Benjamin Vandewalle [BE]

Studio Cité

Studio Cité
Studio Cité

14.09 – 22.09.2019

‘The public space is where conflicting points of view are confronted without any possibility of a final reconciliation.’ – Chantal Mouffe (Agonistics)

I see I see you what you don’t see and it is… a dancer, a viewer, a curb, a passer-by, or no, it is a dancer. Studio Cité orients, directs, diverts and distorts your view of the world. Step inside a driving mirror cart by yourself, form a dancing circle with your fellow audience members, or stand on the side-lines watching how people with periscopic masks try to find their way. You are both a viewer and a performer. As a choreographer of sight, Benjamin Vandewalle plays with the way we observe reality and challenges our perception. How do we observe our environment and the people within it – and do we dare and surrender ourselves to new perspectives? In Studio Cité, Vandewalle organizes an artistic funfair that offers unexpected experiences on Brussels’ squares.

• Benjamin Vandewalle – who has been a Kaaitheater artist-in-residence since 2017 – describes himself as an urban choreographer. He has taken Kaaitheater audiences into the streets several times, in performances like Walking the line, Perisphere, Inter-View and Birdwatching 4x4.


concept & direction Benjamin Vandewalle | performance Alice Van Der Wielen, Shosha Van Kranendonk, Yentl De Werdt | technical coordination Hans Van Wambeke, Jonas Vanhullebusch | technical support Bjørn Gunnar Otten | technician on tour Pierre Daugy | technical engineering Joris Festjens | sound Yoann Durant, Laryssa Kim | sound engineering Gert Aertsen, Leander Schönweger | costumes Sofie Durnez | graphic design Fien Robbe | thanks to Aernout Vandewalle, CB service, Ivan Lucadamo | an IN SITU Pilot project, has received a creation aid by the ACT project, co- funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union | co-production Kaaitheataer, Atelier 231, Festival di Terni, Freedom Festival, La Strada Graz, Lieux publics, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Østfold kulturutvikling, Oerol Festival, Theater op de Markt, UZ Arts, SoAP, workspacebrussels | executive production Caravan Production | support the Flemish Authorities

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