#Repertoire

Past and present classics

Michiel Vandevelde

Human Landscapes II

performance

Human Landscapes II
Human Landscapes II

performance

Fri 29.11 - Sat 30.11.19

In the late 1920s, Nâzım Hikmet introduced free verse to Turkish poetry, and he was thus the first modern Turkish poet. He wrote the majority of Human Landscapes, his magnum opus, while in prison. The five hundred-page epic was only published posthumously, divided into five ‘books’. Michiel Vandevelde staged Book I last year, commissioned by steierische herbst. Book II now follows.

Jérôme Bel

Conférence sur rien (1949)

lecture performance

Conférence sur rien (1949)
Conférence sur rien (1949)

lecture performance

Fri 08.11.19

‘I am here and I have nothing to say.’ These are the words with which John Cage opened his Lecture on Nothing at the New York Artists’ Club in 1949. The text was like a hypnotizing score that mirrored the structure of Cage’s recent musical compositions – including his particular attention to silence. Jérôme Bel is now presenting the lecture in French.

Jérôme Bel

Rétrospective

film talk

Rétrospective
Rétrospective

film

Thu 07.11.19

Rétrospective is Jérôme Bel’s subjective reflection on his own work. He chose eighteen dance fragments from his video archive. Through meticulous editing, he has used them to reconstruct the development of his thinking about dance. By emphasizing the links between dance and politics, he foregrounds central themes in his work. After the film screening, there will be an extended conversation with the choreographer.

de KOE & mugmetdegoudentand

seks(e)(n)

theatre

seks(e)(n)
seks(e)(n)

theatre

Tue 05.11 - Thu 07.11.19

In 1809, Goethe wrote Die Wahlverwandtschaften, an amorous experiment not unlike Temptation Island. de KOE and Lineke Rijxman are now writing a new version. Will the characters again fall victim to their urges, the so-called laws of nature? Or will reason prevail? Using the same ingredients – two men, two women, a garden – the makers begin a completely new experiment. Seks(e)(n) is about boxes and labels, about definitions and appropriations, about freedom and malleability.

Michiel Vandevelde

Paradise Now (1968-2018)

performance dance

Paradise Now (1968-2018)
Paradise Now (1968-2018)

performance

Fri 25.10.19

Michiel Vandevelde goes in search of traces of the legacy of May ’68, along with a new generation of young people. Will they open new perspectives on the future when they research half a century of history in a wild choreography of iconic images?

tg STAN

QUE SERA SERA

theatre

QUE SERA SERA
QUE SERA SERA

theatre

Wed 16.10 - Sat 19.10.19

Damiaan De Schrijver, Bert Haelvoet and Matthias de Koning are moving into the medium of film. Where do film and theatre coalesce? Where do they clash and where do they enhance one another? Their exploration of these questions is based on a variety of source material, such as the interviews that Alfred Hitchcock gave to the likes of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

Milo Rau/NTGent

Orestes in Mosul

theatre

Orestes in Mosul
Orestes in Mosul

theatre

Fri 11.10 - Sat 12.10.19

An apparently endless chain of murders and blood feuds: this is the plot of the Oresteia. In Orestes in Mosul, Milo Rau combines the tragedy of tragedies with contemporary political conflicts. How will the chain of violence between the parties in the Syrian-Iraqi civil war and their international allies ever come to an end? With an ensemble of Iraqi and European actors, Rau presents an Oresteia for our time.

Stefaan Van Brabandt

Socrates

theatre

Socrates
Socrates

theatre

Tue 08.10.19

In this theatre monologue, Bruno Vanden Broecke plays one of the most legendary philosophers in history. A few hours before his death, he reflects on his life and thought. This production demonstrates that 2400 years later, Socrates’ contributions to philosophy are still as relevant as ever.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

Bartók/Beethoven/Schönberg

dance music

Bartók/Beethoven/Schönberg
Bartók/Beethoven/Schönberg

dance

Wed 19.06 - Thu 27.06.19

This special repertory evening will present three early works by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, each of which is based on a piece of classical music. The programme features a combative choreography set to the layered rhythms and harmonies of Bartók’s Quartet n°4, a group piece that defies gravity and depicts the ingenious counterpoint in Beethoven’s Die Grosse Fuge, and a shamelessly romantic duet set to Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Ictus and the Brussels Philharmonic will accompany the pieces live especially for the Brussels series.

