Wednesday, 24 August 2016

What I'm watching


Some of the upcoming shows in Brussels that I will be going to see:

The Common People
Jan Martens -Grip
September 15-16

The Common People' is a participatory project, installation and performance by choreographer Jan Martens and film director Lukas Dhont. Twenty-four duos - ordinary people - meet for the first on the scene . How they react to each other and the audience looking on? You witness how they are seeking (intimate?) Personal contact.

-I've always been interested in untrained dancers dancing and pedestrian movement as dance. It's something I have focused on in my own artistic practice and I'm proud to have participated in some projects similar to this in the past. So I'm very looking forwards to seeing The Common People and I've been interested in seeing some of Jan Martens work too.

Rain (live)
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Roasa & Ictus
October 4-7

Rain (2001) is one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's most vibrant performances and is set to Steve Reichs Music for 18 Musicians. You are gripped by a kind of madness of movement. Like a spreading fire, it jumps from one body to another, without pausing at any one person. To the pulsing notes of Steve Reich’s minimalistic music – performed live by Ictus – ten dancers surrender themselves to an irrepressible collective energy. A bubbling network of breathing and speed connects them, as does that strange camaraderie that appears only beyond the limits of exhaustion.

-Seeing the work of Anne Teresa De Keesmaeker has been on my wishlist for a while. The choreographer's scores she creates, which you can find in various books of hers, are fascinating to me. Can't wait for this!

Gaëtan Rusquet
November 9-10

In this apocalyptic performance Rusquet has three performers build a construction. Is it a model or in fact an installation? The actors continually have to fight against the threatened destruction of what they are building up. By playing with the scale, the role of the body changes from pure power to helplessness. Its raw materiality, physical sound and inescapable language of movement make Meanwhile a penetrating performance. The passage of time and the relationship between humans and their environment become tangible: the history of a city unfolds before your eyes.

-One of the greatest performances I've ever seen involved the perpetual building and destruction of a wall, only that time the wall was made of old beer crates. That was from a theatre company Monster Truck from Essen, Germany, who I'm not sure are still making work. But if this is anything like that I'll be transfixed. No language in the show so I'm expecting it to be a piece of performance art that has power beyond words.


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