A season of Encounters

Every encounter is an adventure or challenge, and our season is full of them.

Theater & Dans

  • Alessandro Sciarroni

    Save the last dance for me
    Ode to an Almost Extinct Men's Dance
    13.09
    -
    15.09

    Ode to an Almost Extinct Men's Dance

    The polka chinata is a "courting dance" from the early 20th century that was traditionally performed only by men. With "Save The Last Dance For Me," choreographer, dancer, and Golden Lion winner Alessandro Sciarroni breathes new life into this old Bolognese tradition.

    Sciarroni discovered the dance in 2018 when only five elderly men in Italy were still practicing it. He collaborated with dancers Gianmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini to develop a performance. This was no small feat, as the dance is physically demanding, almost acrobatic, involving the dancers whirling around in an embrace while bending their knees close to the ground. The traditional accordion has been replaced with electronic music.

    It seems Sciarroni has already succeeded in his mission to rescue this once-popular tradition from obscurity.

  • Amaury Vanderborght en Cathy Blisson (PAL/SECAM)

    Gratis spektakel als seizoensopener: 'Combustion'
    Vuurwerk als rookgordijn voor de massa
    13.09

    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.

    • 13.09 21:00 - 22:00
      free
    • 13.09 21:00 - 22:00
      free
  • Jeremy Nedd & Impilo Mapantsula

    blue nile to the galaxy around olodumare
    An Afrofuturistic experience with South African dance set to the cosmic jazz of Alice Coltrane
    19.09
    and
    20.09

    An Afrofuturistic experience with South African dance set to the cosmic jazz of Alice Coltrane.

    From the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Bheki Mseleku to pantsula, the South African dance that gave an entire generation a voice during apartheid. With "blue nile to the galaxy around olodumare," choreographer and dancer Jeremy Nedd explores the Black diaspora and immerses us in a cosmic, Afrofuturistic experience.

    Collaborating with the dance collective Impilo Mapantsula, Nedd bridges jazz as an expression of African American self-determination with pantsula, a powerful movement language known for its virtuoso footwork. Improvisation is central to both the music and the dance.

    The performance draws inspiration from cosmic phenomena: from the birth of a galaxy to the death of a star. By connecting the energetic and lyrical jive style of pantsula with echoes of past protests against oppression, the performers reflect on the compression of space and time, and our illusions of progress toward the future.

  • BERLIN / Yves Degryse, Bart Baele & Cathy Blisson

    Zvizdal
    Superstition, vodka, and the nuclear disaster: a universal portrait of loneliness, hope, and love
    26.09
    -
    28.09

    Superstition, vodka, and the nuclear disaster: a universal portrait of loneliness, hope, and love

    Chernobyl, April 26, 1986. The explosion of a reactor drastically changed the lives of the people in and around the city of Pripyat. Almost everyone was evacuated and never returned. Everyone except Pétro and Nadia. With "Zvizdal," the Antwerp theater group BERLIN paints a warm, deeply human portrait of a stubborn couple who refused to leave their home after the nuclear disaster.

    Nearly forty years later, Pétro and Nadia still live in their old village, a ghost town. For five years, BERLIN regularly traveled to Chernobyl to interview them and gain insight into their lives and choices. How do they endure a life of isolation for years on end? We see Pétro and Nadia, now well into their 80s, enduring in a contaminated zone and chosen solitude. No running water, electricity, phone, or mail. Instead, they rely on superstition, vodka, swearing, singing, and the ailments of old age.

    "Zvizdal" is the sixth installment in the "Holocene" series, in which BERLIN tries to capture our era. Film, poetry, and documentary blend with theater and fiction. The result is a universal story about loneliness, survival, poverty, hope, and love.

  • Wauhaus

    Fluids
    Dancing bodies between intimacy and failure
    04.10
    and
    05.10

    Dancing bodies between intimacy and failure

    A strange spectacle on ice and a slippery stage combine in the two-part performance "Fluids," the first collaboration between Finnish art collective WAUHAUS and Estonian dance production company Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava.

    The performers’ bodies navigate a highly slippery stage. They are vulnerable, constrained in their movements, and meld into one another as they dance. Using J-Lube, a highly effective lubricant, they are compelled into an unstable movement language that constantly teeters between awkwardness and grace.

    How can we be moved by another person? How can we let ourselves be surprised by emotions instead of always trying to control the course of our lives? "Fluids" invites the audience to experience empathy, intimacy, and failure.

  • Davi Pontes & Wallace Ferreira

    Repertório N.3
    Anti-colonial dance as resistance against the oppression of Black bodies
    15.10
    and
    16.10

    Anti-colonial dance as resistance against the oppression of Black bodies

    How can violence be depicted without endorsing it? Davi Pontes and Wallace Ferreira lead a trilogy that resists physical, imaginary, and epistemological violence. The third and final part, 'Repertoire N.3,' is a fiery critique of the structural oppression faced by Black bodies.

    With references to martial arts and capoeira, Pontes and Ferreira challenge the status quo and offer an alternative vision of a world where Black lives are finally recognized and honored. They break stereotypes about violence and show how marginalized groups experience the world.

    Be captivated by an anti-colonial choreography that pushes the boundaries of modern dance and paves a path to a future where equality and dignity take precedence.

  • El Conde de Torrefiel

    La luz de un lago
    Speakers as totems challenge our imagination with sound.
    18.10
    and
    19.10

    Speakers as totems challenge our imagination with sound.

    The Swiss-Spanish duo Tanya Beyeler and Pablo Gisbert are the driving force behind the collective El Conde de Torrefiel. Together, they have been challenging European theater for years with performances that blend theater and music with dance, music, and storytelling. 'La luz de un lago' goes even further and pushes the boundaries of our imagination.

