Lotte van den Berg’s PLEINVREES / AGORAPHOBIA on Times Square in New York as part of the Crossing the Line Festival

Award-winning director Lotte van den Berg has been making waves in Holland as one of a new generation of artists described as the ‘young Dutch minimalists’.

Pleinvrees/Agoraphobia explores the impossibility of being together: we desire to be among people yet fear it; we hope to share our lives with others, but fearful of loss, we keep to ourselves.

Performed amidst the bustle of Times Square, a solitary man walks around, apparently talking to himself. Yet his words are streamed to bystanders and eavesdroppers— audience members who have called in to listen to him on their cell phones. Pleinvrees/Agoraphobia is at once an intimate performance about how this solitary man experiences the world and an insightful experience for an audience of spectators and passers-by.

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In her performances Lotte van den Berg explores the power of movement with a profound intensity that is both joyfully uplifting and achingly forlorn. Resisting categorisation, Van den Berg’s work can nevertheless be characterised by a pared-down style with a devoted attention to detail. Preferring to do without texts, her work moves between the worlds of dance, film and theatre – creating a bold, fresh style that invites the audience to different perspectives and angles. She works with professional and non-professional actors, site-specific and in theatres and chooses to be inspired by what happens around us in everyday life.

Lotte van den Berg was born in Groningen in 1975. She studied Theatre Studies and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam before being accepted at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, Theatre Direction in 1998. After graduating, Lotte immediately started working freelance as a director for different Flemish and Dutch companies. From 2005 till the beginning of 2009 she was resident director at Toneelhuis in Antwerp. In 2009 Lotte left Toneelhuis to become artistic director of a new structure called OMSK.

Thursday & Friday, September 20 & 21, 2012 at 3:00PM
Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:00AM & 3:00PM
Times Square / Crossing the Line Festival – New York, NY