Wed. 28 September 2022 – 20:00
Marije Nie

Marije Nie

What do you actually say when you sing? Investigate the hidden knowledge and messages in the arts.

As a tap dancer, Splendor musician Marije Nie uses her feet rather than her hands to make music, rhythms and performance art. As a dancing percussionist she worked with numerous artists from other disciplines such as film, theatre, community art, interventions and workshops. But Marije is no less active off-stage: she co-founded the artistic research lab Radio Kootwijk Live; created the multi-award winning documentary One Million Steps together with director Eva Stotz; she is a long-term artist in residence at the Nordisk Teater Laboratorium in Denmark where she works as performer and project developer of performances, festivals and community projects; and she co-founded Cross-Pollination: an international and interdisciplinary network of performers and researchers which focuses on the underlying dialogue between theatre, artistic research and performance practice. An element of Cross-Pollination is The Parliament of Practices: both an international artist platform (since 2020) and the title of Marije's first published article. For her member concert, Marije will introduce us to her research about that which is communicated between words, arts and performances.

The Parliament of Practices
What do you actually say when you sing? A large part of our communication is not made up of words. The arts work right there. In The Parliament of Practices I invite you to join the investigation of this space where movement speaks and voices share what is lying underneath. The Parliament of Practices is a dialogue of and with artistic practices.

This evening consists of two parts. After a short warm-up, I offer some simple voice and movement exercises from performing arts training. In the second part, we dive into the forms of dialogue developed in Parliament. The Parliament of Practices has been in existence since 2020. It gives artists from different disciplines a space to research their work and practice with peers, share knowledge, exchange and reflect

It is also an ongoing study into the concept of 'practice'. What knowledge is hidden in artistic practice? How do you speak with and from that knowledge? How does that connect with work practices outside of the arts and with broader personal and social themes? What's left of a tap dancer when the knees don't work anymore? This question has suddenly become very present for me in recent years. As Covid-19 raged through the country and brought everything to a halt, a strange injury started to play up in my body. It traveled back and forth from the right to the left knee, sometimes migrating to other areas, seemed to be gone now and then, then suddenly struck again.

On two evenings this autumn, I want to share my answers to this question with you in the form of a 'Parliament of Practices' on September 28th, and a presentation of material from my new solo performance which will take place on October 17th. I hope to see you there!

Marije Nie - facilitation

Member concert
Splendor can only be the independent and free hub that it is, thanks to the members who support us. We pay them back with our specialty: music. Every year, all Splendor musicians play one concert that's free for this crucial group to whom Splendor owes its everyday existence. Combined with many other events, this means that our members have free entrance to about 80 concerts a year for €9,99 p/m (and €4,99 p/m for minima and students!) – and receive a discount for all other concerts. Pretty good deal, right?

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