PINION & CROWN is an emerging Trilogy Dance Art ensemble, founded and directed by Sara Marin (IT/CH) and Griet Vanden Houden (BE/AT).

We search for situations, fractures and connections in society and life that we can express through dance. Supported by elements of theatre, music and multimedia, such as visual projections, we seek to explore and integrate ideas of intensity, technique, sensuality, speed, spontaneity, change of direction, irony and trust into our work.

How does a Pinion and Crown gear work?
A pinion and crown gear works by meeting at an angle that allows two shafts to rotate at different speeds. The pinion and crown gear system can also allow a mechanism to change the direction of a transmitted motion, torque, and change speeds.

The pinion and crown parts are both unique in shape, enabling them to fit harmoniously together to create the joint. It is only when the pinion and crown meet that the balance and production of energy is possible. A gear is one of the oldest power resources to generate movement.

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PINION & CROWN – Trilogy Dance Art

Is a set of 3 works of art that are connected and can be seen either as a single piece or as three individual pieces. Three pieces together will give you a completely new feeling.

Trilogy is a structure commonly found in literature or cinematography.  By applying this tri-logical structure to dance we reveal that dance is not a separate entity, but it is indeed influenced by other art forms.

In this respect, we have begun to expand our horizon to go beyond just dance. We have strengthened our collaboration with artists and professionals in other fields, who have been contributing to our expansion as an ensemble, either with their art or with their platforms or resources.  This has begun to make our work much richer as a result, as we are able to cross several fields and disciplines whilst keeping dance at the core of our art.

PINION & CROWN ensemble is aiming to take dance to a new level.  We aim to reach different audiences through a variety of platforms in several different ways: Live Performance, Short film and Photographic installation

After all, how can we call it “contemporary” if we don’t explore how dance can intersect with new media and technology that explores innovation and pushes the boundaries of old established techniques; taking risks. Without that, could we still call our work contemporary?

PINION & CROWN ensemble is inviting you to join us on our journey to discover: Trilogy Dance Art!

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PINION & CROWN – Curriculum Vitae
Sara Marin (Italy) and Griet Vanden Houden (Belgium) both come from Academic backgrounds as well as having studied at the National Academy of Dance Rome (IT) and de!Kunsthumaniora Antwerpen (BE).
They first met at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academyof Dance) (AT) 2008-2011. They have been working for choreographers such as: Roberto Olivan,Todd Williams, Quan Bui Ngoc, Jelka Milic, Ori Flomin an many more..
After graduating, they completed a one year Pilates Training in mat and equipment, at the Academy of Modern Pilates International (AT).
During and after school Sara and Griet spent a lot of time together, working, sharing ideas, moments of growth, tastes and traditions; influencing and enriching each other.
Being friends and professionally working together in different fields (such as: dance, Pilates, yoga aerial, teaching, performing, choreographing , art directing, casting in live events, photo and video productions) they have built a special connection that is reflected in their own work.

2018/2021 – DECADANSE – Live-performance, Video-dance and Photography
2017 – OXYMORON – Live performance – Video art – Photography
2016 – FILTER – Photographic installation – collab. Atelier AUTHENTIC
2015 – SAME same BUT DIFFERENT – Live performance – Video art – Photography

Festival/ Exhibition/ Gallery:
SAPA Tanz Film Festival
Winterthur (CH)

International dance festival
Almada (PT)

drum5162, Kulturinitiative zur Auseinandersetzung und Verortung von Gegenwartskultur in Obertrum am See
Obertrum am See (AT)

Das Tanzfest
Grabenhalle, Sankt Gallen (CH)

Lange Nacht der Bühnen
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz (AT)

OXYMORON premiere
Tabakfabrik Linz (AT)

international shortfilm festival Lenzig (AT)

Breaking 8_International Dance Film Festival
Cagliari (IT)

Ressegna assoli e duetti e danza in corto
Bartolomei ASD, Teatro villa Pamphilj
Rome (IT)

Tanz_house Festival.16 Under the Skin
Salzburg (AT)

Vienna (AT)

international shortfilm festival Lenzig (AT)

ARTEFATTO_10 RESET friends in art
Trieste(IT) Palazzo Gopcevichi
Labin(HR) Gradska Galerija
Pula (HR) Galerija Cvajne
Hallein (AT) Schmiede – Playground of ideas

SELF & IT´S LIQUID international art show
Palazzo ca´zanardi (IT)
Venice art house (IT)

LIQUID ROOMS –the body language
SELF & IT´S LIQUID international art show
Palazzo ca´zanardi (IT)

Villa Paulick Seewalchen am Attersee (AT)

PINION & CROWN – Artistic Statement
For us, the PINION & CROWN ensemble, dance is an essential way to communicate. We feel that through the movement of the body we can express ourselves in ways that would not be possible through words. We can connect with the audience on a different level, transferring ideas, thoughts, opinions or feelings. For us, creativity and dance is more than a desire, it is a concrete need.

The experience of the past,
And the expectations of the future,
Will make the experiment of the present.

Drawing upon these elements, past, present and future, is often our starting point to create material. We are inspired by images and incorporate these into our work in order to evoke and provoke feelings in our audience. During our training we were taught to embody particular aesthetics. Looking back, we moved differently and while this phase was an important base, we realise that there are many other possibilities and we are capable of moving and dancing in many other ways. Also important for us, and at the very core of our work, is being present; present inside a clear structure where we are able to search for situations, and find fractures and connections within society and life that we can react upon and express through dance. Looking to the future we seek out supporting elements such as multi-media, music, visual projections and theatre, and enthusiastically embrace and incorporate these elements into our work to create a richer dance performance.

