Ivo Dimchev is presenting a live and danced version of his first studio album, Sculptures. His sense of musicality and exceptional voice have always been central to his performances, but over the last two years he has definitively chosen the path of music. His breath-taking voice brings the dark poetry of his texts to the fore and ensures a terrifying and deeply moving experience.
The Zulu Nation break dancers are returning with The Battle of the Year Benelux! During this qualification round – with group battles, 1 on 1 duels, and a kids’ round – the bboys have to convince an international jury to get into the final in France, where the best break dancers in the whole world will compete for gold.
July 1968. The legendary Paradise Now by The Living Theatre premieres at the Festival d’Avignon. The actors attempted to unleash a revolution by getting the audience into a state of readiness. Half a century later, Michiel Vandevelde is exploring the vestiges of the legacy of May ’68. Will new future perspectives open up when thirteen young people survey a half century of history in a wild choreography of iconic images?
Ligia Lewis turns to the colour red – in between love and rage – while asking questions about (re)presentation, abstraction, and the limits of signification. Three performers push their bodies against the boundaries of the theatre while simultaneously showing their humble relationship with it. Exhaustion reaches increasingly high levels on a journey to the stage's essential matter: black. Lewis was awarded the prestigious Bessie award for minor matter.
What is happiness? In what dark and remote corners do we have to crawl individually and collectively to find it? Together with dancers from the EnKnapGroup, Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper have created a bizarre, painful and hilarious horror comedy about voracious expansion in the Wild West and all the violence that ensued as a result.
Meyoucycle sounds like ‘musical’ pronounced in a strange accent. Along with composer Chris Peck and four Ictus musicians, Bauer blends together all the ingredients for a musical, producing a completely new, hybrid genre. The piece is about you and me and everything in between. That’s right, a me-you cycle.
When Vincent Dunoyer began to create performances himself it struck him that dance industry professionals would always ask him the same thing. ‘Can you send us a DVD of the performance?’ In DVD DVD he creates a montage of personal and professional memories, like a lecture interspersed with video and dance. Both intimate and universal!
Maarten Seghers looks for a confrontation with the artists, musicians and dancers Fritz Welch, Simon Lenski, Nicolas Field and Mohamed Toukabri, for whom he wrote an invocatory song about the noisiness of comforting.
Charlemagne Palestine is unleashing his strumming technique on the Bösendorfer Imperial: a piano that covers eight complete octaves. His instrument looks like a sculpted altar made of cuddly toys. He elevates these to divine creatures or shamanistic totems that are always close by.
What would hell look like today? The 500th anniversary of the death of Hieronymus Bosch, made Vasco Mendonça, Kris Verdonck and Dimitri Verhulst think. They quickly arrived at the beaches of Lampedusa: a place where while tourists were sunbathing refugees were washed up on the beach. The false paradise of the resorts and the Boschian hell on earth seamlessly flow into each other.
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.
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.
During an improvised encounter, Meg Stuart and Tim Etchells negotiate, renegotiate and explore the themes and methodologies that characterize each other’s work: from presence and absence, need and loss, to fragmentary storylines.
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.
Mette Ingvartsen explores the way in which we deal with our bodies and sexuality today. She leads you through videos, performances, books, films, movements, text and image and thus brings history back to life.
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.
Burrows and Fargion offer a chance to see their 2014 Venice Biennale piece Body Not Fit For Purpose. It is an attempt to reconcile personal politics with the difficulty of saying anything of consequence in a dance performance, all the while revealing the strange permeability of dance to any message that it meets.
With Dance # 2 Christine De Smedt and Eszter Salamon continue to build on Dance # 1 / Driftworks. The first part – listening & mouthing – was inspired by Inuit throat-singing duets. In part two – words & gestures – a dialogue develops in which syllables and words become attached to movements. What does a choreography look like when it resembles a ping-pong game of question and answer?
Technological developments lead to a potential new era, that of Technological Singularity. Sandy Williams creates a performance about the tension between our raw, flawed and incomplete human nature and the immaculate potential of a digitised future.
The dancers from Rosas will teach you dance pieces from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid. At the end of the workshop the results will be shown to friends and family in a proper mini-performance.
In 1998 Thomas Plischke graduated from PARTS with a dance solo, and Kattrin Deufert graduated from the Freie Universität Berlin with a text. For Niemandszeit they let their own students rewrite the two works. deufert&plischke perform the new choreography and the new text, together with the audience!
Popular media unhesitatingly claim, manipulate and commercialize images taken from the real world. How does this define our view of the world? The dancer and choreographer Michiel Vandevelde uses dance and theoretical writings in the course of what he himself calls a ‘literary YouTube dance performance’.