the grey

With the desire to pause time, reconsider and relive the same passage. The work challenges the viewer to hold a notion of thought and by taking them through different points in time as the performers revisit the same moment. Things are always moving, between the past and future, to what extend are we ever in control of what happens next? This work explores the idea of destiny and the notion of free will and that sometimes unmistakeable feeling we are heading to a cliff, the edge of a possible disaster. 

By inviting you into a story. A path made through choices and actions. Every choice potentially being a pivotal moment, with an array of different outcomes. 

This soundless stolen time allows us to wonder with growing questions. What has happened? Where do we go? What are the consequences? Are these matters of faith? Like clouds hovering between the sky and earth, they convey the hiddenness as well as the manifestation of the divine. Will we ever truly know what was meant to be?

This work was Imre & Marne’s debut for the regular programming of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in 2017 and toured through the Netherlands.


Choreography / Concept / Directions: Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal

Music: Amos Ben-Tal

Premiere: Nederlands Dans Theater 2, 2017

Dramaturgy: Fabienne Vegt

Set Design: Tom Visser, Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal

Costume Design: Imre van Opstal & Marne van Opstal

Light Design: Tom Visser

Performers: Alice Godfrey, Rachel McNamee, Fay van Baar, Alexander Anderson, Benjamin Behrends, Boston Gallacher, Guido Dutilh.

Duration: 30 minutes


“Circulating movements become meetings, an individual is taken in by the group only to be spit out again. This is how an image of unending movement unfolds, flowing or staccato, fast or delayed.” — NRC

“They don’t take the audience by the hand, but in the abstract narration, give space to their own interpretation on the occurrences that will unfold on the still to follow paths.” — Leidsche Dagblad