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I think, therefore I am?

‘Cogito, ergo sum.’ – ‘I think, therefore I am’. This is probably the best-known of all philosophical principles. The French philosopher René Descartes wrote it down in 1637. Nowadays, his proposition confronts us with a major question. Thinking, as a core activity of and fuel for human existence, seems decreasingly self-evident. The recent decisions by two Dutch universities to reduce or even axe their faculties of Philosophy illustrate how timeless and unconditional thought is losing ground. But if we as a society no longer initiate thinking, do we still actually exist?
There is an urgent need for an examination of this issue. When do ideas become a body of thought? How do thoughts influence our lives? What happens to a body when it thinks?


Thinking is an art

It is striking how often philosophy makes an appearance in today’s performing arts. Well-known philosophers become characters, and philosophical ideas form a grid that is a foundation for artistic work. There seems to be a necessity to make pure thinking visible. To refer to ideas that feel ‘more real’ or authentic than the actual fragmented reality. Thinking is literally given ‘room’ in art, because it is precisely by thinking that art too knows that it is and will continue to be.


Philosophers on stage

As a common thread throughout the season, RE:THINK confronts you with productions centred on the thoughts of several great philosophical minds. We shall also be holding monthly RE:THINK TALKS at 7 pm. Experts will spotlight philosophical points inspired by the performance that follows immediately afterwards. To cap it all we are also hosting a number of renowned thinkers who will offer an insight into pressing social issues in a series of full-length lectures.

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Susan Neiman

Citizens in the world

debate

Citizens in the world
Citizens in the world

debate

Sun 17.04.16
CANCELLED - Susan Neiman will be replaced by David Van Reybrouck
 
The world is in the midst of change, while at the same time there is little that can be changed. There is a great temptation to sit back cynically and do nothing – but isn’t that simply a form of laziness. Should we not argue for a mature idealism, as the American writer and moral philosopher Susan Neiman does?

Bojan Djordjev

De discrete charme van het marxisme

theatre performance

De discrete charme van het marxisme
De discrete charme van het marxisme

theatre

Wed 16.12.15

‘Food for thought’, that is The Discreet Charm of Marxism. Marxist texts on the class struggle and revolution are staged as a six-course meal. In the meantime real food and drink are served, as ‘books’. No one will go hungry!

Marli Huijer

De waarde van filosofie

debate

The value of philosophy as daily practice
The value of philosophy as daily practice

debate

Sat 12.03.16

Marli Huijer describes her practice as ‘in-between thinking’: standing in amongst the things of life and reflecting on them with a philosophical gaze. This broader access to philosophy stands in sharp contrast to the academic philosophy that is aimed at insiders. What will become of pure thinking if philosophy is given a purely practical, everyday role?

Robert Cantarella

Faire le Gilles

performance talk

Faire le Gilles
Faire le Gilles

performance

Fri 11.03.16

Robert Cantarella has been ‘doing a Gilles’ for several years now. Which means that he has been giving new voice to the renowned lectures the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze gave in the 1980s, including the correct intonation, rhythm, hesitations and incoherence of the spoken word.

Masschelein, de Buysser & de Coulon

Filosofische referenties en authenticiteit

debate

Philosophical references and authenticity
Philosophical references and authenticity

debate

Fri 11.03.16

Although pure thought is under pressure in our society, the use of philosophical references remains popular. In the performing arts, Deleuze is one such established figure. We must therefore ask: how close are we to the authentic views of a philosopher – and is this thanks to or in spite of these references?

Mugmetdegoudentand

Hannah en Martin

theatre

Hannah en Martin
Hannah en Martin

theatre

Wed 30.09 - Thu 01.10.15

Hannah en Martin is based on the secret love affair of the Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt and her teacher, the philosopher and briefly active National Socialist Martin Heidegger. The performance was selected for the 2010 Dutch Theatre Festival.

Annie Dorsen

Hello Hi There

theatre

Hello Hi There
Hello Hi There

theatre

Tue 16.02 - Wed 17.02.16

Annie Dorsen has programmed two laptops in such a way that every evening they perform an improvised dialogue based on a famous television debate between Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky. An amusing dialogue about man in the digital age.

Eef Cornelissen

Het filosofielabo: wanneer denken een spel wordt!

workshop

Het filosofielabo: wanneer denken een spel wordt!
Het filosofielabo: wanneer denken een spel wordt!

workshop

Sat 12.03 - Sat 12.03.16

In het filosofielabo laat je je vertrouwde gedachten over jezelf en de wereld even los. Vreemde objecten leiden je langs een pad waar vragen belangrijker zijn dan antwoorden!

Ruud Gielens, Rachid Benzine & Hiam Abbass

In the Eyes of Heaven

theatre

In the Eyes of Heaven
In the Eyes of Heaven

theatre

Thu 24.03 - Fri 25.03.16

This is a woman who, on payment, you briefly possess, but rarely to love her. She wants to save her daughter from the solitude into which her own fate has plunged her. She sees the hope of a new life disintegrate at the start of the Arab Spring.

Vinciane Despret

L'inventivité des morts

talk

L'inventivité des morts
L'inventivité des morts

talk

Thu 29.10.15

How do the dead get us moving? These and other questions raised by the philosopher Vinciane Despret (ULG, ULB) resonate in The Parliament of Invisibles. On the occasion of this performance, Despret talks about the relationship between the dead and the living and how they are an inexhaustible source of stories and art. Despret’s book, Au bonheur des morts. Récits de ceux qui restent, will be published in September.

Koen De Sutter

Montaigne

theatre

Montaigne
Montaigne

theatre

Fri 22.01 - Sat 23.01.16

The actor and director Koen De Sutter brings the philosopher Michel de Montaigne to the stage. Montaigne thinks about the large and small things of life. He is curious and looks critically at those in power and at himself. But above all, he is hungry for good conversation.

Lucas Vandervost

Of Wittgenstein

theatre

Of Wittgenstein
Of Wittgenstein

theatre

Tue 03.05 - Wed 04.05.16

With donkey’s ears on his head, Lucas Vandervost takes Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, an essential philosophical work on the relationship between world and language, and turns it to his own ends. Not as a lesson in philosophy, but in a unique monologue in which he reveals and analyses Wittgenstein.

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