“You dance inside my chest where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and this sight makes our dance.” In Robert and Maria, Maria Hassabi asks her partner, dramatist Robert Steijn, to look into her eyes. This simple and powerful action keeps them connected. The close attention to each glimpse, sigh and movement creates a hypnotic reality and reveals psychological stages and sculptural entities. Robert and Maria premiered in 2010 at the Danspace Project, in New York, within the I Get Lost platform, curated by Ralph Lemon.
Maria Hassabi lives in New York, where she works as a choreographer and performer. In 2011, she created Show, as a development of the works SoloShow and Solo, both from 2009. Robert Steijn uses silence as a tool to communicate with the audience. He teaches at the School for New Dance Development, in Amsterdam, and at P.A.R.T.S., in Brussels. In collaboration with several artist collectives, he writes and directs plays.
Creation and performance: Maria Hassabi and Robert Steijn Lighting design: Ji-youn Chang and Maria Hassabi Sponsorship: Danspace Project Commissioning Support: Netherlands Consulate General in New York Residency Support: DANSLAB, Den Haag in the Netherlands and Pa-f, St Erme, France
Partners in the tour: Festival Contemporâneo de São Paulo