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Hiros, Caravan Production, workspacebrussels, Arts Management Agency (AMA), ZOO/Thomas Hauert, Entropie Production & invited guests join forces to meet Brussels-based artists and cultural workers who have questions about the realisation of their projects within the Flemish and Walloon arts decree.

Once a month during openoffice we throw open the doors or our workings, each time at a different cultural location in Brussels. Everyone who is looking for advice on projects in the performing arts, or who would like to exchange experiences, is welcome. We discuss specific themes during an information session/workshop and then organise a moment for all possible questions. Keep an eye on our agenda or facebook page for new dates!

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Initiated in 2018 by Marialena Marouda and later joined by composer Charlie Usher and performance maker Elpida Orfanidou, The Oceanographies Institute (TOI) studies the kinship between humans and oceans. Focusing on the relation between these two bodies of water, TOI seeks to give particular attention to their affectual and sensual encounters.

TOI therefore explores the relations of hands to mud, ears to the breaking waves, feet to the feeling of sinking, rather than the ocean "in itself", as if devoid of human presence. The Institute collects, analyzes and reenacts people's personal stories about their encounters with the ocean. In doing that, TOI aims at becoming both an institute and an ocean – simultaneously. On the one hand, TOI seeks to undergo a process of institutionalization, by which it can affirm and disseminate the personal...

Initiated in 2018 by Marialena Marouda and later joined by composer Charlie Usher and performance maker Elpida Orfanidou, The Oceanographies Institute (TOI) studies the kinship between humans and oceans. Focusing on the relation between these two bodies of water, TOI seeks to give particular attention to their affectual and sensual encounters.

TOI therefore explores the relations of hands to mud, ears to the breaking waves, feet to the feeling of sinking, rather than the ocean "in itself", as if devoid of human presence. The Institute collects, analyzes and reenacts people's personal stories about their encounters with the ocean. In doing that, TOI aims at becoming both an institute and an ocean – simultaneously. On the one hand, TOI seeks to undergo a process of institutionalization, by which it can affirm and disseminate the personal...

This work springs from the desire to develop a dance performance within the habitat of an already existing dance style, taking the exploration of its intrinsic complexity as the departure point for the elaboration of a choreographic object. Farmer Train Swirl – Étude is a kinesthetic and subjective investigation of the field of House dance – a style born in the clubs of Chicago & New York in the early eighties.

The making of this solo prolongs a 2-year process in which Cassiel Gaube mainly dedicated himself to learning and practicing House dance, in Paris' and New York's lively club scenes. Sampling, appropriation & transformation are at the core of this dance form, which is in itself a synthesis and a development of other dance styles : a.o. Hip hop, Salsa, Rasta dancing, Tap dance. Embracing these principles, the artist's undertaking is here understood, not so much as a creation ex nihilo, but rather...

Karel Burssens

Currents

Winterwarm/Uit Het Donker

installation

Currents unfolds in two parts, as a durational installation and a performance. The installation explores the simplest of forms, a line, turned into a light sculpture. Through repetition, it defines not only rhythm, space and light, but also the movements of a dancer. He will meet and confront the moving sculpture in an effort to reconfigure the relationship between man and machine.

The initial state of alienation is pushed to reach a poetic realm, a layered landscape to dream into. As such, both installation and performance aim to reveal our contemporary position as entities forced to adapt to an ever-changing world on both a technological and socio-political level. How do we deal with these situations? How do we continually find a new balance within our own environment and how do we deal with this on a larger scale?...

Ezra Veldhuis & Bosse Provoost + Toneelhuis

SUN-SET

Beyond the Black Box

cancelled

In the beginning there was only shapeless darkness. For centuries man has been telling himself various stories about what came next: the birth of the world. In SUN-SET Ezra Veldhuis, Bosse Provoost and Oshin Albrecht try to find out how a ‘cosmogonic moment’ can be imagined, the fragile moment when ‘nothing’ turns into ‘something’.

Shifting between light and darkness, abstraction and figuration, SUN-SET evokes bastard worlds, in a theatre hall that seems to be alive itself. An intimate performance that brings you to - or just beyond - the limits of your imagination.

...

In Dreamline Mothership INC an enchanted stewardess takes the audience on a journey in the mothership – a guided meditation, a fantastic sci-fi voyage into the cosmic womb, the mythological origin of the universe.

