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'We ask a lot from our bodies, but what does the body actually want to tell us?'


Maarten Heijnens (interdisciplinary artist, performer and theater maker) graduated in 2019 at the Institute of Performative Arts in Maastricht and is currently based in Amsterdam.

Based on a great (shared) fascination for the body, its processes and its expressiveness, he forms an artist duo with Anthony van Gog. Together they are engaged in what they call 'physical scores'. In a physical score, not the musical instrument, but the 'body-as-instrument' is being centralized. They enclose organic bodily processes (such as breathing or the pumping of the heart) in the rigid framework of a score. In this way they want to give voice to the body that seems to be increasingly oppressed today. We want to give the body the opportunity to 'speak' so we are given the opportunity to listen to it in order to (continue to) understand it.

Together they created their first physical score 'Breathing Piece': A composition of half an hour for breathing, based on the course of a hyperventilation. 'Breathing Piece' is performed by two performers and one conductor. Currently this work has been performed 23 times - both nationally and internationally - in various contexts. They are currently still touring with 'Breathing Piece' and are working on two new pieces called 'Heartscore' (a physical score) and - in collaboration with Erik van de Wijdeven - 'Heartspace' (an interactive installation). As an artist duo they are currently supported by Makershuis Tilburg and Via Zuid.

Together with Femke Arnouts (actress, writer, theater maker) he is currently developing a new performance called 'Victor heeft zijn trouwring opgezogen': An interactive performance on how the existential is hidden in everyday life.

As a performer he performed in De UR-Triënnale (internship) and in De Internet Trilogie (after graduating) by Performance Collective URLAND. After being the artistic and productional assistant of Krystian Lada from The Airport Society (an Antwerp based cooperative of opera artists and social entrepreneurs) he worked as a performer for the opera Symphony of Expectation in collaboration with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. Next to theatre, he also played the leading role in the film TOUCH by Robin Coops that premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam and in Holding The Knuckles by Clara J:son Borg that will premier at Upominki, Rotterdam.

As an artistic researches he keeps redefining his artistic authenticity through writing, reflecting, reading and practicing. This will, on its turn, co-develop the artistic signature as an artist duo with Anthony van Gog.

Contact: M.Heijnens@live.nl
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/maartenheijnens


Portrait by Roeltje van de Sande Bakhuyzen