"No one is born with equal opportunities. Everyone has to find their own way. With that comes pain and happiness. I work with (my own) fear, trauma and inequality. Deep down, I fear never finding true connection with my fellow human beings or losing someone I love because of my own mistakes. Making performances is my ultimate attempt to understand that fear. I hope that - by seeing how bad everything can get - people can actively decide to do the right thing. By depicting what I loathe, I steer towards hope. I create in order to reflect on my life and the lives of those around me. With elements from our reality, I create something new, so that I can defy existing spatial and cultural boundaries in my dramatic world."
During the New Adventures residency at ICK Dans Amsterdam in 2021, Charles created Motel: a visual dance-theatre performance with a fully integrated film. Motel is a poetic interpretation of a panic attack. The space and objects in the room are part of the anxiety visions - nothing is what it seems, everything changes according to the state of mind.
In 2022-2023, Charles performs and creates the physical solo Victory Boogie Woogie in co-production with Likeminds. As a lost young man, he confronts the everyday, trying to tame it and look for what lies behind it. What does it mean when you can't find a connection, desperation takes over, but you have no choice but to keep going? With minimal use of theatrical means, in a virtuoso physical language, he engages in dialogue with a compelling, fully sampled sound set.
In 2023, Charles Pas tours his solo Victory Boogie Woogie in the Moving Futures Festival. He travels through all cities of the festival!
photo © Diederick Bulstra