Two outstanding Flanders dance companies from Belgium will be performing in Cape Town, following KKNK and Market Theatre seasons. The companies will be at the Baxter from 4 to 8 June 2019.
In Cape Town, les ballets C de la B will present Requiem pour L. on 4 and 5 June 2019, and Siamese Cie will present (B) on 7 and 8 June 2019. Both these works demonstrate innovative, eclectic and unusual interpretations of contemporary dance from Flanders.
Requiem pour L., directed by Alain Platel from les ballets C de la B, is a deeply philosophical work that translates anxieties about mortality into art. The piece, inspired by Mozart’s unfinished burial hymn, has a cast of fourteen musicians and singers from across the globe, making this a movement concert rather than a dance piece – a ceremony of mourning alongside an uplifting celebration of life. Composer Fabrizio Cassol has reconstructed Mozart’s emblematic Requiem and merges the funereal composition with jazz, opera and African music.
(B), created by choreographic duo Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero from Siamese Cie, is a lively interaction between seven dancers and three boxers with a focus on the successive daily rounds of continual drive to stay alive, keep ‘fighting’ for a better life, no matter the challenges faced. The large-scale set represents a boxing arena, creating a space wherein two worlds and two disciplines spar with, yet complement, each other.
Flanders is home to a prolific creative and radical contemporary dance scene with choreographers and dancers alike questioning and breaking through the traditional and institutionalised dance norms of the (Western) canon. The region boasts a rich and hybrid artistic landscape where dance is no longer just a neatly delineated discipline, but an amalgam of the many artistic practices that connect to the phenomenon of dance. Contemporary dance from Flanders and Brussels has a large international resonance.
Over the years, this dance scene has absorbed the richness of international collaborations, and the impact has resulted in cross-cultural and gripping productions. Through the likes of Gregory Maqoma, Dada Masilo, George Khumalo and Moya Michael, South Africa has contributed to the eclectic and continuously evolving contemporary dance aesthetic in Flanders.
What: Flanders Dance Companies
Where and when: Baxter Theatre / les ballets C de la B will present Requiem pour L. on 4 and 5 June 2019 / Siamese Cie will present (B) on 7 and 8 June 2019