Shepherds are usually divided in three species: Pet Line, Show Line and Working Line. Working Lines are bred in order to always serve and obey their owner. They get enjoyment from what they learn, but they can get suppressed as well. They don’t know how to stand still. They get satisfaction from their tasks, especially when they get rewarded.
The similarities between dogs and human-beings is clear. We get conditioned through education and society. We learn to aim for success and perfection. Because structure is needed in order to prevent chaos, but meanwhile chaos arises in ourselves.
For his dance performance Work Line, Choreographer Rutkay Özpinar was inspired by the difference between what we are taught and who we are. How do these taught structures influence us? Do they cause pleasure or pressure? These patterns lead to success and bring fulfilment, but as soon as we can’t reach that success, we as human-beings find it difficult to accept. The manners and attitudes that we take for granted, would we have developed them out of our natural instinct as well? Work Line focuses on the tension between taught structures and the essence of the human-being.
Rutkay Özpinar has a broad dance background in hip-hop, break dance, Turkish folk dance, classical ballet and modern dance. In his career, he has gone through remarkable developments that have led him to his own dance language. His route starts with Bertha Huls through Boys Action at ArteZ (Arnhem) and later he follows the dance education at Codarts (Rotterdam) and is part of the first batch of The Dutch Junior Dance Division in The Hague. In 2014, at the age of 23, he started as the youngest choreographer in the Netherlands at Korzo. For his work Grip (2015) he won the BNG Bank Dance Prize and was nominated for the first edition of The Hague Piket Art Prizes.