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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jean-Guihen Queyras/Rosas

Mitten wir im Leben sind - Bach 6 Cellosuiten

dance

Mitten wir im Leben sind - Bach 6 Cellosuiten
Mitten wir im Leben sind - Bach 6 Cellosuiten

production

Sat 23.09 - Wed 27.09.17

Five dancers – including Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker herself – adapt, question and dance Bach’s six Cello Suites, performed by the world-renowned cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. Their ingenious architecture, rhythmic vitality and timeless beauty continue to fascinate people today.

Kris Verdonck/A Two Dogs Company & Het Zuidelijk Toneel

Conversations (at the end of the world)

theatre

Conversations (at the end of the world)
Conversations (at the end of the world)

production

Fri 29.09 - Sat 30.09.17

Five figures form a portrait of humanity in the insane twentieth century, awaiting the inevitable catastrophe. Wars, simmering conflicts, terrorism, ecological disasters… an ever-greater number of possible endings present themselves. Despite the shock, they continue to talk, perform, and play music.

Forced Entertainment

Real Magic

theatre

Real Magic
Real Magic

production

Thu 05.10 - Fri 06.10.17

Forced Entertainment’s new production creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comic repetition. The performers take part in an impossible illusion, while something unfolds that is part chaotic TV programme, part cabaret act, and part telepathic feat. The result is a compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change: pure magic!

Jan Decorte

Stand Down

theatre music

Stand Down
Stand Down

production

Fri 13.10 - Sat 14.10.17

Jan Decorte is leaving the classics behind, but not the great truths and mysteries that they contain. In Jan Paternoster and Dries Van Dijck of Black Box Revelation – and all the uncompromising vehemence that they bring to the piece – Decorte and Sigrid Vinks have found their ideal musical partners in crime. The gentlemen created a brand-new soundtrack especially for Stand Down.

BL!NDMAN

Arsenal

music film

Arsenal
Arsenal

production

Fri 20.10.17

Exactly one hundred years after the October Revolution in Russia, Eric Sleichim and BL!NDMAN [strings] are presenting a new sound score to the legendary film Arsenal by director Alexander Dovzhenko. Along with Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, Arsenal is rightly considered to be one of the revolutionary masterpieces of Soviet cinema.

De Warme Winkel

Majakovski/Oktober

theatre

Majakovski/Oktober
Majakovski/Oktober

production

Thu 01.01 - Wed 25.10.17

In their ‘oeuvre pieces’, the creators at De Warme Winkel throw the work, life, and zeitgeist of an artist onto the canvas of the present. A century after the October Revolution, they are turning to the most important Russian literary futurist: Vladimir Mayakovski. Expect an elegy of revolution and protest!

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Louis Nam Le Van Ho, Alain Franco/Rosas

Zeitigung

dance

Zeitigung
Zeitigung

production

Thu 09.11 - Sat 18.11.17

In 2008, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Alain Franco created Zeitung. Choreography and music interconnected around questions of composition, improvisation and the experience of time. Now there’s the brand-new production Zeitigung: De Keersmaeker rethinks and reinterprets the sources of her original creation. In addition, dancer and choreographer Louis Nam Le Van Ho  is creating a second part to the piece.

tg STAN

Poquelin II

theatre

Poquelin II
Poquelin II

production

Fri 24.11 - Sun 26.11.17

In 2004, the tg STAN actors dived into the oeuvre of Molière, resulting in the hilarious montage production Poquelin. After ten years they delve into his works again. Along with Kuno Bakker, Els Dottermans, Willy Thomas and Stijn Van Opstal, they are adapting Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and L’Avare.

Jérôme Bel

Gala

dance

Gala
Gala

production

Fri 15.12 - Sun 17.12.17

(Re)discover Jérome Bel’s declaration of love to the performing arts! A colourful mix of dance lovers and professional dancers from diverse genres and cultures perform a veritable New Year’s gala. But this gala radically questions the codes of the performing arts. It undermines the authority of ‘good dancing’ and celebrates the desire and pleasure of standing on a stage and sharing something with the audience.

de KOE

HelloGoodbye

theatre

HelloGoodbye
HelloGoodbye

production

Wed 20.12 - Thu 21.12.17

De KOE has unfinished business with the in-between. They perform a selection of arrival and departure scenes from Russian and Western literature, and supplement them with their own texts. Eight actors perform 35 characters who enter and leave in a symbiosis of welcoming and parting ceremonies. Because nobody stays.

Guy Cassiers/Toneelhuis

Mister Linh’s Little Girl

theatre

Mister Linh’s Little Girl
Mister Linh’s Little Girl

production

Sun 14.01 - Sun 14.01.18

Seeking a better future for his grandchild, Mister Linh flees from a war-torn country. Guy Cassiers’ sequel to his two-part play about migration – featuring star actors Gène Bervoets and Koen De Sutter – draws on the sensory experiences of refugees themselves. A refugee who is offered too few tools to understand the new world in which he finds himself.

Gisèle Vienne

Showcase: Carte Blanche

performance music

Showcase: Carte Blanche
Showcase: Carte Blanche

production

Thu 01.01 - Wed 17.01.18

Just like Meg Stuart, EUROPALIA INDONESIA gave theatre director Gisèle Vienne carte blanche to explore Indonesian culture. She immersed herself in the magical world of performative rituals full of masks and puppets.

Ictus

Liquid Room VIII: PHRASES

music performance

Liquid Room VIII: PHRASES
Liquid Room VIII: PHRASES

production

Sat 20.01.18

Each Liquid Room is a mini festival at various locations where music seeks points of convergence with other disciplines. Liquid Room VIII explores a simple hypothesis: music is not just sound! In PHRASES, the Brussels-based music ensemble Ictus brings together sound poetry, spoken word and modal music.

Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods & Jompet Kuswidananto

Carte Blanche

dance performance

Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche

production

Thu 18.01 - Wed 24.01.18

Meg Stuart and visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto went on an artistic voyage of discovery across contemporary Indonesia. Imaginary and invisible spaces – and the voices that resound within them – are the starting point for an adventurous exploration into uncharted territory.

Gisèle Vienne

CROWD

dance music

CROWD
CROWD

production

Fri 26.01 - Sat 27.01.18

Starting with rituals and celebrations – from the archaic to the contemporary – Gisèle Vienne brings a group of 15 youngsters together who dance to a DJ set by Peter Rehberg. Contrary to the discourse that labels all violence as barbaric, she looks for manifestations of violence that do play a valuable, positive role in society.