Photo : Freeze © Alastair Bett
FREEZE !
Nick Steur
(Pays-Bas)
Stone tamer with magical and hypnotic powers
Like a master craftsman or martial arts sensei, Dutch visual artist Nick Steur takes time to observe his stones, which come in all shapes and sizes, before starting to assemble them using balance, stacking and precarious counterweighting. FREEZE! is somewhere between visual art, installation and performance, as it draws spectators into the breath-taking immersive movements and craft of this stone tamer who defies the laws of gravity and shapes the elements with no glue or mortar.

There is no stage, and no lighting. Just a collection of stones and a man wearing overalls, deep in concentration. What follows is an hour’s performance in which the Dutch artist produces, live, sculptures from the rocks using precarious balance and the laws of weightlessness. Nick Steur tames the stones, imparting his concentration to these inanimate masses and control to the elements in order to build miniature, temporary and motionless cathedrals. Stones have never seemed so light and ethereal.

FREEZE! is a minimalist performance that generates maximum emotions, slowly developing a hypnotic relationship with the audience as they hold their breath, waiting for the inevitable fall. All eyes focus here and now on each stone / component of the performance. Somebody clears their throat, makes a noise or moves their chair and the delicate balance is suddenly under threat in this interdependency that links the cool, calm and collected performer to the audience.

I think it’s important for spectators to become aware of what is happening in the here and now, and of their own presence,” summarises Nick Steur about his relationship with the audience in this in situ experience of sharing, a magnificent contemplative experiment and shared discovery of a gravity-defying shared moment.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Nijmegen, Netherlands in 1982, and a graduate of the Maastricht Toneelacademie (2011), Nick Steur is a visual artist and performer who works mainly with stone, sand, steel and water. He develops his visual art performances and installations as unique events based on time and the quest for balance. Previous works include A piece of 2, Split! and A piece of time – moving pendulums and synchronizing metronomes. He has won the Young Theatre award from the TAZ festival in Belgium and the Scotsman Fringe First for best new writing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is regularly invited for residencies by internationally renowned art institutions and festivals, such as the Middelheim in Antwerp, the Kaaitheater in Brussels and the Adelaide Festival, Australia. He currently lives in Brussels and is supported by SoAP, Workspace Brussels and the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

DISTRIBUTION

Concept, réalisation, jeu : Nick Steur

Friday 05 July 2019
18:00 > 19:00
École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne, rue Hoche, Rennes
Friday 05 July 2019
20:30 > 21:30
École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne, rue Hoche, Rennes
Saturday 06 July 2019
18:00 > 19:00
École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne, rue Hoche, Rennes
Saturday 06 July 2019
20:30 > 21:30
École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne, rue Hoche, Rennes
Sunday 07 July 2019
14:30 > 15:30
École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne, rue Hoche, Rennes
Sunday 07 July 2019
17:30 > 18:30
École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne, rue Hoche, Rennes

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Station de Métro : Sainte-Anne • Lignes de Bus : C1,C5,9,51,70,71, arrêt place Hoche - 12, arrêt Fossés • Station Vélo : Place Hoche
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