#society

Arm wrestling with current affairs

Lotte van den Berg

Wordless Discussion

theatre performance

Conversation without words
Conversation without words

production

Sun 26.03.17

Experience what lies at the root of human contact, and how a group can come together in a very direct way. To look at one another without speaking is highly intense. This encounter is based on the annual meeting of Inuit leaders, which is conducted without speaking.

Rabih Mroué & Hito Steyerl

Probable Title: Zero Probability

lecture performance

Probable Title: Zero Probability
Probable Title: Zero Probability

production

Wed 29.03.17

In this lecture performance, Rabih Mroué and Hito Steyerl examine probability. Steyerl gets caught up in quantum superposition, while Mroué consults his father about mathematical calculations. They come across ‘zero probability’: a space in which everything is possible but nothing can be explained.

Alioum Moussa & Maarten Vanden Eynde

In_Dependence

performance

In_Dependence
In_Dependence

production

Sat 25.03 - Fri 31.03.17

Maarten Vanden Eynde and Alioum Moussa are building a two-part mobile structure, of which one side is the other’s opposite. During Performatik17 they set up shop at Place de la Monnaie, where you are invited to visit them – in pairs – for a discussion about dependence and independence.

Gintersdorfer/Klassen

Cinema Dialogue

theatre

Cinema Dialogue Kinshasa Brussels
Cinema Dialogue Kinshasa Brussels

production

Tue 25.04 - Wed 26.04.17

In Cinema Dialogue, Monika Gintersdorfer and Knut Klaßen critically examine the United Nations’ ostensibly apolitical Millennium Development Goals. They juxtapose the universalism of the UN programme with the local reality of urban development in Kinshasa between 2000 and the present day.

Bashar Murkus

NEW MIDDLE EAST

theatre

New Middle East
New Middle East

production

Tue 02.05.17

New Middle East is a dialogue between a masked soldier and the woman that he is burying alive. This conversation between the perpetrator and the victim becomes increasingly absurd. Bashar Murkus is a promising Palestinian director who we are presenting in partnership with Moussem.

Gregory Feldman

We are all migrants

talk

We are all migrants
We are all migrants

production

Thu 25.05.17

By way of introducing some themes raised in Thomas Bellinck’s performance “Simple as ABS #2”, political anthropologist Gregory Feldman will give a 1 hour-lecture based on his publication “We Are All Migrants: Political Action and the Ubiquitous Condition of Migrant-hood” (2015).

Thomas Bellinck / ROBIN

Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate

theatre

Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate
Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate

production

Wed 24.05 - Sat 27.05.17

Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate is a documentary musical theatre performance about the digitization of migration management and the outsourcing of our unease about social sorting. For this second part Bellinck strikes up many different conversations with border and data managers in the control rooms and at the liquid fringes of Project Europe.

Guy Cassiers / Toneelhuis

Grensgeval

theatre

Grensgeval
Grensgeval

production

Thu 01.06 - Fri 02.06.17

Elfriede Jelinek wrote Die Schutzbefohlenen in 2013 as a reaction to the increasingly desperate refugee problem in Europe. Her text has proved to be more than prophetic: all the images that are now burnt into our memories she minutely calls to life years before the actual events. With this adaptation, Guy Cassiers throws himself into a diptych about the problems surrounding migration.

Jan Lauwers & Needcompany

The blind poet

theatre

The blind poet
The blind poet

production

Fri 09.06 - Sat 10.06.17

History is written by the victors. How many lies, chance encounters and mishaps have actually determined history as we know it? The blind poet travels through history by way of the family trees of all Needcompany’s members.

Lotte van den Berg

The Agonistic Conversation

theatre performance

The Agonistic Conversation
The Agonistic Conversation

production

Sat 25.03.17

How do you facilitate a good discussion between opponents? The Agonistic Conversation was developed as a reaction to the philosopher Chantal Mouffe. She speaks about the importance of conflict in the political arena, and the way in which the Maori deal with conflict within their own community.

Lotte van den Berg

Thinking Together – An Experiment

theatre performance

Thinking Together – An Experiment
Thinking Together – An Experiment

production

Sat 25.03.17

The American quantum physicist David Bohm takes as his premise the self-regulating way in which a group of people functions. You never think alone, but are always linked to the thinking of others. Thus a discussion is the ideal place in which to research and maintain the patterns of this collective thinking – without a moderator.

LOD muziektheater

BOSCH BEACH

music theatre

BOSCH BEACH
BOSCH BEACH

production

Fri 17.03 - Sat 18.03.17

What would hell look like today? The 500th anniversary of the death of Hieronymus Bosch, made Vasco Mendonça, Kris Verdonck and Dimitri Verhulst think. They quickly arrived at the beaches of Lampedusa: a place where while tourists were sunbathing refugees were washed up on the beach. The false paradise of the resorts and the Boschian hell on earth seamlessly flow into each other.