    The Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan once argued that, even before writing existed, people used sound to communicate with each other. And that's exactly what Beyeler and Gisbert do in this performance: it's not what we see, but what we hear that matters. The main role is not filled by performers but by sound. Monumental speakers fill the space and emit frequencies. Images are absent, forcing the audience to listen and imagine.

    The speakers are arranged like totems. They form a large, speaking being without identity, gender, or origin. Invisible sound waves take over our thoughts. The boundary between reality and imagination inevitably blurs.

  • Sophie Guisset

    Vanilla (18+)
    Intimate and tender performance with food as a lubricant for sexual fantasy
    24.10
    and
    25.10

    Intimate and tender performance with food as a lubricant for sexual fantasy

    How can béarnaise sauce teach us something about sexual desires? Berlin-based performer and creator Sophie Guisset seeks to find out for us. With 'Vanilla,' she explores the relationship between pleasure, sexual desire, and food.

    Together with performers Enis Turan and Cee Füllemann, Guisset navigates through different rooms filled with sensual experiences. Personal and imaginary stories come to life with proteins - or is it lubricant? - apple pies, and sauces that arouse the performers. Along with a range of fetishes and stories, they ignite the imagination.

    'Vanilla' looks beyond the boundaries of what we consider "normal" sexual behavior. With remarkable openness and playfulness, sexuality and fetishism are brought out of the shadows.

  • not standing / Alexander Vantournhout

    every_body
    A complex dance of everyday movements
    31.10
    -
    02.11

    A complex dance of everyday movements

    In every_body, choreographer Alexander Vantournhout, alongside collaborator Emmi Väisänen, delves into everyday movements. They elevate simple actions like handshakes and walking into a complex canvas of bodily dynamics. The duet transforms an ordinary handshake into an intricate choreography of arms, elbows, and shoulders, while a seemingly endless walk showcases the versatility of leg and footwork. In 'every_body', the duo crafts a tapestry of choreography, turning even the subtlest of movements into something remarkable.

    The performance is further enriched by the sonic landscape created by composer and guitarist Geoffrey Burton. Fashion designer and scenographer Tom Van der Borght designs both the costumes and the surreal setting where 'every_body takes' place.

    Over the last decade, Alexander Vantournhout has built a diverse oeuvre. His work includes ensemble pieces like 'Foreshadow' (2023) and 'SCREWS' (2019), as well as solos 'VanThorhout' (2022) and 'ANECKXANDER' (2015). 'Every_body' (2024) is his fourth duet, following projects like 'Through the Grapevine' (2020), 'La Rose en Céramique' (2018), and 'Raphaël' (2017). The new creation marks the next step in his journey to dissect and reinterpret everyday movements, continually challenging and redefining the limits of human physical expression.

  • Trajal Harrell

    Caen Amour
    Erotic dance spectacle as an ode to the female entertainer
    06.11
    -
    07.11

    Erotic dance spectacle as an ode to the female entertainer

    'Caen Amour' pays tribute to the female entertainer. American choreographer Trajal Harrell sheds light on a moment in dance history where the boundaries between entertainment, erotic dance, and experimentation were explored. Part fashion show, part striptease. An enchanting tableau of history, spectacle, and imagination.

    Before vaudeville and striptease existed, there were "Hoochie Coochie" shows, seductive and provocative belly dance spectacles from the 19th century. In "Caen Amour," they come back to life during a fictional encounter between dance pioneer Loïe Fuller, legendary Japanese dancer Tatsumi Hijikata, and Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo.

  • Forced Entertainment

    Signal to Noise
    An exhilarating spectacle that slowly but surely falls apart
    15.11
    and
    16.11

    There seems to be a problem, a problem with the connection…

    An upbeat spectacle which is slowly breaking apart, 'Signal to Noise' summons a delirious late-night churn of fragments – dances, rehearsals, altercations, scenery changes and unexpected weather reports. AI voices are enlisted to perform the text – their unreal chatter and patter mixing interior monologues, unfinished jokes and off-topic interviews. It all sounds right, more or less human, more or less real. What could go wrong?

    The six performers lip-sync all the voices, sometimes carefully, sometimes with unhelpful abandon, bringing life to these disembodied, never-bodied speakers. In the process they summon a strange and compelling world where the question of what’s human and what’s not, what’s real life and what’s just pretending is never far away.

    Etchells' musical score mixes everything from filmic atmospheres to noise, xylophones to slowed classical strings, beats, trumpets, grunge guitars, and birdsong, but as ever with the company, the performers are the heart of the work - animating it with the energy and inventiveness that Forced Entertainment have made their calling card.

    Created as the group celebrate their 40th Birthday, the show is a powerful mix of performance magic and off-hand deconstruction, a simple idea unfolded to open a unique space for the thoughts, laughter and reflections of spectators.

  • Voetvolk / Lisbeth Gruwez & Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

    Nomadics
    Dancers become a (passing) raging landscape to the tones of environmental techno
    21.11
    and
    22.11

    Dancers become a (passing) raging landscape to the tones of environmental techno

    In 'Nomadics', eight dancers explore how to lend a voice to nature. It is the place par excellence to unwind, but what do we give back? The performers depict how nature looks back at man and suffers their footsteps. They embody how she reclaims her place and retaliates. This is done from an inadequate - because human - but also infectious and whimsical imagination. 

