Conny Janssen Dance Studio

Your name Kevin NOLAN, Jacquie DONNELY & Paula DALY
Date 16-5-2017

Conny Janssen Danst Introduction and rehearsal of the most outstanding contemporary dance companies of Rotterdam

Place visited

Conny Janssen Danst, Gravendijkwal 58b

Nature of the activity Company or organisation visit
Presenter Conny Janssen

En route from the Kino Cinema to Conny Janssen Danst, we stopped off at Heilige Boontjes coffee shop, which is a former police station and is rumoured to be served by ex convicts. We were then guided to a number of nearby statues along the canal known as the Promenade of Arts. These included “Santa Claus” by Paul McCarthy, ‘’The Man who Marches” by August Rodin, “Het Afscheid” by Umberto Mastroianni, “Liggende Figuur” by Fritz Wotruba. We then proceeded to the Conny Janssen studio which is located in a former school. Conny gave us a fantastic personal presentation and introduction to the background of contemporary dance in Rotterdam. She explained her motivation in setting up the programme, which was established 25 years ago. She mentioned that for the first ten years, things were organized on an ad hoc basis from day to day and since 2001 she has received government funding. She is inspired by many factors including local art, architecture, music, culture and love of Rotterdam. She draws her greatest inspiration from the diversity of her dance team and she mentioned that all of her staff share a collective vision. We were treated to a spectacular rehearsal of a new version of “Mirror Mirror” (a previously successful show), that will celebrate her 25 years and will take place at the submarine factory in the Port of Rotterdam in June 2017. Conny typically uses a variety of venues for her shows.

Meaningful quotations

“Build new memories” ‘’Lost places come back to life” ‘’The hardest thing about work is making choices” “We have a collective aim”

Personal opinion

We were delighted to get an insight into the world of contemporary dance, it looks like extremely hard but rewarding work.