“There is an entire universe that exists outside the walls of the theatre that has been denied access to dance and theatre” says Seppe Baeyens. With Birds he ventures outside the theatre walls to organise the public space as a dramatic space. How do participants, onlookers and passers-by relate in this generous, social choreography?
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.
In Birds Seppe Baeyens also wanted to broaden and diversify the creation process itself. He invited Martha Balthazar and Yassin Mrabtifi to create and accompany the performance with him.
Co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union in the frame of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON
concept, direction & choreography Seppe Baeyens in cocreation with Yassin Mrabtifi, Martha Balthazar created with and performed by Annette Baussart, Emile Claus, Inès Bafdili, Rosa Boateng, Yacine Sangara, Gaspard Herblot, Kyria Tsara, Chisom Lois Onyebueke Chinaedu, Aude Uytterhoeven, Aiko Niang, Jago Pauwels, David Jarama, Isabelle Azaïs, Evarista Azaïs Jarama, Anthony Quintard, Yassin Mrabtifi, Martha Balthazar, Seppe Baeyens original live music Al Qaysi Saif Qusay, Stef Heeren, Gaspard Herblot dramaturgy Kristin Rogghe internship dramaturgy Lena Vercauteren movement assistant Germán Jauregui internship artistic assistance Bernadette Schnabel set design Fatima El Ouahabi, Björk Llaguno Alvarez, Loïse Vargas Y Jimenez, Jolien Gillijns coached by Eva Raffaella Menga & Bram Kerkhofs (LUCA School of Arts) costume design Lieve Meeussen sound engineer Schröder
light design Thomas Glorieux production & tour management Ultima Vez coproduction KVS Brussels, STUK - House for Dance, Image & Sound (Leuven) co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Festival de Marseille residencies STUK Leuven, KVS Brussels, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, CAMPO Ghent, Berliner Festspiele 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.
photo Sofie De Backere
- (near Hotel La Royale)
- 3000 Leuven
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Performance for/with a standing audience
Also suited for children of 8 years old and above