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.
By way of introducing some themes raised in Thomas Bellinck’s performance “Simple as ABS #2”, political anthropologist Gregory Feldman will give a 1 hour-lecture based on his publication “We Are All Migrants: Political Action and the Ubiquitous Condition of Migrant-hood” (2015).
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.
Philosopher Armen Avanessian and architect Markus Miessen discuss the possibilities of ‘xeno-architecture’. Can spatial practice – by embracing alienation – open up a larger space for the unknown? By turning toward ‘what could be’, could an architecture be built that deals with today’s overwhelming complexity and global unrest?
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.
Filmmaker Hito Steyerl and theatre director Rabih Mroué will engage in a conversation about their artistic cooperation. The common ground of their practices is the idea of storytelling as a way of exposing (political) fictions in society and bringing them back to the domain of art.
Theatre director Philippe Quesne, visual artist Müge Yilmaz and art historian Maarten Doorman discuss possible meanings of the image of nature in art. Notions such as the romantic, the sublime and the search for authenticity will be questioned along the way.
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.
Tim Jackson explores subjects such as employment, social investment, and inequality. In addition, he explores strategies to attain ecological and financial sustainability: an essential vision for social progress.
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!
Drawing on recent neuroscientific theories of consciousness, the young British philosopher Inigo Wilkins outlines the contemporary significance of the myth of Golem and the automation of inert matter via a control script.
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.”
The young Croatian philosopher, author and political activist Srećko Horvat is undoubtedly one of the leading voices of his generation. His talk starts from Fernando Pessoa’s novel The Anarchist Banker and then provides a unique theoretical insight into possible subversions in a time which is getting darker day by day.
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.
THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. A spectre is once again haunting Europe: the spectre of ageing. Everyday we hear warnings about an ageing population. Patrick Deboosere is a demographer and leads the Interface Demography research group at VUB. In his book Lang Leve de Vergrijzing (‘Long Live Ageing’) he challenges the doom-mongering on the subject.
Dirk Holemans will present his latest book Vrijheid & Zekerheid (freedom and certainty) and will discuss 'the return of the Utopia' with Tine De Moor (Prof. at Utrecht University and expert in the field of commons).
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.