The performance is over, the lights come on. The audience begins to applaud. The dancer returns to the stage and greets the audience. What exactly happens at such a moment? To highlight this particular theatrical code, Latifa Laâbissi puts herself in the shoes of a paradoxical figure. In this end without end, which repeatedly performs a different variation of the same greeting, stories intertwine and memories emerge.
With her ritual A Farewell to Melancholy Desires, drag queen Olympia Bukkakis wants to help you break your melancholic attachments to the Kaaitheater building as it was and is and let go of all your unfulfilled wishes. At the same time, as a participant, you are invited to transform your melancholic desires and focus on the possibilities of the new building.
Every great party deserves a proper toast. During Bye Bye Kaai, theatre maker Louis Janssens will curate The Long Toast as a way of paying tribute to the old and new Kaaitheater. Different generations of artists, politicians and partner organizations will raise their glasses and share their diverse memories.
Ways To Exit A Theatre is an ode to that mysterious moment of transit between fiction and reality that we are supposed to experiment when we depart from the playhouse but is never as clear-cut as it might seem.
On October 10, 2021, Ritsema passed away. We will take the occasion of Kaaitheater’s closing celebration to say goodbye to Ritsema, too, and to present his last text, written together with Jonathan Burrows.
Marianne van Kerkhoven spent thirty years as a dramaturge at Kaaitheater. has to attend the farewell party ‘Bye Bye Kaai’. We make her part of it with a conversation about the legacy of her work.Speaking are the dramaturges Esther Severi and Edith Cassiers.
During Bye Bye Kaai Toestand vzw will set up a part of their Allee du Kaai museum in Kaaitheater: Here you can find Toestand books, make t-shirts, stickers or buttons, or have a chat with the people from Allee du Kaai. For everyone, by everyone.
In the early 20th century, there was an amusement park (luna park) where the current Kaaitheater building sits and hence the building's original name: the Lunatheater. But did you know that Kaaitheater once also housed a carpet shop? Step behind the scenes and discover corners that are normally off-limits to the public.
Sometime in the not-so-distant future, two friends meet in a forest. Michel, just back from two years of deep mindfulness in an ashram, have been keeping up with the news. Taylor hurries to tell him about his adventures with the 'Context and Modality Platform', a kind of political party that – as an out-of-control joke and against all odds – has ended up at the gates of power. Have Taylor and his friends managed to stay true to their ideals?