New dance festival in April: EVE
Two evenings, four solos, four women, four personal stories on the eve of the Day of the Dance.
The Day of Dance in Flanders and Brussels takes place every year on the Saturday before International Dance Day on April 29. Abroad, choreographers and dancers from our region receive much praise and appreciation. Brussels in particular, and by extension Flanders, has grown into a major pole of attraction in the international dance landscape. In our own country, however, the distribution and visibility could be much better.
The Day of the Dance is an invitation to the general public to get to know the world of contemporary dance, in order to make this art form better known and better loved.
Thursday 21 April - double bill
20:00 Lisi Estaras - #THISISBEAUTY (première)
#THISISBEAUTY is the new performance by choreographer & dancer Lisi Estaras who celebrates her 50th birthday with a new solo. A solo as a 50-year-old dancer. A solo of 50 minutes. A work consisting of 50 thoughts.
Lisi Estaras has been active as a dancer and choreographer for many years and developed her own "Monkeymind" methodology. She has long had a fascination with words and language in dance and she is putting this into the center of the stage for the first time.
21:30 Zoë Demoustier - Unfolding an archive
In Unfolding an Archive, Zoë Demoustier unfolds an image archive of 20 years of war reporting. The man behind the camera is her father Daniel Demoustier. The search for a relationship to the realm of images of world events with which she grew up is like a movement from far and near. In an attempt at reconstruction, she brings the archive to life. She dismantles the mechanisms that lie behind the archival images. Gradually, a choreography of poses and gestures emerges in a broken up timeline of physical memories.gen.
Friday 22 april - double bill
20:00 Elisabeth Borgermans - Zäsur
Zäsur is a choreographic exploration of desire and desolation, musically propelled by waves of Mahler and Metal. A female performer looks at a distant and near past and, in a search for insight, enters into a dialogue with, among others, Gustav Mahler, Friedrich Hölderlin, Rosa Luxemburg, Yvonne Rainer, Straub/Huillet and experimental metal genres. As she moves in and out of the choreographic space, the audience is invited to follow her in a labyrinth of intensity and distance, intimate and distant situations. She always asks herself: “Why did it happen this way and not otherwise?”.
21:30 Kinga Jaczewska - Gabriel
Zäsur’s aesthetic and artistic point of departure is the question: ‘What is the function of a rupture, understood as a moment in a process of change?’ Fractures or shifts manifest themselves in time; in an individual, in a history, in a social or political context. Dancing and thinking through different personal, artistic and theoretical perspectives, Zäsur thus explores the possible meanings, bodily experiences, feelings and movements of the specific impact of a rupture. This creates a characteristic and intriguing movement language, navigating between aesthetic formalism and brutality.