    'Nomadics' allows dancers to become a (passing) raging landscape. Sometimes they are tree, sometimes they are grass. Sometimes they are rock or human. This constant transformation results in beauty as well as friction: there is tension in the air. But as physics shows us: friction eventually leads to warmth, deceleration or change. Or again: through the struggle, the dancers in Nomadics seek connection, both with nature and with each other.    

    In the process, music is in strong symbiosis with dance, as always at Voetvolk. Maarten Van Cauwenberghe has recorded sounds during walks - footsteps, water, wind in the trees, highways... – and has turned them into environmental techno.

  • Sarah Vanhee

    Mémé
    A recognizable narrative about the silent suffering of women
    05.12
    and
    06.12

    A recognizable narrative about the silent suffering of women

    In the solo performance 'Mémé,' performer Sarah Vanhee summons the spirits of her two deceased grandmothers. Through their life stories and with guest appearances by puppets, spirits, and a child, she paints a picture of a society that drastically changed over a hundred years in terms of women's emancipation.

    Like many women of their time, Vanhee's grandmothers worked for the majority of their lives. They had to both bear and raise children while working in the fields. They were always in service to others. How does today's world relate to these forgotten women of the past and to the earth they cultivated? And how do we see them reflected in today's forgotten women, whose labor is still exploited?

    Mémé is an ode to these 'invisible' women and to life itself. Vanhee brings her grandmothers back to life to reconnect, restore, and then bid farewell again, in a time without boundaries.

  • Dan Daw

    The Dan Daw Show
    Intimate portrait of a queer body with a disability
    11.12
    and
    12.12

    Intimate portrait of a queer body with a disability

    After having spent a lifetime being an inspiration to others, Dan Daw is finally seizing the moment to inspire himself.

    Taking ownership of the beautiful mess that encompasses all that he is, Dan lets go of who he once was to make room for who he wants to be.

    Dan is joined in an intimate evening of play by performer and collaborator Christopher Owen (Joe Moran, Scottish Dance Theatre) where Dan takes back the power by being dominated on his own terms.

  • Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods & Dance On Ensemble

    CREATION 24 (working title)
    Meg Stuart transforms dance and music into a group portrait
    19.12
    -
    21.12

    Meg Stuart transforms dance and music into a group portrait

    In 2018, Meg Stuart was honored with the Golden Lion for 'Lifetime Achievement' at the Venice Biennale. She was recognized for her innovative work in dance and theater, weaving together various disciplines. With 'Creation 24,' she explores new boundaries, this time with Dance On Ensemble dancer Omagbitse Omagbemi and Japanese sound artist Mieko Suzuki.

    Meg Stuart has always seen her own body as a laboratory. By dancing in her own performances, she intuitively dismantles the choreographic principles she seeks to express. Her initially raw, physical dance possesses a subdued care and attention to detail.

    By playing with this apparent contradiction, the artists collectively search for a shared language. They build, transform, and move towards a group portrait.

  • Andrew Graham / Lageste

    O amor natural
    What if care, romance, and desire come together?
    24.01
    and
    25.01

    What if care, romance, and desire come together?

    In 'O amor natural', choreographer Andrew Graham explores the complexity of touch in human relationships where care, romance, and desire come together. For people with disabilities, touch is often linked to medical care, with other needs frequently ignored.

    The concept of consent raises many questions. How do we know what we do and do not want? And how do we communicate this? On what basis can we consent to something we do not yet know? Graham delves into the depth of connection and consent, moving beyond a simple yes or no. Consent is explored in all its non-verbal richness. Whispers, body temperature, breathing, gaze, and speed of movement weave a web of intimacy.

    Graham describes 'O amor natural' as "a choreography of non-verbal haikus, where touch is the key to exploring trust between bodies, like the tango that connects two hearts." It invites a deeper understanding of human connection.

  • Lydia McGlinchey

    MadDoG
    Sublime horror reflecting on the insane social order
    29.01
    and
    30.01

    Sublime horror reflecting on the insane social order

    In 'MadDoG,' dancer and choreographer Lydia McGlinchey pays homage to the aesthetics of Gothic, horror, and heavy metal. Inspired by centuries-old lace techniques, she transforms the theater into an impressive artwork where the scenography forms the core, like a 'knot' connecting various elements and issues.

    'MadDoG' does not label darkness as evil but rather superficiality and challenges us to think further. The title of the performance refers to the madness of contemporary images of mass murders, advertisements from electronics stores, and photos of photoshopped women on yachts. High and low culture are intertwined. In this experience of closely connected disturbing contradictions, McGlinchey sees knotting as a relevant aesthetic concern. In 'MadDoG,' the knot symbolizes the impossibility of purity.

    Three performers and a musician take center stage, combining spoken word, dance, and music.

  • Mette Ingvartsen

    RUSH
    Impetuous dance journey through a body of work
    31.01
    and
    01.02

    Impetuous dance journey through a body of work

    Mette Ingvartsen, resident artist at VIERNULVIER, has been collaborating with dancer Manon Santkin for 20 years. Especially for her, Ingvartsen wrote the solo 'RUSH,' a tribute to their long, intense collaboration and to performance itself.

    Manon Santkin presents a retelling of previous performances she created with Ingvartsen. In a tumultuous 'rush,' highlights are brought back to life, and new forms emerge. Within the framework of a larger body of work, Santkin tells her own story, and her body undergoes a chameleon-like transformation. A tidal wave of energy emerges, with the joy of performing radiating from it.

  • Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Radouan Mriziga / Rosas, A7LA5

    Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione
    Dancing to the core of Vivaldi's masterpiece 'The Four Seasons'
    12.02
    -
    15.02

    Dancing to the core of Vivaldi's masterpiece 'The Four Seasons'

    For this dance creation, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Radouan Mriziga drew inspiration from Antonio Vivaldi's masterpiece 'The Four Seasons,' performed by violinist Amandine Beyer and her ensemble Gli Incogniti. This iconic piece, known as a classical hit and tribute to nature, forms the basis of their choreography.

    De Keersmaeker and Mriziga share a passion for natural observation, geometry, and abstraction. They express concerns about our ever-changing relationship with nature. Patterns, structures, and natural elements inspire the choreography. Reflecting on the seasons underscores the urgency of the climate crisis. Can we still speak of four seasons today? Vivaldi composed the work exactly three hundred years ago, which also prompts us to reflect on geopolitical dynamics and knowledge dissemination.

    In 'Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione,' various threads are woven into a unique choreographic language, which harks back to the core and structure of 'The Four Seasons.' The performance also explores the contemplative aspect of this composition and the familiarity of both the music and nature.

  • Simon Baetens

    I'm Not Done
    Drag, poetry, and theatrical pop music merge into a dream world
    21.02
    and
    22.02

    Drag, poetry, and theatrical pop music merge into a dream world

    Theatre maker and performer Simon Baetens was a co-founder of the Ghent drag collective House Of Lux. With 'I'm Not Done,' he presents an intense, playful performance about self-projection, loneliness, and being on the road. For the first time, his drag alter ego 'Electra' leaves the club and appears on stage.

    Electra takes the audience on a musical journey through transformative virtual and emotional landscapes. Through a combination of drag, music, video, and text, a dream-like world is created where the boundaries between technology and reality are no longer distinguishable.

    'I'm Not Done' is a performance like a doomscroll, where pop music guides you through the labyrinth of the internet. It pays homage to the shameless theatricality of pop concerts and the poetry of song lyrics. Can exuberance and depth go hand in hand?

  • TIM ETCHELLS / NTGENT

    How Goes the World - Histoire(s) du Théâtre (V)
    Reflectie op 40 jaar theatermaken
    21.03
    and
    22.03

    Een absurde orgie van opkomen en afgaan, geluidscues en koortsige herinneringen

    Ze verdwijnen en verschijnen door deuren die op de een of andere manier van muren zijn gescheiden. Ze haasten zich om deel uit te maken van een toneelstuk dat ofwel nog niet is begonnen ofwel al decennia geleden is afgelopen. Ze zijgen neer op de sofa en huilen. Ze veren woedend recht uit hun leunstoel en zakken vervolgens als amnesielijders weer in elkaar. De piano speelt hetzelfde deuntje steeds opnieuw, de melodie vermalend en verwringend.

    Met Tim Etchells voegt NTGent een grote naam toe aan de lijst (inter)nationale makers die een productie creëren voor de reeks Histoire(s) du Théâtre. Als titel van zijn bijdrage kiest Etchells, artistiek leider van het vermaarde collectief Forced Entertainment, een zinsnede uit Shakespeares Macbeth: ‘How goes the world’.

  • Jan Martens / GRIP

    VOICE NOISE
    Vrouwenstemmen vechten terug tegen het patriarchaat
    11.04
    and
    12.04

    Vrouwenstemmen vechten terug tegen het patriarchaat

    From ancient Greece to today: the female voice is often labeled as unnecessary or, more bluntly, annoying noise. Choreographer Jan Martens amplifies a different voice. With 'Voice Noise,' he gives innovative, unknown, or forgotten female musicians from the past hundred years of music history a stage. From the delicate Broadway soprano Ruby Elzy to Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

    'Voice Noise' is inspired by Anne Carson's 1995 essay 'The Gender of Sound,' in which the American poet reveals how patriarchal culture attempts to silence women by associating their voices with monstrosity, disorder, and death. Six dancers confront recordings in which the human voice is heard in various forms: humming, soothing, screaming, whispering, or singing. Along the way, they discover their own voices.

  • Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe | Toneelhuis

    Mantike Bloom Boom
    A hopeful warning for the future
    09.05
    and
    10.05

    A hopeful warning for the future

    The ancient Greeks saw an art in predicting and recognizing omens such as the flight of birds, the position of trees, the wandering of bees. They called this Mantikê tékhnê. Just like back then, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe's performance 'Mantike Bloom Boom' seeks the signs necessary for restoration and urgent renewal of our thinking about the world.

    'Mantike Bloom Boom' starts from the electrically charged atmosphere of an abandoned landscape. The moment when everything seems to be going to ruin - Boom! - and suddenly light appears on the horizon - Bloom! Like the prelude to a storm, when the cows gather under a tree, the sky darkens, and the first breeze picks up. What can a person still undertake in such a landscape?

    Like a whirlwind, actress Marjan De Schutter storms onto the stage in various forms. There is only one last link between dying bees and our fate. 'Mantike Bloom Boom' is a hopeful warning with predictions and vivid explosions. The end time is narrowly avoided.

Music

  • The Undertones

    10.09

    Legendarische Britse Poppunk beïnvloed door de garagerock van de jaren 60 en de glamrock van de jaren 70.

    The Undertones, that's the story of five friends who decided to learn the principles of rock and roll in 1976 in Derry, Northern Ireland. The O'Neill brothers' melodies and guitar riffs, influenced by the garage rock of the 1960s and the glam rock of the 1970s, hit the nail on the head and helped them break through with the legendary "Teenage Kicks. 

    Over the next four years, they released other top songs such as "Get Over You," "Here Comes The Summer," "Jimmy Jimmy," "You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It!)," "My Perfect Cousin" and "It's Going To Happen! During the same period, they recorded four critically acclaimed albums, toured the United States with The Clash and did a series of tours of their own.

