Rob List is a performer, choreographer and teacher based in Amsterdam. In the early 80s he toured internationally in the avant-garde theatre and film work of Ping Chong and Meredith Monk, as well as performing his own movement works at La Mama and the Kitchen in New York. From 1985-1990 he was artistic director of the Mime Opleiding in Amsterdam. From1987-1993 he was founder and co-director of the Institute for New Dramaturgy, which presented workshops in interdisciplinary composition by visual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers in eastern and western Europe, as well as conducting research programs in new forms of dramaturgy for dance and mime.
Since 1990 Rob List has continued his solo performance career, creating a unique stage language and movement style in works such as the FIGURE SERIES [90-94], DOUBLE SERIES [95-99], STILL LIFE SERIES [96-00], and FOLLY SERIES [00-03]. These minimal movement pieces are based on subjects and ideas from the visual arts, science and architecture. He has performed these in theaters, galleries and international festivals in Europe and the USA.
Since 2002 Rob List has been working with young dancers, mimes, visual artists and filmmakers in an ever-changing ensemble called OZU, developing live performances which emphasize successive solo movement sequences. STRUIK AND STRUWEEL , FOLLY n.3 , BOSSCHAGE , NESCIO SERIES[ [05-07], and INJERTO/GREFFE .
In the past seven years Rob List has developed a workshop form for young choreographers, directors and performance artists called MOVING AND DRAWING. He has taught these throughout Europe and the USA. In the spring of 2007 he was movement advisor to Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in the making of her solo ‘Keeping Still’.
Rob List has also created a company of young dance teachers who perform an original pantomime program for senior citizens called ‘SPROOKS: Young for Old’ which has entertained thousands of older folks in hundreds of centers throughout the Netherlands since 2005.
Rob List has received a number of awards for his work, including the 1997 VSCD Mime Prize and a 2002 Artists Prize from the City of Amsterdam. He was a 2004 Fulbright Scholar and a former recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship.
In my work I want to create an elementary theater removed of all psychological elements, a performance space which evokes a more basic moment in human communication - one without text, characters, or socially coded gestures - and which affects the audience in an emotional way without their quite being able to identify what is going on. This work is grounded in an active stillness in which the viewer's perceptions are reactivated outside the context of daily life. My work strives not to be a representation of human experience but rather a source of it, more akin to listening to music or looking at painting, but without being merely a formal aesthetic experience. In my performances the human being is an anonymous everyman whose eyes and ears share the same sensations as those of the audience, in a communal and elemental experience.
on the balcony - group [new york, 2010]
Fulbright Scholar 2004