The city of the Moroccan Dream

MOUSSEM CITIES: CASABLANCA

The city of the Moroccan Dream
The city of the Moroccan Dream

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Tue 12.12.17

We asked Mohamed Ikoubaân and Cees Vossen – the director and programme director of Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre, respectively – why they decided on Casablanca this year.

‘There’s an overall craving for a feeling of trance’

In conversation with Gisèle Vienne

‘There’s an overall craving for a feeling of trance’
‘There’s an overall craving for a feeling of trance’

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Tue 12.12.17

For CROWD, French artist and choreographer Gisèle Vienne invited fifteen youngsters to surrender to the techno beats of the 90s. We meet her some weeks before the premiere, to talk about the presentations and representations of violence, Indonesian rituals, and artist-made funerals.

Surviving winter in 2017: how do you cope?

Surviving winter in 2017: how do you cope?
Surviving winter in 2017: how do you cope?

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Thu 07.12.17

In the run-up to the longest night of the year, on 21/12, she initiates an experiment focused on contemporary forms of hibernation. And you can be part of it. How can we reinstate the dark to its essential place? Animals retreat to their dens or caves and eat their food supplies – but how can we as people find a better way to digest this life?

IETM Brussels: Day opening plenary by Eleanor Bauer

IETM Brussels: Day opening plenary by Eleanor Bauer
IETM Brussels: Day opening plenary by Eleanor Bauer

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Wed 06.12.17

During the Friday's opening speech of IETM Brussels, Eleanor Bauer talked about "the traumas and ruptures of the post-truth era that are exposing holes in the fabric of our co-constructed realities."

IETM Brussels opening keynote speech

Art in the age of populism

IETM Brussels opening keynote speech
IETM Brussels opening keynote speech

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Wed 06.12.17

IETM Brussels Plenary Meeting, 23 - 26 November 2017, gathered 837 participants from 46 different countries across the globe to discuss the position of the arts in the age of populism. Watch the video recording of the meeting’s opening keynote speech “Art in the age of populism” by Eric Corijn and read the transcript.

EEN DUET TUSSEN DANS EN LICHT

een interview met Michiel Vandevelde

EEN DUET TUSSEN DANS EN LICHT
EEN DUET TUSSEN DANS EN LICHT

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Tue 28.11.17

Michiel Vandevelde over zijn laatste voorstelling in de cyclus rond Oswalde De Andrades 'kannibalistisch manifest'. Een interview door Esther Severi (Kaaitheater).

VIDEO: Darian Leader on Hands

VIDEO: Darian Leader on Hands
VIDEO: Darian Leader on Hands

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Wed 22.11.17

Psychoanalyst Darian Leader’s suggestion as to how we should think about these cultural transformations is nothing if not bold and original. ‘What if rather than focusing on the new promises or discontents of contemporary civilization, we see today’s changes first and foremost as changes in what human beings do with their hands?’

‘ WE CARRY THE TRACES OF THESE ENCOUNTERS WITH US’

‘ WE CARRY THE TRACES OF THESE ENCOUNTERS WITH US’
‘ WE CARRY THE TRACES OF THESE ENCOUNTERS WITH US’

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Fri 17.11.17

Tussing was invited to recreate this performance in a version that would include a blind and partially sighted audience. In this interview, she gives us an insight into the recreation process: ‘There is always a balance to be struck between ensuring that you do not ignore people’s specific needs, and not calling attention to people who don’t want it’.

Road works around Porte de Ninove and Winter Wonders in the city centre

Road works around Porte de Ninove and Winter Wonders in the city centre
Road works around Porte de Ninove and Winter Wonders in the city centre

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Mon 13.11.17

Due to road works around Porte the Ninove, the traffic and public transport is disrupted.
Winter Wonders will also be descending on the centre of Brussels from 24/11 to 31/12. We advise you to leave enough time to get to your performance.

