Ula Sickle

The Sadness [CANCELLED]

A cross between a dance performance and a concert, inspired by the genre of ‘Sad Rap’.

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Three young people are sitting in their backyard. Making beats, writing songs for no one in particular, copying dances from the internet. And waiting. What else is there to do? The end of the world has already happened.
In The Sadness choreographer Ula Sickle brings together a trio of performers around the genre of 'Sad Rap', a homegrown musical style that emerged on Soundcloud and other music platforms over the last years. Mostly self-produced, the genre combines emo-style lyrics that speak about depression, often with references to death and suicide, set to melancholic instrumentals and hip hop beats. Under the musical direction of musician Lynn Suemitsu, the performers compose the music live using an app designed especially for the project. Their self-written lyrics merge with pulsating pop rhythms and heavy bass, their voices becoming one with the machine.
The Sadness explores live music making as a collective act that forges new connections between the present and possible futures, between bodies and words, between humans and the non-human.


Concept, choreography Ula Sickle | Lyrics, creation, performance Sidney Barnes, Camilo Mejía Cortés, Amber Vanluffelen | Musical composition Lynn Suemitsu | Light design Ryoya Fudetani | Sound technique Noé Voisard | Video technique Tim Wouters | App design Black Adopo | Music samples Ken Roy Johnson (gitaar & synth), Tom Pauwels (gitaar) | Dance samples 'Renegade' door Jalajah Harmon | Writing coach Didier Likeng | Writing coach, research Maru Mustrieva | Dramaturgy Persis Bekkering | Costume design Sabrina Seifried | Graphic design Julie Peeters | Coproduction CCN-Ballet national de Marseille in the frame of accueil studio / Ministère de la Culture, STUK House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven), donaufestival (Krems), Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussels) | With the support of the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission and the Canada Council for the Arts | Executive production & diffusion Caravan Production
Tue 1 Dec 2020 20:30
Wed 2 Dec 2020 20:30


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€14 standard
€10 STUKcard / culture card KU Leuven

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Also suitable for children, aged 14 and above