GUESTS is an interactive dance performance. Two dancers start, stop and manipulate scraps of sound and image by moving about in a field of laser beams. The laser beams constantly scan the space and so detect every object and movement. The dancers and the interactive system are instruments that follow their own rules.
The choreographer Panaibra Gabriel and image-maker Walter Verdin hope to make GUESTS a comprehensible, even moving performance that does not get stuck in high-tech experiments and effects. The theme is communication. Can we communicate with others without losing our identity? It is preceded by a workshop in which guest dancers are selected. They are given the opportunity to personally test and manipulate the system.
artistic direction, choreography Panaibra Gabriel Canda | artistic direction, interactivity, video Walter Verdin | director's assistant Saddie Choua | performers Janeth Mulapha + guests | music samples Cheny Wa Gune + guests | creation performers Amelia Socovinho, Thi-mai Nguyen | motion detection Gert Aertsen, Pieter Heremans, Jan Willem de Haan | video & sound technician Kevin Strauwen | lights Inne Box | technical stage coordination Koen Bauwens | production in Maputo Andrea Moreira | production office Brussel Sofie Van den Bulcke, Stéphanie Lacocque, Fabienne Dragonetti | production Corban | co-production CulturArte, Maputo | thanks to Litho 'Logaritimo', Jasper Walgrave, Jean Michel Champault, Ornella Mamba, Paroquia Santo Antonio de Malhagalene, the Kaaitheater crew | special thanks to Leen Verstraelen | CulturArte is supported by HIVOS, Harare | Corban and GUESTS are supported by the Flemish Government | performances in Brussels co-presented by Bozar & Kaaitheater