Ictus & Suzanne Vega

Einstein on the Beach

music

Einstein on the Beach
Einstein on the Beach

music

Wed 05.06.19

The legendary opera Einstein on the Beach by Phillip Glass, Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs premièred at the Festival of Avignon in 1976. For this new concertante version, the Ictus ensemble is joining forces with the Collegium Vocale Ghent and with neo-folk legend Suzanne Vega. The musical composition and the musicality of the libretto are the central focus in a minimalist and hypnotizing soundscape that lasts 200 minutes.

Maatschappij Discordia

L'Amour Duras

theatre

L'Amour Duras
L'Amour Duras

theatre

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.

Rosas & tg STAN

Quartett

theatre dance

Quartett
Quartett

theatre

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!

Tibaldus & Toneelhuis

Het Huwelijk

theatre

Het Huwelijk
Het Huwelijk

theatre

Wed 28.11 - Thu 29.11.18

Last season, Tibaldus presented an energetic adaptation of Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy by Witold Gombrowicz at Kaaitheater. They are now staging another play by the Polish author. Tibaldus enhances the musicality of Gombrowicz’ play by connecting textual motifs with Flemish polyphonic melodies. They are again presenting a surprising take on an unconventional repertoire!

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

Fase

dance

Fase
Fase

dance

Thu 08.11 - Sun 25.11.18

Fase (1982) was Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s breakthrough performance. 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. For the first time in the work’s history, De Keersmaeker is passing it on to a new generation of dancers.

Walter Hus

Supersonic Flora

music

Supersonic Flora
Supersonic Flora

music

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.

Michiel Vandevelde

Human Landscapes II

performance

Human Landscapes II
Human Landscapes II

performance

Fri 29.11 - Sat 30.11.19

In the late 1920s, Nâzım Hikmet introduced free verse to Turkish poetry, and he was thus the first modern Turkish poet. He wrote the majority of Human Landscapes, his magnum opus, while in prison. The five hundred-page epic was only published posthumously, divided into five ‘books’. Michiel Vandevelde staged Book I last year, commissioned by steierische herbst. Book II now follows.

Jérôme Bel

Conférence sur rien (1949)

lecture performance

Conférence sur rien (1949)
Conférence sur rien (1949)

lecture performance

Fri 08.11.19

‘I am here and I have nothing to say.’ These are the words with which John Cage opened his Lecture on Nothing at the New York Artists’ Club in 1949. The text was like a hypnotizing score that mirrored the structure of Cage’s recent musical compositions – including his particular attention to silence. Jérôme Bel is now presenting the lecture in French.

Jérôme Bel

Rétrospective

film talk

Rétrospective
Rétrospective

film

Thu 07.11.19

Rétrospective is Jérôme Bel’s subjective reflection on his own work. He chose eighteen dance fragments from his video archive. Through meticulous editing, he has used them to reconstruct the development of his thinking about dance. By emphasizing the links between dance and politics, he foregrounds central themes in his work. After the film screening, there will be an extended conversation with the choreographer.

de KOE & mugmetdegoudentand

seks(e)(n)

theatre

seks(e)(n)
seks(e)(n)

theatre

Tue 05.11 - Thu 07.11.19

In 1809, Goethe wrote Die Wahlverwandtschaften, an amorous experiment not unlike Temptation Island. de KOE and Lineke Rijxman are now writing a new version. Will the characters again fall victim to their urges, the so-called laws of nature? Or will reason prevail? Using the same ingredients – two men, two women, a garden – the makers begin a completely new experiment. Seks(e)(n) is about boxes and labels, about definitions and appropriations, about freedom and malleability.

