Thinking does not play well in an image-based culture. There is not much to see in it. It is not a performing art.
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death
Which role is thinking assigned to in our times? We are inundated with images and fragments of text. Subject to this maelstrom, our thought is reduced to the tasks of storing and processing. The time and space for autonomous thinking has become a precious commodity. In this storm of impressions and events, Michiel Vandevelde wishes to pause for a moment and question the state of thought. Our Times draws inspiration from a conversation with the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and comprises dance material from popular dance clips. Through this contrasting material three dancers engage with the conflicts between depth and superficiality – not only as a critique on our times, but as an attempt to open new forms of thought. Based on reappropriation – the reusing of materials – an effervescent choreography takes place with snatches of texts and bizarre music that provoke the imagination.
concept & choreografie Michiel Vandevelde | dansers Nestor Garcia Diaz, Jara Vlaeminckx & Michiel Vandevelde | feedback Dries Douibi & Esther Severi | grafische vormgeving Ward Heirwegh | techniek Tom Bruwier | productie mennomichieljozef vzw