Dancing with Robin.CONFIDENT
Robin is a dancer and artist based in Tel Aviv. With a classical dance education from Rotterdam, and explorations in the world of hip hop and now modern dance with the Batsheva ensemble, his style evokes emotion and explores the edges of inspiration and identity. We asked him a few questions about his life and his artistic practices.
IP: Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? RN: I grew up with my mom in Papendrecht, Holland. I grew up without my father and a really small family from my mother’s side. When I am abroad people ask me if I’m from Amsterdam, and I would say yes, because I did live and study there for a while. Currently I live in beautiful and ugly Tel Aviv, in Israel. I came here almost 3 years ago to dance with the Batsheva ensemble and pursue my dreams as a dancer and artist.
IP: How did you learn your love for dance? Did you train or are you self-taught? RN: As a small boy, when I was alone i...
XK: What is your name? Can you tell us about your profession?
PC: My name is Pat, I am an actor and singer, I have a rock band called “CHANUDOM”
I was born in Trat in the East of Thailand. I grew up there, but after university moved to Bangkok.
XK: How would you describe the musical side of yourself?
PC: I would say my musical inspiration is Theatrical Rock, a kind of glam rock, with all the outfits and stage play. My favorite Thai artist is a country singer Poompaung, the Queen of Country in Thailand. She died around 20 years ago but she is a legend here, everyone knows her. I grew up listening to her and seeing her on TV. She was the artist that made me want become performer. Also, every time my parents had a party, they would call me and say “Pat on stage!”. They loved having friends in our home and hosting music and dance parties. That made me confident about myself and my skills on stage.
XK: Your photo project has a dream like and psychedelic quality. Could you elaborate a little bit on your aesthetic decisions in the photos?
ZW: I first made this series in conventional chroma. But because people around me were used to these glitches in the Moroccan cityscapes, I needed something else. So I used infrared photography, a technique i've been used when I first started taking photography seriously. I wanted to put emphasis on certain scenes, using infrared strange chroma, to point out at what's happening. It creates a wide range of chromatic weird contrast, breaking down with the apparent normality surrounding the outskirts of the city.
XK: What was the motivation behind the project? Where were the photographs taken and how important is that to the larger meaning?
ZW: It sometimes happens that instead of actively doing a deep research on a topic, there’s simply an overexposure to the cont...
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