"To live in a culture in which women are routinely naked and where men aren't is to learn inequality in little ways all day long. So even if we agree that sexual imagery is in fact a language, it is clearly one that is already heavily edited to protect men's sexual-and hence social-confidence while undermining that of women" Naomi Wolf / The Beauty Myth

In The Dry Piece (2012 / Festival a/d Werf) the disturbed relationship between beauty ideals and contemporary feminine identity are scrutinized. In this performance choreographer Keren Levi uses theatre technique as Photoshops’ paintbrush and contemplates the gap between glamour and labour in a show performed by naked female dancers behind a projection screen. Inspired by 1930's musicals of Busby Berkeley and the “The Beauty Myth”, by the writer Naomi Wolf, The Dry Piece confronts the spectators with the violence our gaze inflicts upon the body. Suggesting the possible disappearance of the body in the face of its own image. 

WINNER OF  DIORAPHTE AWARD 2013 ”We saw very skilled dancers, a beautiful staging and an impressive sound scape. It is esthetic, erotic and simply profoundly human performance. The work, which is performed in a small space, becomes a point of departure for the audience to immerse themselves in the limitless space of their imagination. With subtle and gentle movements, and the use of videothese qualities are the core values of the award.” (The jury of the Dioraphte Award 2013 about The Dry Piece)

XL EDITION (2016 / Julidans Festival) For this edition Levi adds more dancers to the original cast of the four, and adapts the piece to the “ big stage”. This gesture of ‘adding; has an affect on the performance. Levi re-compose the piece so to emphasise the difference of scale and magnitude gained by it.


Concept and choreography Keren Levi
Dance and choreography The Dry Piece Mari Matre Larsen, Tijana Prendovic, Orfee Schuijt and Eva Susova Dance and choreography XL EDITION Maddy Bullard, Karin Frankel, Mari Matre Larsen, Maya Tamir, Alicia Verdú Macián,  Alice Pons, Eva Susova, Hillary Blake Firestone
Extras [ premeire] Sarah Kate Gardiner, Lucia Fernandez, Maya Tamir, Mezhgan Saleh, Maria Villasmil, Fransecca Lezzeri, Rozemarijn de Neve, Suzanna de Bekker, Marjolein Vogels, Valentina Campora, Chengbei Duan, Emmi Hakala, Vera Goetzee, Joske Daamen, Eva Vrieling, Monica Sharon, Jantien Fick, Paula Chavez Bonilla, Pauline Briguet, Nora Ramakers, Esther Arribas, Tex Hobjin, Revé Terbog, Sarah Paternesi
Music Tom Parkinson
Light Design Minna Tiikkainen
Video Assi Weitz
Dramaturgy Igor Dobricic
Technique Martin Kaffarnik, Assi Weitz, Paul Schimmel
Photography Daan Brand
Graphic  Design Cubicle Design
Advice Moos van den Broek Graphique Design Miritte Ben Yitchack | Cubicle Design Photography Anna van Kooij Management Jette Schneider  Production Martha van Meegen 
PR Daisy Benz   THE DRY PIECE Co-production Huis a/d Werf Utrecht, Grand Theatre Groningen, Pumpenhaus Münster/DE and Forum Freies Theatre Düsseldorf/DE
With Support From  Performing Arts Fund NL, Amsterdam Funds for the Arts, Utrecht City,  Centro per la Scena Contemporanea in Bassano del Grappa/IT, WP Zimmer in Antwerpen/BE and Tanzquatier in Wenen/AU.
Special Thanks Barbara Meneses and Dansateliers Rotterdam
premeire Huis a/d Werf Festival, May 17th 2012   XL EDITION  The Dry Piece XL Edition is a production of Stichting NeverLike, with the support of Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, VSBfonds, Julidans Festival and Theater de Meervaart Amsterdam.
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