We like the idea of interaction. A critical part of interaction for us is a communication with the space. Hence, our location plays a fundamental role in the creative process and the performance. We adapt our material to the environment and through this process the abstract dance can transition to become real and relevant. We work with what the environment offers and our characters have to play, communicate and interact with the scene.

Our purpose is not to solve any problems or provide the audience with answers but we do aim to distract, confuse, or make them more open about things. Through our movement we hope to transport the audience and take them on a journey away from their ordinary life. We like to shake them up, make them curious and encourage the audience to ask questions.

The distance between our dreams and reality is called action, and action is key to success. When you are afraid to do something, even if it lives in your mind for a long time, if you don’t actually do it, it will never exist! We believe it is our responsibility to take a risk and create new work. So, inspired by a pinion and crown mechanism, both parts unique in shape, enabling them to fit harmoniously together and coexist by pushing, pulling and supporting each other, we have founded our dance ensemble PINION & CROWN.

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PINION & CROWN – Body Work-shop
The Body Work-shop is a dance movement training and we tailor it for each of you!
The training is designed to improve stability, flexibility and balance muscle strength, which in turn will help you to prevent injury, rehabilitate current injuries and increase your body awareness.

As the founders of PINION & CROWN we have experienced a lifelong involvement with Pilates, Aerial yoga and dance, both as performers and teachers, which has led to our interest in the complex movements of the body.
 Using our broad knowledge and expertise we have combined various methods and techniques together and subsequently developed an innovative program for dancers, athletes, and people coming from other physical disciplines to achieve their best and safest biomechanics.
Each training technique has its own predominant movement as well as a lack of some movements and underuse of some body parts. Physical repetition, overuse and fatigue can often lead to injuries.
In order to benefit the most from Body Work-shop we focus our program on strengthening and utilizing the muscles that are often not trained enough during regular technical classes.

The Body Work-shop method helps you to become aware of your weak points and we will teach you some simple ways to address pain. You will learn how to get rid of pain by focusing on specific movements/exercises/stretching and muscle groups. We will help you to find a way to bring your body back into balance. Isn´t that great?!
The expected result is that the entire muscle structure is stabilized so that you can enjoy training/working/dancing/moving and approach life with complete freedom!

By training with our method you can become the evaluator of your own body. You will learn to find your own answers to some typical questions such as: “What can I do when…? What should I do if…?”
We all have the same body structure but each body is unique in its form. Learn how to listen to your body and become an independent mover.

We look forward to having you in our workshop!

PINION & CROWN – Beyond Work-shop
The PINION & CROWN Beyond workshop would be a unique laboratory for dance combined with theater, music, multi-media and other arts for research and development.  Within our workshops, depending on the needs of participants/students, we will be collaborating with dancers, choreographers, actors, musicians and more.  We aim to provide a platform for research and education.  We aim to create an exchange of experienced artists and “newcomers” so that there is both mentoring and a creation of a larger network that goes beyond just dance alone, but integrates with other art forms and disciplines, creating interdisciplinary work. In most cases, implicit knowledge and experience are understood, learned and transmitted only through a pictorial description, by observing, imitating and practicing processes. We want to create better conditions and perspectives within the contemporary dance and performance world that goes beyond current limitations.

PINION & CROWN are constantly exploring themes in their workshops that have been central not only to their artistic pieces, but are also a reflection of contemporary society.  In this workshop theme below PINION & CROWN ask questions related to boundaries.  This is a relevant topic in their most recent work as well as a theme that is present within contemporary society, not only for women specifically, but also for men, as our idea of personal and professional spaces are merging and being redefined through technology and interconnectivity.

Specific Workshop Theme
How far can we push our limits? What are our internal and external boundaries? When do we allow someone to enter our space?  What happens and what changes when we can enter someone else’s space. When can we put down our defenses? How much do we care? How much can we hold within us or what do we want to share? How much can we ask of others?

By exploring the theme of space, confines and contrast in relation to ourselves we can see how that affects not only other people but also the shifting physical environments. By extrapolating these various elements, we can reveal the absurd.  By revealing the absurd, there can be transformation of the status quo.  This is how powerful dance can be, as we can reveal what was once familiar into something that is now unfamiliar, strange, absurd and therefore, open to change.  Whole structures and societies can change when this is revealed.  We would like to explore this in the workshops, as then participants can see how powerful they are to change the status quo in society through dance!

The subjects that we are exploring with “Oxymoron” can be taken as a working material within the  workshops we deliver. These can be used to make interesting creations with students such as working alone, in couples and in a group. It will be composing physical material involving theatrical aspects whilst exploring real emotions. The use of a camera can be integrated within the workshop in order to have more artistic elements incorporated, so that participants can explore different ways of looking and exploring DanceArt from different perspectives.


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PINION & CROWN – Contact
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or just want to say hi.
You can also contact us through any of the social networks below.

Email: contact@pinioncrown.com
Griet: +43 69917167555 (English, Deutsch, Nederlands)
Sara: +41 767863041 (English, Deutsch, Italiano)