With NachtHexen I (English: Night Witches I), Van Daele kicks off a cycle that highlights heroines throughout the history of the world. This creation is inspired by the Russian night bombing regiment Taman during World War II, that consisted of women only – from pilots to technicians. Using light glider airplanes, they successfully bombed German defense lines.
Within the universe of these Russian Night Witches, Van Daele puts Jeanne d’Arc (an earlier historical warrior) in the present. Against what, who, and how would she fight in our present time? NachtHexen I is an ode to the strength of women. Following the successful Over Onze Vader (English: About Our Father, 2016) and the very dansant Tierra (2017), the eternally temporary collective Burning Bridges brings another solid theatrical performance to the stage.
In NachthHexen I powerful dance, emotional play and dance all blend together into an enduring whole. Pure, energetic and sensitive, looking for the most direct way into the heart of the audience, like you’ve come to expect from Jens van Daele’s Burning Bridges.
Credits NachtHexen I
Choreography, stage design & director: Jens van Daele (BE) and the performers
Lyrics: Hanne Struyf (BE)
Play & dance: Hanne Struyf (BE), Patricia van Deutekom (NL), Cécile Lassonde (FR) and others
Live music: Alexandra Bellon (FR), Viva Sanchez Reinoso(CH) and others on piano, cello, percussion and synthesizers
Music composition: Richard van Kruysdijk (NL) and musicians
Lighting design: Tom Verheijen (NL)
Video: Jessica van Reusschen (DE)
Photo: Jasmine Wolf