Tuesday, September 4, 2018 — In the new festival CITY:LAND, Kaaitheater is leaving its theatre halls and taking to the streets. For 5 days, artists will explore the city as a shared space in a divided world.
CITY:LAND brings together two themes that have long been prominent in the Kaaitheater programme: ecology (cfr. ten editions of Burning Ice and more programmes in the context of Imagine2020) and city & society (cfr. Festival Kanal, a.o.).
This first edition, from 9 to 13 October, is based on and around the place de la Monnaie during the week leading up to the local elections. Each edition also focuses on one of the Kaaitheater artists-in-residence. This year, Michiel Vandevelde is presenting his Precarious Pavilions #2.
In the evenings as well as during the day, you'll come across performances, installations and exhibitions: from Kevin Trappenier's antenna on the place de la Monnaie and Anne Collod's re-enactment of Anna Halprin's parade of people marching through the streets, to Ant Hampton's performance in the entry hall of La Monnaie. You will pass by Sarah van Lamsweerde's 'security' cameras and can visit a lecture performance by Roland Gunst & Sibo Kanobana at Muntpunt. In the rue des Princes you can walk in and watch a film made by Sarah Vanagt and groups of children in the surrounding streets. From there you can visit the exhibition by Architecture Workroom Brussels in the WTC.
Free entrance to all events. (Free) tickets for the performances and the debates can be booked on cityland.brussels.
Choreographer and Kaaitheater artist-in-residence Michiel Vandevelde is taking his Precarious Pavilions to four different cities. For the second ‘pavilion’ in Brussels, he is bringing the 431 collective – comprising Lietje Bauwens and Wouter De Raeve – to the place de la Monnaie, a place of great historical significance that is now primarily the terrain of passers-by, shoppers, and major events. During the day, a dozen artists will conduct an experiment on the square. The documentation of these interventions will be the central focus of the evening programmes, during which artists and other guests will engage in debates. Participating artists are Alex Zakkas & Kurt Tichy (Constant), Beny Wagner & Sasha Litvintseva, Hana Miletić, Helena Dietrich, Martin Belou, Naïmé Perrette, Ola Hassanain, Rozalinda Borcila, Vivien Tauchmann, Parasite 2.0, Sepake Angiama and Mijke van der Drift.
You can find all programme updates on precariouspavilions.be and you can read an interview with the 431 collective on the new local.
Precarious Pavilions #1 ran in Ghent in june 2018. Following Brussels, there will be versions in Antwerp (early 2019) and Leuven (May 2019). Later this season Michiel Vandevelde returns to Kaaitheater to stage his dance production Lamakh.
A day before the municipal elections, a parade of people dressed in white marches through Brussels, accompanied by a brass band. They wear white placards with no slogans. American choreographer Anna Halprin created Blank Placard Dancein 1967 as a protest against the Vietnam War. ‘What are you protesting against?’, passers-by would ask the dancers. ‘What do you want to protest against?’ they would throw the question back at them. French choreographer Anne Collod recreates this performance with participants from Brussels. She thus explores Halprin’s utopian thought around protest and collectivism in today’s context: what is the importance of collectivism in a radically individualist age?
Anne Collod first re-enacted The Blank Placard Dance in Malaga's Centre Pompidou, and recently in Lille. After Brussels, she'll present another one in Brazil.
Children have an insatiable hunger for unusual facts and trivia of the ‘crazy but true’ type. In this performance by Ant Hampton, children between the ages of eight 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. It is a tender, intergenerational confrontation involving tragic ánd comic extremes.
Crazy but True was previously staged at Kaaitheater in september 2017 and also in Chili, Spain, Greece and Ghent.
In his work, Kevin Trappeniers explores new sensory experiences, balancing on the borders between the visual arts, theatre, and dance. In AntennA, he constructs a serene installation around miscommunication and lost communication. An antenna that is several metres high temporarily blocks all the signals from the surrounding area, creating a new, silent space. What might the content of this new void be? And can we still be connected with one another without a network?
The live video installation Instant Fiction films everyday situations in public places, following the principles of security systems. You see people talking, laughing, drinking, or reading the newspaper. The difference is that the footage is supplied with subtitles in real time, taken from the scripts of a wide range of different films. Sarah van Lamsweerde thus transforms contemporary reality into a set with actors who are completely unaware.
Sarah van Lamsweerde works at the intersection of theatre and visual art, and researches subjects such as the mass media. Instant Fiction was commissioned by the Finish ANTI-Festival, and has toured in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Artist Roland Gunst and sociolinguïst Sibo Kanobana sketch a picture of the African presence in Europe and present an alternative version both of history and of the future. Based on facts, fiction, autobiographical elements, videos, and ritual objects, they aim to reveal the authentic face of Europe. Their work is based in Afropeanism: an anti-essentialist attitude that cherishes cosmopolitanism and seeks to transcend the divide between African and Europe through encounter and exchange.
Sarah Vanagt’s documentaries, video installations and photos present surprising combinations of history and cinema. With a role of tape and a magic lantern, the children in PLAKFILM gauge the turbulence of our age. They roll out transparent tape in the streets where they grew up. When they strip the tape away, an imprint of the city comes with it: dust, sand, candy wrappers, insects, glass, bits of fluff… The strips of tape thus form an ultra-realistic diary that is brought to life using an old magic lantern. Can all these forms and images help us to predict the future?
There is a growing realization that the natural resources and space on our planet are finite, and a growing fear of climate change. But can we move from the acquisition of knowledge and experimentation to genuine change and spatial transformation? Leo van Broeck (The Flemish Architect General) and Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels) present the exhibition YOU ARE HERE in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center – an iconic remnant of 20th-century urban planning. A first part of the exhibition ran from 2/06 to 8/07, on 15/09 a second part will open. The exhibition is a Brussels satellite of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, which is completely focused on sustainable development