Art Climate Transition
Co-funded by the
Creative Europe Programme
of the European Union
Kaaitheater Brussels

Kaaitheater

Brussels

Belgium

Kaaitheater is a stage for dance, theatre, performance, music and debate, rooted in Brussels but with our sights set on the world.

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  • #(un)learning
  • #sharing
  • #community
  • #decolonizing
  • #international

Kaaitheater is a stage for dance, theatre, performance, music and debate, rooted in Brussels but with our sights set on the world. Since 1977, we have presented and co-produced work by contemporary performing artists. From the eighties until the present, from local to international, from repertoire to experiment and from small to large venues: Kaaitheater fosters long-term commitment to the artists on its stages.

In the conviction that art is important to man’s well-being, we make a point of relating to society. In Brussels’ canal district, where we see all the world’s issues in a nutshell, artists imagine and model the city of the future.

Social and ecological topics are a prominent element in the Kaaitheater programme. We regularly invite thinkers to reflect upon these issues, present and co-produce works by artists who relate to climate change and the social and ecological crisis in their themes and practices.

“Don’t agonize, organize!” Florynce Rae Kennedy
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articles

#learning to impact Jose Vidal: impact is interplay
Jose Vidal: impact is interplay

By Arie Lengkeek & Jacco van Uden

#collection europe take care
take care

By Arie Lengkeek

#incurable curious Just Don’t Do It
Just Don’t Do It

By Pieter van Bogaert

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#incurable curious #incurable curious
Kaaitheater Brussels
15 Oct 2022

MULTIPLE (HI)STORIES, MULTIPLE FUTURES

Ecopolis 2022

“Thinking out of the box is exactly how the box thinks. We are the boxes we strive to out-think,” writes philosopher Bayo Akomolafe, speaker at the eighth edition of Ecopolis where artists, thinkers and doers break open our frames. Social, ecological and economic crises force us to think about a radically different way of living. Can unheard stories help us with that? Stories that link different generations, geographical areas that are far apart or ancient knowledge and technology. Can activism as a form of love take us further than doomsday thinking? “The world is not about to end; we are already living with a different world,” Akomolafe continues. Ecopolis brings stories that depict an inclusive and sustainable future for this new world.

#incurable curious #incurable curious
Kaaitheater Brussels
15 Oct 2022

TANK TINK / ONE

ENKIDU KHALED & JOACHIM ROBBRECHT

The impact and disastrous consequences of war remain a painful and often underexposed topic in the debate on global warming. Access to raw materials is often the root cause of conflict and ecological warfare, such as the draining of rivers, is increasingly used as an instrument of violence. Military exercises and operations waste enormous amounts of energy and leave behind hallucinatory amounts of debris. It is both cynical and ironic but some exercise areas and war zones are so polluted that no one is allowed to enter them. They are instead declared nature zones where nature is given free rein and can heal. The war in Ukraine also puts violence forcing governments to strive to make our energy sources more sustainable on the agenda.

#incurable curious #incurable curious
Kaaitheater Brussels
22 Oct 2022 - 23 Oct 2022

MOLD

Sara Manente

Drawing on a variety of practices – the study of fungi, fashion, fermentation, dance and sculpture – MOLD approaches the theatre machine as a multiplicity of bodies. It strives to stage not only a performance but also a farm, an environment where dance, objects, audience, light, music, scents and costumes interact as living cultures. A garden dedicated to cultivating, abandoning, inoculating, braiding, duplicating, sprouting, warming up and decaying.

#incurable curious #incurable curious
Kaaitheater Brussels
16 Dec 2022 - 17 Dec 2022

Leçons de Ténèbres (10+)

BETTY TCHOMANGA

In Leçons de Ténèbres, four bodies, three adults and a child become the mouthpieces of stories that have been forgotten or that we have tried to make disappear. These people burrow, hunched and curved, until they unearth the invisible. They transform, disappear and metamorphose. In turn, they bring forth visions and assist and challenge them. For this new creation, Betty Tchomanga continues her research on Voodoo cults and crosses them with questions of climatic and social emergency.

#incurable curious #incurable curious
Kaaitheater Brussels
9 Feb 2023 - 10 Feb 2023

Nebula

Vania Vaneau

In Nebula, the stage appears like a burnt black landscape, both natural and futuristic, where everything has been destroyed except for a few bits and pieces: precious stones, coal, water, clay, mirrors… In dialogue with these materials, the dancer quivers with the energies around her, reinventing herself as a tree, a tiger, and a star. Entering unknown universes to reveal what exists beyond the black hole, the solo Nebula opens up even vaster spaces with new forms of life where time is expanded.

#incurable curious #incurable curious
Kaaitheater Brussels
25 Mar 2023 - 26 Mar 2023

PREY

KRIS VERDONCK / A TWO DOGS COMPANY, ANNELIES VAN PARYS & ICTUS

How can we rethink being human from a radical ecological perspective? What stories can help us grapple with the disruptions of the climate crises? These questions lie at the basis of PREY, consisting of three solos by three generations of women. All three offer a different perspective on the same theme, via a different medium – text/speech, song/music or dance/performance. Be prepared to delve into a scenography in which humans do not play the main role. Can we find consolation in the horrific fact that we are food and that we belong to an ecological cycle of life and death?

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