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 periods in Canada. Returning subjects are 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.
The work has been shown in multiple forms next to (site-specific) performances like installations, theatre plays, choreographic work, dance concerts, musical compositions, short video’s, photography series and many more to explore. At various venues like Theater Oostblok (Amsterdam), M-Lab (Amsterdam), Milkshake Festival (Amsterdam), VPRO (NPO), Museum het Valkhof (Nijmegen), Galerie Bart (Nijmegen/Amsterdam), United Cowboys (Eindhoven), Festival Lumos (Paris), Club 8×6 (Vancouver) and in Arnhem in the city’s theatre, the concert hall, Luxor Live, Posttheater, the Fashion & Design Festival, and the summer festival Sonsbeek Theater Avenue.
THIS SEASON the ensemble will focus on the research about KARAOKE OM BARS from Vietnam, resulting in the pop-up bar installation COMFORT GIRLS, with a planned premiere date on September 8, 2017 in Amsterdam.
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)