Masterclass description
The Beauty of Falling apart

Just one day before their performance at Theater Bellevue Amsterdam you can work for 2 hours with Choreographers/dancers Heather Ware and Hilde Elbers and experience their creation process!

The both share a deep rooted passion for the outdoors, for nature. They are intrigued by the moment when the power of nature turns from liberating to threatening, when our own insignificance is put to the test and the drive for survival takes over. This exposure requires us to find our own safety.

Departing from this shared theme, Hilde and Heather created two radically different solos for each other,  with Heather dancing in Hilde’s work and Hilde in Heather’s work. At the moment that the solos began to find their shape, both felt the need to make the works more than a sum of their parts. What would happen if these two realities were brought into contact with each other? How does our understanding of what someone is experiencing change when another is present, and how does this presence affect our empathic potential?

The Beauty of Falling Apart is a mental experiment through the body. An uncanny and yet seductively precise exercise in how two individuals strive to find trust, to inhabit the thin edge of being “just safe enough.”

A body in conflict searches for balance, for resolution. A paralytic state of fear is somehow made bearable by one’s own physical being. What is needed within a person to move forward when every instinct is screaming to stop? What if you can’t go back, what if you can’t downclimb? Can we give ourselves over to the beauty of falling apart?

as the earth moves beneath my feet
fire and ice search for an anchor colliding
in the cathedral of flesh as it all
rises up to meet me
this sensuous sanctuary
burns me into the light
roots the skin, boogies
peace away from creation
I look downwards to the burning flames
with my hands in my pockets I remember
who I am

Teachers info

Heather Ware and Hilde Elbers are two outstanding dancers in the Dutch dance landscape.
Heather, who trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (now Codarts), and was one of the leading dancers for LeineRoebana for fifteen years. She received a Swan in 2010 for the Most Impressive Achievement in Dance.
Hilde trained at the Fontys Dance Academy and between 2003 and 2014 she added colour to work from the likes of Conny Janssen, T.r.a.s.h. and Itzik Galili and she became a star dancer for Constanza Macras.

Heather Ware & Hilde Elbers-Goran Turnsek
  • Monday 29 April
  • 12:45 – 14:45

Regular class price:
single class € 10,- or
1 class on your 10 class pass or


This is an OPEN Masterclass, for professional / advanced level dancers, though you can already reserve a spot:


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