On the mothership the audience is transported through a cosmic vaginal pathway, passing several portals which open and deepen the journey towards one’s own intimacy and pleasure in order to generate a dream conception. The cosmic womb is interpreted as a black hole in the universe from which all dreams can be conceived and birthed into being. The story unfolds through spoken text, which sometimes becomes a song and a dance, accompanied by a celestial soundtrack created by Laryssa Kim. Inspired by...

You appeared in my mind on the dance floor last night. You were smiling back at me. Mom sings in the living room. The radio is on. “How can I not admire you… if all the time I carry you in my mind, in my dreams and in my heart”. Love, my head is spinning. 

The romantic music of various Spanish-speaking artists as far back as the 1960s is popular again... now these songs fuel the nightlife of Costa Rica in the early 2010’s. Plancha, as the genre was later called, revived the nostalgic music that our mothers and grandmothers listened to while doing housework (música de plancha literally translates into ‘music for ironing clothes’). The songs are full of theatricality, often celebrating the fantasy and suffering of romantic love, closely linked to telenovela culture and...

In Dreamline Mothership INC an enchanted stewardess takes the audience on a journey in the mothership – a guided meditation, a fantastic sci-fi voyage into the cosmic womb, the mythological origin of the universe.

On the mothership the audience is transported through a cosmic vaginal pathway, passing several portals which open and deepen the journey towards one’s own intimacy and pleasure in order to generate a dream conception. The cosmic womb is interpreted as a black hole in the universe from which all dreams can be conceived and birthed into being. The story unfolds through spoken text, which sometimes becomes a song and a dance, accompanied by a celestial soundtrack created by Laryssa Kim. Inspired by...

Hiros, Caravan Production, workspacebrussels, Arts Management Agency (AMA), ZOO/Thomas Hauert, Entropie Production & invited guests join forces to meet Brussels-based artists and cultural workers who have questions about the realisation of their projects within the Flemish and Walloon arts decree.

Once a month during openoffice we throw open the doors or our workings, each time at a different cultural location in Brussels. Everyone who is looking for advice on projects in the performing arts, or who would like to exchange experiences, is welcome. We discuss specific themes during an information session/workshop and then organise a moment for all possible questions. Keep an eye on our agenda or facebook page for new dates!

With the...

Playwright and visual artist Dolores Bouckaert stages Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath, a dark story about female agency and independence, about life and death.

The intimate performance Everybody has to leave home sometime focusses on the choices Mary Ventura faces. As a young woman, Mary is placed on a train by her parents for a journey with no stops and to an unknown destination. She feels anxious and afraid, she does not want to go along with the others on the train. One special passenger points out that she does have a choice: ‘Pull the emergency brake Mary!’ Mary does not go along with the others...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

This work springs from the desire to develop a dance performance within the habitat of an already existing dance style, taking the exploration of its intrinsic complexity as the departure point for the elaboration of a choreographic object. Farmer Train Swirl – Étude is a kinesthetic and subjective investigation of the field of House dance – a style born in the clubs of Chicago & New York in the early eighties.

The making of this solo prolongs a 2-year process in which Cassiel Gaube mainly dedicated himself to learning and practicing House dance, in Paris' and New York's lively club scenes. Sampling, appropriation & transformation are at the core of this dance form, which is in itself a synthesis and a development of other dance styles : a.o. Hip hop, Salsa, Rasta dancing, Tap dance. Embracing these principles, the artist's undertaking is here understood, not so much as a creation ex nihilo, but rather...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

Playwright and visual artist Dolores Bouckaert stages Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath, a dark story about female agency and independence, about life and death.

The intimate performance Everybody has to leave home sometime focusses on the choices Mary Ventura faces. As a young woman, Mary is placed on a train by her parents for a journey with no stops and to an unknown destination. She feels anxious and afraid, she does not want to go along with the others on the train. One special passenger points out that she does have a choice: ‘Pull the emergency brake Mary!’ Mary does not go along with the others...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

In newpolyphonies 4 singers of HYOID join forces with 15 performers in a curious high mass about little differences with big impact.

