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01 mei 2020 | Nieuws

The Piket Art Prizes in times of corona (5): Antonin Rioche

Until 1 June theatremakers, actors, artists and dancers are forced to sit at home. As part of the official measures aimed at keeping the spread of the coronavirus under control, exhibitions are off and performances have been cancelled. What do these measures mean for Piket Art Prizes’ young artists? Part 5 Antonin Rioche. 

Impact of the measures

Choreographer Antonin Rioche, 2019 nominee in the Dance category, describes himself as a real stay-at-home. It does not bother him too much to be isolated. “It’s not dramatic for me. Most of my scheduled engagements have been postponed.” Actually, it’s rather convenient that he has more time to prepare his projects. Antonin briefly considered going back to his family in France. “But I realized I wanted to stay. I feel safe here and I believe in the Dutch measures.”

So what now?

Every day starts and ends with yoga. “As a freelancer I’m quite used to planning and taking my own responsibility.” In these times of corona, Antonin stays at home as much as possible. “Mostly because my housemates are a little older and I want to protect them.” And of course he works, amongst others on his Scenic World project for Conny Janssen Danst, which will be on tour from 28 Augustus until 18 September. During the The Hague Pioneer Project, 1 to 10 July, he will start his exploration Are we human or are we dancer.


Plans for the future

Antonin has enough fine performances ahead of him. In addition, he plans to start his own dance company next year. “I will call it Funny People. It’s a name that suits me. It refers to people who are different as well as to people you can have fun with. It describes both the light and the dark side of my work. Besides, everything is about people in the end.” He would like his own company to collaborate with other dancers, producers, and companies. “It could be anything, from dance performances to dance films.” His performance Glitter will be premiered during the CaDance Festival in Korzo in The Hague (29 and 30 January 2021). Glitter is a choreographic composition about love, fame, and recognition. It harks back to our childhood with its unspoilt dreams and endless possibilities. Glitter will be touring the Netherlands in April and May of 2021. In February Antonin will start work on his duet Territory with Daniel Barkan. Oh Boy will also go on tour again in 2021, and Finally a sign of life will travel to Paris and Berlin.

Photo Hessel Waalewijn