  • STUFF.

    12.09
    and
    13.09

    We all know STUFF. by now as the Belgian five-piece instrumental live band that undoubtedly takes you on a groovy ride. Their eclectic sounds flows between hip-hop, avant-garde, jazz, funk and electro, guided by masterful Lander Gyselinck on drums.

  • schntzl

    360° Sound Première
    14.09

    schntzl is a Belgian duo making 'hypervisual' music, provocative and sweet at the same time. Their music can be heard as pop music from a parallel universe, a breakdown of established values but with a penchant for kitsch. Accompanied by their percussion, samplers, keyboards and drums, they function like a flawless orchestra of two people dancing and spinning around each other.

    The opening of Club Wintercircus is also the christening of our immersive sound system. Invited by the European Jazz Conference, schntzl is putting together a brand-new and unique set that revolves entirely around the 360° experience. This will be the start of a journey that will culminate in a new album as well (to be released in 2025).

  • Tsar B & Dijf Sanders

    play the music of 'Twin Peaks'
    01.10

    Samen met multi-instrumentalist Dijf Sanders bracht Tsar B een eigenzinnige hommage aan componist Angelo Badalamenti en zijn legendarische ‘Twin Peaks’-soundtrack, tijdens VIDEODROOM 2023. De avond was meteen uitverkocht, dus hernemen we deze performance in de Minardschouwburg.

    OVER TWIN PEAKS

    Een creepy sfeer, bizarre personages, een dijk van een soundtrack en damn good coffee: de veelvuldig bekroonde, experimentele serie ‘Twin Peaks’ was een hit zodra het in 1990 op het scherm kwam. Kijkers werden meteen fan door de unieke combinatie van horror en humor die bedenkers David Lynch en Mark Frost in de reeks wisten te leggen. Het verhaal gaat zelfs dat Paul McCartney, die op het verjaardagsfeest van The Queen op audiëntie werd ontvangen, plots van Hare Majesteit te horen kreeg: “Excuseer, ik kan niet langer blijven, want ‘Twin Peaks’ gaat beginnen."

  • DRIFTWD

    Tbc
    03.10

    DRIFTWD, voorheen bekend als Driftwood, is de Belgisch-Amerikaanse samenwerking tussen architect-muzikant Sam De Bock en muzikant-componiste Patricia Vanneste

    DRIFTWD, formerly known as Driftwood, is the Belgian-American collaboration between architect-musician Sam De Bock and musician-composer Patricia Vanneste. The duo unites Vanneste's melodic expression with De Bock's more structural, collage-like style in a unique harmony reminiscent of musicians such as Massive Attack, Tricky, Lamb and Mark Lanegan.

    The duo unveiled their debut album, Only Fighters Left Behind, which garnered widespread critical acclaim. Presently, DRIFTWD is in the final stages of crafting their second full-length album, slated for release in Sept/Oct 2024. With first single ‘Bonfire’, the band immediately makes it clear that it has no intention of holding back. Written just after the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the song comes in like a sledgehammer blow. 

  • Mattias De Craene x 'The Holy Mountain'

    VIDEODROOM 2024
    16.10

    Exactly 50 years ago, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky shocked Cannes festival with the premiere of his film "The Holy Mountain"; a psychedelic slice of surrealism that became a true cult classic over the years. This macabre masterpiece can count illustrious names such as Peter Gabriel, Erykah Badu, Marina Abramovic, David Lynch and Nicolas Winding Refn among its fans.

    Als on that list: Belgian saxophonist, composer and producer Mattias De Craene. He composed a brand new soundtrack to the film for Videodrome. As icing on the birthday cake, he will perform it live in De Vooruit's Theaterzaal with the brand new remastered 4K version of the film on the big screen!

  • MONO

    25th Anniversary Orchestra Tour
    23.10

    The year 2020 turned what was once quintessential late-night stoner existentialism into a daily mantra for nearly everyone on this planet. What are we doing with our limited time in this life? What is our purpose? What should we be doing?

  • Moor Mother

    Support tbc
    29.10

    Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother is a poet, artist, musician and activist operating out of Philadelphia. Her music is an atmospheric patchwork of spoken word, electronics and instrumentation, which Sun Ra enjoys in the afro-futuristic afterlife. Her lyrics are activist and philosophical commentaries on history, consciousness, identity and politics. 

    Moor Mother has been active since 2012 and is has recently released her ninth full-length album, 'The Great Bailout'. A record on which she sketches some uncomfortable historical scenes. The title refers to the astronomical amount Britain paid to slave owners in 1835 is compensation of slavery being abolished. A sum that punched such a hole in the British treasury that it wasn't fully paid back until 2015. With tax money, of course.

  • DARKSIDE

    06.11

    DARKSIDE, the project of electronic musician and vocalist Nicolás Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington, are adding a Belgian leg to their European tour.

    During this tour, they will be joined by percussionist Tlacael Esparza, who has joined as a permanent member. Fans can look forward to new work. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m.

    In the summer of 2011, American guitarist Dave Harrington was part of Nicolás Jaar's live band that toured Europe and Australia in support of his breakthrough debut album "Space Is Only Noise. During that tour, both experimented every spare moment to create a new palette of sounds. The result? A dark and stealthy mix of electronica and psychedelic-tinged rock on a bed of Jaar's haunting vocals from which their self-titled EP sprouted in 2011. They also miraculously remixed Daft Punk's full-length album 'Random Access Memories' which was listened to millions of times: "The project transcends the standard remix record and the duo is widely praised for their ability to balance originality and playfulness" (Focus Knack).

