Young Boy Dancing Group
Performance collective around Nicolas Roses (NL), Michele Rizzo (NL) and Nadja Voorham (NL) / Changing cast according to the venue, usually involving Valentin Tszin, Tomislav Feller, Maria Metsalu and Manuel Scheiwiller / Influence on creating the material and therefore carry the same authorship
Based in Zürich, Switzerland
YBDG’s work ranges from videos, fashion, sculptures, and live performances, which are often structured improvisations. The group deals critically with modes of dance production, digital culture, gender performance, and institutionalization by shifting its working methods to avoid the categorization of its practice. YBDG presents works in various contexts such as squats, parties, theaters, biennales, festivals, queer spaces as well as on YouTube and on Instagram. The shows of YBDG question originality and claims for authorship, often quoting, citing, and appropriating from Instagram, YouTube, and from already existing work by other artists. YBDG strives to create events in which the audience and the group give in to two hours of immersion and freedom. The outfits worn during the shows are made out of clothes found on the streets, collected and modified. YBDG seeks alternatives to the model of professional dance companies by experimenting with one day rehearsals, no fixed cast, and improvisation-based choreography.