Daniel Linehan

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For his new creation sspeciess Daniel Linehan draws inspiration from the writings of Timothy Morton, a British philosopher/ecologist. The choreography is guided by ideas of coexistence and symbiosis. Five dancers – Gorka Gurrutxaga Arruti, Anneleen Keppens, Victor Pérez Armero, Louise Tanoto and Linehan himself – share the stage with musician/performer Michael Schmid. Together they lend their bodies, breath, and voices to the choreographic and musical score of the piece. Sound echoes breath. Movement echoes sound. Dance and music approach one another in a mutually sustaining association, thinking of the music as an environment that supports seeing the dance, and the dance as an environment that supports hearing the music. One by one, the light, the scenography, the costumes, the movement and the music become the dominant players in the room, and then fade to give space to the others. No element of an environment remains dominant for long – there is a constant sense of emergence and disappearance.

There are always moments of surprise when the hidden life that you didn’t notice suddenly flies, swims or grows into your consciousness. In sspeciess, Linehan creates a dance that leaves space for this sense of play, where what is unnoticed and ignored in our surrounding environment can suddenly emerge as the thing that we should have been paying attention to all along.

Concept & choreography Daniel Linehan
Creation & performance Gorka Gurrutxaga Arruti, Anneleen Keppens, Daniel Linehan, Victor Pérez Armero, Michael Schmid, Louise Tanoto
Dramaturgy Alain Franco
Outside eye Michael Helland
Scenography 88888
Costumes Frédéric Denis
Light Gregory Rivoux
Sound Michael Schmid & Raphaël Hénard

Production Hiatus (Brussels, BE)
Coproduction deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp, BE), Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans (FR) and others tbc
Residencies deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp, BE), STUK (Leuven, BE), Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans (FR), Cultuurhuis de Warande (Turnhout, BE), Kaaitheater (Brussel, BE), CC de Factorij (Zaventem, BE).
International tour planning Damien Valette (Paris, FR)

Daniel Linehan, Hiatus is Creative Associate at deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp, BE) and supported by the Flemish authorities 2017-2021.

Linehan first studied dance in Seattle and then moved to New York in 2004. As a performer, Linehan worked with Miguel Gutierrez and Big Art Group, among other artists. His own choreographic work first came to public attention in 2004 with the solo Digested Noise, presented in Fresh Tracks at Dance Theater Workshop. In 2005 and 2006, he worked with a team of four other dancers to create The Sun Came and Human Content Pile. Linehan was a 2007-2008 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. In 2007, he premiered the solo Not About Everything, which has since been presented in over 75 venues internationally. In 2008, Linehan moved to Brussels where he completed the Research Cycle at P.A.R.T.S. in 2010. His works created in Belgium include Montage for Three (2009), Being Together without any Voice (2010), Zombie Aporia (2011), Gaze is a Gap is a Ghost (2012), Doing While Doing (2012), The Karaoke Dialogues (2014), Un Sacre du Printemps (2015), dbddbb (2015), Flood (2017), Third Space (2018) and Body of Work (2019).
  • Open doors

    friday 6 december 2019

    sspeciess, Daniel Linehan