VIDEO: Barbara Raes - Beyond the Spoken

during Our Daily Death

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

Video

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

article

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

Video

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

article

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

Video

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

Video

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

Video

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

Video

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

Video

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?

Video

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?

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #3 - Over participatieve kunstpraktijken

Myriam Sahraoui & Simon Allemeersch (mod. Guy Gypens)

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #3 - Over participatieve kunstpraktijken
VIDEO: Radio Etoile #3 - Over participatieve kunstpraktijken

Video

Tue 17.10.17

How do you join a debate in a society in which ‘difference’ and ‘being different’ are increasingly explicit realities? Participative artistic practice is a form of artistic research in which artists and citizens explore the best form to enable alternative voices to be expressed and to facilitate this shared conversation. The artistic work serves as an engine for a broader process than only the creation of an end product.

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #2 - On Intergenerational Aspects of Dance

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Charlotte De Somviele (mod. Wannes Gyselinck)

VIDEO: Radio Etoile #2 - On Intergenerational Aspects of Dance
VIDEO: Radio Etoile #2 - On Intergenerational Aspects of Dance

Video

Tue 17.10.17

It started with an extremely talented generation in the 1980s. And today, Brussels has become one of the leading dance capitals of the world. How does the current generation of young dancers experience the conditions that the older generation fought for? What and how do different generations learn from one another?

MAKING something HAPPEN by doing nothing

David Weber-Krebs on The Guardians of Sleep

MAKING something HAPPEN by doing nothing
MAKING something HAPPEN by doing nothing

article

Thu 12.10.17

InThe Guardians of Sleep, David Weber-Krebs focuses on sleep. But this is not so much the subject of the show as an activity that occurs onstage. How do you present something passive like sleep in an art form like theatre, which is still based on principles like presence, communication, and expression? ​​​​​​

VIDEO: Marianne Van Kerkhoven lezing – Van de kleine en de grote dramaturgie #1

Met passie op zoek gaan naar helderheid

VIDEO: Marianne Van Kerkhoven lezing – Van de kleine en de grote dramaturgie #1
VIDEO: Marianne Van Kerkhoven lezing – Van de kleine en de grote dramaturgie #1

Video

Tue 10.10.17

Fragmenten uit het oeuvre van Marianne Van Kerkhoven, voorgedragen door Kris Verdonck, Sara Debosschere en Pieter De Buysser, tijdens de viering van de veertigste verjaardag.

Benjamin Vandewalle about Walking the Line

Benjamin Vandewalle about Walking the Line
Benjamin Vandewalle about Walking the Line

article

Tue 10.10.17

In an interview with Marnix Rummens, Benjamin Vandewalle focusses on looking and perception in the city.

Speech van Guy Gypens bij 40 jaar Kaaitheater

Speech van Guy Gypens bij 40 jaar Kaaitheater
Speech van Guy Gypens bij 40 jaar Kaaitheater

article

Fri 06.10.17

40 jaar Kaaitheater dus. 40, dat klinkt als een volwassen leeftijd. En volwassen zijn in deze tijd van eeuwig jong en nieuw, nieuw, nieuw is geen sinecure. De Amerikaanse filosofe Susan Neiman zei over volwassen worden dat ‘het moet gaan om een plek tussen ideaal en werkelijkheid in.

het Kaaitheater aan de Sainctelettesquare krijgt grondige transformatie

het Kaaitheater aan de Sainctelettesquare krijgt grondige transformatie
het Kaaitheater aan de Sainctelettesquare krijgt grondige transformatie

Nieuws

Fri 06.10.17

Tijdens zijn speech n.a.v. de veertigste verjaardag van het Kaaitheater kondigde Vlaams Minister van Cultuur Sven Gatz aan dat de Vlaamse Gemeenschap meestapt in een grondige transformatie van het Kaaitheatergebouw aan de Sainctelettesquare. Aan de Akenkaai komt een nieuwe zaal met een 200-tal plaatsen en extra repetitie- en werkruimtes voor kunstenaars. De bestaande theaterzaal krijgt een renovatie. Het vernieuwde Kaaitheater blijft een plek voor artistieke productie en presentatie maar wil ook een publieke ruimte zijn die iedereen in de stad zich kan toe-eigenen.