    Then in 2013 they released their debut album "Psychic," preceded by the single "Golden Arrow. The record received a 9.0 from Pitchfork and the New York Times called it "the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch sci-fi movie."

    The long-awaited second album, "Spiral," followed in 2021, preceded by singles "Liberty Bell," "The Limit" and "Lawmaker. After eight years, DARKSIDE announced their return to European stages, with headlining shows in Paris, Toulouse, Manchester and London.

  • Berre

    Jong talent met een unieke stem
    07.11

    These days, Berre sells out big venues, but two years ago, Berre's live music was still mainly heard in public. He started as a street musician and shared his covers on TikTok, including from his parents' garage. These videos quickly went viral, making his distinctive voice literally go around the world. His debut single "Say My Name" became an instant success, making it to full-fledged artist overnight. Streams for his subsequent singles, including "Better Off Alone", "Thrill Of It All" and "Kissing Strangers" also ran into the millions.

    Those who came too late for tickets to the sold-out shows at AB and Pukkelpop know what done: tickets go on sale on Wednesday 24 April at 11am....

  • Lander & Adriaan

    immersive show + Party
    09.11

    Lander & Adriaan is a Belgian duo with drummer Lander Gyselinck (Stuff.,Beraadgeslagen,LABtrio) and Adriaan Van de Velde (Pomrad, Mauro Pawlowski, J. Bernardt). Their common fondness for slick digital synths and 90s underground dance music genres brought them together to submerge in symbiotic jams during the very first lockdown in 2020. After a bunch of very successful under-the-radar concerts, they recorded an album in the summer of 2021 that was released in the spring of 2022. Their gently disturbed mashup of 90s dance music genres like Chicago juke, Detroit techno, UK-Funky, Classic rave with corny jazz fusion and mundane jazz improv brings you to a pleasantly disturbed realm of unguilty pleasures, sheer weirdness and pure excitement. 

    ‘Post Nudism Rave’ they call it. Others call it ‘free rave’, ’confusi-trance’ and ’sophisti-rave’. A  shiny 3D pixie fantasyland juxtaposed with a gritty dark smokey underworld of slimy aliens and smelly trolls. You’ll be experiencing the quantum thrills of interplanetary ambient drones, sweet drumming frenzy, pulpy saccharine melodies, mushy basslines, all gently weaved into raw sweat-drippy dance music. Get (half) nude and dance!

    For this show we put this inimitable duo on a stage in the middle of our round club, surrounded by audience and the 360° immersive sound system. And if that's not enough, tickets for Lander & Adriaan also give access to the nighlife event back-to-back with the show... You know what to do!

  • Celeste

    Support tbc
    10.11

    With over 800 concerts around the world and appearances at the most prestigious extreme music festivals (Hellfest, Roskilde, Copenhell, Roadburn,...) 1 EP and 5 albums, CELESTE can be considered one of the most important bands of the famous French Avant Garde black metal scene.

    CELESTE brings a mix of Sludge / Post-hardcore with hints of Black Metal and doom. 

    Total darkness in atmosphere, and you can take that quite literally. CELESTE's live shows are unique because the band plays in total darkness, with only a few red headlights (and once troboscope).

    Heavy in all aspects...

  • Ufomammut

    support Huracán
    16.11

    Formed in the late 90s by Poia and Urlo, UFOMAMMUT blends heavy riffs with psychedelic nuances, crafting a cosmic sound. Their latest album, Fenice, symbolizes rebirth, featuring new drummer Levre. Departing from cosmic themes, Fenice offers an introspective journey through six interconnected facets. Synths and experimental vocals play a central role, showcasing the band's evolution. Each track on Fenice feels inevitable, reflecting UFOMAMMUT's mastery of sonic exploration. Poia and Urlo, also founders of Malleus and Supernatural Cat label, infuse Fenice with a rejuvenated essence, delivering gargantuan riffs and immersive sonic landscapes.

     

  • Nadine Shah + Nadiem Shah

    19.11

    Scottish with Pakistani-Norwegian roots Nadine Shah is often described - both in voice and mystique - as a mix of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. She debuted in 2012 with two EPs featuring her brooding, atmospheric blend of midnight loner pop and indie rock, followed by the album "Love Your Dum and Mad" in 2013.

    On her third (Mercury Prize-nominated) 2017 album, 'Holiday Destination,' she confronted right-wing nationalism and the conservative government around the ongoing plight of refugees. Shah is no stranger to speaking out for causes she strongly believes in, be it promoting mental health awareness or women's rights.

    Her latest album is called "Filthy Underneath" and chronicles a period of unprecedented turbulence in Nadine Shah's life and has a decidedly vibrant and powerful drive. She lets the demons she has conquered during her thirty-seven years of life pass before her with a balletic beauty. Nadine co-wrote the music with partner in crime and producer Ben Hillier, focusing on melody and movement.

  • MERIDIAN BROTHERS

    support: tbc
    20.11

    MERIDIAN BROTHERS, hailing from Bogotá - Colombia, is a contemporary “neotropicalist” group formed in 1998 from the interests of Eblis Álvarez (composer and multi-instrumentalist) as a musical laboratory for a small audience and at the time distributed in cassette format. From 2007 the project became a live act formed by María Valencia (wind instruments, percussion and keyboards), Eblis Álvarez (vocals, guitar and direction), Mauricio Ramírez who joined the band in 2016, replacing Damián Ponce (Drums), Alejandro Forero (keyboards), César Quevedo (bass) and in sound engineering, Alejandro Araujo (replacing Juan Camilo Montañéz). 

