‘Africaliennes’ refers to a series of awareness raising activities in Belgium that will shed light on the work by the Africalia partners in Africa. This Africalia evening presents a ‘sneak preview’ of two documentary films on contemporary South African artists.
The fresco ‘Porte de Namur ! – Porte de l’Amour ?’ by artist Chéri
Samba represents an imaginary gathering of members of the local
community on the Chaussée d’Ixelles in Brussels, near Porte de Namur.
Since it was first exhibited in 2002, this image has been widely
disseminated and has sparked a great deal of controversy. On 25 June
2011 this fictitious scene will become reality, as the 80 or so people
who posed for the artist create a tableau vivant in the very place where
the painting was originally conceived.
Schwalbe Speelt Op Eigen Kracht is a CO2-neutral production. All the energy needed for the performance is generated by the performers themselves. Schwalbe stands up to darkness, cold and cynicism with perseverance and boundless energy. And they have to cycle to appear in the spotlight.
The choreographer Ula Sickle has created solos for, and together with, two young dancers from Kinshasa, Dinozord and Jolie Ngemi. The first solo seeks out the roots of hip hop, the second one samples music videos and nightclub acts.
Nine performers give it everything they’ve got to the accompaniment of loud techno music. They dance, dance and dance. A physical and emotional marathon, a bomb of non-stop energy which you still feel in your body long after it has ended.
Brussels, 27th May 2011. Traffic in the city has reached critical mass and comes to a standstill. The result is an almost apocalyptic landscape, but see how the inhabitants make the best of it by reinventing their city. This is the futuristic situation that C&H will be staging for one hour in the centre of Brussels.
For You’ve changed, Thomas Hauert has asked Dick Van der Harst to compose an original music on an improvised choreographic piece caught on video. The resulting music, written for a three-headed rock band and three female singers, answers movement on stage.
How can you get out of your body? How long can you stay out of yourself …without losing it altogether? TALES OF THE BODILESS explores a condition that is hard to imagine : a world without human bodies.
After the debate Kernenergie. Maken we ons illusies? (in Dutch), the theatre-maker Davis Freeman will present the occasionally hilarious but none the less highly relevant performance Seven Promises in the Kaaicafé. Together with the actor Jerry Killick, he plays the part of a green preacher and they try to persuade the audience to make ‘sustainable’ promises.
Since the events at Fukushima, the use of nuclear energy has once again
come to the forefront of public debate. And who better to put the cat
among the pigeons than Professor Aviel Verbruggen. At the invitation of
the Kaaitheater and the Masereelfonds, he will be making an analysis of
the way the nuclear lobby steers the media and politics. After the
debate, the theatre-maker Davis Freeman will present the occasionally
hilarious but none the less highly relevant performance Seven Promises in the Kaaicafé.
For his second opera production, Jan Decorte, the uncrowned king of Flemish theatre turns once again to the English baroque composer, Henry Purcell. The Indian Queen (1695) is a ‘semi-opera’. Decorte’s quest for basic simplicity is perfectly in keeping with the strength and freshness of this ‘not-yet-opera’.