DRAM – The Dreaming of Reason Awakens Monsters

DRAM is the latest chapter from the series Reminiscente. About Francisco de Goya (light, shadows, witchcraft, creatures, Disasters of War…) and Plato, greek philosopher’s Allegory of the Cave.

It is a piece created for the 3rd year students of the AHK in Amsterdam in 2019. Fernando Troya had the possibility to explore the concept with a bigger group of dancers (up till then, it had been chapters with 1 or 2 dancers only); this time it was 5 young performers (see credits).

The research ‘Reminiscente’ had already taken Fernando on a path with objects (lamp(s), plastic sheets, sticks…). In this new chapter, thanks to the universities resources, Fernando had the opportunity to explore a lot more objects: wooden boxes, a bigger number of sticks, rope, wooden and plastic planks, among other objects.

‘This time the difficulty was making all those objects be part of the piece, make them dance with us, make them part of us. It was a difficult but beautiful creative process; dancers had to squeeze their creativity and brains out to make the piece work. In the end, I was more than ever in love with working with objects, the possibilities they bring in the studio, and the beauty they add up on stage’ – Fernando Troya


Original music by Marko Ivic
Concept and choreography Fernando Troya.
Choreographer’s assistant: Tamara Beudeker & Roos van Berkel (and help from dancer Sam Corvers as an external eye)

Amber Smits
Amber Veltman

Noa Yehoshua
Sophie Mueller Lange
Antoine Coppi