The Music Period
ARNHEMS Work is an ever changing hybrid performance arts foundation led by JASON GWEN. The work is about the look on Western actuality, from different perspectives of other parts of the world. Jason was born in Vietnam but grew up in the Netherlands and with returning periods in Canada. The focus is on a broad look on the global daily work patterns. The (re)questioning about (sub)conscious choices we make to create and live a certain reality. Most of the work is being preceded by a research phase, where Jason is living in a certain reality for a period of time, before creating the work. We focus on the way of living of others’, see people that people rather not see. Turn on the lights in the dark streets, and not having to do a detour ever again.
The Visual Arts Period
The work has been shown in multiple forms next to (site-specific) performances like pop-up stores, exhibitions, installations, theatre plays, choreographic work, dance concerts, concept albums, musical compositions, short video’s, photography series, graphic designs, fashion designs, gesamstkunstwerk, protests, and many more to explore.
At various venues like the Personal Structures program at the European Cultural Centre during Venice Biennale (Venice), Festival Lumos (Paris), Central Studios (Vancouver), Dutch Design Week x Stroomhuis (Eindhoven), het Nieuwe Instituut x Thursday Night Live (Rotterdam), Bonnefantenmuseum x Art Rocks (Maastricht) | In Amsterdam at Amsterdam Dance Event, Mainstage Dam Square x Pride Amsterdam, Milkshake Festival, Uitmarkt, Vondelpark Open Air Theatre, Wasteland, Valtifest and Paradiso | in Arnhem at Musis, Luxor Live, Theater aan de Rijn, Posttheater, The Fashion & Design Festival, Nacht van de Mode and Sonsbeek Theater Avenue.
The Performance Period
In 2021-2022 we focus on producing Jason’s first evening length musical show, supported by dancers from the ballroom/vogue culture and stripper’s scene, and a DJ. Where lights and visuals will become an integral part of the show. The work will be offered to pop podia’s, concert halls, and international festivals.
Jason is slowly putting a hand on his first fiction work on film. From short film, to feature film, to tv-series.
The Dance Period
ARNHEMS Work was found in 2014 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. (3 years prior, the collective started as ARNHEMS Danstheater, then accompanied by ORNELLA MARCHWICKA and PATRICK RADU)
It transitioned into a foundation in 2017.