Manyfold, meditative, monstrous, machinic, Messianic, mimetic, mesmerizing, minuscule, mighty, methodical, momentary, mystical. Inspired by insects, climate marches and airplane traffic coming to a halt, the leitmotif in this concert/performance is not the loud collective chant, but the experience that each individual - like a link in a chain - can set a vortex of sounds in motion. The process for newpolyphonies has also resulted in the installation newpolyphonies rewired, an immersive experience where 20 speakers create a moving...

In the beginning there was only shapeless darkness. For centuries man has been telling himself various stories about what came next: the birth of the world. In SUN-SET Ezra Veldhuis, Bosse Provoost and Oshin Albrecht try to find out how a ‘cosmogonic moment’ can be imagined, the fragile moment when ‘nothing’ turns into ‘something’.

Shifting between light and darkness, abstraction and figuration, SUN-SET evokes bastard worlds, in a theatre hall that seems to be alive itself. An intimate performance that brings you to - or just beyond - the limits of your imagination.

...

Hiros, Caravan Production, workspacebrussels, Arts Management Agency (AMA), ZOO/Thomas Hauert, Entropie Production & invited guests join forces to meet Brussels-based artists and cultural workers who have questions about the realisation of their projects within the Flemish and Walloon arts decree.

Once a month during openoffice we throw open the doors or our workings, each time at a different cultural location in Brussels. Everyone who is looking for advice on projects in the performing arts, or who would like to exchange experiences, is welcome. We discuss specific themes during an information session/workshop and then organise a moment for all possible questions. Keep an eye on our agenda or facebook page for new dates!

With the...

In Dreamline Mothership INC an enchanted stewardess takes the audience on a journey in the mothership – a guided meditation, a fantastic sci-fi voyage into the cosmic womb, the mythological origin of the universe.

On the mothership the audience is transported through a cosmic vaginal pathway, passing several portals which open and deepen the journey towards one’s own intimacy and pleasure in order to generate a dream conception. The cosmic womb is interpreted as a black hole in the universe from which all dreams can be conceived and birthed into being. The story unfolds through spoken text, which sometimes becomes a song and a dance, accompanied by a celestial soundtrack created by Laryssa Kim. Inspired by...

You appeared in my mind on the dance floor last night. You were smiling back at me. Mom sings in the living room. The radio is on. “How can I not admire you… if all the time I carry you in my mind, in my dreams and in my heart”. Love, my head is spinning. 

The romantic music of various Spanish-speaking artists as far back as the 1960s is popular again... now these songs fuel the nightlife of Costa Rica in the early 2010’s. Plancha, as the genre was later called, revived the nostalgic music that our mothers and grandmothers listened to while doing housework (música de plancha literally translates into ‘music for ironing clothes’). The songs are full of theatricality, often celebrating the fantasy and suffering of romantic love, closely linked to telenovela culture and...

Playwright and visual artist Dolores Bouckaert stages Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath, a dark story about female agency and independence, about life and death.

The intimate performance Everybody has to leave home sometime focusses on the choices Mary Ventura faces. As a young woman, Mary is placed on a train by her parents for a journey with no stops and to an unknown destination. She feels anxious and afraid, she does not want to go along with the others on the train. One special passenger points out that she does have a choice: ‘Pull the emergency brake Mary!’ Mary does not go along with the others...

Ezra Veldhuis & Bosse Provoost + Toneelhuis

Indoor Weather

Warm Alarm

cancelled

What if the theatre were the belly of a huge whale? Or no, wait – a futuristic, completely unknown ecosystem? Enthused by the poetry of Inger Christensen and Jeff Vandermeer’s eco-science fiction, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost call upon the entire technical apparatus of the theatre to stretch your imagination to the fullest.

In Indoor Weather, the lighting, sound and fly bars are on an equal footing with the human performers. All of these elements are involved in a mysterious game whose rules lie just beyond our comprehension. A greyish green glow suddenly falls upon the stage and then spreads like an oil slick through the theatre; an actor recites passages from it, the monumental cycle of poems by the Danish poet Inger Christensen from 1969; soundscapes swell and recede in...

Vera Tussing + Quatuor MP4

Tactile Quartet(s)

Dag van de Dans 2022

Concert version

In Tactile Quartet(s), Vera Tussing builds on her longstanding choreographic practice in exploring the sensory potentialities of the audience. The piece puts the string quartet Quatuor MP4 in communication with a quartet of dancers – Yoh Morishita, Zoltán Vakulya, Esse Vanderbruggen, Vera Tussing – inviting the audience into a deeply layered and multi-sensory encounter between movement and sound.

