Review Inner Landscape 2006
Mary Brennan, The Herald, August 11, 2006
At first sight, Neel de Jong looks a tad off-putting - a bag lady with
a silent stare that screams "whaddya lookin' at" attitude. But, in fact,
this Dutch performance artist is one of those genial, life-affirming
presences whose gentle rigmarole of unpacking a bag - offering food,
nuggets of philosophy - is like an oasis of kindly eccentricity in a Fringe
awash with self-absorbed posers. It's a mere half-hour in length, a wee
gem, but hurry -there's not long to go.Until tomorrow.
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Inner Landscape, made in 2006 for the Fringe Festival
'In that what is unfinished the individual becomes visible', Neel de Jong
The performance has an intimate and unpolished character, with
of beauty and grace of its own, whereby the public becomes part of
Neel's world: intense, fragile, sensual, wild, funny,
with other words:
all feelings are embraced. The show has again
the rock-star, waiting for Godot and the philosopher.
The pianst Augusto Pirodda accompanies Neel.
before Inner Landscape the show Work in Progress was made
Work in progress, made in 2005 for the D.U.M.B.O. dance
festival in New York.
'The silence is the force underneath my actions', says Neel
her soloperformance. Neel de Jong works with psychic
realities, which she translates
into dance and theater.
Authenticity, transformation and working
with the silence are
reoccuring themes in her work. 'Work in Progress'
parts: the ladder, the autist and the bird. All three segments have
in common that the raw earthly is tightly
connected with a reality
that escapes that. Every show is different,
here and now in the present, plays an important
role in her shows.
After Inner Landscape, Inner Landscape II was made
Inner Landscape part ll, this is a changed version
Landscape', made in 2006 for Montenegro.
In this performance the archetype 'the queen' is added to the
'Inner landscape' Furthermore, Neel sings a
song, accompanied by Augusto on piano.