Vera Tussing on The Palm of Your Hand II

Vera Tussing on The Palm of Your Hand II
Vera Tussing on The Palm of Your Hand II

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Thu 09.11.17

Heb je een visuele beperking en denk je daarom dat dansvoorstellingen helemaal niet voor jou zijn weggelegd? Dan heb je het gelukkig mis! Het Brusselse Kaaitheater zoekt naar manieren om de esthetische ervaring van dans voor iedereen toegankelijk te maken. In november ligt de focus op voelen. Vera Tussing maak een keuze voor voelen boven zien, voor het nabije boven afstand.

Tis of tisni. Over Jan Decorte

Tis of tisni. Over Jan Decorte
Tis of tisni. Over Jan Decorte

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Wed 08.11.17

Tis of tisni is the long-awaited book by Jan Decorte. This colourful fresco about the life and work of a radical theatre artist is an absolute must-read.

VIDEO: 7PM TALK by Thomas Quartier

Performing Death. Rituals and Spirituality of Human Finitude

VIDEO: 7PM TALK by Thomas Quartier
VIDEO: 7PM TALK by Thomas Quartier

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Tue 07.11.17

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.

VIDEO: Our Daily Death | Rudy Meulemans - Om niet te gronde te gaan. Persoonlijke notities bij IN/FINITY

tijdens Our Daily Death

VIDEO: Our Daily Death | Rudy Meulemans - Om niet te gronde te gaan. Persoonlijke notities bij IN/FINITY
VIDEO: Our Daily Death | Rudy Meulemans - Om niet te gronde te gaan. Persoonlijke notities bij IN/FINITY

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Tue 07.11.17

In een mix van toonmomenten en gesprekken krijg je een inkijk in dat werkproces, halfweg. De kunstenaars gaan op het einde van de avond het gesprek aan met wetenschappers én elkaar over transhumanisme, het belang van aanraking in kunst en zorg, het effect van ademhaling op welzijn, en de kracht van verbeelding in een ziekteproces.

VIDEO: INFINTY panel discussion

during Our Daily Death

VIDEO: INFINTY panel discussion
VIDEO: INFINTY panel discussion

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Tue 07.11.17

The Kaaitheater is supporting their three-year artistic-participative project IN/FINITY, in which artists and the guests/patients at the centre engage in dialogue on the theme of (in)finity. You will see a glimpse of their method and process, half way through. A panel discussion with Jorge León, Rudi Meulemans, Emi Kodama, Vera Tussing, Michael Schmid, prof. Free De Backer (moderator).

VIDEO: Barbara Raes - Beyond the Spoken

during Our Daily Death

VIDEO: Barbara Raes - Beyond the Spoken
VIDEO: Barbara Raes - Beyond the Spoken

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Tue 07.11.17

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. Barbara Raes sits down with Katleen Van Langendonck (artistic director Kaaitheater) to discuss the great need for new rituals in a society in flux.

MMM in gesprek met De Keersmaeker, Franco & Le Van Ho

door Floor Keersmaekers

MMM in gesprek met De Keersmaeker, Franco & Le Van Ho
MMM in gesprek met De Keersmaeker, Franco & Le Van Ho

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Tue 24.10.17

Een gesprek met Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Alain Franco en Louis Nam Le Van Ho over Zeitigung op het moment dat, in de woorden van Alain Franco, het creatieve proces zich aan het begin van het midden bevindt.

VIDEO: Christoph De Boeck - ON SOUND AND IMAGINATION

VIDEO: Christoph De Boeck - ON SOUND AND IMAGINATION
VIDEO: Christoph De Boeck - ON SOUND AND IMAGINATION

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Tue 24.10.17

Christoph De Boeck (artistic director of Overtoon) explains how blind people perceive their environment by interpreting subtle acoustic changes. Afterwards, Christoph will sit down with Anke Van Meer and Saïd Gharbi.

On the Western Sensory Framework and New Avenues

an interview with Piet De Vos

On the Western Sensory Framework and New Avenues
On the Western Sensory Framework and New Avenues

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Thu 19.10.17

Since last season, the Kaaitheater has been looking for ways to make the aesthetic experience of dance accessible for the blind and visually impaired. For example, some performances are accompanied by audio description or a touch tour beforehand. Others have been created inclusively for both the sighted and visually impaired. Piet De Vos – who has been blind since he was five – is an author and specialized in sensory research. He dismantles the Western sensory framework and opens up new avenues for exploration: ‘There is more to the senses than their physical dimension.’