VIDEO: Sexism, Sharia and the Spectre of the Arab Muslim Man

Fatima Mernissi Chair with Sarah Bracke, Zakia Salime & Mohamed Ikoubaân

VIDEO: Sexism, Sharia and the Spectre of the Arab Muslim Man
VIDEO: Sexism, Sharia and the Spectre of the Arab Muslim Man

Video

Mon 02.10.17

Is sexism inherent to Islam? Where does the menacing stereotype of the sexist Muslim come from and how is it perpetuated? In this armchair debate, sociologists Sarah Bracke and Zakia Salime address these questions in order to explore the alleged sexism of Arab Muslim men and Islamic Sharia law.

VIDEO: Peter Venmans - Hannah Arendt en nataliteit

VIDEO: Peter Venmans - Hannah Arendt en nataliteit
VIDEO: Peter Venmans - Hannah Arendt en nataliteit

Video

Tue 26.09.17

We begonnen ons seizoen rond rituelen en rituele praktijken met een lezing rond het idee van nataliteit bij Hannah Arendt – het vermogen van de mens om op verschillende momenten in het leven opnieuw te beginnen.

Eerst zien, dan geloven?

In gesprek met Piet Devos

Eerst zien, dan geloven?
Eerst zien, dan geloven?

article

Mon 18.09.17

Heb je een visuele beperking en denk je daarom dat dansvoorstellingen helemaal niet voor jou zijn weggelegd? Dan heb je het gelukkig mis! Sinds vorig seizoen zoekt het Kaaitheater naar manieren om de esthetische ervaring van dans ook toegankelijk te maken voor mensen die blind of slechtziend zijn. Piet Devos — blind sinds zijn vijfde ­— voelde, hoorde en beleefde verschillende soorten dans en vertelt ons over zijn ervaringen: “Ik denk dat dans vooral voor blinden en slechtzienden een echte ontdekkingstocht kan zijn.”

VIDEO: State of the Union Theaterfestival 2017

VIDEO: State of the Union Theaterfestival 2017
VIDEO: State of the Union Theaterfestival 2017

Video

Tue 12.09.17

Het TheaterFestival commences with festive and critical speeches: The State of the Union by a a renowned artist, The State of the Youth by a young inspiring voice and The State of the Other offers a more international perspective. This year, The State of the Union was pronounced by Fabrice Murgia, director of Théâtre National in Brussels. The State of the Young came from Anne Breure, artistic director of Veem House For Performance. The State of the Other was pronounced by Tiago Rodrigues, theatre maker and director of Teatro National D. Maria II in Lisbon.

A Bittersweet Acceptance of the End

In conversation with Kris Verdonck and Kristof van Baarle

A Bittersweet Acceptance of the End
A Bittersweet Acceptance of the End

article

Thu 24.08.17

In his latest production, Kris Verdonck plays with the question of what people would talk about if the world around them started disintegrating. How do we deal with the end? And what does it tell us about our worldviews today? A collage of texts and music paired with an eccentric sense of humour, beauty and language, creates a sense that everything has passed. Pitch-black but hilarious, or bittersweet as Verdonck and dramatist Kristof van Baarle prefer to call it.

‘Today is a Wonderful Day to Die’

Barbara Raes on farewell rituals and life’s little funerals

‘Today is a Wonderful Day to Die’
‘Today is a Wonderful Day to Die’

article

Thu 24.08.17

Barbara Raes currently conducts research at the KASK and she has founded Beyond The Spoken, a workspace for unrecognized loss. She creates farewell rituals and helps people to make time to process transitional moments in their lives. Her old love for art is never far away, however, and it has also been given a place within her practice. This autumn, she is not only participating in the Europalia exhibition Ancestors and Rituals at BOZAR, but she is also coming to the Kaaistudios for the focus programme Our Daily Death, which is part of our seasonal theme RE:RITE.

Social Sculpting

by Elize Mazadiego

Social Sculpting
Social Sculpting

article

Thu 15.06.17

For Performatik 17, the latest edition of Brussels’ Biennial of Performance Art, the variability of the genre was conspicuous. From the many artists comfortably working at the intersection of dance, theatre and the visual arts, to their mutable works and the range of sites in which they were presented, this is perhaps the one unchanging aspect to the widening field of Performance, and more specifically Performatik’s program over the years. What then can be said of Performance in 2017?
Etcetera, 15/06/2017