Contemporary dance performance They/ Them is made and performed by Sedrig Verwoert en Christian Yav. For this piece, the duo draws from a number of experiences they went through separately, though rooted in shared values and a shared identity. Christian and Sedrig were both confronted with events that exposed the ongoing existence of systemic racism, toxic masculinity, and queerphobia. Meeting each other at several points over the years they recognized their shared reality which enabled them to support, lean, uphold, but also mirror each other on their individual journeys.
This shared point of departure has given them the tools to build their very own physical language that dares to step outside of the traditional contemporary dance framework and often alternates between feminine and masculine gestures, but most of all they allowed themselves to fully embrace their identity. Even though their movements are seasoned by years of technical training, the emotions evoked are accessible to a broad audience.
They/ Them is an ode to the other, a plea for connectedness and a celebration of the future.