Michiel Vandevelde

Paradise Now (1968-2018)

performance dance

Paradise Now (1968-2018)
Paradise Now (1968-2018)

performance

Fri 25.10.19

Michiel Vandevelde goes in search of traces of the legacy of May ’68, along with a new generation of young people. Will they open new perspectives on the future when they research half a century of history in a wild choreography of iconic images?

tg STAN

QUE SERA SERA

theatre

QUE SERA SERA
QUE SERA SERA

theatre

Wed 16.10 - Sat 19.10.19

Damiaan De Schrijver, Bert Haelvoet and Matthias de Koning are moving into the medium of film. Where do film and theatre coalesce? Where do they clash and where do they enhance one another? Their exploration of these questions is based on a variety of source material, such as the interviews that Alfred Hitchcock gave to the likes of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

Milo Rau/NTGent

Orestes in Mosul

theatre

Orestes in Mosul
Orestes in Mosul

theatre

Fri 11.10 - Sat 12.10.19

An apparently endless chain of murders and blood feuds: this is the plot of the Oresteia. In Orestes in Mosul, Milo Rau combines the tragedy of tragedies with contemporary political conflicts. How will the chain of violence between the parties in the Syrian-Iraqi civil war and their international allies ever come to an end? With an ensemble of Iraqi and European actors, Rau presents an Oresteia for our time.

Stefaan Van Brabandt

Socrates

theatre

Socrates
Socrates

theatre

Tue 08.10.19

In this theatre monologue, Bruno Vanden Broecke plays one of the most legendary philosophers in history. A few hours before his death, he reflects on his life and thought. This production demonstrates that 2400 years later, Socrates’ contributions to philosophy are still as relevant as ever.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

Bartók/Beethoven/Schönberg

dance music

Bartók/Beethoven/Schönberg
Bartók/Beethoven/Schönberg

dance

Wed 19.06 - Thu 27.06.19

This special repertory evening will present three early works by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, each of which is based on a piece of classical music. The programme features a combative choreography set to the layered rhythms and harmonies of Bartók’s Quartet n°4, a group piece that defies gravity and depicts the ingenious counterpoint in Beethoven’s Die Grosse Fuge, and a shamelessly romantic duet set to Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Ictus and the Brussels Philharmonic will accompany the pieces live especially for the Brussels series.

Ictus & Suzanne Vega

Einstein on the Beach

music

Einstein on the Beach
Einstein on the Beach

music

Wed 05.06.19

The legendary opera Einstein on the Beach by Phillip Glass, Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs premièred at the Festival of Avignon in 1976. For this new concertante version, the Ictus ensemble is joining forces with the Collegium Vocale Ghent and with neo-folk legend Suzanne Vega. The musical composition and the musicality of the libretto are the central focus in a minimalist and hypnotizing soundscape that lasts 200 minutes.

Maatschappij Discordia

L'Amour Duras

theatre

L'Amour Duras
L'Amour Duras

theatre

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.

Rosas & tg STAN

Quartett

theatre dance

Quartett
Quartett

theatre

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!

Tibaldus & Toneelhuis

Het Huwelijk

theatre

Het Huwelijk
Het Huwelijk

theatre

Wed 28.11 - Thu 29.11.18

Last season, Tibaldus presented an energetic adaptation of Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy by Witold Gombrowicz at Kaaitheater. They are now staging another play by the Polish author. Tibaldus enhances the musicality of Gombrowicz’ play by connecting textual motifs with Flemish polyphonic melodies. They are again presenting a surprising take on an unconventional repertoire!

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

Fase

dance

Fase
Fase

dance

Thu 08.11 - Sun 25.11.18

Fase (1982) was Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s breakthrough performance. 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. For the first time in the work’s history, De Keersmaeker is passing it on to a new generation of dancers.

Walter Hus

Supersonic Flora

music

Supersonic Flora
Supersonic Flora

music

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.