What happens when we take the movements of a string quartet seriously as a choreography, and dance along? The four musicians play passages from canonical works by Franz Schubert and Florence Price, as well as contemporary works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Michael Picknett, and Caroline Shaw. As they play, the musicians engage in one-on-one tactile encounters with the audience, creating physical interaction. Everything arises from touch – a bow on a string, an arm on a shoulder, an acoustic sensation on your skin....

In Tactile Quartet(s), Vera Tussing builds on her longstanding choreographic practice in exploring the sensory potentialities of the audience. The piece puts the string quartet Quatuor MP4 in communication with a quartet of dancers – Yoh Morishita, Zoltán Vakulya, Esse Vanderbruggen, Vera Tussing – inviting the audience into a deeply layered and multi-sensory encounter between movement and sound.

What happens when we take the movements of a string quartet seriously as a choreography, and dance along? The four musicians play passages from canonical works by Franz Schubert and Florence Price, as well as contemporary works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Michael Picknett, and Caroline Shaw. As they play, the musicians engage in one-on-one tactile encounters with the audience, creating physical interaction. Everything arises from touch – a bow on a string, an arm on a shoulder, an acoustic sensation on your skin....

For Begüm Erciyas’ new performance Forest Silent Gathering, a group of audience members meet inside a forest at sunset and follow a soundtrack through headphones. An audio-social architecture is created, in which one can possibly be alone together. Changing distances invite to find new proximities. Absent figures become protagonists. As the communal space takes shape and transforms, Forest Silent Gathering makes us reflect on the bonds between people, forests and histories. What is it that keeps us together?

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

Gaëtan Rusquet + Damien Petitot

In-depth

Europalia

premiere

Following the performance The eYe in the light in the eYe presented during the last edition of Europalia, Gaëtan Rusquet continues his research on the body-image relationship, this time in co-creation with Damien Petitot.

In-depth is a performative installation, activated by two performers, putting into play the relationship between the body, the screen and their multiple presences. The performance asks the question of what remains of us physically when we present ourselves through communication networks, data flows and technological tools, in a desire to reach out, touch or be touched by others. The space in which the performance takes place, is created by Stefan Kartchev and...

What if the theatre were the belly of a huge whale? Or no, wait – a futuristic, completely unknown ecosystem? Enthused by the poetry of Inger Christensen and Jeff Vandermeer’s eco-science fiction, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost call upon the entire technical apparatus of the theatre to stretch your imagination to the fullest.

In Indoor Weather, the lighting, sound and fly bars are on an equal footing with the human performers. All of these elements are involved in a mysterious game whose rules lie just beyond our comprehension. A greyish green glow suddenly falls upon the stage and then spreads like an oil slick through the theatre; an actor recites passages from it, the monumental cycle of poems by the Danish poet Inger Christensen from 1969; soundscapes swell and recede in...

In Tactile Quartet(s), Vera Tussing builds on her longstanding choreographic practice in exploring the sensory potentialities of the audience. The piece puts the string quartet Quatuor MP4 in communication with a quartet of dancers – Yoh Morishita, Zoltán Vakulya, Esse Vanderbruggen, Vera Tussing – inviting the audience into a deeply layered and multi-sensory encounter between movement and sound.

What happens when we take the movements of a string quartet seriously as a choreography, and dance along? The four musicians play passages from canonical works by Franz Schubert and Florence Price, as well as contemporary works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Michael Picknett, and Caroline Shaw. As they play, the musicians engage in one-on-one tactile encounters with the audience, creating physical interaction. Everything arises from touch – a bow on a string, an arm on a shoulder, an acoustic sensation on your skin....
What if the theatre were the belly of a huge whale? Or no, wait – a futuristic, completely unknown ecosystem? Enthused by the poetry of Inger Christensen and Jeff Vandermeer’s eco-science fiction, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost call upon the entire technical apparatus of the theatre to stretch your imagination to the fullest.

In Indoor Weather, the lighting, sound and fly bars are on an equal footing with the human performers. All of these elements are involved in a mysterious game whose rules lie just beyond our comprehension. A greyish green glow suddenly falls upon the stage and then spreads like an oil slick through the theatre; an actor recites passages from it, the monumental cycle of poems by the Danish poet Inger Christensen from 1969; soundscapes swell and recede in...

