Information on the project


The film installation An Invitation to DANCE has no surroundings, no notion of time. There are five bodies present, five individuals, coexisting. Their unstoppable dancing reveals the human condition. They form an autonomous world, which follows its own rules. In this dance arena visitors are invited to join the dance.

An Invitation to DANCE is a study of the cinematographic experience of dance. On five screens moving images are projected, generated by software in an ever-changing assembly of dancing bodies, all caught in a trance by the endless pulsations of the musical beat. In the closed off installation, the visitor becomes part of the intimate world of the dancers and is invited to dance alongside them.
The changing position of the visitor determines her or his gaze on the work. By the far-reaching cinematic deconstruction of dance in realistic, poetic and abstract images, while on all screens the unity of time, motion and space of the choreography is preserved, the spectator can create by looking, hearing, moving, associating and fantasizing his or her 'own' narrative: the public becomes co-author of the work. In here lies the essence and uniqueness of this situated, cinematic experience of dance.

An Invitation to DANCE is a collaboration between filmmaker Noud Heerkens (1954 Tilburg Netherlands), choreographer Loïc Perela (1983 Castres France), cinematographer Richard van Oosterhout (1962, Baarle-Nassau Netherlands) and software designer Rob Duyser (1969, Rotterdam Netherlands). An installation that seamlessly combines dance, cinema and technology.

Noud Heerkens: 'At a young age, I started observing the facial expressions and body language of people around me. I hoped that it would reveal what people truly thought, so I could prepare for what was to come. The fascination with the body and what a body can tell, stuck with me. Not only through my dance films, but also through my experimental work and fiction films.'

Loïc Perela: ‘I aim for the choreography to become merely the carrier of something greater: a sense of shared experience between human beings, being both the performers and the audience members.’


From an interactive concept to a generative artwork.

The installation An Invitation to DANCE is the outcome of the research of Noud Heerkens to the cinematic experience of dance. Initially Heerkens opts for an interactive installation in which the visitor, by moving through space, determines the images on the screens. During public test moments the concept of interaction in the context of this installation rises the wrong expectations; namely that the work is about understanding an interaction scenario. In order to keep the concentration on the experience of dance the direct 'physical' interaction (between spectator and installation) becomes during the research process smaller and smaller. Instead the software is redesigned to generate images along an autonomous ‘assembly’ process. By moving through space, shifting gaze and through focusing the visitor 'edits' the sequence of images and thus the experience of the dance. Accordingly the acting body and the associative brain influence the character and intensity of the experience, regardless whether the position of the user affects the edit. The interactive concept being a starting point for Heerkens research, eventually leads to a 'generative' artwork. The intended physical interaction has given way to a 'mental' interaction.

Short Film 9’03”

In the film An Invitation to DANCE there are five bodies present, five characters. Stirred up by the beat of the music they sometimes connect, assemble a group but always end up on their own. Their unstoppable dancing reveals the human condition.

While the installation is a spatial narrative, the dance film distinguishes itself through its dramatic and choreographic storyline.


Registraion Installation 1’03”
CINEDANS 14 03-18 03 2018 EYE / Shelter Adamtower

Trailer Short Film 1'12"


14 03-18 03.....Première CINEDANS Filmmuseum EYE / Adamtower
17 03...........Artist Talk Noud Heerkens moderated by CINEDANS and CARADT

26 05-23 06.....TENT Rotterdam - 25 jaar Dansateliers

14 03-18 03.....Avant première CINEDANS Filmmuseum EYE
05 04...........LOIKKA Dance Film Festival Finland
25 06-27 06.....Studiopresentation Dansateliers Rotterdam
26 10-27 10.....Off-crimmp_cinema 04 Podium OCW Rotterdam
27 11...........Lisbon Screen Dance Festival


Concept and Director Noud Heerkens / Choreographer Loïc Perela / Director of Photography Richard van Oosterhout / Software designer Rob Duyser / Dancers Lisa Kasman - Pauline Briguet - Christiaan De Donder - Fabian Holle - Quentin Roger / Filmmakers Marleine van der Werf - Marieke Wijnen - Rob Willemsen - Jos Meijers - Jeroen Bronckers - Jeroen van ’t Hullenaar - Merijn van den Brand - Matija Pekić - Koen Koopmans /Setsound Jos Meijers / PA Director and costumes Ennya Larmit / Grading Laurent Fluttert / Still photographer Katarina Jazbec / Datahandling Koen Koopmans /Catering Vivianne Jorritsma - Lotte Heerkens / Installation construction Arnold Schalks
Many thanks to Fanny Hagmeier - Noelia Nicolas Caparros - Andela Vidic - Lotte Heerkens - Corine Aalvanger - Eric Patel - Jos Merkx - Daan Muller - Alireza Abbay - / Advisors Martine Dekker - Jan Misker - Boris DeBackere - Marnix de Nijs - Michel van Dartel - Kristin de Groot - Lody Meijer - Johan Cuperus -Jan Ketelaars - Peter van de Werve / Crowdfunding and website Liza Wolters / Design flyer Gerard Hadders / Producer Picos de Europa - Noud Heerkens

For An Invitation to Dance we interviewed some of the dancers and crew members about their experience during the filmshoot and their relation to dance, the body and the camera. Click here! to listen to the quotes from Fabian, Jos, Rob, Marleine, Jeroen and Merijn. The full interviews will follow.


An Invitation to DANCE is a special collaboration between various organisations in art and education: Dansateliers and Cinedans offer their network and expertise in performative dance, publicity and the distribution of the installation. V2_Lab for the Unstable Media are involved with software development, testing, and design. The research group "Mensgericht Creëren” (“user-based creation”) of the Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology at Avans University of Applied Sciences is partner in studying how visitors experience the installation and behave in it.

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