In L.O.V.E., the new full-feature dance and theater performance by Cecilia Moisio, the main theme is the boundless, euphoric feeling of happiness and love. Cecilia shows us not only how we can lose ourselves in the quest for love, but also to what extent expectations of society and the media affect our love behavior. The viewer is confronted with the questions: do we believe in pure love or do we confuse our love behavior with what we see and hear around us? What does real happiness look like? Has romance become a substitute for love? Can clichés about love and happiness also lead to the actual experience of these feelings?
In L.O.V.E. four performers express their feelings of love and happiness. They try to find their own identity in love by looking for connections with each other and the audience. The popular ‘love song’ plays a central role in L.O.V.E.. Lyrics and vocals are decomposed, repeated and modified by the performers in order to find new meanings.
L.O.V.E. is introvert and vulnerable, as well as confrontational. The feeling of happiness is magnified and glorified, but does too much euphoria and ecstasy eventually lead to its own downfall?
Premiere 9 October 2014
Concept, choreography and direction Cecilia Moisio
Performers Erin Harty/Karin Frankel, Jorijn Vriesendorp, Shay Partush, Lorenzo Capodieci
Trainees short version Lili Kok, Amy Pender, Serano Pinas, Marnix Lenselink
Actingadvice Vincent Wijlhuizen
Artistic advice Suzy Blok, Krisztina de Châtel
Voice coaching Ineke van Doorn
Music Joni Vanhanen
Costumes Samuji, Delikatessen
Light design Vinny Jones
Technique Marcel Slagter
Production Mette Stam and Hit Me Productions
Photo’s Jamain Brigitha – Associatives and Sigel Eschkol
Co-producers Dansgroep Amsterdam, ITs Festival
Thanks to: Dansgroep Amsterdam, Stichting Imperium, ITs Festival, Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds