Michiel Vandevelde 

Residency: Our times
10 > 23/10/2016 – Studio

“Thinking does not play well in an image-based culture. There is not much to see in it. It is not a performing art.” – Neil Postman, Amusing ourselves to death

Which role is thinking assigned to in our times? We are inundated with images and fragments of text. Subject to this maelstrom, our thought is reduced to the tasks of storing and processing. The time and space for autonomous thinking has become a precious commodity.

In this storm of impressions and events, Michiel Vandevelde wishes to pause for a moment and question the state of thought. Our times draws inspiration from a conversation with the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and comprises dance material from popular dance clips. Through this contrasting material three dancers engage with the conflicts between depth and superficiality – not only as a critique on our times, but as an attempt to open new forms of thought.

Based on reappropriation – the reusing of materials – an effervescent choreography takes place with snatches of texts and bizarre music that provoke the imagination.

Tour dates
20 & 22/12/2016 – STUK (Leuven)
13 & 14/01/2017 – Kaaistudio's (Brussels)
09 & 10/02/2017 – Vooruit (Ghent)

Michiel Vandevelde studied at P.A.R.T.S. He is a choreographer, presenting his work in Belgium and abroad. He is co-curator of the Brussels Bβtard festival for young artists and co-editor of Etcetera, a magazine for the performing arts. www.michielvandevelde.be

concept & choreography: Michiel Vandevelde – dancers: Nestor Garcia Diaz, Jara Vlaeminckx, Michiel Vandevelde – feedback: Dries Douibi, Esther Severi – graphic design: Ward Heirwegh – technique: Tom Bruwier – production: mennomichieljozef vzw – co-production: STUK, Kaaitheater, Vooruit, wpZimmer – residencies: Het Bos, STUK, Vooruit, Kaaitheater, wpZimmer – supported by: the Flemish Government


wpZimmer regularly invites Belgian and international artists for a two-week research and/or creation residency in our studios and apartment.


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