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Michiel Vandevelde (BE)

Swiss premiere

duration : 60’ (+ transport)
le far° à Rolle !
hosted in association with Casino Théâtre de Rolle

In 1928, Brazilian poet and polemicist Oswald de Andrade wrote his Anthropophagic* Manifesto, a text in which he advocates the symbolic ingestion of the coloniser, asserting Brazil’s modernity in a devouring process during which European culture is not just mimicked but assimilated and regurgitated under a new form. Inspired by the process described in the manifesto, Michiel Vandevelde addresses what we might consider invasive in the public domain in the West. His answer, spread over several performances, consists of cannibalising dance moves from popular video clips to which he juxtaposes textual material. In Andrade, the only thing that remains is the cannibalised dance in all its abstraction. He uses the choreographic and musical material of his previous performances to generate a strange and spellbinding dance, belonging to an as-of-yet undiscovered culture.

* Term used to describe beings that eat human flesh.

Andrade, Michiel Vandevelde, 3 janvier 2019
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choreography: Michiel Vandevelde / dance and creation: Bryana Fritz / costume: Lila John / light design: Michiel Vandevelde, Tom Bruwier /technique: Michiel Vandevelde, Tom Bruwier / feedback: Esther Severi, Kristof van Baarle, Dries Douibi, Maria Rossler / production: Disagree vzw / co-production: Kaaitheater / international distribution: Something Great / financial management: Klein Verzet vzw / support : Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie / residencies: Kaaitheater Bruxelles, Pianofabriek Bruxelles, Vooruit Ghent, STUK Leuven, PACT Zollverein Essen / thanks to: Karlien Vanhoonacker, Julian Warner, the team of Kaaitheater