But we never permitted the birth of logic among us.
—Oswald de Andrade, Manifesto Antropófago
In 1928 the Brazilian artist and theorist Oswald de Andrade wrote his famous Manifesto Antropofago. This manifesto advocates to not reject the culture of those that colonised Brazil, but rather to eat this culture, digest it and shit it out in a different version. Europe has always been colonizing. Yet, Vandevelde, inspired by the work of Andrade, asks: what could we, as citizens, consider invasive in the western public space?
Through different performances Vandevelde has been cannibalizing (or reappropriating) dancematerials from popular videoclips. He places this vocabulary in juxtaposition with appropriated texts. It started with Love songs (veldeke) (2013, fABULEUS), where, together with a group of nine youngsters the foundation for the dance vocabulary (based on reappropriation) was made. In the solo Antithesis, the future of the image (2015) Vandevelde went deeper into the vocabulary and its transformations and placed it in contrast with projected texts about the relation between the image, technology and ideology. In Our times (2016) the superficiality of the same dance vocabulary is explored while the performers reflect on the status of thought in our contemporary societies.
In the solo, Andrade, danced by Bryana Fritz, only the cannibalized dance remains. The vocabulary is explored in its abstraction. The duet will be a synthesis of the dance materials, and the different music being used in the performances mentioned before. A total remix in order to arrive at an illogic, bizarre, unnameable dance belonging to a culture yet to be discovered.
Michiel Vandevelde studied dance and choreography at P.A.R.T.S., Brussels. He is active as a choreographer, curator, writer and editor. He is a member of the artistic team of Kunsthal Extra City (together with Antonia Alampi and iLiana Fokianaki, from 2017 till 2019, Antwerp, BE) and Bâtard (a festival for emerging artists and thinkers, Brussels, BE), of the editorial team of Etcetera (a performing arts magazine) and involved in the Disagree.magazine. From 2017 to 2021 Michiel Vandevelde will be artist in residence at Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE). In his work he investigates the elements that constitute or obstruct the contemporary public sphere. He explores which other social, economic and cultural alternatives we can imagine in order to question, challenge and transform dominant logics and ways of organizing. He has been developing a variety of projects both in public space and in (performing) arts institutions.