Amaury Vanderborght en Cathy Blisson (PAL/SECAM)

  • Fri 13.09
    21:00 - 22:00
    Dit is een gratis evenement in openlucht.
    De Vooruit - Concertzaal

firework [ explosive ]

Firework, explosive or combustible used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles, and they were (and still are) used in elaborate combinations for celebrations. 

Source : Britannica (Science and Tech)

We are kicking off the new season with a fireworks show. And you can take that literally. During the open-air performance 'Combustion', fireworks will be set off and projected onto the rear wall of our building. Expect an impressive spectacle during this musical and visual trip from performer Amaury Vanderborght and dramaturge Cathy Blisson.

Vanderborght has a background as a circus artist, but he also delved into pyrotechnic techniques. Translation: he knows how to assemble fireworks. Blisson earned her stripes as a maker of documentary productions. Combine all that experience, and you get an explosive mix. Together, they explore our desire for symmetry, spectacle, and uniformity.

National commemorations, military parades, sports demonstrations, pop concerts, or folk festivals: fireworks are often used as the grand finale for large-scale events. But what symbols lie hidden behind this smokescreen? Blisson and Vanderborght dig deeper. They traveled to China and captured the contrast with workers in local fireworks factories. In doing so, they question the use of entertainment as a tool for mass distraction.

Thrilling encounter

A PAL/SECAM project (Blisson + Vanderborght) 
Artistic direction: Cathy Blisson and Amaury Vanderborght - Sound work: Cathy Blisson  - Musical research: Amaury Vanderborght - Liuyang documentary images: Dino Sze Lung - Liuyang documentary translation: Wan Lun Yu - Video production: Super Tchip - Editing: Yoann Stehr and Maxime Jouret - Pyrotechnic design: Édouard Grégoire and Gabriel Legrand - Pyrotechnics: Arteventia - Tour management: Sarah Foubert - Artistic input : Marco Cendron - Production managers: Steven Cayrasso and Agathe Cornez - Diffusion and development manager: Philippe Naulot - A PAL/SECAM creation produced by Les Halles de Schaerbeek.

Co-productions: Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Bruxelles (BE); La Rose des Vents, Scene Nationale Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FR); Factory international, Manchester (UK); Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER, Gent (BE); Le PALC, Pole National cirque, Chalons en Champagne (FR); Compagnie du Poivre Rose (BE).

With the support of West Kowloon Cultural District (HK) and Theater op de Markt (BE) and Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI).

Image: Creative Commons (CC)

Sources : Joe Bielawa, Keith Martin, Shawn Hart, Joe Shlabotnik, (stephan), Laika ac. - Graphic design : Marco Cendrone (POMO)