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Meg Stuart & Jompet Kuswidananto / Damaged Goods

Celestial Sorrow

dance performance

Celestial Sorrow
Celestial Sorrow

production

Thu 18.01 - Wed 24.01.18

Meg Stuart and visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto embark on a journey of artistic investigation through collective memories and implanted fictional traumas. Imaginary and invisible spaces – and the voices that make them resonate – are one of the starting points of an adventurous leap into unknown territories.

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

Wed 07.02 - 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. By mixing physical action with narrative descriptions, a speculative choreography is created.

Jan Lauwers & Needcompany

War and Turpentine

theatre

War and Turpentine
War and Turpentine

production

Tue 27.03 - Fri 30.03.18

Just before he died, Stefan Hertmans’ grandfather gave him several full notebooks. The author read about an impoverished youth in Ghent, horrific experiences as a soldier at the front during WWI, and a great love who died young. Years of fascination for his grandfather’s life eventually led Hertmans to write War and Turpentine. Jan Lauwers is now presenting a theatre adaptation of the gripping epic.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas

Achterland

dance

Achterland
Achterland

production

Thu 12.04 - Sun 15.04.18

Achterland (1990) is a seminal dance production in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s oeuvre. For the first time, the musicians took a central position on stage, and played an active role in the overall dynamic. This also was the choreographer’s first time writing dancing material specifically for men. The minimalism and dominant femininity of early Rosas pieces gave way to an ambiguous no-man’s-land in which boundaries and signs were blurred. 

Jan Fabre

Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules

theatre

Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules
Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules

production

Fri 20.04 - Sat 21.04.18

Just like Fellini made Roma – an ode to his city – Jan Fabre is celebrating his own complex, crazy country. He is doing so in the most appropriate language to capture the spirit of this slippery state: the language of the theatre and of images. With an international cast of performers and musicians, he goes in search of Belgian identity. Raymond van het Groenewoud has written a series of anthems, while author Johan de Boose wrote the text.

Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion

Any Table Any Room

performance

Any Table Any Room
Any Table Any Room

production

Wed 25.04 - Thu 26.04.18

Jonathan Burrows, dancer and choreographer. Matteo Fargion, musician and composer. Always the two of them… but not this time! They invite four local artists – Mette Edvardsen, Dounia Mahammed, Lili Rampre and Andros Zins-Browne – to address the subject of ‘the possibility and impossibility of community’. The ingredient? 72 clay objects created by the performers, group singing and Indian drone sounds on smartphones.

DD Dorvillier & Sébastien Roux/human future dance corps

Only One of Many

dance

Only One of Many
Only One of Many

production

Fri 27.04 - Sat 28.04.18

How does your perception of a dance or music sequence change when it is combined with a different choreography or a different musical composition? What meanings, impressions and images are conjured, and what unexpected relationships to listening and looking are stirred?

Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & EIRA

BLESSED

dance

BLESSED
BLESSED

production

Fri 01.06 - Sat 02.06.18

A man moves carefully between cardboard set pieces. Everything appears peaceful in this stylized paradise, until a sudden rain shower escalates into a destructive deluge. A decade after the première of BLESSED, Francisco Camacho continues to cling to a world that has long been left in ruins.

Salva Sanchis & Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas

A Love Supreme

dance

A Love Supreme
A Love Supreme

production

Wed 06.06 - Sun 10.06.18

In 2017, Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker adapted A Love Supreme with four young, male dancers. This exceptionally vital production was one of the highlights of the last season, and was promptly selected for the TheaterFestival. Join the dancers, and abandon yourself once again to Coltrane’s spiritual ode to divine love!