Our Daily Death

Our contemporary Western culture generally looks on death and dying with fear and denial. In Our Daily Death, we are examining the other side of the coin by welcoming artists and scientists who consider death to be part of our daily life. Their aim is to make life more intense. We look at mourning that isn’t a process of letting go, but a different way of holding on, in our interior world. How can we rethink the symbols and rituals related to death so that they are more connected to life and so that in the future, these themes are not only raised in the run-up to All Saints and All Souls, but every day? As Montaigne said: ‘He who should teach men to die, would at the same time teach them to live.’

Jorge León

Forever Kids (6-8y)

workshop

Forever Kids (6-8y)
Forever Kids (6-8y)

workshop

Wed 25.10.17

Along with a group of children, Jorge León explores playful perspectives on the theme of immortality. The children will pretend to die and come back to life, join fun activities around the end and leaving, perform the end of a play, and explore ways of leaving the stage and entering it again. 

IN/FINITY

IN/FINITY
IN/FINITY

production

Thu 26.10.17

The Kaaitheater is supporting the three-year artistic-participative project IN/FINITY by TOPAZ, in which artists and the guests/patients at the centre engage in dialogue on the theme of (in)finity.

Claire Croizé & Etienne Guilloteau

Mer-

dance music

Mer-
Mer-

dance

Fri 27.10.17

Five dancers and five musicians perform a polyphonic piece about death and saying goodbye. Nevertheless, there is also space for lightness. From the moment you are born, death is constantly approaching: life in freefall. By acknowledging death, Croizé and Guilloteau aim to celebrate life to the full.

Our Daily Death - Opening Night

Our Daily Death  - Opening Night
Our Daily Death  - Opening Night

production

Wed 25.10.17

Our contemporary Western culture generally looks on death and dying with fear and denial. In Our Daily Death, we are examining the other side of the coin by welcoming artists and scientists who consider death to be part of our daily life.

Thomas Quartier

Performing Death. Rituals and Spirituality of Human Finitude

talk

Performing Death. Rituals and Spirituality of Human Finitude
Performing Death. Rituals and Spirituality of Human Finitude

talk

Fri 27.10.17

How can we deal with finitude? By living with death. How can that be real? By performing death. In this lecture Thomas Quartier – a Benedictine monk and professor for Ritual and Monastic Studies at KU Leuven – ritually links life and death by reflecting on music, embodiment and transcendence.

Robert Steijn

Walk Into Nothingness

ritual

Walk Into Nothingness
Walk Into Nothingness

ritual

Wed 25.10 - Fri 27.10.17

In Buddhist monasteries, people learn through meditation to look at life from the perspective of their own mortality. Robert Steijn has turned this meditative practice into a ritual. Together, you will walk around the city, as though you were taking this walk for the last time.