Letters 2 Dance
11.06 – 12.06.2022
What is the relationship between movement and typography, between dance and letter images? In her new performance Letters 2 Dance, Femke Gyselinck and two performers create a dance alphabet while dancing, which you, the spectator, can decipher. It is a choreographic version of Gymnastics of the Mind, a research project inspired by the book ABECEDA from 1926.
Femke Gyselinck, Sue-Yeon Youn and Luka Švajda are on stage together with the eclectic musician-composer Liesa Van der Aa. Together they arrange letters using musical samples. This creates a fabric of dancing, speaking and listening together. Aslı Çiçek's scenography further enhances the interplay between literalness and metaphors. Light-coloured, transparent surfaces appear like pages on the stage, the dancing bodies form the tip of a pen. How do you dance from letters to words, from word to sentence? What is the syntax of a dance phrase?
• Dancer and choreographer Femke Gyselinck (ex-PARTS) has already appeared in the Kaaitheater programme with Flamer (with her brother, drummer Lander Gyselinck) and Moving Ballads - both pieces in which music plays a central role. Liesa Van der Aa stond al op onze planken met FC Bergman in Van den Vos, waarvoor ze de muziek componeerde, en haar eigen creaties American Lament (samen met Ictus-gitarist Tom Pauwels) en de muziek-performance (Weighing of the Heart).
concept & dance Femke Gyselinck | dance Luka Švajda & Sue-Yeon Youn | composition & execution music Liesa Van der Aa | scenography Aslı Çiçek | costumes Lila John | dramaturgy & coaching Wannes Gyselinck | technical coordianation & sound design Brecht Beuselinck | light design Thomas Vermaercke | direction assistant Emma Meerschaert | production & distribution Caravan Production | co-production C-Mine, Het Laatste Bedrijf, ICI-CCN Montpellier, KAAP, nona, STUK, Voo?uit, workspacebrussels | thanks to GRIP | with the support of de Vlaamse Gemeenschap en de Tax Shelter maatregel van de Belgische Federale Overheid