Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht (1899) is inspired by a poem by Richard Dehmel, about a woman who tells the man she loves she is pregnant by another man. In 1995 Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker created a group choreography based on Schönberg’s composition. She has now rewritten the piece as a duet. A shameless romantic love story in the dark light of a Verklärte Nacht (transfigured night).
The Brussels Brecht-Eisler Chorus is working with five other choruses and director Ruud Gielens on a major project on peace. FleeTheFrenzy! (WaanVlucht! / FuirLaFolie !) is the first part in a two-year story of those victims who even in current wars are often left out of the picture: deserters and conscientious objectors. The performance ends at the Kaaitheater, and is staged in the surrounding streets, whose names all refer to WWI.
With his International Institute for Political Murder, Swiss director Milo Rau makes films and theatre performances that combine art, history and politics. Hate Radio tells the story of the genocide in Rwanda from the studio of radio Mille Collines, based on real time broadcasts and authentic accounts. History here comes very close.
Where do we stand and how did we get here? And where do we go from here? These are important questions! Does the superb company de Koe perhaps have an answer? Come and see the Grand Finale of their majestic yet also light-hearted history of the West, a cheerful meandering stream of personal memories, political anecdotes, historical events and unexpected philosophical insights.
In Untitled, the relationship between man and object, which is an essential element in Kris Verdonck’s work, takes on layers of social and political meaning. Untitled is a solo for dancer Marc Iglesias Figueras. Previously, Verdonck created solos for Alix Eynaudi (EXIT) and Johan Leysen (M, a reflection).