#bignames

See the big names in action

Jan Decorte / Bloet

Hamlet 0.2

theatre

Hamlet 0.2
Hamlet 0.2

production

Fri 05.10 - Sat 06.10.18

With the help of the youngest generation of theatre performers, Jan Decorte and Sigrid Vinks explore Hamlet in depth. By recycling all the different versions, they create a new Hamletmachine, but this is one for the 21st century. Using fragments and scraps of texts from the past, Decorte redefines the primal conflicts of human existence.

Eszter Salamon

MONUMENT 0.5: The Valeska Gert Monument

dance

MONUMENT 0.5: The Valeska Gert Monument
MONUMENT 0.5: The Valeska Gert Monument

production

Thu 18.10 - Fri 19.10.18

If there is one dance artist that deserves a monument, it is certainly the German Valeska Gert (1892-1978). Her fearless, provocative performances make her one of the most important artists of her time. Along with Boglàrka Börcsök, Eszter Salamon translates an energy from the past to the present.

Walter Hus

Supersonic Flora

music

Supersonic Flora
Supersonic Flora

production

Sat 20.10.18

In Supersonic Flora, Walter Hus is returning to a number of pivotal pieces from his career and adapting them into brand-new compositions for solo piano. The pieces range from beautiful, radical, and minimalist compositions from the 1980s to more melodious works from the 1990s and a recent jazzy piece that he composed in memory of a friend who died.

Milo Rau / NTGent

Compassion

theatre

Compassion
Compassion

production

Fri 09.11 - Sat 10.11.18

Milo Rau and his team travel to the political hotspots of the age: the Mediterranean refugee routes from the Middle East and the areas affected by the Congolese Civil War. This is a semi-documentary double monologue that consciously navigates conflicting terrain: how can we bear the misery of others and why do we look at it?

Mette Ingvartsen

to come (extended)

dance

to come (extended)
to come (extended)

production

Fri 16.11 - Sat 17.11.18

Advertising, film, magazines, the internet: we are constantly surrounded by images of sexualized bodies that display the intimate and the erogenous. In to come (extended) 15 performers explore the relationship between individual sexual freedom and sexuality as a collective experience.

Bruno Latour & Frédérique Aït Touati

INSIDE

lecture performance performance talk

INSIDE
INSIDE

production

Sat 24.11.18

In this lecture performance, philosopher Bruno Latour and director Frédérique Aït-Touati reflect on the relationship between human beings and their environment. Can we change our perception of the earth? No longer from a great distance, like a blue marble flying through space, but from the inside out, from the wafer-thin outer layer of the globe on which all life, human activity and resources are concentrated?

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

Fase

dance

Fase
Fase

production

Thu 08.11 - Sun 25.11.18

Fase is the breakthrough production by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and is probably her most frequently performed choreography. Set to four repetitive compositions by the American minimalist Steve Reich, Fase comprises three duets and a solo. The movements are executed so perfectly that they almost appear mechanical, but they are nevertheless strangely moving.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Amandine Beyer / Rosas & B’Rock Orchestra

The Six Brandenburg Concertos

dance

The Six Brandenburg Concertos
The Six Brandenburg Concertos

production

Sat 05.01 - Wed 09.01.19

During her 1980 stay in New York, in which she first rehearsed her celebrated Violin Phase to the music of Steve Reich, the only other recording playing in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s studio was the Brandenburg Concertos by Bach. More than 35 years later, De Keersmaeker continues her work with this music.

Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods

Built to Last

dance

Built to Last
Built to Last

production

Sat 19.01 - Sun 20.01.19

Five performers travel through the history of dance – and possibly into its future. Is it possible, today, to still believe in eternal values and universality? Things are built up only to fall down again, in much the same way that we long to constantly rediscover ourselves. In Built to Last (2012), Meg Stuart worked for the first time with existing classical music.

Rosas & tg STAN

Quartett

theatre dance

Quartett
Quartett

production

Wed 23.01 - Sat 26.01.19

As the world stands on the verge of collapse, a man and a woman exchange a razor-sharp dialogue based on a caustic text by Heiner Müller. Frank Vercruyssen from tg STAN and Cynthia Loemij from Rosas share the stage and explore the essence of the relationship between words and movement. Again at Kaaitheater after 20 years!

Jan Lauwers & Needcompany

Begin the Beguine

theatre

Begin the Beguine
Begin the Beguine

production

Tue 29.01 - Wed 30.01.19

Two men – both imprisoned in one way or another – want to live it up one last time. Begin the Beguine is the last text that the legendary filmmaker John Cassavetes ever wrote. The jet-black allegory about love and death was kept in a cupboard for 25 years by Cassavetes’ heirs. Until the German publisher S. Fischer Verlag asked Jan Lauwers to take on the staging of this masterpiece.

Cullberg Ballet

Figure a Sea

dance

Figure a Sea
Figure a Sea

production

Fri 15.02 - Sat 16.02.19

A fluctuating constellation of bodies heaves incessantly. Be swept away by Figure a Sea: a sea of possibilities and a meditation about looking at music, at volatility, at synchronous and unexpected moments. The choreography is both technically immaculate and distinctly minimalist. Dance icon Deborah Hay challenges the intelligence, beauty, and humour of the Cullberg dancers. The result is 60 minutes of sublime purity, beauty, and physicality.

Els Dietvorst, Dirk Roofthooft & Aurelie Di Marino

MEMENTO MORI! !IROM OTNEMEM

theatre

MEMENTO MORI! !IROM OTNEMEM
MEMENTO MORI! !IROM OTNEMEM

production

Thu 21.02 - Sat 23.02.19

In MEMENTO MORI!, documentary filmmaker and visual artist Els Dietvorst brings two texts together. The first is performed by Dirk Roofthooft, one of Flanders’ most iconic actors, the second is performed by the Brussels-based actress Aurelie Di Marino. You can expect a theatre evening about fragility and transience, but also about universal themes like individualization, globalization, the relationship between humanity and nature, and migration.

Philippe Quesne

Crash Park

theatre

Crash Park
Crash Park

production

Fri 22.02 - Sat 23.02.19

The idea of an island as a place of infinite possibilities has always been a source of inspiration for writers and artists. It can be a place of heroism or of tribulation; of utopia, dystopia, or something in between. In Crash Park, Philippe Quesne has created his own colourful Robinsonade, full of wondrous creatures.

Maatschappij Discordia

L'Amour Duras

theatre

L'Amour Duras
L'Amour Duras

production

Thu 02.05 - Fri 03.05.19

Following the Weiblicher Akt series Maatschappij Discordia is launching a series about Love as it is described by women. In this first part, the company is exploring the work of Marguerite Duras (1914-1996). They let fragments from Duras’ novels resonate with personal stories to create a unique sketch of what love is and can be.