Photography and film by Caspar Sejersen. Shot at ‘The Red Room’ of the Single Theatre in Antwerp on February 8th to 11th 2021.
A troupe of 47 performers was convened combining performers from the predominant world-renowned contemporary dance companies of Belgium, namely Rosas and Ultima Vez, and a few from the Opéra National de Paris.
Most participants are women, dancers with a few models, though a few men dancers complete the group, (notably choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui). Filmed over three days during lockdown all quarantine restrictions were respected for the shoot. Most observed a seven-day quarantine to participate. Separate ‘bubbles’ were convened in order that performers could work together on screen. The project was welcomed by most dancers in this period of little opportunity to perform. Dancers became models’ and models became dancers. Dressing the human form of a dancer required another view on dressing.
The collection is visually expressed through two means:
Styled photographic stills depict Dries Van Noten’s view on the styling of the collection in the habitual way.
The film and photography of Casper Sejersen where the looks are shot in movement.
All images courtesy of Dries Van Noten