  • Maan

    27.11

    Maan is one of the biggest stars in the Dutch pop firmament. Since 2016, she has appeared on the billboards of major festivals such as Pinkpop, Paaspop and Zwarte Cross. She played sold-out club tours and, as icing on the cake, she performed her own show in a sold-out Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.

    Her latest album, 2022's 'Leven' (Dutch for 'life') features a lot of very personal songs that demonstrate musical and personal growth over her early work. It also features collaborations with such big names as De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, Fresku and Goldband. Singles 'Blijven Slapen' and 'Stiekem' each count more than 70 million(!) streams on Spotify, the latter even becoming the most streamed song in the Netherlands in 2023. 

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Talks & Spoken word

  • UITGELEZEN SEPTEMBER

    An evening filled with literature
    24.09

    An evening filled with literature

    Uitgelezen, het boekenprogramma van Behoud de Begeerte en VIERNULVIER, is klaar voor een nieuw seizoen. Presentator Ruth Joos wordt vergezeld door bekende gezichten als Ibe Rossel, Melissa Giardina en Angelo Tijssens. En we verwelkomen nieuwe panelleden, allemaal verbonden door een gedeelde liefde voor boeken.

    De vertrouwde rubrieken blijven behouden: drie boeken op tafel zorgvuldig geselecteerd door onze redactie, gevolgd door een persoonlijke tip van elke gast aan tafel. Elke avond wordt opgeluisterd met een muzikaal intermezzo. En we krijgen telkens bezoek van de Vooruitlezer, een auteur die een voorproefje geeft uit een nog niet gepubliceerd boek. Allemaal ingrediënten die van Uitgelezen een waar genot maken voor lezers en boekenliefhebbers, met aandacht voor fictie, non-fictie en andere genres. Tijdens de tombola maak je bovendien kans om één van de besproken titels te winnen.

    Heb je al een kijkje genomen op de website uitgelezen.live? Daar vind je niet alleen meer informatie over de komende edities van het programma, maar ook geluidsopnames van de signalementen en fragmenten van de ‘Vooruitlezers’

     

  • DE ARENA

    Verken de boeiende wereld van justitie 
    01.10

    Verken de boeiende wereld van justitie 

    In de media wordt de berichtgeving rond criminaliteit en conflicten vaak gepolariseerd. DE ARENA maakt ruimte voor genuanceerde gesprekken en gaat op zoek naar hoe de samenleving omgaat met deze thema's. 

    Internationaal strafpleiter Walter Van Steenbrugge en ondernemer Yasmien Naciri nemen ons mee naar de boeiende wereld van justitie. Ze nodigen telkens twee gasten uit. Samen delen ze inzichten, bieden perspectieven en staan stil bij de actualiteit. 

    De gesprekken worden gemodereerd door Lisbeth Imbo, het publiek mag (be)oordelen.

    Welkom in DE ARENA!

  • UITGELEZEN OKTOBER

    Een avond vol literatuur
    29.10

    Een avond vol literatuur

    Uitgelezen, het boekenprogramma van Behoud de Begeerte en VIERNULVIER, is klaar voor een nieuw seizoen. Presentator Ruth Joos wordt vergezeld door bekende gezichten als Ibe Rossel, Melissa Giardina en Angelo Tijssens. En we verwelkomen nieuwe panelleden, allemaal verbonden door een gedeelde liefde voor boeken.

    De vertrouwde rubrieken blijven behouden: drie boeken op tafel zorgvuldig geselecteerd door onze redactie, gevolgd door een persoonlijke tip van elke gast aan tafel. Elke avond wordt opgeluisterd met een muzikaal intermezzo. En we krijgen telkens bezoek van de Vooruitlezer, een auteur die een voorproefje geeft uit een nog niet gepubliceerd boek. Allemaal ingrediënten die van Uitgelezen een waar genot maken voor lezers en boekenliefhebbers, met aandacht voor fictie, non-fictie en andere genres. Tijdens de tombola maak je bovendien kans om één van de besproken titels te winnen.

    Heb je al een kijkje genomen op de website uitgelezen.live? Daar vind je niet alleen meer informatie over de komende edities van het programma, maar ook geluidsopnames van de signalementen en fragmenten van de ‘Vooruitlezers’

     

  • DE ARENA

    Verken de boeiende wereld van justitie 
    05.11

    Verken de boeiende wereld van justitie 

    In de media wordt de berichtgeving rond criminaliteit en conflicten vaak gepolariseerd. DE ARENA maakt ruimte voor genuanceerde gesprekken en gaat op zoek naar hoe de samenleving omgaat met deze thema's. 

    Internationaal strafpleiter Walter Van Steenbrugge en ondernemer Yasmien Naciri nemen ons mee naar de boeiende wereld van justitie. Ze nodigen telkens twee gasten uit. Samen delen ze inzichten, bieden perspectieven en staan stil bij de actualiteit. 

    De gesprekken worden gemodereerd door Lisbeth Imbo, het publiek mag (be)oordelen.

    Welkom in DE ARENA!

  • Derek Otte

    Tijd Over
    Triomfantelijke metaforen en knap in elkaar geregen woordkunst
    06.11

    Triomfantelijke metaforen en knap in elkaar geregen woordkunst

    Derek Otte is al lang geen onbekende naam meer bij onze Noorderburen. Als stotteraar begon hij zijn gedachten neer te schrijven. Hij schopte het tot stadsdichter van Rotterdam in 2017 en 2018 en schreef een aantal dichtbundels. Ondertussen vond hij ook zijn weg naar het podium als spoken word-artiest. Hij groeide uit tot een van de meest toonaangevende stemmen in Nederland. 

