COCOs [Brussels]

Breeding, Brains and Beauty

Breeding, Brains and Beauty
Breeding, Brains and Beauty

30.08 – 31.08.2008

In your imagination

Breeding, Brains and Beauty brings together five performers who have previously worked together in various combinations: Jan Ritsema, Bojana Cvejić, Mette Ingvartsen, Jefta Van Dinther and Sandra Iché.

Although previous projects – such as Pipelines and knowH2Ow – were based on clearly defined political, social and scientific content, Breeding, Brains and Beauty has more of an artistic-experimental nature. COCOs focuses mainly on the spectator’s experience, on the journey your senses take you on during this evening at the theatre. Theatrical, radiophonic, filmic and choreographic stimulation are fired at you on parallel paths. The spectator decides which stimuli are allowed to penetrate: the visual, auditory or a combination of the two.

Breeding, Brains and Beauty  is conceived as a choreography transposing a varying set of parameters from a Hollywood melodrama from the 1940s. COCOs understands choreography as a composition of movement in the gaps between bodies, encounters and relations, between the visible and the audible, the concrete and the generic, the gestural and the formal & abstract, between cinema, dance and theatre. Music and words travel back and forth between the ears of the spectators and the amplified sound in the space. While receiving sound through headphones and watching a mute play of gestures, movements and acts, the spectators experience a strange mixture of intimacy and the distance created by the eye, and re-edit a performance of their own in their imagination.


by Bojana Cvejić, Jefta van Dinther, Sandra Iché, Mette Ingvartsen, Jan Ritsema | production Avec Jan Jib Co & Kerstin Schroth | co-production Kaaitheater