Video Installation

The film installation An Invitation to DANCE has no surroundings, no notion of time. There are five bodies present, five individuals, coexisting. Their unstoppable dancing reveals the human condition. They form an autonomous world, which follows its own rules. In this dance arena visitors are invited to join the dance.

An Invitation to DANCE is a study of the cinematographic experience of dance. On five screens moving images are projected, generated by software in an ever-changing assembly of dancing bodies, all caught in a trance by the endless pulsations of the musical beat. In the closed off installation, the visitor becomes part of the intimate world of the dancers and is invited to dance alongside them.
The changing position of the visitor determines her or his gaze on the work. By the far-reaching cinematic deconstruction of dance in realistic, poetic and abstract images, while on all screens the unity of time, motion and space of the choreography is preserved, the spectator can create by looking, hearing, moving, associating and fantasizing his or her ‘own’ narrative: the public becomes co-author of the work. In here lies the essence and uniqueness of this situated, cinematic experience of dance.

An Invitation to DANCE is a collaboration between filmmaker Noud Heerkens (1954 Tilburg Netherlands), choreographer Loïc Perela (1983 Castres France), cinematographer Richard van Oosterhout (1962, Baarle-Nassau Netherlands) and software designer Rob Duyser (1969, Rotterdam Netherlands). An installation that seamlessly combines dance, cinema and technology.


Concept and Director Noud Heerkens / Choreographer Loïc Perela / Director of Photography Richard van Oosterhout / Software designer Rob Duyser / DancersLisa Kasman – Pauline Briguet – Christiaan De Donder – Fabian Holle – Quentin Roger / Filmmakers Marleine van der Werf – Marieke Wijnen – Rob Willemsen – Jos Meijers – Jeroen Bronckers – Jeroen van ’t Hullenaar – Merijn van den Brand – Matija Pekić – Koen Koopmans /Setsound Jos Meijers / PA Director and costumesEnnya Larmit / Grading Laurent Fluttert / Still photographer Katarina Jazbec / Datahandling Koen Koopmans /Catering Vivianne Jorritsma – Lotte Heerkens / Installation construction Arnold Schalks

Many thanks to Fanny Hagmeier – Noelia Nicolas Caparros – Andela Vidic – Lotte Heerkens – Corine Aalvanger – Eric Patel – Jos Merkx – Daan Muller – Alireza Abbay – / Advisors Martine Dekker – Jan Misker – Boris DeBackere – Marnix de Nijs – Michel van Dartel – Kristin de Groot – Lody Meijer – Johan Cuperus -Jan Ketelaars – Peter van de Werve / Crowdfunding and website Liza Wolters / Design flyer Gerard Hadders / Producer Picos de Europa – Noud Heerkens