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The Wonders of Multilingualism #3

To translate or not to translate ?

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To translate or not to translate ?
To translate or not to translate ?
Tue 11.10.22

In this third episode of ‘The wonders of multilingualism’, we discuss translation and translation politics. The languages in which something is produced, translated and communicated does not always have only artistic reasons. Often (cultural) political and economic motives also play a role. A discussion with the audience is accompanied by interventions by Rokus Hofstede (translator of a.o. Annie Ernaux), the editors of the performance magazine Etcetera, rapper-slammer-theatre-maker-actor Armin Mola.

Between Glitter and Compost

Suzana Milevska and Myriam Bahaffou, moderated by Philsan Osman

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Suzana Milevska and Myriam Bahaffou, moderated by Philsan Osman
Suzana Milevska and Myriam Bahaffou, moderated by Philsan Osman
Fri 14.10.22

In May 2021 Kaaitheater invited philosopher Suzana Milevska for an online lecture on ecofeminist art practices. This October she will resume this talk in live Brussels and will be joined by researcher and ecofeminist activist Myriam Bahaffou. Join us for a fruitful ecofeminist dialogue between two researchers who value the place of the dirty, the mixture and the hybrid.

Ecopolis 2022

Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures

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Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures
Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures
Sat 15.10.22

Social, ecological and economic crises force us to think about a radically different way of living. "The world is not about to end; we are already living with a different world," writes philosopher Bayo Akomolafe, speaker at the eighth edition of Ecopolis where artists, thinkers and doers break open our frames. This year, Ecopolis brings stories that depict an inclusive and sustainable future for this new world.

The Long Toast

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The Long Toast
The Long Toast
Sat 18.06.22

Every great party deserves a proper toast. During Bye Bye Kaai, theatre maker Louis Janssens will curate The Long Toast as a way of paying tribute to the old and new Kaaitheater. Different generations of artists, politicians and partner organizations will raise their glasses and share their diverse memories.

Esther Severi & Edith Cassiers

Marianne van Kerkhoven – een archief voor de toekomst

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Marianne van Kerkhoven – een archief voor de toekomst
Marianne van Kerkhoven – een archief voor de toekomst
Sat 18.06.22

Marianne van Kerkhoven spent thirty years as a dramaturge at Kaaitheater. has to attend the farewell party ‘Bye Bye Kaai’. We make her part of it with a conversation about the legacy of her work.Speaking are the dramaturges Esther Severi and Edith Cassiers.

Sahraa Karimi

Reflections on Film, Gender and Politics in Afghanistan

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Reflections on Film, Gender and Politics in Afghanistan
Reflections on Film, Gender and Politics in Afghanistan
Mon 07.03.22

What role do film and art have in contexts of political and societal change? Afghan director Sahraa Karimi will discuss this question during the Machteld De Metsenaere lecture. Sahraa Karimi has spent decades documenting the plight of Afghan women and turned the camera on herself when the Taliban returned and took over Kabul on August 15, 2021. In this lecture, she will discuss the experiences of artists in Afghanistan and the protection of their artistic freedom, incorporating her own life experiences, as she herself fled Afghanistan. 

A Series of More-Than-Human Encounters

Songing With Our Ancestors: Hydrofeminisms

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Songing With Our Ancestors: Hydrofeminisms
Songing With Our Ancestors: Hydrofeminisms
Tue 25.01.22

This last session in our Series of More-Than-Human Encounters is entirely devoted to oceanic storytelling in kinship with hydrofeminism. This form of feminism is particularly sensitive towards watery creatures and our solidarity with them. It is also inspired by music and song-making practice – songings –, believing them to be a means of interspecies community creation and resistance.

Marisol de la Cadena & Isabelle Stengers

How Large is a Person?

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How Large is a Person?
How Large is a Person?
Tue 14.12.21

During this evening, we will explore how human personhood has been constructed, and how it can be decentered and made to expand into different ways of seeing and being. The rational, universal individual has violently suppressed mutable persons existing at the intersection of multiple beings, as well as collective and interspecies ways of building knowledge that persist in the sciences, though often unrecognized. Underneath the steamroller of modernity, we will discover many possibilities for a more convivial future.

Camille Barton, Merlin Sheldrake & Olave Nduwanje

The fungi paradigm: reframing theories of the origins of life on earth

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The fungi paradigm: reframing theories of the origins of life on earth
The fungi paradigm: reframing theories of the origins of life on earth
Tue 09.11.21

Recent technological advancements have drastically altered (and accelerated) contemporary scientific insights into fungi. During this evening in the More-Than-Human series, we will uncover the dizzying multitude of relationships, opportunities and implications that fungi represent for life on our planet, and for our limited/growing body of knowledge on the intricate workings of the planet and the life it harbours.

