Michiel Vandevelde
Dances of Death

  • Fri 11.03.22 20 h
  • Sat 12.03.22 20 h

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›Dances of Death‹ is a physically intense performance with seven dancers and one singer. We encounter a community coming together on stage to commemorate death. The performers evoke a ritual in which they 'time travel' through different associations to dances of death, from the distant past to more recent history. Building upon the ashes of the past, they dance, they breathe, they cry, they laugh, they sing, in a cycle between life and death.

The dance material is based on three short 16mm videos that choreographer Michiel Vandevelde inherited from his mother. Her dance consists of movements with influences from social, folkloristic, and modern dances.

In the 21st century the notion of ‘death’ is yet again very present. New diseases haunt us and climate change calls forth apocalyptic images. How can we cope with the idea of death? In ›Dances of Death‹ the performers seek a way of dealing with our finiteness through dance. What could a dance of death for today like today?

Choreography: Michiel Vandevelde Dance: Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Júlia Rúbies Subirós, Samuel Baidoo, Hanako Hayakawa, Audrey Merilus, Robson Ledesma & Mario Barrantes Espinoza Vocalist: Kara Leva Masks: Heide Vanderieck Costumes: Ester Manas Dramaturgy: Esther Severi Rehearsal Director: Jara Vlaeminckx Arrangement ›When I am Laid‹: Emmanuel Michaud Lights, Sound, Set, Text: Michiel Vandevelde Technique: Maarten Snoeck 

Production: Disagree vzw Financial Management: Klein Verzet vzw Co-Production: PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kaaitheater (Brussels), December Dance (Brugge), Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussels), KAAP (Brugge) & STUK (Leuven) Support: The Flemish Government and VGC

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