    Na zijn succesvolle theatertour met zijn debuutvoorstelling ‘De tijd is om’, had Derek Otte nog wat tijd over.  Het leverde hem een nieuwe voorstelling op. In ‘Tijd Over’ staan teksten uit zijn eerste voorstelling centraal, aangevuld met oud én nieuw werk van deze poëet in hart en nieren. 

    Otte geeft rijm en ritme aan herkenbare levenslessen en de wereld om ons heen. Thema’s van nu worden op hoog tempo gebracht. Fijngevoelig maar toch ook recht-voor-de-raap. 

     

  • Strijd der Titanen

    Epic clash of Belgian spoken word artists
    09.11

    Epic clash of Belgian spoken word artists

    'Strijd der Titanen' belooft een epische avond vol friendly battles tussen Belgische spoken word-artiesten. We geven een podium aan zowel de grote namen uit het genre als aan een nieuwe generatie die alsmaar luider en scherper klinkt. 

    Met artiesten als Esohe Weyden, Hind Eljadid, Maarten Bekvegter en vele anderen staan de meest geslepen stemmen van het moment op het podium.

  • UITGELEZEN NOVEMBER

    Een avond vol literatuur
    26.11

    Een avond vol literatuur

    Uitgelezen, het boekenprogramma van Behoud de Begeerte en VIERNULVIER, is klaar voor een nieuw seizoen. Presentator Ruth Joos wordt vergezeld door bekende gezichten als Ibe Rossel, Melissa Giardina en Angelo Tijssens. En we verwelkomen nieuwe panelleden, allemaal verbonden door een gedeelde liefde voor boeken.

    De vertrouwde rubrieken blijven behouden: drie boeken op tafel zorgvuldig geselecteerd door onze redactie, gevolgd door een persoonlijke tip van elke gast aan tafel. Elke avond wordt opgeluisterd met een muzikaal intermezzo. En we krijgen telkens bezoek van de Vooruitlezer, een auteur die een voorproefje geeft uit een nog niet gepubliceerd boek. Allemaal ingrediënten die van Uitgelezen een waar genot maken voor lezers en boekenliefhebbers, met aandacht voor fictie, non-fictie en andere genres. Tijdens de tombola maak je bovendien kans om één van de besproken titels te winnen.

    Heb je al een kijkje genomen op de website uitgelezen.live? Daar vind je niet alleen meer informatie over de komende edities van het programma, maar ook geluidsopnames van de signalementen en fragmenten van de ‘Vooruitlezers’

     

  • DE ARENA

    Verken de boeiende wereld van justitie 
    03.12

    Verken de boeiende wereld van justitie 

    In de media wordt de berichtgeving rond criminaliteit en conflicten vaak gepolariseerd. DE ARENA maakt ruimte voor genuanceerde gesprekken en gaat op zoek naar hoe de samenleving omgaat met deze thema's. 

    Internationaal strafpleiter Walter Van Steenbrugge en ondernemer Yasmien Naciri nemen ons mee naar de boeiende wereld van justitie. Ze nodigen telkens twee gasten uit. Samen delen ze inzichten, bieden perspectieven en staan stil bij de actualiteit. 

    De gesprekken worden gemodereerd door Lisbeth Imbo, het publiek mag (be)oordelen.

    Welkom in DE ARENA!

  • CBK Poetry Slam

    Who gives the best verbal uppercuts of the country?
    07.12

    Who gives the best verbal uppercuts of the country?

    The country's best slammers will compete in the Belgian Poetry Slam 2024 Championship!

    On Saturday 7 December, poets, rappers and spoken-word artists deal each other merciless verbal uppercuts. Each slammer will get three minutes to knock out the expert jury with his/her/their word art. A Dutch-speaking and a French-speaking host lead the competition in the right direction. In between rounds, the DJ chases solid beats through the hall. Come and enjoy this verbal joust live!

  • UITGELEZEN JANUARI

    Een avond vol literatuur
    28.01

    Een avond vol literatuur

    Uitgelezen, het boekenprogramma van Behoud de Begeerte en VIERNULVIER, is klaar voor een nieuw seizoen. Presentator Ruth Joos wordt vergezeld door bekende gezichten als Ibe Rossel, Melissa Giardina en Angelo Tijssens. En we verwelkomen nieuwe panelleden, allemaal verbonden door een gedeelde liefde voor boeken.

    De vertrouwde rubrieken blijven behouden: drie boeken op tafel zorgvuldig geselecteerd door onze redactie, gevolgd door een persoonlijke tip van elke gast aan tafel. Elke avond wordt opgeluisterd met een muzikaal intermezzo. En we krijgen telkens bezoek van de Vooruitlezer, een auteur die een voorproefje geeft uit een nog niet gepubliceerd boek. Allemaal ingrediënten die van Uitgelezen een waar genot maken voor lezers en boekenliefhebbers, met aandacht voor fictie, non-fictie en andere genres. Tijdens de tombola maak je bovendien kans om één van de besproken titels te winnen.

    Heb je al een kijkje genomen op de website uitgelezen.live? Daar vind je niet alleen meer informatie over de komende edities van het programma, maar ook geluidsopnames van de signalementen en fragmenten van de ‘Vooruitlezers’

     

Monument

    • Sat 14.09
      11:00 - 12:30
      Rondleidingen
    • Sat 05.10
      11:00 - 12:30
      Rondleidingen
    • Sat 09.11
      11:00 - 12:30
      Rondleidingen
    • Sat 07.12
      11:00 - 12:30
      Rondleidingen

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