Rogie & Company _ Key to the House of the Monk

Choreography and set design: Piet Rogie Music: William Schottstaedt, Meredith Monk a.o. Light design: André Goos, Piet Rogie Costumes: Mabinte van de Belt Film: Piet Rogie Camera: Henk Leurink Editor: Erik van de Belt Texts: Charlotte Brontë, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Blaise Pascal, Harold Pinter, William Shakespeare Created and danced by: Peter Cseri, Angelina Deck, Sabine Molenaar, Irena Mikec, I-Chen Zuffellato Premiere: September 2005 Time: 70 min.

With “Key to the house of the monk”, choreographer Piet Rogie is striking out on a new course. The performance originates from “Monk”, a solo Rogie created for himself in 2004. Together with “Spring” and “Echo”, “Monk” formed the triptych “Screamprints” with which Rogie & Company celebrated its 15th anniversary.

“Key to the house of the monk” is its understated sequel for five dancers. With the monk’s house at the back of their minds, five characters make a journey to the essence of their individuality. Having left behind the places they came from, they are now looking for the key to the monk inside themselves. The scenes are of an almost meditative quality and have great visual, dramatic power. Texts taken from the works of Blaise Pascal, Fyodor Dostoevsky and William Shakespeare strengthen the effect of being liberated from the straight-jacket of time.

Piet Rogie studied at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent as well as at the Koninklijke Balletschool in Antwerp. In 1979 he established himself in Rotterdam as a dancer, choreographer, stage designer and lighting designer. From 1989 onwards he has been artistic leader of Rogie&Company.

He has worked for various companies and different institutions – dance and mime training institutes among them – and foreign institutes as well. In June 1996, Piet Rogie was awarded the biennial choreography prize by the Dutch association of theatre and concert hall managers, the VSCD. This was followed in June 1997, by the prestigious Prins Bernhard Fonds theatre prize for his entire body of work.

Until 2001, Rogie&Company received incidental funding from the Nederlands Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten, the Rotterdamse Kunststichting and the city of Rotterdam. As from 2001, they have been granted funding from the Dutch government’s Kunstenplan 2001-2004.

This enabled the Company to enter into new directions. Collaboration with other choreographers, designers, composers and architects became a vital new element in Rogie’s work.

Rogie & Company performs 60 times a year in The Netherlands, but they also tour abroad. In 2001, for example, they toured South Korea and South Africa; in 2002 they performed at festivals in France, Germany and Egypt.

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