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.
‘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.
WORKSHOP - Sometimes perhaps do we find ourselves dismissing a piece of choreography we are watching because it is the sort of thing they used to do twenty / thirty / fifty years ago? What is it that intervenes to make this happen? In this presentation with structured group discussion, Fabian Barba and Ramsay Burt will raise questions about the persistence of embodied memories of past dance aesthetics.
In The Angry Girl a performer seated at a table tells the audience the stories of The Angry Girl and The Lady-in-black-girl while browsing a book with handmade collages. The performer's speech, the collages and the simple but thought-out scenography only serve one goal: to drag public into the sometimes surrealistic then hyper-real world of the characters.
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.
On 29 May 2011 you can attend the launch of the first ‘Green Book’ at
the Zuiderpershuis in Antwerp. How can we change from a consumer society
with its increasing inequality to a society that respects ecological
boundaries and achieves social justice? This is the question that The
Green Book tries to answer, by means of inspiring books, documentaries,
debates and suchlike.
For his first major solo exhibition, Kris Verdonck, theatre-maker,
artist and resident at Kaaitheater, is the guest of Z33 in Hasselt. He
is creating a new work called EXOTE there, a metaphorical garden
installation with a selection of the most invasive non-native plant and
animal species in Belgium. They are a genuine danger to biodiversity,
the economy and public health.
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.
WorkSpace Brussels is a workshop for the performing arts, with a particular emphasis on dance. It was set up by the Kaaitheater and Rosas in 2007 and provides support for artists through an intensive programme of residencies and by means of coproduction and dramaturgical guidance for creations and research projects. The more promising results are brought together twice a year in the Working Title Platforms.