9>15/02/2015

Burning Ice #8

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In search of … a political ecology 

The fifth report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) came out in March 2014, in the midst of the turmoil of Belgian elections. Its tone is clearer and more explicit than that of all previous reports: things are going from bad to worse, and if the current state of affairs continues, the consequences will be catastrophic even in this century. You would think that at election time this is something people would respond to and focus on in the public debate. But the silence was deafening.

We first set up Burning Ice in 2008, in the aftermath of the previous IPCC report. Even then, the big surprise was the lack of meaningful reaction in society, including the arts sector. Since then, Burning Ice has attempted to be a trans-disciplinary platform for artists, scientists, theorists, etc., that is looking for inspiring, motivating and imaginative stories to form the basis of a political ecology and of an effective transition to a sustainable coexistence between man and his environment. 

Burning Ice # 8 is looking ahead to the UN climate summit in Paris in November 2015, also referred to as the last-chance summit. Yet again! What is needed to make this summit different from all of the above and, this time round, to reach agreements that will make a difference?

The full programme will be announced in November 2014.
 

          

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installation
Kaaitheater
Lawrence Weiner
9/1/2015

During Burning Ice, Kaaitheater and CC Strombeek present Lawrence Weiners installation WATER SPILLED FROM SOURCE TO USE.

performance
location to be confirmed
Heike Langsdorf/radical_hope
9-10-11-12-13-14-15/2/2015

A group of performers performs a choreography for passers-by 24 hours a day, for a whole week. In a shop window, they together create images based on movements we all perform every day, often without thinking: sitting, lying, walking, standing, making, seeing, dancing and speaking. You can choose whether to watch or even participate in this retreat in the public space.

installation
Kaaistudios
Karl van Welden
10-11-12-13/2/2015

This piece arose out of Van Welden’s fascination with volcanoes and the consequences of an eruption. The installation examines our ambiguous attitude towards imminent calamity: our belief or disbelief concerning catastrophes, our fascination with decay. A reminder of death.

theatre
Kaaistudios
David Weber-Krebs
10-11/2/2015

The eighteenth century was a time of Progress and Enlightenment. Into the Big World is about this mythical time. Now that there is so much knowledge available, can we still capture the world in a single encyclopaedic overview? The view of the world these two performers present on stage becomes increasingly complex. Then the stage turns into a forum for the twenty-first century.

In English
performance
Kaaistudios
Nada Gambier/Action Scénique
10-12-13/2/2015

Monstrous encounters of clowns aims to look at the proximity between ridiculousness and brutality in contemporary life and the implications of such a close co-existence of two extremes.

In English
dance
Kaaitheater
Rachid Ouramdane
11/2/2015

The French choreographer Rachid Ouramdane has created a ‘sfumato’ choreography in which the scenes flow into one another and the boundaries of the bodies appear to dissolve. The dancers evolve in a landscape of mist and rain. The choreography is a metaphor for several ecological themes: the loss of habitats, the exile to unknown places, the memory that remains..

workshop
Kaaistudios
The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Labofii)
12-13/2/2015

Open to artists and activists interested in the boundaries between politics and performance, art and activism, this workshop will explore how we can escape the old rituals of protest to find a space where the poetic and the pragmatic fuse into successful and efficient moments of disobedience.

In English
performance
Kaaistudios
Myriam van Imschoot
12/2/2015

What does nature mean to us? Myriam Van Imschoot visited a zoo, went to a motorway to listen with a tuning fork, during walks in the woods discovered birds that sounded like chainsaws and imitated ringtones, and so on. On the basis of field recordings, five performers – with backgrounds ranging from the noise underground scene to pop – will imitate these sounds using only their voices. You won’t believe your ears.

lecture/debate
Kaaitheater
Chantal Mouffe, Jan Vranken & Philippe Van Parijs
13/2/2015

There are quite a few yawning gaps these days: that between those with wealth and those without, between those who are on board and those who are excluded, between the salary of the CEO and that of the worker, etc. The system is in crisis and the answers offered by the political world have so far been totally inadequate. Burning Ice and the Louis Paul Boon Circle will be developing this topic in a debate involving several specialists.

In English
performance
Kaaistudios
Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Labofii)
13/2/2015

The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination brings artists and activists together to carry out theatrical direct actions across Europe. Now the collective is retreating for a moment to the relative safety of the stage to collectively ask some disturbing questions about how to change our world. The show is combined with two workshops.

workshop
Kaaistudios
Global Divestment Day
14/2/2015

Love Life: Hate Fossil Fuels will take us on a day long adventure of creative resistance together with an international array of artists and climate activists.

In English