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Arm wrestling with current affairs

Ant Hampton

Crazy But True

performance

Crazy But True
Crazy But True

production

Thu 21.09.17

In the performance Crazy But True, children between the ages of seven and eleven form a panel of experts. A text is whispered to them via headsets. They repeat what they hear, and thus present a growing list of extraordinary facts.

Fatima Mernissi

Sexism, Sharia and the Spectre of the Arab Muslim Man

talk

Sexism, Sharia and the Spectre of the Arab Muslim Man
Sexism, Sharia and the Spectre of the Arab Muslim Man

production

Thu 28.09.17

Is sexism inherent to Islam? Where does the menacing stereotype of the sexist Muslim come from and how is it perpetuated? Sociologists Sarah Bracke and Zakia Salime explore the alleged sexism of Arab Muslim men and Islamic Sharia law.

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.

Christophe Meierhans & Ant Hampton

The THING

performance workshop

The THING
The THING

production

Mon 25.09 - Sat 07.10.17

THE THING is an automated and hybrid form consisting of four episodes, in between performance, workshop, and journey. The only ones present are you, a group of 8 to 12 people who open a suitcase and follow a wild mix of different triggers as a guide. Make a leap of faith!

Ecopolis

Digital Together

talk debate

Digital Together
Digital Together

production

Sun 08.10.17

Obtaining and sharing information, campaigning, making friends, dating, working, gaming… we are increasingly doing these things online. Hardware, apps and digital alter egos are giving new meanings to commitment, cooperation and connections between people. What are the implications of this digital reality for building a shared horizon?

Eko Supriyanto

Salt

dance

Salt
Salt

production

Thu 01.01 - Thu 19.10.17

As a new voice within the contemporary Indonesian dance landscape, Eko Supriyanto explores the relationship between Javanese cultural heritage and the rhythm of the underwater world – a world without gravity where new perspectives emerge. He draws from his classical dance training, his diving experience, and the Javanese agricultural tradition of carving in the ground. 

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.

Michiel Vandevelde

Andrade

dance

Andrade
Andrade

production

Wed 29.11 - Thu 30.11.17

Michiel Vandevelde questions what we can consider to be ‘invasive’ in public spaces in the West. In an attempt to create a new culture, he arms himself with video clips and advertising. The result is an intimate, explosive solo. Discover a synthesis of his search for a hitherto undiscovered culture!

Sarah Vanhee

The Making of Justice

film

The Making of Justice
The Making of Justice

production

Thu 07.12 - Fri 08.12.17

Sarah Vanhee écrit un film policier avec sept détenus – tous inculpés de meurtre. L’intrigue s’inspire de leurs propres expériences, idées et rêves, alors qu’il est question de motifs, d’incarcération et de réintégration. À vous de deviner s’ils se servent de la fiction pour confirmer, défendre, modifier ou échapper à leur situation personnelle.

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.

Guy Cassiers/Toneelhuis

Mister Linh’s Little Girl

theatre

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

production

Sat 13.01 - 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 Dirk Roofthooft and Gène Bervoets – 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.

Els Dietvorst

I watched the white dogs of the dawn

film

I watched the white dogs of the dawn
I watched the white dogs of the dawn

production

Tue 23.01.18

In Kilmore Quay, the perspective of the fish is the only one that matters. Times were good. There was plenty of money and plenty of work – until the European fisheries quotas arrived on their shores. Against the backdrop of an Irish fishing village, Els Dietvorst has filmed the second part of her triptych about the relationship between humans and nature.

Stefaan Van Brabandt & Jan Decleir

marx

theatre

marx
marx

production

Tue 30.01 - Wed 31.01.18

Jan-Decleir-as-Marx reflects on an eventful life and body of work. What were his 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 challenging, critical, and impassioned defence of freedom and human dignity.

Pieter De Buysser

The After Party

theatre

The After Party
The After Party

production

Wed 07.02.18

What is the significance of Václav Havel’s legacy for Europe today? Might the spirit of the former president inspire a new alliance? What would the landscape of Adam and Eve look like in the contemporary political context? Would this revolutionary couple now take the plunge themselves to escape from the old-fashioned ‘paradise’?

Jeroen Peeters & David Weber-Krebs

On Enclosed Spaces and the Great Outdoors

performance debate

On Enclosed Spaces and the Great Outdoors
On Enclosed Spaces and the Great Outdoors

production

Sat 10.02.18

We live in an age in which human activity has a profound impact on our physical and ecological surroundings. Nevertheless, these transformations often go unseen. How can we create stories, aesthetics, and spaces of experience to deal with this situation reflexively and critically?