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Rosas

A Love Supreme

dance

A Love Supreme
A Love Supreme

dance

Thu 12.09 - Sun 29.09.19

In 2017, Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker adapted A Love Supreme with four young, male dancers. The distinctly vibrant production was immediately selected for the TheaterFestival. It is high time that you join the dancers again and succumb to John Coltrane’s spiritual tribute to divine love!

Mette Ingvartsen

Moving in Concert

dance

Moving in Concert
Moving in Concert

dance

Thu 03.10 - Sat 05.10.19

Mette Ingvartsen creates a universe in which people, technology and organic matter coexist to create an abstract set of movements. Inspired by how bodies are sensorially affected by the digital, the performance explores a poetics of plasticity, abstraction and imagination. Through light, shadow and reflection, the nine dancers open an enchanting landscape that you can enter as a viewer.

Stefaan Van Brabandt

Socrates

theatre

Socrates
Socrates

theatre

Tue 08.10.19

In this theatre monologue, Bruno Vanden Broecke plays one of the most legendary philosophers in history. A few hours before his death, he reflects on his life and thought. This production demonstrates that 2400 years later, Socrates’ contributions to philosophy are still as relevant as ever.

Milo Rau/NTGent

Orestes in Mosul

theatre

Orestes in Mosul
Orestes in Mosul

theatre

Fri 11.10 - Sat 12.10.19

An apparently endless chain of murders and blood feuds: this is the plot of the Oresteia. In Orestes in Mosul, Milo Rau combines the tragedy of tragedies with contemporary political conflicts. How will the chain of violence between the parties in the Syrian-Iraqi civil war and their international allies ever come to an end? With an ensemble of Iraqi and European actors, Rau presents an Oresteia for our time.

tg STAN

QUE SERA SERA

theatre

QUE SERA SERA
QUE SERA SERA

theatre

Wed 16.10 - Sat 19.10.19

Damiaan De Schrijver, Bert Haelvoet and Matthias de Koning are moving into the medium of film. Where do film and theatre coalesce? Where do they clash and where do they enhance one another? Their exploration of these questions is based on a variety of source material, such as the interviews that Alfred Hitchcock gave to the likes of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

Jérôme Bel

Rétrospective

film talk

Rétrospective
Rétrospective

film

Thu 07.11.19

Rétrospective is Jérôme Bel’s subjective reflection on his own work. He chose eighteen dance fragments from his video archive. Through meticulous editing, he has used them to reconstruct the development of his thinking about dance. By emphasizing the links between dance and politics, he foregrounds central themes in his work. After the film screening, there will be an extended conversation with the choreographer.

de KOE & mugmetdegoudentand

seks(e)(n)

theatre

seks(e)(n)
seks(e)(n)

theatre

Tue 05.11 - Thu 07.11.19

In 1809, Goethe wrote Die Wahlverwandtschaften. He places four characters on a country estate, and observes their reactions. De KOE and Lineke Rijxman have now written a new Wahlverwandtschaften. How will the two couples fare, now that we can no longer blame nature for our whims and desires? Will it be as catastrophic? Or even more catastrophic?

Jérôme Bel

Conférence sur rien (1949)

lecture performance

Conférence sur rien (1949)
Conférence sur rien (1949)

lecture performance

Fri 08.11.19

‘I am here and I have nothing to say.’ These are the words with which John Cage opened his Lecture on Nothing at the New York Artists’ Club in 1949. The text was like a hypnotizing score that mirrored the structure of Cage’s recent musical compositions – including his particular attention to silence. Jérôme Bel is now presenting the lecture in French.

Meg Stuart & Tim Etchells

Shown and Told

dance performance

Shown and Told
Shown and Told

dance

Thu 21.11 - Sat 23.11.19

Shown and Told is a dynamic performance-collage founded on structured improvisation and associative leaps. It is an encounter between choreographer and dancer Meg Stuart and writer/performance artist Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment). Together, they explore the relationship between movement, images and the body as a performance instrument.

Jan Decorte

body a.k.a.

theatre

body a.k.a.
body a.k.a.

theatre

Fri 29.11 - Sat 30.11.19

In 1994, Jan Decorte wrote his inimitable theatre script Bloetwollefduivel: a jet-black abstraction of the ultimate play about evil: Shakespeare’s Macbeth. body a.k.a. starts from this iconic text but seeks to ward off evil and to turn the downwards spiral into an ecstatic high. Jan Decorte, Sigrid Vinks, Benny Claessens and Lisah Adeaga engage in the battle body and soul.

Stefaan Van Brabandt/De Verwondering & Johan Heldenbergh

Stefaan Van Brabandt & Johan Heldenbergh

theatre

Marx
Marx

theatre

Wed 04.12.19

Johan Heldenbergh-as-Marx reflects on an eventful life and body of thought. Where did he make mistakes? And where has he been proved right? Can his philosophy still be relevant and liberating? In times of uncertainty and growing inequality, Marx aims to be a confrontational, critical, and impassioned plea for freedom and human dignity.

Rosas

Zeitigung

dance

Zeitigung
Zeitigung

dance

Wed 11.12 - Sat 14.12.19

Almost ten years after Zeitung (2008), Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Alain Franco used the building blocks of that production to make a new one: Zeitigung. Against the backdrop of a changing world and channelled through the bodies of eight young dancers, they updated their own work. Zeitigung is returning to the Kaaitheater stage, where it premièred in 2017.

Ictus

Pneuma

music

Pneuma
Pneuma

music

Wed 18.12.19

While silence can be intimidating and evoke a sacral atmosphere, breathing fosters connection. In the immersive concert Pneuma, Ictus has radically opted for breath. An accordion becomes a lung, the flute a larynx. The result is a subtle soundscape that unfurls across the space, and you can decide on the distance from which you want to experience this (breath)taking event.

Jan Lauwers & Needcompany

All the good

theatre

All the good
All the good

theatre

Wed 08.01 - Fri 10.01.20

All the Good is a story with a double autobiographical background: on the one hand, the life of Israeli elite soldier and war veteran Elik Niv, and on the other, Jan Lauwers’ life with Grace Ellen Barkey and their children – in a house and workspace in Molenbeek. It is love story in an age in which Europe is throwing its values to the wind and a growing group of people is being seduced by hate and intolerance.

Eszter Salamon

MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations

dance performance

MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations
MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations

dance

Fri 17.01 - Sat 18.01.20

Why is it important to cast a spotlight on the marginalized history of feminism in Romania and Eastern Europe? And what might this mean for our collective, historical consciousness With a collage of feminist voices, artistic gestures, historical avant-garde, and traditional songs, Eszter Salamon focuses on Romanian histories.