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!
In 1917, the Czech composer Leoš Janáček wrote Zápisník zmizelého: ‘The Diary of One Who Disappeared’. This spirited tale in verse is about a village lad who gives up everything to follow a mysterious gypsy girl. The resulting 22-scene song cycle is a delicate mix of cruelty and tenderness.
No stage set, no backdrops, no frills: everything is laid bare. The dancer and choreographer Fumiyo Ikeda takes you with her into the heart of Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet. She shares the stage with the Ictus performers, as if she herself were the sixth musician.
Primal shaman Fritz Welch, despairing drummer Nicolas Field, virtuoso cellist Simon Lenski and time bomb Mohamed Toukabri enter into confrontation with one another. Following the example set by Maarten Seghers’ previous work, this performance draws on musicality and sculpturality. It also incorporates funk, horror, smell, rhyme and magic.
By harnessing the stories of deserters, the Brecht-Eislerkoor seizes the opportunity offered by the WW1 commemorations to drive discussions about specific peace strategies. A powerful signal against war violence resonates through this contemporary song, which is interwoven with a live performance by an international mass choir.
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.
The Liquid RoomSeries by the musical ensemble Ictus has gradually acquired cult status. Every Liquid Room has a theme and this time round, it is ‘light’. A new generation of composers makes use of light as if it were a compositional building block, just like sound or movement.
Hieronymus Bosch’s painted scenes look like hell on earth. The seven deadly sins are having a field day in his Garden of Earthly Delights, while its inhabitants keep on smiling – in spite of their suffering. 500 years on, in his first opera, the theatre maker Kris Verdonck translates this false paradise into the 21st century.
Syden means ‘South’ in all the Scandinavian languages. It evokes a Southern holiday destination: warm, cheap and with every amenity. The musician and composer Niko Hafkenscheid, the visual artist Hedvig Biong and the film-maker Pablo Castilla explore the mystery, authenticity and perversity of this parallel universe.
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.
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.