© Karel Burssens

Karel Burssens

Festival van de Architectuur / première
26.09 - 27.09

A poetic performance balancing between dance and architecture

Belgian architect Karel Burssens makes dancer Mario Barrantes Espinoza dance with a machine, literally. A rotating machine is fixed to the ceiling. Through repetition this installation defines the rhythm, space and lighting, but also the movements of a dancer. This dancer will confront the moving sculpture to redefine the relationship between man and machine.

Burssens pushes alienation in the direction of poetry. The rapid evolution of technology in our ever-changing world forces man to continuously adapt himself. ‘Currents’ unravels this vulnerable position humans find themselves in. How do we deal with these changes? How do we continuously find a new balance within our own environment? A performance that fits perfectly in the context of FESTIVAL VAN DE ARCHITECTUUR.

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concept & direction Karel Burssens - created with & performed by Mario Barrantes Espinoza - created with: Tarek Halaby - dramaturgy dance Femke Gyselinck - music written & performed by Daniel Brandt - music published by Erased Tapes Music Ltd - light design with Cate Carter, Geert Vanhout, Bryte Design, Kristof De Dycke - costume design Max Doerr - outside eye Jeroen Verrecht, Gabriel Schenker  - film Robbrecht Desmet, Sander Vandenbroucke - production sculpture Fisheye - production Hiros - coproduction C-TAKT, STUK, deSingel, Arts Centre Vooruit - with the collaboration of Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Vlaams Architectuurinstituut, GC Elzenhof, School van Gaasbeek - in collaboration with Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Vlaams Architectuurinstituut, GC Elzenhof, School van Gaasbeek - special thanks to Liesl Vanautgaerden, Arnout van Vaerenbergh, Geert Belpaeme, Bettina Molnar, Sue-Yeon Youn, Carlos Garbin, Povilas Bastys, Bart Adriaensen, Joost Machiels, Helga Baert

image © Karel Burssens