TOUCHING ON DAILY RITUALS
Theatre seasons are not usually aligned with the astronomical seasons. But this Kaaitheater season is an exception: we are being swept along on cyclical tides, from one season to the next. We will re-open at dawn on 21/09, when Brussels’ spiritual urban community The Monastery is coming to the Kaaistudios. To mark the beginning of the winter, around 21/12, we are inviting artists who explore sleep, those brief periods of time when we don’t need to be productive. Spring will start with a contemporary, danced version of Le Sacre du printemps, and we will head to a public swimming pool in the Marollen for a personal session at La Piscine about the (re)discovery of our bodies, which is so much more than rationality. At the beginning of the summer, we will take the plunge from individual to collective change in Lucinda Ra’s Groundwork.
We are taking time to revisit one of the basic principles of the theatre: the ritual. We are going back to the original meaning of rituals – a temporary transformation in the theatre or a permanent transformation in the rites of passage – and will look beyond what they have all too often become, namely a sequence of coded movements or meaningless formal remnants. Traditional rituals have lost much of their power in Western society. And yet, there is a great need for ritualized moments, and especially for those that transcend the sacred rites that are often only associated with one religious tradition.
From opposition to relation
But what might these new rituals be in our current, ‘fluid’ times in which everything has become more fleeting and transient? In our almost completely desecularized and pluralist society, grand rituals appear to have been replaced by the small, the concrete, the authentic, and the everyday. This season, we are providing tools and writing scores for new, contemporary rituals. To this end, we will explore a number of transitional periods: not only from one season to the next, but also from childhood to adulthood, from life to death, and from health to sickness. Inspired by Eastern traditions, we will look at the other side of the coin. How can we rethink life based on the things we usually avoid? Besides life’s great transitional moments, we will also investigate more minor changes, such as everyday habits and routines. From being awake to falling asleep, from distance to nearness, from seeing to feeling, from the individual to the collective. And especially: from opposition to relation.
RE:RITE is a series of rituals, productions, lectures, debates, and workshops that form a leitmotif throughout this season’s programme.