deep sorrow and loss, the voice also makes us feel deep love. Memento does not tell a story, but is simply a shared moment in dance and time, and serves as a reminder of this period.
An introduction video with Wubkje Kuindersma on our YouTube channel:
Wubkje Kuindersma – Memento

Film director, concept and choreography: Milena Sidorova
Camera director and montage: Arno de Haas
Available until 20 October 2021
In a time of lockdown and social distancing, Rose is about intimate relationships. Location: the bar of a friendly but chic café. A woman talks to the bartender and talks about the relationships she has had; these are reflected in several pas de deux. The bartender nods every now and then, but he is in fact absorbed by his own experiences in love. The film is set on the boundary between reality and fiction, between what is conceivable and what we can merely dream of.
An introduction video with Milena Sidorova on our YouTube channel:
Milena Sidorova – Rose

Creative director and choreographer: Sedrig Verwoert
Film director: Kevin Osepa
Available until 20 October 2021

For his dance film I Feel It Too, Young Creative Associate Sedrig Verwoert also took inspiration from the times we’re living in at the moment, dictated by the corona pandemic. On the one hand, the world appears to have ground to a halt, but on the other the silence creates scope for thinking things over. In I Feel It Too, Verwoert tells his story in six key scenes. The story starts with the naivety of pre-corona life and goes, via the lockdown, to a sense of restriction and to a confrontation with our own mortality. The thoughts and voices of thirteen dancers, who kept on training tirelessly throughout the lockdown, are reflected in the story. The realisation that this is a universal story also creates scope for other themes, such as love, depression, femininity, diversity and solidarity. Composer and musician Tim Wes and spoken-word-artist Roziena Salihu also play an important role in I Feel It Too. Wes’ music and Salihu’s poetry form a triangle, as it were, with the movement and the dance.
An introduction video with Sedrig Veroert on our YouTube channel:
Sedrig Verwoert – I Feel It Too

Young Creatives: Online on our YouTube channel and via the website of Dutch National Opera & Ballet. Available for free until 20 October 2021

Wubkje Kuindersma – Memento
Milena Sidorova – Rose
Sedrig Verwoert – I Feel It Too