Departures and Arrivals



A Table Concert
, Alma Söderberg/John the Houseband
PACT Zollverein

John The Houseband (Alma Söderberg (SE), Dennis Deter (D), Melkorka Sigríður Magnúsdóttir (IS), Anja Müller (D), Hendrik Willekens (BE) and Roger Sala Reyner (ES)

John the Houseband is a project born in Amsterdam back in 2008. It is a musical assembly of dancers and choreographers from Sweden, Iceland, Belgium, Spain and Germany. They came together as a collaborative changing body, a band, which is not a band in normal terms, but an art project; an investigation of‘A Table Concert’, a durational performance/concert in an intimate setting around a big table,where the performance lasts as long as the candles burn. This project has not premiered yet. In this second residency, the performers worked on new and liveness. John is inspired by the particular ability of live music to affect an audience in a very primal way.Furthermore John the Housebands shows blur the boundaries between concert and performance, professionalism and amateurism, skill and dedication. John bends the spacial organization of a band. The members of John are working with dance companies such as Damaged Goods/Meg Stuart and Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus, and independently performing their own work with various artists all over Europe.