[The performance on Sunday at 15:00 was cancelled due to covid. Tickets will be refunded] Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker continues her choreographic journey with the fifteen virtuoso Mystery Sonatas, the best-known compositions by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. These intrinsically religious and narrative sonatas are also a warm invitation to dance, thanks to the musical dance forms such as Gigues, Allemandes and Courantes. De Keersmaeker immersed herself in the mystical and geometrical wealth of this music and made the Sonatas her own in a choreography for six dancers.
The performance is over, the lights come on. The audience begins to applaud. The dancer returns to the stage and greets the audience. What exactly happens at such a moment? To highlight this particular theatrical code, Latifa Laâbissi puts herself in the shoes of a paradoxical figure. In this end without end, which repeatedly performs a different variation of the same greeting, stories intertwine and memories emerge.
With her ritual A Farewell to Melancholy Desires, drag queen Olympia Bukkakis wants to help you break your melancholic attachments to the Kaaitheater building as it was and is and let go of all your unfulfilled wishes. At the same time, as a participant, you are invited to transform your melancholic desires and focus on the possibilities of the new building.
Ways To Exit A Theatre is an ode to that mysterious moment of transit between fiction and reality that we are supposed to experiment when we depart from the playhouse but is never as clear-cut as it might seem.
Every great party deserves a proper toast. During Bye Bye Kaai, theatre maker Louis Janssens will curate The Long Toast as a way of paying tribute to the old and new Kaaitheater. Different generations of artists, politicians and partner organizations will raise their glasses and share their diverse memories.
On October 10, 2021, Ritsema passed away. We will take the occasion of Kaaitheater’s closing celebration to say goodbye to Ritsema, too, and to present his last text, written together with Jonathan Burrows.
Marianne van Kerkhoven spent thirty years as a dramaturge at Kaaitheater. has to attend the farewell party ‘Bye Bye Kaai’. We make her part of it with a conversation about the legacy of her work.Speaking are the dramaturges Esther Severi and Edith Cassiers.
During Bye Bye Kaai Toestand vzw will set up a part of their Allee du Kaai museum in Kaaitheater: Here you can find Toestand books, make t-shirts, stickers or buttons, or have a chat with the people from Allee du Kaai. For everyone, by everyone.
In the early 20th century, there was an amusement park (luna park) where the current Kaaitheater building sits and hence the building's original name: the Lunatheater. But did you know that Kaaitheater once also housed a carpet shop? Step behind the scenes and discover corners that are normally off-limits to the public.
Sometime in the not-so-distant future, two friends meet in a forest. Michel, just back from two years of deep mindfulness in an ashram, have been keeping up with the news. Taylor hurries to tell him about his adventures with the 'Context and Modality Platform', a kind of political party that – as an out-of-control joke and against all odds – has ended up at the gates of power. Have Taylor and his friends managed to stay true to their ideals?
How do you do that, literally dance a dance language? Can a stage be like a page? Letters 2 Dance is an organised misunderstanding of a worn-out metaphor: choreography as dance writing starting with the smallest element, the alphabet
The Waves is a ritual, a manifesto, an immersive experience in which feminine beauty, vulnerability and pain are central. On the wave of a feminine energy, a physical space is created in which the five players dare to look traumas of oppression and abuse of power in the eye and finally bury them and leave them behind. An urgent and uncompromising theatrical experience.
SPARE TIME WORK musically explores thoughts and ideas on (reproductive) labour and leisure. Drenched in different colour spheres, characters like Adult Hood and Young, Grown Woman and Office Worker produce a variety of (power)relations, economical desires and social realities.
Three activists with intellectual disabilities have organized a public meeting addressing that question. On the agenda: a frank and open discussion of the history we would prefer to ignore and a future that is rapidly getting out of hand.
During the pandemic, food delivery services have seen far more demand as people, those having the possibility of quarantining, sought ways to have the outside world brought to their homes. Akira Takayama invited them to create rap performances.
What does it mean to be a witness? A woman dancing in the sweaty, partying crowd suddenly recognizes the DJ. Gradually, she makes out the face of a war criminal who was never convicted. Together with musicians Alen and Nenad Sinkauz and dancer cum actress Ivana Jozić, Jureša questions the dynamics of polarization, compliance with authority and the lure of group violence.
For François Chaignaud, the starting point of his new creation is a recurring dream: imagining a community of singers and dancers who cross the boundaries between two disciplines. In this impressive choreography the bodies, like the letters of the title, are separate and united at the same time.
Mother tongue: what's in a name? The complexity of 'mother tongue' and multilingualism is the theme of the next evening in the series The Wonders of Multilingualism. Once again, the focus is on mutual discussion, fuelled by short interventions from Effi & Amir, Nisrine Mbarki and Sofie Verraest.
Tijdens de interactieve ‘Urban Showcas’e expo op 30 april stellen de jongeren van Academy for Urban Action hun eerste bevindingen en resultaten voor rond het thema ‘De Stad en ik/wij’. Op het programma: tal van workshops en nieuwe tools, met onder andere een zelfontwikkeld logo, het AUA manifest, een kaartspel over stedelijke reflectie, een ‘Urban Podcast’ wandeling en een Tindereske ‘Swipe for Brussels’ app.
Vera Tussing invites the string quartet Quatuor MP4 to join four dancers onstage for a playful encounter between movement and sound. The four musicians play passages from various quartets by Franz Schubert, Anton Dvorak and Florence Price as well as contemporary works by Georg Friedrich Haas and Caroline Shaw. At the point where the orbits of dance and music intersect, you are invited to enter the kaleidoscopic score. Lend a hand, or an arm!
What if the sounds from your living environment start to disappear? David Weber-Krebs invites you to listen collectively to a world that increasingly is going silent. Accompanied by composer Pali Meursault, a group of young storytellers will lead you through a slow process that leads to silence. Until there are no more stories to tell.