With nothing's for something Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki are making a return to the theatre. Having focused primarily on space and the relationship between performers and spectators in their previous works, in this project their aim is to once again explore the body. nothing’s for something is therefore also a questioning of their own assumptions, of the ‘originality’ -if it actually exists- of their own motives. With Paul Klee, who danced while he painted, Rainer Maria Rilke, the perfectionist of form and method and Georges Perec, the master of stories of everyday life, as sources of inspiration, nothing’s for something wants to make visible what is hidden and expose the reality behind the visible world.

concept and direction: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki / originally created and performed by: Heine Avdal, Taka Shamoto, Yukiko Shinozaki, Oleg Soulimenko / also performed by: Ingrid Haakstad, Ondrej Vidlar / sound design and electronics: Fabrice Moinet, Johann Loiseau / lighting design and technical direction: Hans Meijer / drawing and graphic: Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Christelle Fillod / dramaturgy: Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater) /  creative assistant: Saori Miyazawa / electronic assistant: Matthieu Virot / technical support: Culture Crew / music: The Blue Danube - Johann Strauss
production: fieldworks vzw, Heine Avdal / co-production: Kaaitheater (Brussels), APAP Network, Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk), BIT-Teatergarasjen (Bergen), STUK (Leuven) / in collaboration with: WP Zimmer (Antwerp), Netwerk (Aalst), Vooruit (Ghent), MDT (Stockholm), Black Box Teater (Oslo), Teaterhuset Avantgarden (Trondheim), INKONST (Malmø) / with the support of: Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Norsk Kulturråd, Fond For Lyd og Bilde, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere / with thanks to: Petar Kufner, Vida Mehri, Alejandro Avila, Louise Crabbé, Carolina Goradesky, Kevin Strompers, Ghislain Knops, Kevin Knops, Didier De Munter, Carlos Rodrigues, Steve Timmermans, Anne-Catherine Kunz, Mikiko Sagawa, Sara Jansen, David Pledger - Dance Massive festival (Melbourne), Urszula Dawkins

world premiere: March 23 2012 at Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium.

