In CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida), The Wooster Group takes a decidedly American approach to the Trojan side of Shakespeare’s dark and scabrous Trojan War play. A vexing tale of sincere love corrupted and the downfall of a noble hero.
How many lies, chance encounters and mishaps have actually determined history as we know it? In his new creation, Jan Lauwers travels through history by way of the family trees of all Needcompany’s members. The Blind Poet is about strong women who throw stones and end up on the stake. About a crusader whose suit of armour is too small.
It is war. Always war. It's war in the cells. This intimate war is everywhere. At micro and macro levels, and without limitation in time or space. If we are surrounded by an incessant battlefield, of which war is the theatre the setting? Tristero and Transquinquennal are expecting you. With an open mind!
Theatre-maker and writer Pieter De Buysser and the Estonian artist Maike Lond are creating a performance inspired by the life of Clara Immerwahr. The wife of Fritz Haber, father of chemical warfare. Clara Immerwahr, a brilliant chemist herself, tried to resist her husband's cocktails of war and science.
Coinciding with the 'Global Divestment Day' of action, this workshop will take us on a day long adventure of creative resistance together with an international array of artists and climate activists. A taster training in civil disobedience will warm you up for ‘secret missions’ to be performed across the city.
Open to artists and activists interested in the boundaries between politics and performance, art and activism, this workshop will explore how we can escape the old rituals of protest to find a space where the poetic and the pragmatic fuse into successful and efficient moments of disobedience.
In Into the Big World we experience a world where everything is observed, named, categorised and therefore domesticated. Gradually however knowledge becomes more complex as the world presents itself as a a system where everything is connected to everything. Can we still capture the world in a single encyclopaedic overview?
In Sounds like War: Kriegserklärung, the Berlin-based performance group andcompany&Co. looks for the relationship between performance art and the art of warfare, creating a sound of battle with space for many voices – maybe an alternative to the so-called ‘concert of European powers’. Davis Freeman closes the evening with a devious performance on violence: What You Need To Know.
Needlapb is a unique opportunity to take a look at the working process and be offered an insight into future Needcompany projects. In this edition, Needcompany shows the initial steps towards two productions for 2015: The Time Between Two Mistakes and The Blind Poet.
Pharmakon - The young Portuguese artist Maria Lucia Cruz Correia takes you on a walk to a location in the city, a place where our way of life, ecology and politics meet. Once there, you select a spot where you can comfortably spend 4 hours. You are given a text to reflect upon using a ‘thinking manual’. The location selected is linked to a particular organ.
The theatre-maker Pieter De Buysser is increasingly emerging as a teller of mythical stories which for an instant turn our view of things upside down. What might he have to tell us about the myth of Progress, now that it is being overshadowed by ecological disasters and increasing social inequality?
Pharmakon - On the second day we look into practices, developed in Brussels and elsewhere, that propose another economy of values and desire. We confront the current movements of speculation on imagination and utopia, and the subsequent proposals for the reorganisation of work and solidarities.
Pharmakon - On the first day we open up the notion of ‘pharmakon’ through dialogues, discussions and bodywork. Bernard Stiegler addresses his notions of ‘savoir faire’ and ‘savoir vivre’ out of a contemporary understanding of how we ‘technologize’ our lives.
In Drugs kept me alive Jan Fabre describes a mortal, a life that is teetering on the edge of death. The closer to death, the more pills, sachets and drinks are needed to undershore this life. The monologue was written for born performer Tony Rizzi.
Jan Decorte is creating his second piece of dance theatre. A meeting of four people, an extraordinary love story. No rigid grammar of dance, but the anarchy of movement, the faltering beauty of failure.
Directed by Tim Etchells and based on the novel by Ágota Kristóf, The Notebook tells the story of twin brothers evacuated to the Hungarian countryside during World War II. Kristof’s narrational language – bold, crisp and reduced – provides the basis for a compelling performance.