dance

Christian Rizzo

une maison

dance

une maison
une maison

dance

Thu 20.02 - Fri 21.02.20

On a stage covered with a thick layer of earth and bathed in light stand fourteen dancers – all different in age and dance background. Movements flow from one body to the next, gradually building to a wild climax. The result is a tactile experience that shares loneliness with fiction: how is it that you can be alone even when you’re in a group?

Daina Ashbee

Laborious Song

dance

Laborious Song
Laborious Song

dance

Tue 03.03.20

In her first creation for a male dancer, the young Canadian choreographer Daina Ashbee uses repetition to attain a form of trance and transformation. She traces the forms of vulnerability that transcend gender. Performer Benjamin Kamino submits to the extremely precise, constantly developing pattern. Where is the dividing line between the restlessness and the playfulness of a naked body? Last year, Ashbee won a prestigious Bessie Award!

Syreeta Hector

Black Ballerina

dance

Black Ballerina
Black Ballerina

dance

Wed 04.03 - Thu 05.03.20

Black Ballerina is based on Syreeta Hector’s relationship with race and classical ballet. The Canadian dancer explores the identity and the unconscious ways in which we try to blend in. ‘I wanted to examine how the body of minorities is depicted onstage, and how white culture has influenced the relationship I have to my own blackness and indigeneity.’

Alexandra Bachzetsis

Escape Act

dance performance

Escape Act
Escape Act

dance

Fri 06.03 - Sat 07.03.20

Does gender have a voice, does skin have a race? Using drag, vogueing, striptease, YouTube tutorials as well as the triadic ballet by Oskar Schlemmer, seven bodies and many more objects try out new constellations, like surrealist ready-mades. With a great sense of irony, Escape Act presents hyper-stereotyped gender identities, only to deconstruct them completely.

Faustin Linyekula/NTGent

Histoire(s) du théâtre II

theatre dance

Histoire(s) du théâtre II
Histoire(s) du théâtre II

theatre

Fri 13.03 - Sat 14.03.20

1974, Zaire. In the Fight of the Century, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman. Mobutu Sese Seko founded the National Ballet of Zaire. Fast forward to 2019. Faustin Linyekula has created a production in which he reflects on key moments in the history of theatre. Along with three members of the Congolese National Ballet and actors Papy Maurice Mbwiti and Oscar van Rompay, he explores what the young Congolese state could have become.

Boris Charmatz

infini

dance

infini
infini

dance

Wed 25.03 - Sat 28.03.20

For centuries, dancers have been counting their steps to 4, 6 or 8. But what if dancers were to count to infinity? Boris Charmatz: ‘I have always hated counting while dancing. In this piece, we count, speak and sing not only so that we can dance, but first and foremost, so that our minds can wander even more.’ In a world that is being increasingly enslaved by algorithms, Charmatz offers a moment of infinity.

Doris Uhlich

Every Body Electric [medium]

dance

Every Body Electric [medium]
Every Body Electric [medium]

dance

Thu 02.04.20

People with physical disabilities are often more associated with stationariness than with movement. In Every Body Electric, Doris Uhlich refutes this idea with vitality and vibrancy. You can expect a fascinating dialogue between the human and the mechanical in which very personal dance styles vary from explosive to gently poetic.

Benjamin Vandewalle

Studio Cité

dance installation

Studio Cité
Studio Cité

dance

Thu 23.04 - Fri 24.04.20

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. Benjamin Vandewalle organizes an artistic funfair that offers unexpected experiences on Brussels’ squares.

Claire Croizé & Etienne Guilloteau

Pole Reports from Space

dance

Pole Reports from Space
Pole Reports from Space

dance

Fri 24.04 - Sat 25.04.20

Claire Croizé and Etienne Guilloteau join two Polish dancers to explore the music of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio. Futurism and utopia, old school Soviet science fiction, activism and progressive thinking inspired them to create an exciting choreography that plays with the presence and absence of the body in electronic music.

Jonathan Burrows

Rewriting

dance lecture performance

Rewriting
Rewriting

dance

Fri 24.04 - Sat 25.04.20

Of what does the practice of choreographing consist? In Rewriting, Jonathan Burrows attempts – by turns hesitantly and exuberantly – to map out the unknown territory known as choreography. In contrast to the dominant model, which assumes that a successful production is the result of a fixed, predetermined idea, Burrows proposes a practice of a slow, coincidental accumulation of meanings.

Michiel Vandevelde/Platform-K & Philippe Thuriot

The Goldberg Variations

dance music

The Goldberg Variations
The Goldberg Variations

dance

Sat 25.04 - Sun 26.04.20

The title The Goldberg Variations not only evokes the famous music of Bach, but also the iconic dance solo by Steve Paxton. Along with a dancer, a ballet dancer, and an accordionist, Michiel Vandevelde works with this material. Three bodies, each with very different potentialities, delve into dance history and question the potential of dance today.

Radouan Mriziga

Tafukt

dance

Tafukt
Tafukt

dance

Fri 08.05 - Tue 12.05.20

Tafukt/The Sun/Athena is a dance solo and the first part of a trilogy focused on epistemologies and mythologies of the Tamazigh – the indigenous population of Northern Africa. How can we challenge the current canon? Can performance function as a tool of resistance? Radouan Mriziga seeks to create a space for reflections on the past in order to strive for a more inclusive future.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas & Ictus

Rain (live)

dance music

Rain (live)
Rain (live)

dance

Fri 15.05 - Wed 20.05.20

Rain (2001) is one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s most characteristic performances, set to Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. Seven women and three men allow themselves to be propelled by an unstoppable joined energy. They are connected by a lively network of breathing and speed, as well as the special comradery that forms when you are beyond fatigue. In 2016, Rain was reprised with a new cast, premièring at the Royal Circus.

Daniel Linehan

sspeciess

dance

sspeciess
sspeciess

dance

Fri 12.06 - Sat 13.06.20

Daniel Linehan creates a choreography in which the lighting, the scenography, the costumes, the movement, and the music each dominate the stage in turn, and then fade to make space for the others. This constant cycle of emergence and disappearance creates an interplay in which unnoticed elements suddenly demand your attention, eliciting unsuspected moments of wonder.

Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods

Celestial Sorrow

dance performance

Celestial Sorrow
Celestial Sorrow

dance

Wed 24.06 - Sat 27.06.20

Celestial Sorrow is Meg Stuart’s first collaboration with the Indonesian visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto. Based in collective memories and fictitious traumas, the duo create a world of light and movement that is inhabited by three performers and two musicians. The show premiered at the Kaaistudios in 2018 and is moving to the main stage of Kaaitheater for this reprise.