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The Middle Ages

performance
29—30.04.2015

When are we?

For his new production, The Middle Ages, the choreographer Andros Zins-Browne was inspired by theoretical physics, especially theories about time and time travel. Notions such as ‘the end of history’ (Francis Fukuyama) and the ‘acceleration’ of society (Nick Land and others) also stimulated his imagination.

The Middle Ages is a performance for five dancers about a time that is ‘in the middle’, ambiguous, vague, and neither here nor there. By the exuberant use of costumes and a rigorous study of the history of movement, the performance attempts to assume a place and time in which historical references overlap. Actions and events are sometimes compressed and then stretched again by the performers so that time - both of history and velocity - is in flux.

The Middle Ages does not question who or what we are, but when we are. When is now?

Concept & choreography Andros Zins-Browne | Created and performed by Dragana Bulut, Kennis Hawkins, Jaime Llopis, Sandy Williams & Tiran Willemse | Sound design Peter Lenaerts & Andros Zins-Browne | Lute and theorbo played by Sofie Vanden Eynden | light design Nick Symons | Costumes Sofie Durnez | Production Hiros | Co-production Kaaitheater, Buda (Kortrijk), MDT (Stockholm), PACT Zollverein (Essen), HAU (Berlin) | Co-production Vooruit in the frame of the European Network DNA (Departures and Arrivals)