Our Daily Death - Opening Night presented by Kaaitheater, Topaz/In/Finity & Barbara Raes

Our Daily Death  - Opening Night
Our Daily Death  - Opening Night

25.10.2017

« Qui apprendroit les hommes à mourir, leur apprendroit à vivre. »
Montaigne

Our contemporary Western culture generally looks on death and dying with fear and denial. In Our Daily Death, we are examining the other side of the coin by welcoming artists and scientists who consider death to be part of our daily life. Their aim is to make life more intense. We look at mourning that isn’t a process of letting go, but a different way of holding on, in our interior world. How can we rethink the symbols and rituals related to death so that they are more connected to life and so that in the future, these themes are not only raised in the run-up to All Saints and All Souls, but every day? As Montaigne said: ‘He who should teach men to die, would at the same time teach them to live.’

 

PROGRAMME

Barbara Raes & Katleen Van Langendonck
DISCUSSION Beyond the Spoken

Our society has been deritualized over the past few decades. This crisis comes most sharply into focus with transition rituals surrounding death: we have and are not allowed any time to grieve and we lack the tools to contextualize the mourning process. The fact that so many people eventually crash is often due to unprocessed, unrecognized ‘little funerals’ of life. Will the co-creation of new rituals ensure more social cohesion in this individualised, secular society? Barbara Raes sits down with Katleen Van Langendonck (artistic director Kaaitheater) to discuss the great need for new rituals in a society in flux.

• Barbara Raes researches the development of new spaces for death rituals at the KASK. From October to January, she is coming to the Europalia exhibition Ancestors and Rituals at Bozar (about the Indonesian ancestor cult) with her organization Beyond the Spoken. What is the significance of rituals today?


Valentine Kempynck
LECTURE PERFORMANCE Banksje/Little Bench  

Two bricks, a ladder and cement: these are the basic ingredients for a Little Bench. To reinforce roofs against storms and wind – and as a commemoration of deceased family members – people put bricks in ridge-tiles on the French-Flemish border. Artist Valentine Kempynck seeks to reinstate this tradition and to provide it with new content, bringing together tradition, actions, and meaning. She is now giving a lecture, and in the summer (21/06) you can build a Little Bench with her.


Jorge León
LECTURE Still Standing: on a piece in progress

An international movement of philosophers and scientists claims that death is an illness that can be conquered with, among other things, technology. What are the implications of this transhumanist utopia for our society, our thought, and art? If every part of a human body can (and will) be replaced, does it have any value? With guests from TOPAZ, he questions perceptions of individuality, meaning, a sense of community, the experience of art, death and life, and the dividing line between them. Now he gives a lecture about creating the installation that combines exhibition and performance. 

• Filmmaker Jorge León previously presented the film Before We Go at Kaaitheater, likewise in cooperation with TOPAZ.


Jorge León
WORKSHOP Forever Kids (6-8y).

Jorge León explores playful perspectives on the theme of immortality with and for children.

programmaboekje - feuille de salle - programme booklet

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‘Today is a Wonderful Day to Die’

Barbara Raes on farewell rituals and life’s little funerals

‘Today is a Wonderful Day to Die’
‘Today is a Wonderful Day to Die’

article

Thu 24.08.17

Barbara Raes currently conducts research at the KASK and she has founded Beyond The Spoken, a workspace for unrecognized loss. She creates farewell rituals and helps people to make time to process transitional moments in their lives. Her old love for art is never far away, however, and it has also been given a place within her practice. This autumn, she is not only participating in the Europalia exhibition Ancestors and Rituals at BOZAR, but she is also coming to the Kaaistudios for the focus programme Our Daily Death, which is part of our seasonal theme RE:RITE.

IN/FINITY

IN/FINITY
IN/FINITY

production

Thu 26.10.17

The Kaaitheater is supporting the three-year artistic-participative project IN/FINITY by TOPAZ, in which artists and the guests/patients at the centre engage in dialogue on the theme of (in)finity.

Claire Croizé & Etienne Guilloteau

Mer-

dance music

Mer-
Mer-

dance

Fri 27.10.17

Five dancers and five musicians perform a polyphonic piece about death and saying goodbye. Nevertheless, there is also space for lightness. From the moment you are born, death is constantly approaching: life in freefall. By acknowledging death, Croizé and Guilloteau aim to celebrate life to the full.

Robert Steijn

Walk Into Nothingness

ritual

Walk Into Nothingness
Walk Into Nothingness

ritual

Wed 25.10 - Fri 27.10.17

In Buddhist monasteries, people learn through meditation to look at life from the perspective of their own mortality. Robert Steijn has turned this meditative practice into a ritual. Together, you will walk around the city, as though you were taking this walk for the last time.

Thomas Quartier

Performing Death. Rituals and Spirituality of Human Finitude

talk

Performing Death. Rituals and Spirituality of Human Finitude
Performing Death. Rituals and Spirituality of Human Finitude

talk

Fri 27.10.17

How can we deal with finitude? By living with death. How can that be real? By performing death. In this lecture Thomas Quartier – a Benedictine monk and professor for Ritual and Monastic Studies at KU Leuven – ritually links life and death by reflecting on music, embodiment and transcendence.

Jorge León

Forever Kids (6-8y)

workshop

Forever Kids (6-8y)
Forever Kids (6-8y)

workshop

Wed 25.10.17

Along with a group of children, Jorge León explores playful perspectives on the theme of immortality. The children will pretend to die and come back to life, join fun activities around the end and leaving, perform the end of a play, and explore ways of leaving the stage and entering it again. 

VIDEO: Barbara Raes - Beyond the Spoken

during Our Daily Death

VIDEO: Barbara Raes - Beyond the Spoken
VIDEO: Barbara Raes - Beyond the Spoken

Video

Tue 07.11.17

Our contemporary Western culture generally looks on death and dying with fear and denial. In Our Daily Death, we are examining the other side of the coin by welcoming artists and scientists who consider death to be part of our daily life. Barbara Raes sits down with Katleen Van Langendonck (artistic director Kaaitheater) to discuss the great need for new rituals in a society in flux.