dance - Season 12/13
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).
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).
Departing from the sexual utopia particular to the counterculture of the 60's, Mette Ingvartsen looks closely at our contemporary bodies, searching for cracks to penetrate our understandings of sexuality today. With the solo 69 positions she starts a new cycle of work entitled The Red Pieces. The series is a contemporary reflection on sexual practices and society.
In Hunter, the choreographer Meg Stuart explores her own body as a living archive. She discovers microscopic traces surrounding her body and translates them into a series of self-portraits. A cartoonesque body, a shamanist chanting ritual, or a noisy sound sculpture.
New terms turn up in the ecological debate, such as ‘resilience’. In contrast with ‘sustainability’, it is a term that posits a world in which radical and unexpected change will become the norm. It is also the theme of Prelude, the first part of a diptych by choreographer Ula Sickle and sound artist Yann Leguay.