A Possibility of An Abstraction: Square Dance

Germaine Kruip

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Closely connected to the culture of Sufism, whirling dervishes perform a ritual, circular dance in order to try and reach a state of transcendence. The Dutch artist Germaine Kruip, who since 2011 has been creating installations and performances examining the various meanings attached to geometrical shapes, presents a performance with whirling dervishes in the Stedelijk Museum, entitled A Possibility of An Abstraction: Square Dance. She has asked the dervishes to break through their circular dance patterns and introduce square patterns into their ritual, thereby shifting the dancer’s focus and alluding to the tradition of abstract geometrical art. The performance will be performed continually during opening hours.

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