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woe 02/11/2016 > zat 05/11/2016

woe 02/11/2016 - 20:00 > 23:00, Beurrschouwburg

One day in spring 2015, while eating a meal, it occurred to Jaha that he would be quite satisfied if he could lead his life making money fair and square, feed himself with that money and sleep comfortably. But the reality he has witnessed all his life was 고립무원(孤立無援) — which means ‘isolation without help.’ Then suddenly, his rice cooker, Cuckoo talked to him “Cuckoo has finished cooking rice. Please stir the rice.” Cuckoo is a Korean-style electric rice cooker designed to boil or steam rice for human consumption. This was how theatre maker Jaha Koo started [CUCKOO], his new performance.

text, direction, music, video: Jaha Koo | CUCKOO hacking: Nathan Andrew Fain | scenography: Eunkyung Jeong | acting: Four Cuckoos and a human actor | production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek & Bâtard Festival | support: STUK, BUDA, DAS Theater

vrij 04/11/2016 - 20:00 > 23:00, Beursschouwburg

In the documentary theatre performance Mining Stories, Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere bring together different perspectives on one catastrophic event. Their starting point is the recent mining disaster in Brazil (November 2015) nearby the house where Silke grew up as a child. A mud stream, caused by a dam failure, washed away several villages. After this disaster, Silke and Hannes started to collect the stories of different voices who are all related in one way or another to the disaster and brought them together in a sound patchwork. All of them (habitants, scientists, historians, activists, neurologists, fisher men and politicians) tell their version of the story with their particular context and interest. In this performance they take a look at the different kinds of understanding which appear in the encounter of the different voices.

concept: Hannes Dereere, Silke Huysmans | performance: Silke Huysmans | coaching: Dries Douibi | conversations: William Adeodato, Roliene Almeida, Lindsay Newland Bowker, Andres, Xavi Camacho, Eduardo Campos, Stef Craps, Luc Crevits, Paul De Grauwe, Roberto De Lima, Du Duarte, Juliano Duarte, Ana Elisa Novais, Adelaide Luiza Novaes Dias, Vander Sebastião Martins, Maria Clara Mendes, Cristina Pereira, Dona Hebe Rola, Mathijs van de Sande, Preta Suares e.a. | production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek & Bâtard Festival | coproduction: Vrijstaat O./De Werf| residenties: CC De Grote Post, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Veem house for performance | set: Frédéric Aelterman, Luc Cools | Image: Tom Callemin | transcriptions: Luanda Casella, Miguel Cipriano | Traduction: Minne Huysmans | Thanks to Roliene Almeida, Marcelo Queiroz D’Angelo, Tom Callemin, Cria Mariana, Griet Deconinck, Jan Dereere, Lieve Demin, Maria Dé Fatima Santos, Hilde De Rop, Charlotte De Somviele, Dries Douibi, Minne Huysmans, Johan Joris, Cristina Pereira, Michiel Vandevelde, Karlien Vanhoonacker, Nathan Wouters

zat 05/11/2016 - 19:00 > 23:00, Beursschouwburg

If we observe the demands that digital media have placed in our psyche, it seems that we have achieved Marinetti’s dream society: as if globalization has found the ideas of the early avant-garde’s aesthetic model. International freelance labour increases and culture becomes global due to the influence of the internet. More and more we experience feelings of non-belonging and a sense of diminishing political agency. Retour ligne automatique
This feeling of displacement and the demands for flexibility have also deeply affected the art practice of Néstor Díaz García. His practice is a place where he tends to work within different, constantly shifting media and frames of representation. In an attempt to search for some fixed ground he is looking to areas where current discourses, art, popular and underground culture intersect.Retour ligne automatique
In this piece he attempts to counter the dominant a-historicism of digital media by re-inscribing its strategies in different artistic genealogies and traditions. In an effort to problematize internet culture using its own tools, he borrows digital strategies and devices and remixes them with traditional and outmoded frames of representation, adhering contemporariness through disjunction and anachronism.

concept, set design, video, sound and performance by: Néstor García | duration: ±45min | co-production: KWP Pianofabriek (Brussels), Station / Service for contemporary dance (Belgrade), Bâtard Festival (Brussels), wpZimmer (Antwerp) | thanks to: Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Kaaitheater (Brussels), PARTS/ROSAS Summer Studios (Brussels)