The Middle Ages
The Middle Ages is a performance for five dancers about a time which is inherently ‘middle’- ambiguous, fluid, either both-and or neither-nor.
Through an (over-the-top) use of costumes and a rigorous investment in movement, the performance attempts to occupy an ambiguous place and time, where historical references overlap and fold over one another. The performers’ time-travel through the history of movement becomes increasingly layered and abstracted, while the speed of the performance, or rather, time in general, becomes warped. Actions and events are compressed and stretched by the performers, lending an uncertainty to the time which the performance speaks of and the timing in which it occurs. Drawing on sources as far-fetched as time travel, historical costume dramas and reenactments, and the theoretical physics of the uncertainty of time itself, The Middle Ages asks, not what are we, but when are we? When is now?
Concept & Choreography: Andros Zins-Browne
Created and performed by: Dragana Bulut, Kennis Hawkins, Jaime Llopis, Sandy Williams, and Tiran Willemse
Sound design: Peter Lenaerts & Andros Zins-Browne
Lute and Theorbo played by Sofie Vanden Eynden recorded and mixed by Peter Lenaerts at Low Man’s Land Studios, Brussels
Light design: Nick Symons
Costumes: Sofie Durnez
Assistant Costumes: Valerie le Roy
Production Manager: Elisa Demarré
Coproduction: Kaaitheater (Brussels), Buda (Kortrijk), MDT (Stockholm), PACT Zollverein (Essen), HAU (Berlin)
Coproduced by Vooruit in the frame of the European Network DNA (Departures and Arrivals).
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union
In collaboration with: Departs, Stuk (Leuven), Netwerk (Aalst), wp Zimmer (Antwerp), Les Ballets C de la B (Ghent)
With the support of: The Flemish Government