Gaëtan Rusquet + Damien Petitot

In-depth

Europalia

Following the performance The eYe in the light in the eYe presented during the last edition of Europalia, Gaëtan Rusquet continues his research on the body-image relationship, this time in co-creation with Damien Petitot.

In-depth is a performative installation, activated by two performers, putting into play the relationship between the body, the screen and their multiple presences. The performance asks the question of what remains of us physically when we present ourselves through communication networks, data flows and technological tools, in a desire to reach out, touch or be touched by others. The space in which the performance takes place, is created by Stefan Kartchev and...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

Ezra Veldhuis & Bosse Provoost + Toneelhuis

Indoor Weather

Spring Festivalutrecht, Netherlands
What if the theatre were the belly of a huge whale? Or no, wait – a futuristic, completely unknown ecosystem? Enthused by the poetry of Inger Christensen and Jeff Vandermeer’s eco-science fiction, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost call upon the entire technical apparatus of the theatre to stretch your imagination to the fullest.

In Indoor Weather, the lighting, sound and fly bars are on an equal footing with the human performers. All of these elements are involved in a mysterious game whose rules lie just beyond our comprehension. A greyish green glow suddenly falls upon the stage and then spreads like an oil slick through the theatre; an actor recites passages from it, the monumental cycle of poems by the Danish poet Inger Christensen from 1969; soundscapes swell and recede in...

You appeared in my mind on the dance floor last night. You were smiling back at me. Mom sings in the living room. The radio is on. “How can I not admire you… if all the time I carry you in my mind, in my dreams and in my heart”. Love, my head is spinning. 

The romantic music of various Spanish-speaking artists as far back as the 1960s is popular again... now these songs fuel the nightlife of Costa Rica in the early 2010’s. Plancha, as the genre was later called, revived the nostalgic music that our mothers and grandmothers listened to while doing housework (música de plancha literally translates into ‘music for ironing clothes’). The songs are full of theatricality, often celebrating the fantasy and suffering of romantic love, closely linked to telenovela culture and...

Hiros, Caravan Production, workspacebrussels, Arts Management Agency (AMA), ZOO/Thomas Hauert, Entropie Production & invited guests join forces to meet Brussels-based artists and cultural workers who have questions about the realisation of their projects within the Flemish and Walloon arts decree.

Once a month during openoffice we throw open the doors or our workings, each time at a different cultural location in Brussels. Everyone who is looking for advice on projects in the performing arts, or who would like to exchange experiences, is welcome. We discuss specific themes during an information session/workshop and then organise a moment for all possible questions. Keep an eye on our agenda or facebook page for new dates!

With the...

For Begüm Erciyas’ new performance Forest Silent Gathering, a group of audience members meet inside a forest at sunset and follow a soundtrack through headphones. An audio-social architecture is created, in which one can possibly be alone together. Changing distances invite to find new proximities. Absent figures become protagonists. As the communal space takes shape and transforms, Forest Silent Gathering makes us reflect on the bonds between people, forests and histories. What is it that keeps us together?

What if the theatre were the belly of a huge whale? Or no, wait – a futuristic, completely unknown ecosystem? Enthused by the poetry of Inger Christensen and Jeff Vandermeer’s eco-science fiction, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost call upon the entire technical apparatus of the theatre to stretch your imagination to the fullest.

In Indoor Weather, the lighting, sound and fly bars are on an equal footing with the human performers. All of these elements are involved in a mysterious game whose rules lie just beyond our comprehension. A greyish green glow suddenly falls upon the stage and then spreads like an oil slick through the theatre; an actor recites passages from it, the monumental cycle of poems by the Danish poet Inger Christensen from 1969; soundscapes swell and recede in...

Cassiel Gaube

Farmer Train Swirl – Étude

SOLO FestivalBelgrade, Serbia

This work springs from the desire to develop a dance performance within the habitat of an already existing dance style, taking the exploration of its intrinsic complexity as the departure point for the elaboration of a choreographic object. Farmer Train Swirl – Étude is a kinesthetic and subjective investigation of the field of House dance – a style born in the clubs of Chicago & New York in the early eighties.

