Meet the Dancers: Celesta Kasper

Celesta
Photography: Rick van Woudenberg

Welcome back to our Meet the Dancer series!  Have you ever wondered how different talents and personalities come together to create our shows?  Our dancers have origins all over the world and contribute eight different styles to help us tell our story.  This week, we introduce Celesta!

This is Celesta’s second year dancing with Project Blank and her first time contributing choreography to our show.  Celesta is energetic and excited to jump into anything!  She is possibly the most reliable artist that we have ever met, always well-rehearsed and ready to go.  We are so grateful for her dependable energy and enthusiasm and love watching her develop as a choreographer!  We asked her some questions and here is what she had to say:

Name: Celesta Kasper
Primary style(s): Contemporary is my favorite by far but I love to combine it with other styles like urban and show
Day job: Working at “De Ruimdenkers,” a self-managed team that leads all sorts of projects within the municipality of Utrecht.  It’s quite vague, but truly awesome!
Earliest dance memory: Crawling on the floor as a 5 or 6 year-old, pretending to be a tiger. And actually hating it. I wanted to be a pretty ballerina with tutu and doing pirouettes, not a tiger!
Fun fact: I cry when I laugh. So don’t worry right away when I am teary-eyed – it might well be that I’m just very much entertained!
A note about “The Shape I’m In”: We started earlier this year. I loved how those first weeks gave us some time to really experiment, create together and let the creative process flow naturally! It was a nice balance with the two intense months of rehearsal that followed.

Meet the Dancers: Matt Adams

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Photography: Rick van Woudenberg

Welcome back to our Meet the Dancer series!  Have you ever wondered how different talents and personalities come together to create our shows?  Our dancers have origins all over the world and contribute eight different styles to help us tell our story.  This week, we introduce Matt!

You may recognize Matt as the face of the flyer for our production of The Shape I’m In.  Matt is new to Project Blank but his experience as a professional contemporary dancer has been a huge asset to the team.  His background as a cheerleader sends us (safely!) flying through the air and brings a happy energy to every rehearsal.  We also can’t help but chuckle at his self-made collection of hilarious t-shirts.  Matt’s flowy movement and powerful lifts are a beautiful addition to our show and we are grateful that he has decided to share them with us!  We asked him some questions and here is what he had to say:

Name: Matt Adams
Primary style(s): Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Cheerleading
Day job: Dance fitness instructor and screen printing t-shirt business
Earliest dance memory: Putting on dance performances in my back yard for my parents with the neighbor kids at around age 7.
Fun fact: I love to wear fun costumes and have never met a cookie I didn’t like
A note about “The Shape I’m In”: Love being a part of such a collaborative project with so many talented and generous artists

Meet the Dancers: Jolijn Calle

Jolijn
Photography: Rick van Woudenberg

Welcome back to our Meet the Dancer series!  Have you ever wondered how different talents and personalities come together to create our shows?  Our dancers have origins all over the world and contribute eight different styles to help us tell our story.  This week, we introduce Jolijn!

Jolijn is back for her third performance with Project Blank and we are thrilled!  Besides being our resident belly dancer (how cool is that?) she is the team’s unofficial problem solver.  She is everywhere and nowhere at the same time, making sure that all of the gaps are filled, time is used wisely, and everyone is on track!  Jolijn’s mesmerizing movement, creative mind, and unwavering team spirit make her absolutely indispensable.  We asked her some questions and here is what she had to say:

Name: Jolijn Calle
Primary style(s): Belly dance and contemporary
Day job: Acount and Fieldmanager at an IT company
Earliest dance memory: Being a Police officer for the show of the ballet school. The jacket came down over my knees because it was so big and I had a whistle so I could make a lot of noise!
Fun fact: I’m also a street performer.  I work with soap bubbles, fire, and I am a living statue. Currently working on my poi and contact staff skills!
A note about “The Shape I’m In”: It will be way different from last year’s show and maybe even more diverse than I have experience so far.

Meet the Dancers: Joëlle Rozema

Joëlle
Photography: Rick van Woudenberg

Welcome back to our Meet the Dancer series!  Have you ever wondered how different talents and personalities come together to create our shows?  Our dancers have origins all over the world and contribute eight different styles to help us tell our story.  This week, we introduce Joëlle!

Joëlle’s cheerful attitude brings joy and positive energy to all of our rehearsals.  She’s a hard worker and always open to trying new (and sometimes scary) things.  Joëlle is developing a unique style and is stepping up to choreograph for us this year! We asked her some questions and here is what she had to say:

Name: Joëlle Rozema
Primary style(s): Modern with urban influence
Day job: Student, Dance teacher, and McDonald’s employee
Earliest dance memory: As a child, I always danced to songs from K3. I knew all of their dances by heart.
Fun fact: Before I started dancing, I was a synchronized swimmer.
A note about “The Shape I’m In”: It’s beautiful to see how different every dancer is but how we thereby form a whole.

Unison

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Dancers: Jolijn Calle and Joëlle Rozema; Photography: Rick van Woudenberg

In a quick moving piece, when we capture these moments of perfect unison, we are proud of how hard work and attention to detail has led us, if only for a moment, to look the same.  When the choreography is synchronized, we aim to match each other perfectly.  But this sameness is an illusion, and we do not want to cover that up.

We are twelve diverse individuals.  There is a twenty year age gap between our youngest and our oldest dancer.  We come from different dance backgrounds and different cultural backgrounds.  We speak different languages and practice different religions.  We are different shapes and sizes.  We identify as different sexual orientations.  We express our genders differently.  Each of us is whole.  But we are also part of a whole.

We revel in the synchronicity and yet we celebrate the freedom to go rogue.  Embracing the individuality of each of our dancers and members of our community is an enormous part of the Project Blank identity.  Thank you for being a part of it!

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Meet the Dancers: Lin An

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Photography: Rick van Woudenberg

Welcome to our Meet the Dancer series!  Have you ever wondered how different talents and personalities come together to create our shows?  Our dancers have origins all over the word and contribute eight different styles to help us tell our story.  Over the next two months, we will introduce each of our dancers, one by one.  This week, we begin with Lin An!

Lin An has been a marvellous addition to our team, with her empathetic nature and creative spirit.  On the dance floor, we can’t help but notice her beautiful lines as her remarkably long legs whiz past us!  We asked Lin An some questions and here is what she had to say:

NameLin An Phoa
Primary style(s): Contemporary
Day job: Researcher/Student in Linguistics
Earliest dance memory: I was ten years old and performing for the first time ever at my theater school. It must have been a choreo about rain, as I danced with an umbrella and with rain boots on.
Fun fact: In my first theater production, I played an apple that was afraid of falling from the tree. It was serious musical drama.
A note about “The Shape I’m In”: The show is very diverse. I love how every dancer contributes to it in their own way and style. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

Stepping Back Into the Studio

Stepping back into the studio
Dancers: Matt Adams and Lin An Phoa; Photography: Rick van Woudenberg

We are back with a new cast and new talent but the same old Project Blank spirit! Already connected, already in unison, and in love with the vibe in the studio. This year, the music is affecting, the stories are real, and the movement is captivating. Stay tuned for more updates on our shows and sneak peeks into our time in the studio.

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