Burrows and Fargion offer a chance to see their 2014 Venice Biennale piece Body Not Fit For Purpose. It is an attempt to reconcile personal politics with the difficulty of saying anything of consequence in a dance performance, all the while revealing the strange permeability of dance to any message that it meets.
With Dance # 2 Christine De Smedt and Eszter Salamon continue to build on Dance # 1 / Driftworks. The first part – listening & mouthing – was inspired by Inuit throat-singing duets. In part two – words & gestures – a dialogue develops in which syllables and words become attached to movements. What does a choreography look like when it resembles a ping-pong game of question and answer?
Box with holes seeks to explore the relationship between touch and its visualisation. How do we see and experience inter- human interaction in a world where we contact each other more and more through technology? Box with holes focuses on a displacement of the senses, which places the spectator into another mental state.
During the Day of the Dancewe show a screening ofIT'S IN THE AIR. In this 2008 collaboration between Jefta van Dinther and Mette Ingvartsen, the two performers jumped on large trampolines for 50 minutes. This video registration is all that remains of the intense physical challenge.
A rain of ash floats down onto a musician and his instrument. Its impact on the musician and his music slowly becomes visible. Sound and vision gradually transform – until finally everything judders to a halt. How does ‘little’ man relate to the ‘grandeur’ of the universe?
The raw materiality of the set, the physical sound and unavoidable language of movement make Meanwhile, an apocalyptic performance in which the passage of time and the relationship between man and his environment become tangible. This show has been rescheduled to season 2016-17 due to planning problems.
Young theatre maker Orion Maxted builds a performance machine. Humans take the role of the different machine parts – applying a simple algorhythm, they transform each other’s words and gestures into complex structures.
Technological developments lead to a potential new era, that of Technological Singularity. Sandy Williams creates a performance about the tension between our raw, flawed and incomplete human nature and the immaculate potential of a digitised future.
This – unexpectedly current – rerun from 2008 shows Paris from the perspective of the artist-immigrant. During the 20th century countless people took refuge in the French capital, including many artists and intellectuals. Just as likely, they ended up working as taxi drivers or street cleaners. Christian Bakalov’s depictions of their social exclusion and humiliation urge you to question your own feelings of empathy and solidarity.
What if scenography becomes the starting point from where a story unfolds? Meryem Bayram developed a series of pure and basic forms made from cardboard, that transform from an apparently empty and flat surface into a whole repertory of evocative scenic elements.
In Still Animals, Tuur Marinus brings the famous photographic studies of Eadweard Muybridge to life. Naked human bodies that are subtly manipulated by camouflaged performers, perform iconic series like the jumping cat or the flying pigeon.
With The Disembodied Lady, Benjamin Vandewalle delves into the possibilities of a choreography of sound. He generates an immersive physical soundscape that explores the suggestive powers of sound – together with you.
How can we perceive reality if we reinvent the primary elements of language? In Holy Words, Niko Hafkenscheid revisits his passion for language and history. How did man get to the point of writing things down by using signs?
Lina Lapelyte uses re-enactment to question everyday life scenarios and glitches. In this performance-concert, she invites four women from a folkloristic orchestra that toured worldwide during the Sovjet-regime – evoking both the contemporary and the timeless.
Salva Sanchis revisits his group piece The Phantom Layer in the shape of a small-scale installation. Time and the body are mirrored by video projections. This physical essay explores the traces we leave behind and the infinite possibilities they generate.
Julian Hetzel explores a radical alternative use of money earmarked for culture. Starting point is the € 2.000 gift he received to develop a project. He donates that entire budget to a starving child in Africa. By transferring 1 euro each day, he effectively turns the gift into a ‘2000-day intercontinental performance’.
Het Theaterfestival 2015 - The Lover is a unique encounter between the highly individual movement idiom of Bára Sigfúsdóttir and the surreal photography of Noémie Goudal. They are underpinned by Borko’s captivating soundscape and the combination draws you into the mysterious new world where reality and fiction, man and nature come together.
Twenty-two students from 14 countries are coming to the end of their four-year course at PARTS, the Brussels dance school headed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. A group of eleven students has opted for its own artistic project. In the course of three months they have been working on 2 trios, 1 duet and 3 solos.
In Student repertoire, the students draw on a wealth of personal work created earlier. This includes revivals of A Love Supreme by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Salva Sanchis, and The Funerals, a creation by Andros Zins-Browne and Tom Pauwels.
The videos and writings of Els Dietvorst explore themes such as social conflict and survival in the margins. Art-Coeur-Merci is a film installation about a young Cameroonian man trying to survive in Brussels, with the addition of a performance by Angélique Wilkie. They make us reflect on the essential things in life.