Michiel Vandevelde

Dances of Death

Dances of Death
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? How would a dance of death be danced today? Dances of Death suggests the physical potential of dancing as the path to redemption.

Dances of Death is a physically intense performance with seven dancers and one singer. You encounter a community coming together on stage to commemorate death. The performers evoke a ritual in which they time travel past different dances of death, from the distant past to more recent history. Building upon the ashes of the past, they dance, they breathe, they cry, they laugh, they sing, in a cycle between life and death.

The dance material is based on three short 16mm videos that choreographer Michiel Vandevelde inherited from his mother. Her dance consists of movements with influences from social, folkloristic, and modern dances.

• 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

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Michiel Vandevelde & Platform-K

The Goldberg Variations

dance music

The Goldberg Variations
The Goldberg Variations

dance

Wed 09.06 - Thu 10.06.21

In The Goldberg Variations, dancers Oskar Stalpaert (Platform-K), Michiel Vandevelde, and Audrey Merilus get to work with Bach's compositions and Steve Paxton's choreography. They take a close look at forty years of development of all kinds of dance practices. How open, democratic and accessible is dance today? Which body images do we prefer, which do we prefer not to see? The music is performed live by accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam.

Programme leaflet 'Dances of death'

Programme leaflet 'Dances of death'
Programme leaflet 'Dances of death'

Programme leaflet

Tue 08.06.21

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