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See the big names in action

Rosas

Zeitigung

dance

Zeitigung
Zeitigung

production

Thu 09.11 - Sat 18.11.17

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and pianist Alain Franco are joining forces again. Their 2008 production Zeitung – an exploration of the essential intersection of music and dance – forms the fascinating premise for a new creation, with Louis Nam Le Van Ho as a third choreographer at the wheel.

tg STAN

Poquelin II

theatre

Poquelin II
Poquelin II

production

Fri 24.11 - Sun 26.11.17

In 2004, the tg STAN actors dived into the oeuvre of Molière, resulting in the hilarious montage production Poquelin. After ten years they delve into his works again. Along with Kuno Bakker, Els Dottermans, Willy Thomas and Stijn Van Opstal, they are adapting Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and L’Avare.

Jérôme Bel

Gala

dance

Gala
Gala

production

Fri 15.12 - Sun 17.12.17

(Re)discover Jérome Bel’s declaration of love to the performing arts! A colourful mix of dance lovers and professional dancers from diverse genres and cultures perform a veritable New Year’s gala. But this gala radically questions the codes of the performing arts. It undermines the authority of ‘good dancing’ and celebrates the desire and pleasure of standing on a stage and sharing something with the audience. Feeling the winter blues? Come to Gala!

de KOE

HelloGoodbye

theatre

HelloGoodbye
HelloGoodbye

production

Wed 20.12 - Thu 21.12.17

De KOE has unfinished business with the in-between. They perform a selection of arrival and departure scenes from Russian and Western literature, and supplement them with their own texts. Eight actors perform 35 characters who enter and leave in a symbiosis of welcoming and parting ceremonies. Because nobody stays.

Guy Cassiers/Toneelhuis

Mister Linh’s Little Girl

theatre

Mister Linh’s Little Girl
Mister Linh’s Little Girl

production

Sun 14.01 - Sun 14.01.18

Seeking a better future for his grandchild, Mister Linh flees from a war-torn country. Koen De Sutter tells the story with all the means he has at his disposal: text, words, images, music, sound, projections... But this is also a play about loneliness, about the desire to communicate with the other and not least with the audience. Are we inside the narrator’s head? Are Mister Linh and Mister Bark voices in his own head? 

Gisèle Vienne

Showcase: Carte Blanche

performance music

Showcase: Carte Blanche
Showcase: Carte Blanche

production

Wed 17.01.18

Just like Meg Stuart, EUROPALIA INDONESIA gave theatre director Gisèle Vienne carte blanche to explore Indonesian culture. She immersed herself in the magical world of performative rituals full of masks and puppets.

Ictus

Liquid Room VIII: PHRASES

music performance

Liquid Room VIII: PHRASES
Liquid Room VIII: PHRASES

production

Sat 20.01.18

Each Liquid Room is a mini festival at various locations where music seeks points of convergence with other disciplines. Liquid Room VIII explores a simple hypothesis: music is not just sound! In PHRASES, the Brussels-based music ensemble Ictus brings together sound poetry, spoken word and modal music.

Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods & Jompet Kuswidananto

celestial sorrows

dance performance

celestial sorrows
celestial sorrows

production

Thu 18.01 - Wed 24.01.18

Meg Stuart and visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto went on an artistic voyage of discovery across contemporary Indonesia. Imaginary and invisible spaces – and the voices that resound within them – are the starting point for an adventurous exploration into uncharted territory.

Gisèle Vienne

CROWD

dance music

CROWD
CROWD

production

Fri 26.01 - Sat 27.01.18

Starting with rituals and celebrations – from the archaic to the contemporary – Gisèle Vienne brings a group of 15 youngsters together who dance to a DJ set by Peter Rehberg. Contrary to the discourse that labels all violence as barbaric, she looks for manifestations of violence that do play a valuable, positive role in society.

Maatschappij Discordia

Weiblicher Akt 8: DUMAS/LADAME/DESADE

theatre

Weiblicher Akt 8: DUMAS/LADAME/DESADE
Weiblicher Akt 8: DUMAS/LADAME/DESADE

production

Fri 26.01 - Sat 27.01.18

In their characteristic style, the ladies of Discordia break open the plot of Alexandre Dumas fils’ novel The Lady of the Camellias. They seek the assistance – perhaps surprisingly – of the Marquis de Sade. Is there space for Marguerite to have a more active role, or do shame and conventional thinking still stand in the way?

Stefaan Van Brabandt & Johan Heldenbergh

marx

theatre

marx
marx

production

Tue 30.01 - Wed 31.01.18

Johan-Heldenbergh-as-Marx reflects on an eventful life and body of work. What were his mistakes? And where has he been proved right? Can his philosophy still be relevant and liberating? In times of uncertainty and growing inequality, MARX aims to be a challenging, critical, and impassioned defence of freedom and human dignity.

Benoît Lachambre / Par B.L.eux

Lifeguard

dance performance

Lifeguard
Lifeguard

production

Thu 01.01 - Fri 09.02.18

Benoît Lachambre again asks you to listen to your senses and genuinely to experience the consciousness of your body. Borders between dance and movement gradually blur when a glance, a movement, or the touch of someone in the audience continues to resonate in the choreography.

tg STAN, de KOE & Maatschappij Discordia

Atelier

theatre

Atelier
Atelier

production

Wed 28.02 - Sat 03.03.18

Do playwrights – like sculptors and painters – have studios where they turn their ideas into material? Matthias de Koning, Damiaan De Schrijver and Peter Van den Eede construct the fourth wall, and subsequently demolish it again. Welcome to this laboratory of naturalism, realism and hyperrealism!

Nature Theater of Oklahoma & EnKnapGroup

Pursuit of Happiness

dance theatre

Pursuit of Happiness
Pursuit of Happiness

production

Fri 02.03 - Sat 03.03.18

What is happiness? In what dark and remote corners do we have to crawl individually and collectively to find it? Together with dancers from the EnKnapGroup, Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper have created a bizarre, painful and hilarious horror comedy about voracious expansion in the Wild West and all the violence that ensued as a result.

Mette Ingvartsen

21 Pornographies

dance performance

21 Pornographies
21 Pornographies

production

Fri 09.03 - Sat 10.03.18

Based on the assumption that pornography permeates our society, Mette Ingvartsen seeks to question its mechanisms. She focuses on various characteristics of the pornographic: from its cruelty to its clinical precision and violence, but also its expressions of pleasure, excitement, and thrill.