“Blues means what milk does to a baby. Blues is what the spirit is to a minister. We sing the blues because our hearts have been disturbed. But when you sing the blues, let it be classy.”Alberta Hunter, 1977
In the dance performance Crazy Blues the Internationaal Danstheater, along with choreographer Neel Verdoorn and composer / musical director Micha Molthoff, honours the beautiful repertoire of the Blueswomen in particular and the Blues in general. The dancers of the Internationaal Danstheater are challenged to express their deepest and personal motivation to move. Just like the voice of the blues, often reaching the raw dark edges, the dancers explore their physical limits. The dancers will be live accompanied by the special voice of singer and actress Joy Wielkens.
The Blues has many variations and faces. From the “Deep South” in the U.S.A. it has evolved into a music and dance form which gave room to the expression of feelings. Only by dancing and singing the slaves on the cotton plantations were able to survive the appalling conditions in which they lived. Dancing and making music together or alone, with or without instruments, was often the only way for them to express and to soothe their suffering.
Typical of all styles and variations in which the Blues dance has developed are the athletic and grounded way of moving: body parts seem to move apart from each other, they isolate themselves and lead their own lives.