Birds

World Premiere: Friday 16 April 2021, KVS Brussels

Following the success of Tornar (2015) and INVITED (2018), dancer and choreographer Seppe Baeyens builds upon his exploration of shaping a temporary community in Birds. For this new creation, he steps outside the theatre walls and ventures into the public space with a group of performers and musicians. There the normal course of events is interrupted – sometimes invisibly and sometimes plainly. Time and time again, unexpected compositions arise from playful interactions between onlookers, participants and coincidental passers-by, in which everyone appears to influence the outcome. Birds is a generous, social choreography that seeks out connection and imagination.

 

Since 2011, Seppe Baeyens has been closely associated with Ultima Vez’s activities. The large-scale performances that he has created and will create in past and future years under the company’s umbrella – Tornar (2015), INVITED (2018) and Birds (2021) – display great internal coherence, and are stepping stones in a wider project of artistic and social research. For Birds his starting points are the same as in his previous work: a diverse, intergenerational cast, participation and co-authorship. However he goes one step further by seeking out the unpredictability of the public space.

 

“Amazingly enough, Baeyens’ passion for social inclusion never impedes the artistic nature of his projects. This fact dispels the generally established notion that participatory work absolutely has to be consensus art.” – Charlotte de Somviele (Contemporary dance in Flanders & Brussels - Kunstenpunt)

 

“Participation theatre: this is way too often a synonym for pieces that put the viewer in the spotlight without, however, allowing them to participate. This in and by itself makes Seppe Baeyens’ work so special. He involves the spectators in his performances as fully-fledged partners. He always leaves their dignity intact." – Pieter T’jonck (Klara)

 

16 Apr 2021, Fri

17 Apr 2021, Sat

18 Apr 2021, Sun

20 Apr 2021, Tue

21 Apr 2021, Wed

22 Apr 2021, Thu

23 Apr 2021, Fri

24 Apr 2021, Sat

CONCEPT, DIRECTION AND CHOREOGRAPHY Seppe Baeyens IN COCREATION WITH Yassin Mrabtifi, Martha Balthazar

CREATED WITH AND PERFORMED BY an intergenerational group of 15 performers and musicians

MUSIC Stef Heeren, Kwinten Mordijck

DRAMATURGY Kristin Rogghe

SCENOGRAPHY LUCA School of Arts

MOVEMENT ASSISTANT Yassin Mrabtifi

COSTUMES Lieve Meeussen

PRODUCTION AND TOUR MANAGEMENT Ultima Vez

CO-PRODUCTION Ultima Vez, KVS Brussels, STUK Leuven, Festival de Marseille, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf

RESIDENCIES STUK Leuven, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, CAMPO Ghent, Berliner Festspiele, KVS Brussels

WITH THE SUPPORT OF Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius. Ultima Vez is supported by the Flemish Authorities and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region