titledatetimelocationtickets & info
1. nothing's for something Fri 15-06-2018  PACT Zollverein, Essenwww.pact-zollverein.de
2. nothing's for something Sat 21-01-2017  Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Gentwww.vooruit.be
3. nothing's for something Sat 17-09-2016  SAND, Kristiansandsandfestival.no
4. nothing's for something Fri 16-09-2016  SAND, Kristiansandsandfestival.no
5. nothing's for something Tue 18-08-2015  kanuti gildi SAAL - SAAL Biennaal 2015, Tallinnwww.saal.ee
6. nothing's for something Mon 17-08-2015  kanuti gildi SAAL - SAAL Biennaal 2015, Tallinnwww.saal.ee
7. nothing's for something Sun 24-05-2015  CC De Grote Post, Oostendewww.degrotepost.be
8. nothing's for something Sat 07-02-2015  Trafo-Budapest (Hu), Budapestwww.trafo.hu
9. nothing's for something Fri 06-02-2015  Trafo-Budapest (Hu), Budapestwww.trafo.hu
10. nothing's for something Fri 07-11-2014  Dansefestival Barents, Hammerfestwww.dansefestivalbarents.no
11. nothing's for something Wed 05-11-2014  RAS-Sandes Kulturhus, Sandneswww.ras.as
12. nothing's for something Sun 21-09-2014  Body/Mind Int. Contemporary Dance Festival, Warsawwww.cialoumysl.pl
13. nothing's for something Thu 18-09-2014  Dampfzentrale Bern, Bernwww.dampfzentrale.ch
14. nothing's for something Wed 17-09-2014  Dampfzentrale Bern, Bernwww.dampfzentrale.ch
15. nothing's for something Tue 19-08-2014  FAR Festival des Arts Vivants, Nyonwww.festival-far.ch
16. nothing's for something Mon 18-08-2014  FAR Festival des Arts Vivants, Nyonwww.festival-far.ch
17. nothing's for something Thu 24-04-2014 20:30 BIPOD/Al Madina Theatre, Beirutwww.maqamat.org
18. nothing's for something Sat 29-03-2014 22:00 La Casa Encendida, Madridwww.lacasaencendida.es
19. nothing's for something Fri 28-03-2014 22:00 La Casa Encendida, Madridwww.lacasaencendida.es
20. nothing's for something Tue 28-01-2014 19:30 Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, Amienswww.maisondelaculture-amiens.com
21. nothing's for something Mon 27-01-2014 14:30 Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, Amienswww.maisondelaculture-amiens.com
22. nothing's for something Sat 18-01-2014 20:00 Szene Salzburg, Salzburgwww.szene-salzburg.net
23. nothing's for something Wed 16-10-2013 22:00 Something Raw, Amsterdamwww.brakkegrond.nl
24. nothing's for something Tue 15-10-2013 22:00 Something Raw, Amsterdamwww.brakkegrond.nl
25. nothing's for something Fri 30-08-2013 20:00 Reykjavik Dance Festivalwww.reykjavikdancefestival.is
26. nothing's for something Wed 10-07-2013 19:00 Foreign Affairs / Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlinwww.berlinerfestspiele.de
27. nothing's for something Tue 09-07-2013 22:00 Foreign Affairs / Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlinwww.berlinerfestspiele.de
28. nothing's for something Sat 26-01-2013 20:00 PACT Zollverein, Essenwww.pact-zollverein.de
29. nothing's for something Fri 25-01-2013 20:00 PACT Zollverein, Essenwww.pact-zollverein.de
30. nothing's for something Sat 15-12-2012 16:00 STUK, Leuvenwww.stuk.be
31. nothing's for something Fri 14-12-2012  STUK, Leuvenwww.stuk.be
32. nothing's for something Sat 08-12-2012  Stadsschouwburg Brugge, Bruggewww.cultuurcentrumbrugge.be
33. nothing's for something Sat 01-12-2012  Buda Kunstencentrum, Kortrijkwww.budakortrijk.be
34. nothing's for something Wed 31-10-2012 20:00 INKONST, Malmöwww.inkonst.com
35. nothing's for something Fri 14-09-2012  Black Box Teater, Oslowww.blackbox.no
36. nothing's for something Thu 13-09-2012  Black Box Teater, Oslowww.blackbox.no
37. nothing's for something Wed 12-09-2012  Black Box Teater, Oslowww.blackbox.no
38. nothing's for something Sun 09-09-2012  Teaterhuset Avantgarden, Trondheimwww.avantgarden.no
39. nothing's for something Sat 08-09-2012  Teaterhuset Avantgarden, Trondheimwww.avantgarden.no
40. nothing's for something Thu 03-05-2012  MDT - Stockholm, Stockholmmdtsthlm.se
41. nothing's for something Wed 02-05-2012  MDT - Stockholm, Stockholmmdtsthlm.se
42. nothing's for something Sun 29-04-2012  BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergenwww.bit-teatergarasjen.no
43. nothing's for something Sat 28-04-2012  BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergenwww.bit-teatergarasjen.no
44. nothing's for something Sat 24-03-2012 20:30 Kaaitheater, Brusselwww.kaaitheater.be
45. nothing's for something Fri 23-03-2012 20:30 Kaaitheater, Brusselwww.kaaitheater.be
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"nothing's for something" by Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki (fragments)
Duration : 06:29
Kaaitheater - Walk of Fame @ Muntpunt
Deze clip maakt deel uit van de Muntpunt 'walk of fame' waarin 25 Brusselse organisaties zich op een andere manier aan het publiek tonen. Muntpunt heropende op 6 september 2013, als het communicatiehuis, informatiecentrum en de bibliotheek van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap in Brussel.