The making of this solo prolongs a 2-year process in which Cassiel Gaube mainly dedicated himself to learning and practicing House dance, in Paris' and New York's lively club scenes. Sampling, appropriation & transformation are at the core of this dance form, which is in itself a synthesis and a development of other dance styles : a.o. Hip hop, Salsa, Rasta dancing, Tap dance. Embracing these principles, the artist's undertaking is here understood, not so much as a creation ex nihilo, but rather...

In Voicing Pieces, one’s own voice is staged to become the protagonist. In the intimacy of an isolated sound booth, guided by a simple score, the audience becomes spectator of their own voice.

The act of speaking and simultaneously hearing one's own voice turns into a theatrical and choreographic experience, sculpted anew with each individual interpretation of the score. The voice becomes a place for action, a spectacle or a surprise. Isn't one's own voice always inauthentic and uncanny? Who is speaking, when one's own voice speaks? Rather than recognizing oneself in the stranger, Voicing Pieces is an invitation to recognize the stranger in oneself....

A mold refers to two very different things: it is a type of fungus but is also a hollow container to cast a specific form or pattern. As a fungus, a mold functions as a mycelial network that grows in ways that seem uncontrollable: connecting, colonizing, infecting, digesting, fruiting and producing spores. As a pattern, a mold is a matrix, a form that shapes malleable matters. MOLD wants to stage the conflict between spontaneous proliferation and casting, between two different logics in the same body.

Drawing on a variety of practices - mycology, fashion, fermentation, dance and sculpture - MOLD approaches the theater machine as a multiplicity of bodies. We want MOLD not only to be a performance but also a farm. An environment where dance, objects, audience, light, music, scents and costumes interact as living cultures. A garden dedicated to cultivating, abandoning, inoculating, braiding, duplicating, sprouting, warming up and decaying.

...

T-Dance is a piece exploring touch and connection. How does tactility, with all its symbolic power, fragility and humour attain meaning? How are we connected even when separated by distance, time or context? How do we touch without touching?

Four dancers explore empathy and physical memory, questioning the limits of the body, and the mind’s connections. Without ever leaving their seats, the audience are called to inhabit the same imaginative space as the performers, in an invitation to participate in an empathetic, imagined touch.

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For Begüm Erciyas’ new performance Forest Silent Gathering, a group of audience members meet inside a forest at sunset and follow a soundtrack through headphones. An audio-social architecture is created, in which one can possibly be alone together. Changing distances invite to find new proximities. Absent figures become protagonists. As the communal space takes shape and transforms, Forest Silent Gathering makes us reflect on the bonds between people, forests and histories. What is it that keeps us together?

SunBengSitting is a piece straddling yodeling, folk dance and contemporary dance, a trip to the past and a playful, humorous search for identity.

Austrian farm boy and performance artist Simon Mayer invites the audience to get to know his life, his contradictions and his indignation at having to submit to categories and conventions. Having grown up on a farm facing traditions, nature, youthful rebellion and a bucolic heavy metal band, Simon Mayer moved to Vienna in 1997, attended Vienna's State Opera's dance school, spent a season as an aspiring dancer in the corps de ballet and very unexpectedly landed in a world where the word farmer...

In his solo performance Being Moved, Simon Mayer explores different states of „being moved”. What moves us? What does it mean to be moved? How can we let go and surrender to the present moment?

Together with the sound designer Pascal Holper, Simon Mayer investigates the manifold manifestations of a universal folk dance and finds an answer in breathing - as a necessity and as a practice. Being Moved is a performance of transgression and transformation that immerses us in the unknown, where breath becomes movement and vice versa. A dance that inspires us to tap into our full expressive potential - based on spontaneous creativity instead of fixed rules -. A dance that explores what makes us...
What if the theatre were the belly of a huge whale? Or no, wait – a futuristic, completely unknown ecosystem? Enthused by the poetry of Inger Christensen and Jeff Vandermeer’s eco-science fiction, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost call upon the entire technical apparatus of the theatre to stretch your imagination to the fullest.

In Indoor Weather, the lighting, sound and fly bars are on an equal footing with the human performers. All of these elements are involved in a mysterious game whose rules lie just beyond our comprehension. A greyish green glow suddenly falls upon the stage and then spreads like an oil slick through the theatre; an actor recites passages from it, the monumental cycle of poems by the Danish poet Inger Christensen from 1969; soundscapes swell and recede in...

