In 1983, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker firmly put her newly formed dance company Rosas on the international map with Rosas danst Rosas. Four dancers dance themselves, again and again. For this revival, an entirely new, young cast will dance Rosas danst Rosas.
Every age has its own wonders of the world. An idea of the impossible that gets built anyway, bigger and more impressive than anything that preceded it. In 7, Radouan Mriziga juxtaposes two benchmarks: the constructed world, built to impress, and the ultimate wonder of the world, the human body itself.
Brazilian choreographer Marcelo Evelin researches the physically deteriorating body. What might dance mean for tired, fragile and suffering bodies? This dance-as-pathology was inspired by butoh pioneer Hijikata Tatsumi. The dancers move in and out of themselves like a contagious virus: the portent of certain death, but only to reaffirm the power of life.
Flood is a choreography of entrances and exits. In the midst of our throwaway society and the flood of new technologies and ideas, Daniel Linehan questions the cultural domination of the new. At the same time, he considers what is disappearing, and what is becoming superfluous at an ever-faster pace.
Can light be a compositional building block? The Liquid Room Series radically questions the classical concert model. The audience is free to move around among the various stages set up in the dismantled hall of the Kaaitheater. Immerse yourself in a pure experience of sound and light!
Trajal Harrell explores a moment in dance history when female artists presented performances on the boundary between entertainment, erotic dancing, and early experiments in modern dance. CAEN AMOUR is structured as a hoochie coochie show. With a seductive performance, scantily dressed ‘hoochies’ lure you around to the backstage area, to reveal the festivities on the ‘coochie’ side.
Choreographers Felix Mathias Ott and Bahar Temiz are fascinated by a movement language that shifts between intimacy and sheer violence. How does a performance creates its own stage, its own beginning, its own onlookers on the verge between violence and tenderness
Caspar Western Friedrich combines the narrative force of the Western with the dreamy longings of Romanticism. Drawing his inspiration from the lonesome cowboy and from the paintings and personality of Caspar David Friedrich, Philippe Quesne builds a studio of landscapes on stage.
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.
In 2005, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, along with Salva Sanchis, created a quartet set to John Coltrane’s jazz album A Love Supreme. Improvisation and composition interweave until they melt together. Join a new cast of young performers, in giving yourself over to Coltrane’s spiritual ode to divine love!
Zaoum is the second part of the Flemish-Swiss choreographer Cindy Van Acker’s new cycle, which was inspired by Quando Stanno Morendo by the composer Luigi Nono. Abstract dance to enjoy and/or decipher!
Based on the Golem myth – in which Jewish scholars bring dead matter to life, which subsequently turns against them – Thomas Ryckewaert creates an explicitly visual performance about ambition, creativity, power, creation, insanity, and destruction.
Boris Charmatz and Emmanuelle Huynh pay tribute to the French choreographer Odile Duboc. They dance two versions of her boléro 2 (1996), once in an extremely slow interpretation, and then in its original form. According to Duboc, “In the slow form, the pair sculpts a common substance.”
With an annually recurring city cycle, Moussem’s Nomadic Arts Centre offers an insight into contemporary Arab societies and the dynamic of their cities. Every year, an Arab city is a guest in the capital of Europe. Over the course of this ten-day festival, guest artists, relevant thinkers and cultural players tell the story of their city through their work.
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.
Six performers and three musicians meet one another in a nightclub. Or is it an arena? In this unreliable, underground refuge, we hear thumping basses and playful jazz. UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP was one of the absolute highlights of last season, and more than deserved its nomination for the Theaterfestival 2016.
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!
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED. For sixty years, the artistic careers of Valda Setterfield and Gus Solomons Jr. were linked to the most prominent artists and artistic developments. Eszter Salamon convinced the now 82-year old Setterfield and the 76-year old Solomon to appear on stage.
Mount Tackle is a movement in three parts for young and old: a 60 minute trajectory, some dance, and an open end. You can leave after one hour or stay. Relax, take the time and distance you need. Maybe walk around, scan and discover or just hang out.
Four dancers become musicians onstage. They deftly – and with a great sense of humour – strip traditional Alpine music, group dances and rituals of their conventions and conservatism. After SunBengSitting, Simon Mayer is continuing his exploration of the nature of tradition.
The transition to a sustainable society has been the central theme in Vera Mantero’s work for several years. In The Clean and the Dirty, this grande dame of Portuguese contemporary dance focuses on interior transition. On taking care of that precarious thing, the ‘self’.
“Singing about life all the time is unsustainable for anyone. Death – or rather, human beings’ finite nature – also deserves a song, a dance.” Grace Ellen Barkey poses questions about our struggle with mortality, on Mahler's music. Maarten Seghers gives an intimate rendition of the song and the orchestration, as a kind of commemoration.
Three singers/performers create a succession of intriguing tableaux vivants. Ivo Dimchev’s stream of consciousness simultaneously appears on the rear wall. He harnesses the power of the voice, extreme theatricality and a whole arsenal of temperament, and goes in search of what opera is and can be.
For his Concertos, the born performer Ivo Dimchev always invites a different musician for a voice improvisation in the form of a concert. At the Kaaitheater, he performs alongside the composer and pianist Lea Petra, who has been highly praised for her tango transcriptions for piano.