Ecopolis 2021

Dare to Care

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Dare to Care
Dare to Care
Sun 24.10.21

The global Covid crisis brought healthcare into the spotlight. But care extends beyond the strictly medical: it includes everything we do to preserve and restore the world. Can care be a new starting point, based on connectedness and generosity? Can care, as an emancipatory principle, underpin politics and economics? Ecopolis 2021 makes room for these questions, and many more, during a day of lectures, conversations, workshops, literature and performance.

Gosie Vervloessem invites

Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing

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Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing
Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing
Tue 19.10.21

During this evening we will focus on tendrilesque writing. What happens to human speech if vines enter our flesh, roots crawl through our veins, and we turn into hybrid plant monsters? What happens if we let plants speak through us and what kind of new language, new bits of knowledge and new worlds can emerge from there? We will explore these topics while focusing on the status of women, and their relation to plants, as presented in works of fiction in which the distinction between women and plants becomes blurry.

Move Your Money

info-avond

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info-avond
info-avond
Fri 08.10.21

Do you sometimes wonder how you will ever be able to do anything about global warming? An important part of the solution is in your wallet. What does your bank do with your money? Did you know that the four major Belgian banks KBC, ING, Belfius and BNP-Paribas are still investing tens of billions in fossil fuels?

Saskia Sassen

in conversation with Quinsy Gario

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in conversation with Quinsy Gario
in conversation with Quinsy Gario
Fri 10.09.21

We are very pleased to welcome Saskia Sassen for the keynote of Sous les pavés, het strand. Sassen is a Dutch-American sociologist and economist, known for her research on globalisation and international migration, and for coining the term 'global city'. Quinsy Gario – a performance poet and artist from Curaçao and St. Maarten – will lead the discussion.

Permanent Summer School

Building Beyond

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Building Beyond
Building Beyond
Thu 09.09 - Sat 11.09.21

Departing from the emergence of collective infrastructures in Europe, Permanent takes stock of different voices, experiences and practices of sharing and commoning within changing urban settings with the summer school Building Beyond. And all this as part of the new city festival Sous les pavés, het strand.

Suzana Milevska

The Clean, the Dirty, and the Hybrid: Ecofeminist Art Practices

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The Clean, the Dirty, and the Hybrid: Ecofeminist Art Practices
The Clean, the Dirty, and the Hybrid: Ecofeminist Art Practices
Thu 20.05.21

Patriarchal systems in different world cultures have long interpreted women as obsessed with cleaning and purification, exactly because the anthropologically driven representation of women as ‘dirty’. In this talk, curator and theorist Suzana Milevska will discuss various art practices of women artists who mounted ecofeminism as a critical frame that aims to deconstruct the assumptions that dwell on stereotypical and patriarchal hierarchical understanding of women's creativity and productivity.

Mophradat

Why Call It Labor?

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Why Call It Labor?
Why Call It Labor?
Wed 05.05.21

What does it mean to become a mother if you work in the arts sector? Why Call It Labor? On Motherhood and Art Work is a publication by Mophradat that strives to be a conversation starter. For this conversation in Kaaitheater, historian and writer Alia Mossallam talks with some of the book contributors: Mophradat director Mai Abu ElDahab, filmmaker Mary Jirmanus Saba, and writer Mirene Arsanios.

Eszter Nemethi, Anitha Santhanam, Panav Patadiya & Satchit Puranik

Theatre For the Children of the Future – final talk

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Theatre For the Children of the Future – final talk
Theatre For the Children of the Future – final talk
Sat 17.04.21

This How to Live and Work Now? working group invites you to participate in a fable making game developed in conversation with children between 8-11 years. Together you will play and create a fable that we think (or hope? or imagine?) will be relevant for children who are not yet born. You will learn about their process and toolkit, and then be invited to an open conversation.

Zakiyyah Iman Jackson

On Race, Species and Becoming Human

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On Race, Species and Becoming Human
On Race, Species and Becoming Human
Thu 25.03.21

A Series of More-Than-Human Encounters #4. To highlight the International Day Against Racism, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson takes the floor to share her innovative thinking on the intricate relations between race, species and the idea of ‘the human’. Unlike most black studies scholars, she questions the emancipatory promise of ‘humanization’. Instead, she turns to texts by writers like Sylvia Wynter, Audre Lorde, and Octavia Butler.

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