ImpulZ (creation 2020)

interactive dance performance
for children from 1 to 4 years old

ImpulZ is an interactive dance performance with the audience at the controls and a dancer and a sound engineer on stage. It's a bold and fun show for children from 1 to 4 years old.

Background info

ImpulZ is a dance show in which the audience – literally – has its fingers on the button, interacting with a dancer in the middle of the stage. The children can trigger sounds by pushing the buttons or operating an installation. That sound is converted live into a musical soundscape containing cues recognized by the dancer. So a sort of choreographic box of building bricks is created and from it one new dance sequence after another can be made. A stage set conceived in collaboration with Atelier Récup makes that link from trigger – to sound – to movement - and back again – accessible and above all intriguing for very young children.  

It will be a triangle of stimuli. The almost endless possible combinations will necessitate many tryouts with the public to fine-tune the box of building bricks and reactivity. 

We will work with two different dancers in the creation process. Each will develop his own choreographic box of bricks. So during the tour there will be the choice of two dance styles or two performers.

Promo text

ImpulZ, an interactive show with very young children at the controls, a dancer and a sound engineer. Who will give the starting signal and who will react to who and what?  Anything goes and nothing is imposed in this crazy creation. A unique experience in the here and now... because things will never be the same again.  
Imagine, a sound engineer with a collection of inventions. Instruments that are operated from a distance and only make music if you press the button.  
Imagine, a dancer who has to wait for that music to be able to dance. So he can only dance when you press the button.
And what happens if nobody pushes it?

So each show will be unique and an extraordinary experience for tiny tots and toddlers.


‘ImpulZ’ is a Theater De Spiegel production.
Coproduced by Perpodium

Director/choreographer/concept: Anke Zijlstra
Sound architect/musician/set: Youri Van Uffelen
Dancer: Romeo Lothy Bampende or Hernán Mancebo Martínez
Artistic coaching: Karel Van Ransbeeck
External eye/coaching: Thomas Eisenhardt
Costume design: Lies Maréchal
Set construction: Atelier Récup & Wim Van de Vyver
Electronics design: Youri Van Uffelen & Kris Delacourt
Production: Zoë Bossuyt 

Premiere on 25/4/2020 in DE Studio, Antwerp

Created with thanks to the support of Tax shelter regulations