“When I Left the Room” is a research dance performance of bodies that acknowledge their interdependency. A reflection on identity, culture, and human relationships. Inside a “room” the bodies negotiate possibilities of being in togetherness and physically experimenting, exploring notions of adaptation, agency, and connectedness. Intensively physical, playing out on/in shifting spaces, boxes, rooms. The work is interested in how we understand and perceive the world around us and how it impacts on our relationships, given one’s constantly changing point in space/time. A movement exploration and translation of today's internal, social, and relational conflicts on human bonds in a modern society, where human bonds have become light and loose.
-Anderson Carvalho, project choreographer
“Thought provoking. Forward thinking…” - Outline dance
"The choreography is potent. The dancers are fabulous. The muted palette of costumes lends itself to the body being the primary mode of expression. With Faheem Bardien’s lighting design (always exceptional to see this lighting artist at work) and the original sound composition by Adam Claussen, When I Left the Room is an exciting new piece of dance theatre." -Robyn Cohen, The Cape Robyn
The various dance scenes in the documentary De Hemelse Bloem were choreographed by Thu Hang Pham in collaboration with the film's director Tessa van der Riet. Filmed at the Museum of Humanity in Zaandam, the dancers performed the choreography over several takes to a mix of original and temporary music, all of which was adapted in post-production to fit the needs of the film, some of which were set in slow motion shots. The final scene in the film showcasing the full cast of dancers was however performed naturally with the soundtrack already near its final form, and can be heard below:
To read more about the soundtrack of De Hemelse Bloem, click here.