Deze clip werd gemaakt op vraag van het kunstencentrum Kaaitheater en is gebaseerd op de creatie 'nothing's for something' van Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, dat in maart 2012 in première ging in Kaaitheater.

concept & regie: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki
geluidsontwerp & electronica: Fabrice Moinet
productie: fieldworks vzw, Heine Avdal
(c) Muntpunt 2013
Duration : 01:03

Fri 04-05-2012 : Svenska Dagbladet, Anna Angstrom

on the Scandinavian premiere of nothing's for something

Fri 04-05-2012 : dagens nyheter, Orjan Abrahamsson

”Nothing’s for something” at MDT, Stockholm. Published 2012-05-04 08:37 in Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter
Everything is in motion in ”Nothing’s for something”. Örjan Abrahamsson has seen a playful and dreamlike performance.
As the audience sits down in MDT:s auditorium we are blinded by angry spotlights, only to, as the performance begins, be drenched in darkness and silence. Then sounds like distant street noise. And silence. As the light gradually returns the stage is empty but covered, yes, embedded by a seductive sea of silvery-grey, rustling silk fabric. And so we hear the world’s most famous waltz in the speakers.

Then the silk curtains begin to dance. Yes, really. And the curtains, suspended by black helium balloons, waltz on and on, absurd minute after surreal minute, in Heine Avdal’s and Yukiko Shinozaki’s hour-long ”Nothing’s for something”.
It is not only the dancing curtains and the Strauss music that bring to mind Stanley Kubrick’s film”2001”. Just like the film it seems that the whole performance – especially the seven remote controlled, floating planets of the finale – builds on everything being in motion. Granted that movement essentially is a matter of perspective, a fixed point in life, in the spaceship, in the auditorium.

Belgium based duo Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki have worked together since the turn of the century and have above all worked with a series of small-scale and intimate, site-specific performances engaged with themes of daily life. Next week an enticing sample of their style is presented at MDT,”Fieldworks – office”, for only two spectators at the time. Because in many respects it is a captivating, evocative and poetic, playful performance with a sophisticated, dreamlike atmosphere. In”Nothing’s for something” everything is set in motion and everything is treated as object; also the shows’ four performers who are hardly ever visible except during a section in the middle.
The strongest section is when the dancing curtains break free from the hegemony of the waltz and derail as tornados over the stage, to suddenly line up as a massive wall in front of the audience.

Here I think it is over, but instead the curtain is pulled aside to open the stage for seven white, remote controlled balloons that like planets float back and forth, up and down, aided by mechanical technology – two small propellers – which would have made Jules Verne a happy man.
The celestial bodies’ tranquil tumbling game is drawn out but beautiful, astonishing, purely magical. And danceable. Truly a giddying conceptual choreography.
Örjan Abrahamsson
Translated by Mariana Suikkanen Gomes, June 2012.

Wed 12-09-2012 : ”Dansande draperi”, Amund Grimstad

I sink back into the chair and want this to last for ever. Am I seeing what I am seeing? And is this reality?
Avdal and Shinozaki have recreated the wonderment of childhood and asked me quite a many existential questions. And that without saying a word.

Thu 22-03-2012 : H Art, Julie Rodeyns

Heine Avdal: “Onze motivatie om deze productie te maken vertrok vanuit de Fieldworks-serie. Daar bevonden we ons altijd in een omgeving waar we niet echt toe behoorden. Natuurlijk namen we onze theaterbagage mee: we vertrokken van de idee hoe afhankelijk van hoe je gebeurtenissen kadert, alles theater kan zijn. Toch waren we er ons altijd erg bewust van dat we ons op vreemd terrein bevonden. We moesten een delicaat evenwicht zoeken tussen ergens inbreken zonder er de dingen over te nemen. Met ‘Nothing’s for something’ wilden we onderzoeken hoe het werken op locatie ons anders doet kijken naar (werken in) een theaterruimte- onze ‘thuis’.”