A mold refers to two very different things: it is a type of fungus but is also a hollow container to cast a specific form or pattern. As a fungus, a mold functions as a mycelial network that grows in ways that seem uncontrollable: connecting, colonizing, infecting, digesting, fruiting and producing spores. As a pattern, a mold is a matrix, a form that shapes malleable matters. MOLD wants to stage the conflict between spontaneous proliferation and casting, between two different logics in the same body.

Drawing on a variety of practices - mycology, fashion, fermentation, dance and sculpture - MOLD approaches the theater machine as a multiplicity of bodies. We want MOLD not only to be a performance but also a farm. An environment where dance, objects, audience, light, music, scents and costumes interact as living cultures. A garden dedicated to cultivating, abandoning, inoculating, braiding, duplicating, sprouting, warming up and decaying.

...

For Begüm Erciyas’ new performance Forest Silent Gathering, a group of audience members meet inside a forest at sunset and follow a soundtrack through headphones. An audio-social architecture is created, in which one can possibly be alone together. Changing distances invite to find new proximities. Absent figures become protagonists. As the communal space takes shape and transforms, Forest Silent Gathering makes us reflect on the bonds between people, forests and histories. What is it that keeps us together?

A mold refers to two very different things: it is a type of fungus but is also a hollow container to cast a specific form or pattern. As a fungus, a mold functions as a mycelial network that grows in ways that seem uncontrollable: connecting, colonizing, infecting, digesting, fruiting and producing spores. As a pattern, a mold is a matrix, a form that shapes malleable matters. MOLD wants to stage the conflict between spontaneous proliferation and casting, between two different logics in the same body.

Drawing on a variety of practices - mycology, fashion, fermentation, dance and sculpture - MOLD approaches the theater machine as a multiplicity of bodies. We want MOLD not only to be a performance but also a farm. An environment where dance, objects, audience, light, music, scents and costumes interact as living cultures. A garden dedicated to cultivating, abandoning, inoculating, braiding, duplicating, sprouting, warming up and decaying.

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What if the theatre were the belly of a huge whale? Or no, wait – a futuristic, completely unknown ecosystem? Enthused by the poetry of Inger Christensen and Jeff Vandermeer’s eco-science fiction, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost call upon the entire technical apparatus of the theatre to stretch your imagination to the fullest.

In Indoor Weather, the lighting, sound and fly bars are on an equal footing with the human performers. All of these elements are involved in a mysterious game whose rules lie just beyond our comprehension. A greyish green glow suddenly falls upon the stage and then spreads like an oil slick through the theatre; an actor recites passages from it, the monumental cycle of poems by the Danish poet Inger Christensen from 1969; soundscapes swell and recede in...

This work springs from the desire to develop a dance performance within the habitat of an already existing dance style, taking the exploration of its intrinsic complexity as the departure point for the elaboration of a choreographic object. Farmer Train Swirl – Étude is a kinesthetic and subjective investigation of the field of House dance – a style born in the clubs of Chicago & New York in the early eighties.

The making of this solo prolongs a 2-year process in which Cassiel Gaube mainly dedicated himself to learning and practicing House dance, in Paris' and New York's lively club scenes. Sampling, appropriation & transformation are at the core of this dance form, which is in itself a synthesis and a development of other dance styles : a.o. Hip hop, Salsa, Rasta dancing, Tap dance. Embracing these principles, the artist's undertaking is here understood, not so much as a creation ex nihilo, but rather...

Begüm Erciyas

Letters from Attica

Dear Antwerp festival

In conditions of solitude – as for travelers or prisoners – people have often resorted to writing letters as a means of communication with their closests, revealing the very sensation of being in isolation. Sam Melville has done so from the Attica prison, where he was held on charges of sabotaging public property in protest of the Vietnam war, and where he would die during the Attica prison riots in 1971.

His and others' voices in similar conditions connect the sensations of loneliness and the one of determination. In her artistic works Begüm Erciyas often uses sound and instruction to accompany the spectator in an experience that is deeply solitary and yet collective. For Letters from Attica she imagines for the first time a project for the public space. Multiple voices give a personal form to sound waves. They inscribe words in public space and generate unforeseen sentences. As a first encounter with the...