VIDEO: Richard Schechner

Theatre, Performance, and Ritual

VIDEO: Richard Schechner
VIDEO: Richard Schechner

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Tue 17.10.17

Theatre and ritual are intertwined in the Ramlila of Ramnagar, India. The 31 day performance enacts the story of the warrior-king, Rama. Staged in many locations throughout the city, the Ramlila features gods, demons, royals, animals, and ordinary people. Richard Schechner – theatre director, professor at the Tisch School of the Arts, and founder of The Performance Group – has researched the event since the 1970s.

VIDEO: Antigone in Molenbeek

Stefan Hertmans in gesprek met Johan Reyniers

VIDEO: Antigone in Molenbeek
VIDEO: Antigone in Molenbeek

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Tue 17.10.17

Op de boekpresentatie van Antigone in Molenbeek ging Stefan Hertmans in gesprek met dramaturg Johan Reyniers.

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #7 - On the Re-politicization of the Arts

Guy Gypens & Lara Staal (mod. Erwin Jans)

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #7 - On the Re-politicization of the Arts
VIDEO: Radio Etoile #7 - On the Re-politicization of the Arts

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Tue 17.10.17

In RE:THINK , RE:MAKE, and RE:RITE, Kaaitheater wove a political-philosophical leitmotif through three consecutive seasons. As a cultural centre, we organize lectures and productions to question the profound de-politicization of society. Growing numbers of artists resist the mantra ‘There is no alternative!’ and actually explore alternatives through their artistic practice. How does their commitment and engagement effect the autonomy of the arts? And what position should a subsidized arts institution adopt?

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #6 - On Revolutionary Theatre

Richard Schechner & Michiel Vandevelde (mod. Kristof Van Baarle)

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #6 - On Revolutionary Theatre
VIDEO: Radio Etoile #6 - On Revolutionary Theatre

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Tue 17.10.17

In May 2018, Michiel Vandevelde is creating a new version of the legendary Paradise Now by The Living Theater, with younger people aged between 12 and 18 (together with fABULEUS). Richard Schechner saw the production in 1968. What is the situation today for theatre that aims to unleash a revolution and explores new forms of togetherness? Are the artistic strategies of the 1960s still relevant or useful? What are the similarities and differences between critiques of the system in 1968 and those of the early 21st century?

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #5 - On the Power(lessness) of the Word

Tim Etchells & Pieter De Buysser (mod. Esther Severi)

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #5 - On the Power(lessness) of the Word
VIDEO: Radio Etoile #5 - On the Power(lessness) of the Word

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Tue 17.10.17

All we have is words, all we have is worlds.
This sentence hangs above the entrance of Kaaitheater in neon letters. It is a quote and an artwork by Tim Etchells. What is the place of the word, the text, and the story today? Does the word that attempts to convey complexity still have any power against the simplistic and populist word? And can words compete in any case with the power of images?

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #4 - Performance Art in the Twilight Zone between the Visual and Performing Arts: a Thorn in the Side or a Crowd-puller?

Luk Lambrecht & Katleen Van Langendonck (mod. Pieter T’Jonck)

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #4 - Performance Art in the Twilight Zone between the Visual and Performing Arts: a Thorn in the Side or a Crowd-puller?
VIDEO: Radio Etoile #4 - Performance Art in the Twilight Zone between the Visual and Performing Arts: a Thorn in the Side or a Crowd-puller?

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Tue 17.10.17

Theatres invite visual artists. Live art is becoming increasingly prevalent in our museums, galleries, and art biennials. Although this can be a fascinating exercise – unravelling the codes of both the artwork and the audience as an institution – it appears to be falling victim to marketization now that artists are increasingly creating both a museum and a stage version of their work. Was Vito Acconci tight when he said that ‘performance art’ can only be transient? What is the future of this art form, which is fragile by its very nature?