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.
Marc Vanrunxt creates a dance performance based on the work of the solitary Lucien Goethals, pioneer of Flemish electronic music. The result acts as a journey through time, towards what in the 1970s was still the music of the future, and which quite possibly still sounds like that now.
Dancer and choreographer Fumiyo Ikeda takes you on a journey to the heart of Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet. This 80-minute composition for piano and strings exudes an aura of tranquillity, in which ‘each is just as much an echo of the other’. Ikeda shares the stage with the soloists of Ictus, as though she herself were the sixth musician.
Stef Kamil Carlens was inspired by folk art, rituals, beautiful creatures from European folklore traditions, and early twentiethcentury modern art. Enter into this wonderful world of dance, music, word, costumes, and masks!
Meyoucycle is about you and me and everything in between. Indeed, a me-you-cycle. Bauer presents a science fiction concert about completely normal emotions in this age of hyper-capitalism and technological progress.
Brussels has always been a city that embraced exiles.The Price of the Ticket continues this tradition. The Fashion designer and activist Rachida Aziz is now inviting a new generation of refugees on stage. Expect an evening of music, dance, poetry and video.
Cinemaximiliaan is a cinema for people on the move. The project started spontaneously in the refugee camp in the Maximilian Park, where daily film screenings provided a welcome distraction. The volunteers of Cinemaximiliaan have encountered dozens of newcomers with artistic talent. This evening features work by three of these people.
Thierry De Mey has been exploring the grey area between dance and music for more than 30 years. He has composed music for dance performances, directed films about dance, and constructed choreographic multimedia installations. In 2016, for the first time, he has created a dance performance for the big stage, in collaboration with Ensemble intercontemporain, the legendary Paris music ensemble founded by Pierre Boulez.
Sophocles’ Antigone was the personification of resistance. For the first time in theatre history, a character breaks away from the group to claim a solo role opposite the orchestra. On this occasion it is Cecilia Lisa Eliceche who is taking the role. Full of confidence, she faces four musicians of Zwerm armed with electric guitars.
Choreographer Laurent Chétouane tackles an iconic work: Bach’s St John Passion. He is not interested in a perfect execution of the music and doesn’t allow his dancers to ‘portray’ the Passion. Will Bach still move you without the security of a set choreography, trained singers and only seven instruments? What happens when Bach’s music is desecrated?
Het Theaterfestival 2015 - On the stage stand four children, two adolescents, three dancers, a 92-year-old man and a musician. The interaction between the different ages makes for new movements. We find it logical that children imitate adults, but what happens when adults are in their turn influenced by the youngsters’ rhythm?
PERFORMATIK 2015DOUBLE BILL - Body Not Fit For Purpose is the first overtly political work of choreographer Jonathan Burrows and musician Matteo Fargion. Its starting point is the uselessness of dancing to express anything of any real concern and at the same time the inherent, gloriously foolish radicality of the attempt. With sequenza, artist Manon de Boer and violinist and composer George van Dam present a programme of live performances and films around four compositions for solo violin
Stef Kamil Carlens has a thing about Dada. This concert performance is based on a film reconstructing a Dadaist performance at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, held in 1916. It contains all the elements that are used in Nothing That Is Everything: costumes, dance, music, rhythm, poetry, a confusion (of tongues) and humour. For this new performance Zita Swoon Group is collaborating with Jan Lauwers' Needcompany.
We say goodbye to the old season and hello to the new with a festive evening! Presentation of the 2014-15 season by Guy Gypens and Katleen Van Langendonck + Sketches/Notebook by Meg Stuart + 2013-14 CLOSING PARTY by Kaaitheater & Workspace Brussels. At the decks: DJ Jasper and DJjust in.
WoWmen! - Sabina Toll describes her music as ‘electro with spacy dimensions’. Her influences range widely, from Edith Piaf through Kraftwerk to Nina Simone and Dead Can Dance. And she explores at least as many different directions in the universe with her own sound. She brings WoWmen! to a close with a big bang!
Drumming (1998) is undoubtedly one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s most fascinating choreographic works: a dazzling dance set to a powerful score for percussion by Steve Reich, performed. The Ictus Ensemble bring this compelling score to life with breath-taking precision. Drumming is a stunning journey, a wave of pure dance and pure sound, a vortex of life energy.
For many years now Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has been fascinated by Vortex Temporum, a late work by the French composer Gérard Grisey. Dancers and musicians work together in a choreographic counterpoint of sounds, musicians’ gestures, dancers’ movements and spatial dynamics. In Vortex Temporum, the Ictus music ensemble and Rosas collaborate for the tenth time.
Organist and composer Bernard Foccroulle invited choreographer Salva
Sanchis to collaborate on a programme of baroque and contemporary music.
A surprising encounter between music and dance, choreography and
improvisation, past and present.
his year, Wim Vandekeybus’ dance company will be celebrating its 25th anniversary and has moved to rue des Étangs-Noirs in the heart of Molenbeek. So it’s time for a party and that’s what they’ll be doing at the opening of the Canal Festival! Together with Mauro Pawlowski (dEUS) and his band Pawlowski, they will be coming up with a steaming performance packed with dance, music and video. Eclectic, adventurous and funky.
For Cesena Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas worked closely with Björn Schmelzer and his graindelavoix ensemble. Cesena is, like its predecessor En Atendant, a dialogue with the 14th-century music of the Ars Subtilior. It is danced by the light of the dawn.
The dancers Cynthia Loemij (Rosas), Mark Lorimer (Rosas, ZOO) and the cellist Thomas Luks (Il Fondamento, Leporello) enter into a dialogue between sound and movement. For their musical basis they chose 11 Capriccios for cello by Joseph Marie Clément dall’Abaco (1710-1805).
A masterly dialogue between music and dance – Zita Swoon Group and the Rosas dancer Simon Mayer achieved this onstage at the Kaaitheater two seasons ago. It was called Dancing with the Sound Hobbyist and is still an adventurous dance trip through the cosmopolitan musical world of the band led by Stef Kamil Carlens.