A monk on sneakers dancing in an artist’s studio: Dune Street Project (Marc Vanrunxt & Katleen Vinck, Antwerp)

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A dancer dancing in an artist’s atelier? Wouldn’t you be curious? Wouldn’t you want to know what’s going on behind that door? Well, let me tell you: it’s worth making the trip to Antwerp, for Dune Street Project, a performance by choreographer Marc Vanrunxt, performed just three times in that huge studio of visual artist/scenographer Katleen Vinck. Vanrunxt has already collaborated with visual artists Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven and Koenraad Dedobbeleer. For this project, linked to a solo show of hers at Antwerp gallery Base-Alpha, he chose Vinck. That vast space, Vinck’s construction, and Vanrunxt, in a habit by Rick Owens, slowly moving diagonally from left to right, again and again, each time varying his moves along the way, on repetitive music by William Basinski, Disintegration Loops I-IV: it creates a wonderfully solemn atmosphere. And of course, the freezing cold, last Saturday, only added to that.  (Dune Street Project, on Saturday February 9 and Saturday March 2 (4-6 PM), admission free; Vinck’s show at Base-Alpha Gallery runs through March 2.)

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