See the big names in action
In his new solo, Thomas Hauert dances to various different versions of Monteverdi’s baroque madrigal Si dolce è’l tormento and to 12 Madrigali by Salvatore Sciarrino. For Hauert, this musical poem about impossible love symbolises the tension between longing for an ideal and understanding the tormenting truth that the ideal will remain out of reach.
In 2005, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, along with Salva Sanchis, created a quartet set to John Coltrane’s jazz album A Love Supreme. Improvisation and composition interweave until they melt together. Join a new cast of young performers, in giving yourself over to Coltrane’s spiritual ode to divine love!
Zaoum is the second part of the Flemish-Swiss choreographer Cindy Van Acker’s new cycle, which was inspired by Quando Stanno Morendo by the composer Luigi Nono. Abstract dance to enjoy and/or decipher!
Rain (2001) is one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's most effervescent performances and is set to Steve Reichs Music for 18 Musicians. Mathematical figures, continuous repetitions, the geometric utilisation of space and the art of continual variation: here De Keersmaeker pushes to its limits everything that had gradually become her trademark.
Ne Swarte is a new text by Jan Decorte, based on Shakespeare’s Othello. In this radical, poetic rewriting, Jan Decorte debones the classic text. Beneath the simple narrative lies a profound truth that directly touches on the mystery of life.
Caspar Western Friedrich combines the narrative force of the Western with the dreamy longings of Romanticism. Drawing his inspiration from the lonesome cowboy and from the paintings and personality of Caspar David Friedrich, Philippe Quesne builds a studio of landscapes on stage.
Dancer and choreographer Fumiyo Ikeda takes you on a journey to the heart of Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet. This 80-minute composition for piano and strings exudes an aura of tranquillity, in which ‘each is just as much an echo of the other’. Ikeda shares the stage with the soloists of Ictus, as though she herself were the sixth musician.
The magisterial Life and Times epic is approaching its conclusion. The life story of Kristin Worrall is continuing in two films, combined into a marathon screening. Episode 7 pays tribute to Citizen Kane and the conventions of Hollywood’s black and white films. Episode 8 takes an entirely different direction, as a Cinemascope colour film with wide, uninterrupted shots. No prior knowledge is necessary: a cinematic newsflash-like introduction will concisely summarize the story so far.
Boris Charmatz and Emmanuelle Huynh pay tribute to the French choreographer Odile Duboc. They dance two versions of her boléro 2 (1996), once in an extremely slow interpretation, and then in its original form. According to Duboc, “In the slow form, the pair sculpts a common substance.”
History is written by winners. Including all the lies, chance encounters, and accidents de parcours. With this realization in mind, Jan Lauwers and Needcompany travel through time by way of the family trees of all the members. After an international tour – and being selected for the TheatreFestival 2016 – The blind poet is returning to the place where it premiered: the Kaaitheater.