music

Zita Swoon Group

The Ballad of Erol Klof

music dance

The Ballad of Erol Klof
The Ballad of Erol Klof

production

For Zita Swoon Group’s latest production, frontman Stef Kamil Carlens drew his inspiration from folk art and rituals. The Ballad of Erol Klof once again promises to be a mix of dance, music, wordplay, costumes and masks. Welcome to the magical world of Zita Swoon.

Ivo Van Hove & Muziektheater Transparant

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

music theatre

The Diary of One Who Disappeared
The Diary of One Who Disappeared

production

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.

Ictus & Fumiyo Ikeda

Piano and String Quartet

dance music

Piano and String Quartet
Piano and String Quartet

production

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.

Maarten Seghers

O

performance music

O or The Challenge Of This Particular Show Was To Have Words Ending In O
O or The Challenge Of This Particular Show Was To Have Words Ending In O

production

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.

Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor & Jan Vromman

Say No!

music video

Say No!  the deserters' song
Say No!  the deserters' song

production

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

Prototype

dance music

Prototype
Prototype

production

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.

Ictus

Liquid Room VII

music performance

Liquid Room VII: SOUND & VISION
Liquid Room VII: SOUND & VISION

production

The Liquid Room Series 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.

Kris Verdonck

BOSCH BEACH

music theatre

BOSCH BEACH
BOSCH BEACH

production

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.

Niko Hafkenscheid

Syden

performance music

Syden
Syden

production

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.

Ivo Dimchev & Lea Petra

Concerto

performance music

Concerto
Concerto

production

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.

Ivo Dimchev

Operville

performance music

Operville
Operville

production

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.