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 starting foundation is the freedom of choice in gender, sexuality and lifestyle developments, and 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 often focus on the bottom layers of the modern society, the paria as the system entitled it. Seeing people that people rather not see, turn on the lights in the dark streets, and not having to do a detour ever again.
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 Club 8×6 (Vancouver), Festival Lumos (Paris), VPRO (NPO), Museum het Valkhof (Nijmegen), Galerie Bart (Nijmegen/Amsterdam), United Cowboys HQ (Eindhoven) | In Amsterdam at Uitmarkt, Vondelpark Open Air Theatre, Amsterdam Fringe Festival, Pride Amsterdam, Milkshake Festival, Valtifest, Paradiso, M-Lab, The House of Vineyard Ball, Supperclub | in Arnhem at the City’s Theatre, Musis, Theater aan de Rijn, The Fashion & Design Festival, Nacht van de Mode, Sonsbeek Theater Avenue, Posttheater, Luxor Live and 8Bahn.
In the upcoming seasons of 2018-2020 ARNHEMS Work is focusing on creating and touring with the video-installation and exhibition, with occasional live performance titled CHANGE. Based on a live research in the DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE (DTES) of Vancouver, Canada. The world’s original skid row. With a pilot concept store in the heart of DTES in the spring time, and a world premiere of the exhibition with live performance during the Personal Structures at the Venice Biennale in Italy in the summer of 2019. Following the footsteps of Marina Abramobic and Yoko Ono.
Besides that we’re working with the same script of the dance concert A MOMENT FOR A MOMENT dated back from 2014, but now visualised in a tv series and feature film format. In the hallways there are also sounds of a documentary titled ‘GEEF DE AZIATISCHE ACTEUR EEN NAAM’ and a comic book, really?
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)
The Activism Period
Bilge Demirel, Jason Gwen, Hans Hutting, Kalle Gerrits-Nord, Denise Klevering
The Music Period
Julius Thissen, Jason Gwen, Stefanie Janssen, Ornella Marchwicka, Joris Suk, Denise Klevering
The Dance Period
Jason Gwen, Ornella Marchwicka, Patrick Radu, Denise Klevering