Fri 02.03. 10:00 + 13:00 & Sat 03.03. 18:00
A group of very diverse people meet in one room. They all come for the performance, but where are the dancers? An older man gets up. And dances. A child follows. The neighbouring sitters are also in. Are they the actual dancers? Or is this governed by rules that have not been fully understood by everyone? Who is the actual audience, who are the performers? Seppe Bayens and his ensemble wonder how the audience may co-author a choreography during performance. Following an intense research phase with intergenerational groups, a temporary community of performers and audience forms. They are searching for an alternative means of living together and meet via contemporary dance. Who decides? Who adapts? How can different perspectives, experiences, languages and ideas coalesce into one coherent work of art? And how do you create conditions to allow everyone to gather enough courage to raise their voice?
The cast of “INVITED” comprises a group of professional and non-professional performers and approaches an image of our society. Seppe Baeyens started out dancing at Belgian company fABULEUS as a youth before going on to work for acclaimed production venues such as the Kopergietery and to perform with companies such as Kabinet K., Ontroerend Goed and Miet Warlop. Since 2011, he has been closely associated with Ultima Vez, the company led by Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus. To him, generation-crossing work is a necessary precondition needed to explore dance in its most vulnerable and essential form.
Concept, choreography: Seppe Baeyens; with: Oihana Azpillaga, Seppe Baeyens, Ischa Beernaert, Leonie Van Begin, Rosa Boateng, Luke De Bolle, Frank Brichaud, Chisom Onyebueke Chinaedu, Roel Faes, Leon Gyselynck, Adnane Lamarti , Esther Motvanya, Trui De Mulder, Emile Van Puymbroeck, Stefaan Verlinden, Elisabeth Wolfs; Live music: Stef Heeren, Kwinten Mordijck, Karen Willems; Dramaturge: Kristin Rogghe; Light: Ief Spincemaille; Costumes: Lieve Meeussen; Artistic advice: Wim Vandekeybus; Technical coordination: Tom de With. Photo: Danny Willems.
A production by Seppe Baeyens / Ultima Vez, coproduced by Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg Brüssel. Supported by Tax Shelter maatregel van de Belgische Federale Overheid and Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius.