Dynamic, daring, unpolished, but also touching and humorous. Price winning choreographers Guy Weizman and Roni Haver (Club Guy & Roni) create powerful and seductive dance theatre. The last few years Club Guy & Roni produced several performances about extending borders. Like the borders between delusion and reality (Naked Lunch), between man and machine (Crash), and masculinity and feminity (Alpha Boys). Their newest piece ‘Phobia’ deals with fear; with the boundaries of fear, and the fear of the unlimited.

These are confusing times. The world seems large, but feels like a village at the same time. World conflicts reach our homes without limitations, causing fear and insecurities. Fear provides protection, but it can also create barriers, and prevent people from taking a step into the unknown. It can be at the root of xenophobia, causing irrational hatred between people and countries.

Guy Weizman and Roni Haver will use ‘Phobia’ as a research into the mechanisms of fear, and what happens when you try to keep an open mind despite your fear of the unknown. When you accept the unpredictability of the other and realise that if you don’t want to suffer, you should avoid to inflict pain on others, and meet each other as equals, as people. With ‘Phobia’ Weizman and Haver dive head first into an urgent and up to date topic.

Inspired by ‘Neither Victims nor Executioners’
The idea for ‘Phobia’ was inspired by a text from French writer and philosopher Albert Camus. During the Second World War he was the initiator and editor of the resistance paper Combat. In 1946 he wrote a series of essays, titled ‘Ni victimes ni bourreaux’ (Neither Victims nor Executioners). Camus abhorred totalitarian regimes, whether left or right, disapproved of the death penalty, plead for solidarity and community spirit and stood up for human rights. He believed that we should graciously resist injustice and ideological fanatics. In our time he is portrayed as the humane literator.

In ‘Phobia’ this strive for humanity and open mindedness plays a central role.

“We live in terror because persuasion is no longer possible; (…) Because we live in a world of abstractions, of bureaus and machines, of absolute ideas and of crude messianism. We suffocate among people who think they are absolutely right, whether in their machines or in their ideas. (…) To come to terms, one must understand what fear means: what it implies and what it rejects. It implies and rejects the same fact: a world where murder is legitimate, and where human life is considered trifling.”

Directed and choreographed by: Guy Weizman in Roni Haver
Created and performed by: EnKnapGroup (Luke Thomas Dunne, Ida Hellsten, Bence Mezei, Ana Štefanec, Tamás Tuza, Nik Rajšek) and Club Guy & Roni (Camilo Chapela, Angela Herenda de Kroo, Dunja Jocic, Veerle van Overloop, Adam Peterson)
Musicians (live): Slagwerk Den Haag (Pepe Garcia, Niels Meliefste, Enric Monfort)
Music: Hugo Morales, Pepe Garcia
Text / Dramaturgy: Martijn de Rijk, Bas Heijne
Light Design: Wil Frikken
Costume Design: Slavna Martinovic
Coproducers: EN-KNAP Productions, Club Guy & Roni, Slagwerk Den Haag

Photo: Ewoud Rooks, oblikovanje: Pek & Veren