A gripping new creation by in-demand Dutch choreographers Imre and Marne van Opstal. An exploration of love, connection and pleasure, as well as the stigmas and moral taboos that exist within. Heart Drive was co-commissioned by Vancouver-based Ballet BC and Tero Saarinen Company.
The creation premiered at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Canada on 3 November 2022. The international co-production will be restaged for eight stunning TSC dancers in 2023. The European premiere of Heart Drive will take place at Dance House Helsinki in June as a part of Tero Saarinen Company’s new double bill. Tickets for all our 2023 productions at Dance House Helsinki are on sale now!
”Through multiple stages, Heart Drive invites you to reflect, unburden, and accept instincts and impulses. Where the physical experience of the body and sensations can exist without boundaries, and the acknowledgement of our nature is present. By exploring the primal drive we carry to love, hold, and connect.
Our sexual nature is a fundamental energy we possess to create, nurture and shape the world. It enables us to create bonds by entertaining our fantasies of love, commitment, and sense of pleasure while forming our experience, social status and desirability. These notions are often shamed, boxed in or even taken advantage of, yet they ultimately ensure our very survival.”
– Imre and Marne van Opstal
“Heart Drive is the most overt exploration of sexuality, investigating our inner, animal forces in noncliched and open-minded ways –– movement language is distinct and a bit surreal –– partnering is an innovative highlight –– Haunting and dreamlike [...] alluring taste of the European vanguard“
- Stir, Canada | Heart Drive (2022)
“Indescribably good –– they not only brought what is “en vogue” in international dance [...] they also showed that they can be the future.“
- Die Reinpfalz | The little man (2022)
“Ingenious –– stands out dance-choreographically“
- The Edge | I’m afraid to forget your smile (2022)
- De Volkskrant | Baby don't Hurt Me (2021)
“The piece is able to comment on beauty standards and taboo issues without being too difficult to follow“
- The Edge | Eye Candy (2021)
“The movement language is versatile, virtuoso and yet has a lightness”
Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal are Dutch choreographers, renowned performing artists and siblings, who form a creative duo. Both artists had prominent careers as dancers before focusing their creativity on choreography. In recent years, they have created works for Nederlands Dans Theater and Rambert Dance Company among others. The collaborative nature of their work often speaks to the human condition, limits and possibilities of the body and mind. Their work is known to be multi-layered and surrealistic, with a strong and outspoken dance language known for its eclecticism, theatricality and partnering elements.
”I’m thrilled to present Imre & Marne’s work in Tero Saarinen Company’s repertoire! Heart Drive plays with highly interesting opposites – it’s animalistic, ritualistic and at the same time futuristic. The choreography delves into unsaid and untalked frequencies of sexuality yet does it with style and grace. The movement language is highly challenging with a feverish tempo, but it still manages to convey depth and strong emotion instead of simply showcasing the dancers’ virtuosity.
All in all, our new double bill, presented at Dance House Helsinki in Jun 2023, is a very interesting take on passion, longing, desire and inner fire. While Jyrki Karttunen’s Digital Duende takes a slightly more sensitive and subtle approach, the Van Opstals attack with fierce energy.” says TSC Artistic Director Tero Saarinen.
Choreography Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal
Music / Composition Amos Ben-Tal
Light Design Tom Visser
Set Design Tom Visser, Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal
Costume Design Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal in consultation with Kate Burrows
Assistant to the Choreographers Chloé Albaret Rehearsal Director David Scarantino
In photo 1: Ballet BC artists In photo 2: Ballet BC Artists: Michael Garcia, Kiana Jung In photo 3: Ballet BC artist Orlando Harbutt with Chloé Albaret In photo 4: Ballet BC Artists: Sarah Pippin, Rae Srivastava In photo 5: Ballet BC Artists: Michael Garcia, Jacob Williams, Kiana Jung In photo 6: Ballet BC artist Orlando Harbutt with Chloé Albaret