music - Season 14/15
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.
Four dirty, down and out, androgynous cowboys adopt the ritual poses from the Western genre. Gradually their actions come to resemble an odd kind of dance. In his films, photo series and installations, the Danish artist Joachim Koester focuses on telling long forgotten stories through the strategic use of editing and archiving.
From 2000 to 2005 Walter Hus composed his 24 Preludes and Fugues: six for solo piano and eighteen for two pianos. He played them at the Kaaistudios, together with the American pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski. Now, almost ten years later, Hus and Rzewski will be performing a selection from Hus’ Preludes and Fugues and Rzewski’s Winsboro Cotton Mill Blues.
The new project by Hans Petter Dahl and Anna Sophia Bonnema is a study of rhythm and expression, a journey in which a live drummer fires up three performers. A celebration of life results in an enumeration that cuts right through everything, in the realisation that we have to take our leave. We are living in a time when there is ‘an epidemic of things’.
WOTH is the first creation by Liesa Van der Aa, actress with Toneelhuis and musician. She sought and found inspiration in an ancient Egyptian ritual: after death the heart of the deceased is weighed on scales counterbalanced by the feather of truth. WOTH is an overwhelming musical performance for nine musicians, enhanced by video and animation on stage.