Michiel Vandevelde/Platform-K & Philippe Thuriot [BE]
The Goldberg Variations
25.04 – 26.04.2020
The title The Goldberg Variations not only evokes the famous music of Bach, but also the solo by Steve Paxton – an iconic moment in the history of Western dance. In the 1960s and 70s, a powerful counter movement developed against modern and classical dance, and Paxton was in the vanguard of contact improvisation in contemporary dance.
Along with Oskar Stalpaert, a ballet dancer, and accordionist Philippe Thuriot, choreographer Michiel Vandevelde works with Bach’s music and Paxton’s choreography. Three bodies, each with very different potentialities, delve into dance history and question the potential of dance today.
• Oskar Stalpaert is a dancer with Platform-K, the Ghent-based company for differently abled dancers. He previously danced in the Platform-K production Common Ground by Benjamin Vandewalle, which was staged at Kaaitheater in 2018. Michiel Vandevelde has been an artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater since 2017.
production Platform-K/Michiel Vandevelde | choreography Michiel Vandevelde | dance Oskar Stalpaert, a ballet dancer & Michiel Vandevelde | music The Goldberg Variations, J.S. Bach | musician Philippe Thuriot | dramaturgy Kristof van Baarle | co-production Vooruit, Kaap | thanks to Kaaitheater | with support from De Vlaamse Overheid, Stad Gent, Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen en De Koning Boudewijnstichting