Archive for deSingel

Through your eyes: dancing to a dancer’s gaze (‘Gaze is a gap is a ghost’, Daniel Linehan)

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , on November 12, 2012 by Utopia Parkway

‘How was that performance yesterday?’ Always a good sign, if you can’t come up with an answer right away. Well, eumhh… It was a dance performance, but not really a dance performance, as the three girls on stage were singing and sort of acting as well. It was about trying to make the audience see what a dancer sees on stage, but as that is quite impossible, it was not only about that. ‘But was it good?’ Well, eumhh… It was irritating at times, but in the end I guess I liked it. Gaze is a gap is a ghost, by Belgium-based American choreographer Daniel Linehan, artiste associé/associated artist at deSingel, Antwerp.

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A toreador dancing on a cut-up speech: ‘It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend’ (Lisbeth Gruwez/Voetvolk)

Posted in dance, theatre with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2012 by Utopia Parkway

Although every year again I disagree with the selection they’ve come up with, I nevertheless stay a fan of Het Theaterfestival, presenting the best theatre and dance performances of the past season in Belgium (and Holland). It always enables you to catch one or two performances all your friends have been talking about and you’ve nevertheless managed to miss. Such as Lisbeth Gruwez‘s It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend, one of the performances kicking off this year’s edition at deSingel (Antwerp). Continue reading

Dancer rising from the dead: Jan Fabre revisits ‘Preparatio mortis’

Posted in dance, performance with tags , , , , on March 4, 2012 by Utopia Parkway

I wonder what a florist would think of it. If he would see how an enormous amount of beautiful flowers gets destroyed by a dancer. On the other hand: more than anyone else a florist is used to the circle of birth and death Jan Fabre is referring to in Preparatio mortis. A short version of this performance premiered in France at the Festival d’Avignon in 2005. The Belgian visual artist/choreographer/theatre director recently revisited it and presented a longer version, at deSingel (Antwerp).

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Mysteriously linking past and present: Lemi Ponifasio’s fascinating ‘Birds with skymirrors’

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Your cheapest and best alternative to an expensive airplane ticket to New Zealand? Book a seat for Lemi Ponifasio‘s strangely beautiful dance performance Birds with skymirrors. It’s fascinating to see how the choreographer from Samoa comes from a totally different dance tradition and tries to link his world to what contemporary dance audiences are used to see. Tonight at KVS (Brussels), next week at deSingel (Antwerp).

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Astro Boy lost on stage: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui aims high but falls short with ‘TeZukA’

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , , , on October 11, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

A guy rolling around on stage with a manga comic-book between his toes, trying to read it. TeZukA‘s opening scene is vintage Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: inventive, virtuoso and funny. One of the next scenes, with groups of dancers imitating calligraphy signs, is equally wonderful. By then it’s obvious that the Belgian choreographer wants to do one of his great heroes justice, by being as creative as possible. But unfortunately he falls short. Watching TeZukA reminded me of a juggler throwing just too many balls in the air.

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‘I don’t believe in outer space’: William Forsythe’s magnificent theatre of disappearance

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Time is a strange and fascinating thing. It’s unbelievable how bored you can get, sometimes, watching a performance that takes just one hour. And then there are performances such as I don’t believe in outer space, by The Forsythe Company. After having sat there, in complete awe, at deSingel (Antwerp), for an hour and fifteen minutes, I had the impression of having watched a performance that had lasted at least two hours or so. Such a richness in details, such a wild and varied array of scenes. Weirdly condensed. Magnificent.

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Seeing is believing (or not): Romeo Castellucci’s ‘The minister’s black veil’

Posted in performance, theatre with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Suddenly it hit me, as that kneeling, naked guy was trying to put a shard of glass in his – pardon me – anus, and a voice was repeating just that one word, Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, and as that image was sending shivers through the audience: how close Romeo Castellucci‘s theatre comes to religion and a religious service. You have those who believe and those who don’t. Some miracles are performed in front of your eyes, and at a certain point there’s a moment that serves as some sort of communion. But: The minister’s black veil, based on a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, at deSingel, Antwerp. A couple of days after I saw this performance, the Italian director decided to cancel the complete Black veil-tour, as he was not satisfied with what he’d come up with.

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