Dances of Death
12.06 – 13.06.2021
In the 21st century, death is everywhere: new incurable diseases, rising suicide rates, the consequences of climate change. How do we relate to death? And what would this century’s dance of the dead look like?
The motif of the ‘danse macabre’ emerged in the 14th century and recurred throughout Western cultural history. Along with five dancers, Michiel Vandevelde explores several of these dances of the dead, inspired by paintings, videos and images that date from the Middle Ages till the present and range from personal archives to cult material. How can we learn to cope with saying goodbye through the intense physical experience of dance?
• Artist-in-residence Michiel Vandevelde works as a choreographer and a curator and has presented almost all of his work at Kaaitheater. His pieces are rooted in political and artistic activism.
choreography Michiel Vandevelde | dance Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Júlia Rúbies Subirós, Samuel Baidoo, Hanako Hayakawa, Audrey Merilus, Robson Ledesma, Mario Barrantes Espinoza | vocalist Kara Leva | masks Heide Vanderieck | costumes Ester Manas | dramaturgy Esther Severi | rehearsal director Jara Vlaeminckx | arrangement ‘When I am Laid’: Emmanuel Michaud | lights, sound, set, text Michiel Vandevelde | technique Maarten Snoeck | production Disagree. vzw | financial Management Klein Verzet vzw | co-production Kaaitheater, December Dance (Cultuurcentrum and Concertgebouw Brugge), Kunstenwerkplaats, KAAP, Stuk, PACT Zollverein | residencies Kaaitheater, CC De Factorij, Dans in Brugge, Kunstenwerkplaats | support The Flemish Government & VGC