Ann Van den Broek _ Joy Enjoy Joy

After dark themes like in Memory Loss and Accusations, Ann Van den Broek explores a seemingly lighter theme. To end up in the melancholic regions of pleasant, but past memories.

Joy Enjoy Joy follows the flow of life, down-to-earth and dynamic. It is a steady, driving and pulsating stream, moving constantly, never stopping. A stream that shimmers like reflecting light. A glamorous dream, restless and full of energy.

Joy Enjoy Joy illustrates a transition: putting aside accusations and reproaches, regrets and untenable desires. Lust transforms into deep love, resistance into acceptance. On the road to solace and safety for a perennially restless soul.

Joy Enjoy Joy also blurs the lines between various disciplines with WArd/waRD’s characteristic combination of movement, music, texts and video.

“Things need to be moving constantly. On the move, no more stagnation. We have had more than enough of that.”

For Joy Enjoy Joy Ann Van den Broek got herself inspired by the body language of Tom Barman, front man of the Belgium band dEUS. Quotes from him, which originate from a conversation he had with Ann Van den Broek during the research phase of this performance, are also woven into the piece, supplemented by the singing voice of Gregory Frateur.

concept and choreography: Ann Van den Broek
performers: Frauke Mariën, Louis Combeaud, Nik Rajšek, Jean-Gabriel Maury, Marion Bosetti, Carla Guerra, Kamil Pilarski, Isaiah Selleslaghs
interns: Karolina Krynicka
music: Nicolas Rombouts
prerecorded vocals: Gregory Frateur
conversation fragments: Tom Barman
video and lighting design: Bernie van Velzen
scenography: Niek Kortekaas
styling costumes: Ann Van den Broek in collaboration with Marielle Vos
rehearsal director: Pol Van den Broek, Gregory Frateur
outside eye: Marc Vanrunxt
first presentation: 12 January 2022, La Filature, Mulhouse (FR)
dutch premiere: 19 February 2022, Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
duration: 85 min
international bookings: A propic I Line Rousseau & Marion Gauvent
dutch agent: Bureau Berbee & Jansen

Joy Enjoy Joy is a production of WArd/waRD in coproduction with permanent partners Theater Rotterdam (NL) and corso, Antwerp (BE). Coproduction partners are La Filature, Mulhouse (FR), Theater Freiburg (DE) and Podium Bloos, Breda (NL). The project is financially supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL) and the city of Rotterdam (NL).


Joy Enjoy is double-edged ode to the joy of life, with a sharp edge.
Annette Embrechts, De Volkskrant, 23-2-22

Ann Van den Broeks ode to joy is very composed, making it unbelievably thrilling.
Fritz de Jong, Parool, 21-4-22

WArd/waRD – Ann Van den Broek
Since the year 2000, Ann Van den Broek has been making productions with her Flemish/Dutch company WArd/waRD that question, expand and redraw the boundaries of dance as a discipline. She is quite successful both at home and abroad, and in the Netherlands she was nominated several times for the Zwaan (Swan) for Best Dance Production (E19 (richting San José) (2007), I SOLO MENT (2009), Domestica (with Krisztina de Châtel, 2013), Accusations (2017) and Memory Loss (2020). She won the Zwaan for the productions Co(te)lette (2008) and The Black Piece (2015).

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