You appeared in my mind on the dance floor last night. You were smiling back at me. Mom sings in the living room. The radio is on. “How can I not admire you… if all the time I carry you in my mind, in my dreams and in my heart”. Love, my head is spinning. 

The romantic music of various Spanish-speaking artists as far back as the 1960s is popular again... now these songs fuel the nightlife of Costa Rica in the early 2010’s. Plancha, as the genre was later called, revived the nostalgic music that our mothers and grandmothers listened to while doing housework (música de plancha literally translates into ‘music for ironing clothes’). The songs are full of theatricality, often celebrating the fantasy and suffering of romantic love, closely linked to telenovela culture and...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

You appeared in my mind on the dance floor last night. You were smiling back at me. Mom sings in the living room. The radio is on. “How can I not admire you… if all the time I carry you in my mind, in my dreams and in my heart”. Love, my head is spinning. 

The romantic music of various Spanish-speaking artists as far back as the 1960s is popular again... now these songs fuel the nightlife of Costa Rica in the early 2010’s. Plancha, as the genre was later called, revived the nostalgic music that our mothers and grandmothers listened to while doing housework (música de plancha literally translates into ‘music for ironing clothes’). The songs are full of theatricality, often celebrating the fantasy and suffering of romantic love, closely linked to telenovela culture and...

In his solo performance Being Moved, Simon Mayer explores different states of „being moved”. What moves us? What does it mean to be moved? How can we let go and surrender to the present moment?

Together with the sound designer Pascal Holper, Simon Mayer investigates the manifold manifestations of a universal folk dance and finds an answer in breathing - as a necessity and as a practice. Being Moved is a performance of transgression and transformation that immerses us in the unknown, where breath becomes movement and vice versa. A dance that inspires us to tap into our full expressive potential - based on spontaneous creativity instead of fixed rules -. A dance that explores what makes us...

SunBengSitting is a piece straddling yodeling, folk dance and contemporary dance, a trip to the past and a playful, humorous search for identity.

Austrian farm boy and performance artist Simon Mayer invites the audience to get to know his life, his contradictions and his indignation at having to submit to categories and conventions. Having grown up on a farm facing traditions, nature, youthful rebellion and a bucolic heavy metal band, Simon Mayer moved to Vienna in 1997, attended Vienna's State Opera's dance school, spent a season as an aspiring dancer in the corps de ballet and very unexpectedly landed in a world where the word farmer...

In the beginning there was only shapeless darkness. For centuries man has been telling himself various stories about what came next: the birth of the world. In SUN-SET Ezra Veldhuis, Bosse Provoost and Oshin Albrecht try to find out how a ‘cosmogonic moment’ can be imagined, the fragile moment when ‘nothing’ turns into ‘something’.

Shifting between light and darkness, abstraction and figuration, SUN-SET evokes bastard worlds, in a theatre hall that seems to be alive itself. An intimate performance that brings you to - or just beyond - the limits of your imagination.

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A mold refers to two very different things: it is a type of fungus but is also a hollow container to cast a specific form or pattern. As a fungus, a mold functions as a mycelial network that grows in ways that seem uncontrollable: connecting, colonizing, infecting, digesting, fruiting and producing spores. As a pattern, a mold is a matrix, a form that shapes malleable matters. MOLD wants to stage the conflict between spontaneous proliferation and casting, between two different logics in the same body.

Drawing on a variety of practices - mycology, fashion, fermentation, dance and sculpture - MOLD approaches the theater machine as a multiplicity of bodies. We want MOLD not only to be a performance but also a farm. An environment where dance, objects, audience, light, music, scents and costumes interact as living cultures. A garden dedicated to cultivating, abandoning, inoculating, braiding, duplicating, sprouting, warming up and decaying.

...
What if the theatre were the belly of a huge whale? Or no, wait – a futuristic, completely unknown ecosystem? Enthused by the poetry of Inger Christensen and Jeff Vandermeer’s eco-science fiction, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost call upon the entire technical apparatus of the theatre to stretch your imagination to the fullest.

In Indoor Weather, the lighting, sound and fly bars are on an equal footing with the human performers. All of these elements are involved in a mysterious game whose rules lie just beyond our comprehension. A greyish green glow suddenly falls upon the stage and then spreads like an oil slick through the theatre; an actor recites passages from it, the monumental cycle of poems by the Danish poet Inger Christensen from 1969; soundscapes swell and recede in...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...