The performance “Dance Floor” refers to the dance marathons of the 1920s, which took place in the United States during the Great Depression. To earn a living, the participants of these marathons sought to win the competition and did not understand when their forces were running out.
Choreographer Jeroen Verbruggen admits that, like many dancers, he knows how it feels to use your body to the limit. He shows the exhausting and gambling nature of the dance, using both the classical and the modern troupe “Ballet Moscow” - after all, participants in cruel marathons were also of different backgrounds.
The dance floor here is both a liberating and equalizing space for entertainment and pleasure, and a plane on which traces of movements remain, and the place of death is a crime scene. Criminal tags, circled bodies promise everyone to fall. Self-exploitation is the flip side of the pursuit of excellence, the pursuit of success. And although we are all alone in our quest for glory, “Dancing stars are never alone at nights” - everyone is dancing!
Jeroen Verbruggen: “I wanted to do something about dance. Everyone is dancing - whether it is ballet, or night clubs, or ritual dances. I liked the idea that dance is a cure, but at the same time, it can destroy you if you don't stop. A dance can be something beautiful and something dark at the same time. ”