29-30 June 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Studio Boekman

Running time

1:20, no interval


From € 15


A tapestry of movement

After its successful world premiere at Performa Biennial 2023 in New York, Julien Creuzet’s Algorithm ocean true blood moves will now be performed in Amsterdam. Creuzet, who represents France at the 60th Venice Biennale, the first French-Caribbean artist to do so, will stage his largest performance piece to date at Studio Boekman.

Photo: Maria Baranova-Suzuki

Collection of gestures

In his work artist, film-maker and poet Julien Creuzet explores the history of trade and displacement. His first foray into dance, Algorithm ocean true blood moves draws on the movements and gestures that have been passed down through generations of the African diaspora over time, now reconnected through social media. 

The moves are inspired by Creuzet’s personal archive of gestures and dances amassed online, revealing unexpected similarities between steps, such as Sudanese clerics moving in squatting positions during a ceremony and American teenagers duck-walking in the aisles of a supermarket. In his performance, Creuzet weaves his collection of gestures into an enchanting tapestry of movement. 

Creuzet conceived the production in collaboration with French-Brazilian choreographer, visual artist and educator Ana Pi. It is performed to the vibrations of Shatta, a new genre of electronic Caribbean dancehall music from Martinique. And features talented young dancers from the Ailey School, founded by Alvin Ailey, an influential African-American choreographer and activist who celebrated Black cultural heritage in his work.


Concept, videos, sculptures and costumes  Julien Creuzet
Choreography Ana Pi 
Dancers  Kamani Abu, Sarah Boyd, Sydnie Cooper, Bette Danganan, DaJuan Foley Jr, Morgan Gregory and Noel Olson 
Music  Natoxie, live music Malou Beauvoir 

Commissioned by
Algorithm ocean true blood moves was commissioned by Performa and Amsterdam-based Hartwig Art Foundation, which is led by Beatrix Ruf, and currently in the process of developing a new museum for contemporary art in Amsterdam.

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Algorithm ocean true blood moves

Algorithm ocean true blood moves
Photo: Maria Baranova-Suzuki