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‘Composing Through Words’ is a performance event initiated by A.P.E guest curator Fleur van Muiswinkel taking place in Het Veem Theater in Amsterdam. The event brings together the performance work of six young, renowned national and international artists including Sarah van Lamsweerde, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Ruth Beale, Nicole Bachmann, Rosie Heinrich and The Tight Jans +2. ‘Composing Through Words’ critically reflects on the shapes and structures of language and text, and how they determine our perspective on our daily reality, culture and history.

The participating artists use the performative act not only as a way to explore the meaning of words or the distribution of information, but also to consider the shape and structure of language and text in their own right. Questions are raised about the relationship between language and our understanding of daily reality.

Take for example the performances ‘80 Words’ by Sarah van Lamsweerde and ‘Performing Keywords’ by Ruth Beale, in these works/pieces it is the construction of language and it’s social implication that is at stake. While in the performances of Mercedes Azpilicueta, Rosie Heinrich and Nicole Bachmann, the focus rests more upon the act of performing and the influence of the voice, rhythm, intonation and the verbal and non-verbal qualities of the body. The jazz band Tight Jans +2, with visual artist Jasiek Mischke as their front man, will close the evening with a research into the musical poetics of spoken word.

As we all know, the manner of programming will influence the experience of the various performances, therefore Fleur van Muiswinkel has deliberately opted for a spread of performances throughout the building. With gratitude for this opportunity at Het Veem Theater, she uses this moment to examine the phenomenon of performance art and it’s position in contemporary visual arts and theatre.

On show 23 November 19.00hrs at Veem Theater, Amsterdam

Supported by: Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten, Pro Helvetia, Veem Theater