After a covid cancellation last year, Ehsan Hemat is back this year at BITEF, Belgrade's international theater festival.
In I put a spell on you Ehsan Hemat took the concept of ‘forced isolation’ as the starting point, which is connected to privacy in relation to an authority. Three bodies are locked up in a space unable to escape from the constant presence of the supreme observer, having lost all notion of privacy. Technological and media control and manipulation are intruding from all sides. I put a spell on you at BITEF, Belgrade: 21-22 Sept 2021. More info via this link. I put a spell on you was developed in Co-laBo residency #09. Want to read more about I put a spell on you? Please, click here. newsitem added on 15.09.'21
AUDITION FOR SINGERS For a new production by director Lisaboa Houbrechts, les ballets C de la B in co-production with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Opéra de Lille, MC93 Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint Denis, Le Phénix Scène nationale Valenciennes, Comédie de Genève and Toneelhuis Antwerpen are looking for 4 singers: 1 soprano 1 countertenor / alto / mezzo-soprano 1 tenor (solo + Evangelist) 1 baritone / bass-baritone / bass They will perform ° a selection of parts of Bach’s St John's Passion, sung in German, including choruses, recitatives, chorales, and at least one aria per singer ° depending on the role: parts of spoken text, in a language that can vary The soprano will perform the role of a mother, a widow. This is a physical, non-textual role. The countertenor / alto / mezzo-soprano. A singer who is given a small textual role in the story. The tenor will perform the role of the priest and the messenger. He makes the bridge between the musical and theatrical texts. The baritone / bass-baritone / bass will perform the role of Jesus. He represents the divine. It is a constant physical role. There won’t be a choir on stage, all music will be sung by the four soloists. The play is a written text by Lisaboa Houbrechts and may treat sensitive subjects. P r o f i l e Ideally our candidates have experience singing in professional choirs or vocal ensembles, but also the will and skills to perform solo. They would have an open mind to experiment with movement and theatre, and a collegial and proactive personality. Experience on the stage and performative arts, no matter what style or background, is preferred. A u d i t i o n p r o c e s s Pre-selection Based on CV and at least 1 recording (audio or video, by audio file or online platform link). Please send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10th October 2021. Audition Day 1 – Ghent, 31 October 2021 – First Round Each candidate performs two arias: - one aria of free choice (preferably baroque, classic or bel canto style) - one of the arias from St John’s Passion Audition Day 2 – Ghent, 2 November 2021 – Second Round - The candidates will rehearse and perform in quartet the following excerpts from St John’s Passion. They will be expected to receive and apply feedback during this rehearsal. - Chorale: nº15 “Wer hat dich so geschlagen” - Chorus: nº1 “Herr, unser Herrscher” - Some candidates may be asked to have a short coaching about their solo aria from St John’s Passion. - Scenic/movement Workshop - Short interview P r a c t i c a l i n f o r m a t i o n The production will premiere on 1, 2 and 3 February 2023: - On 6 and 7 April 2022 two preparatory days with the singers are planned. - Rehearsals start on 3 November 2022 and continue until 31 January 2023, with a total of 25 rehearsal days. - This production will tour between February and June 2023, and probably also in the season 2023-2024. Salary according to “CAO podiumkunsten barema A” in combination with relevant experience (min. € 2745,37 – max. € 5073,22/month) Auditions will take place in Ghent, Belgium on the 31st of October and 2nd of November 2021. Selected candidates will be informed about venue and exact time shortly after the 10th of October 2021. newsitem added on 13.09.'21
wanted: communications officer (m/f/x)
Vacancy communications officer (m/f/x) Organisation les ballets C de la B and kabinet k have decided to work together in the future. For this new organisation they are looking for a communications officer. The new organisation focuses on the body, dance and inclusive physicality in the form of productions, residencies and workshops. Job description/Tasks You help shape the identity of a new organisation. You translate the artistic content into an appropriate communication strategy. You create visibility within communication and marketing to position the new organisation. You set out actions that maintain the balance between online and offline and follow them up in cooperation with a member of the communication staff. You are able to work within a predefined communication budget. Profile You have an analytical mind and know how to build a positioning in the field of arts. You are familiar with the arts sector and with the relations between the artistic team and communication. You are familiar with the areas of content marketing; communication strategy, press operation, developing, nurturing and managing public relations (local and international), social media and web applications. You are an innovative thinker. You have sufficient technical knowledge of developments in digital communication. You are the perfect combination of technicality, creativity and contrariness. Skills You have at least three years of relevant experience. Experience with Adobe programs (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Illustrator) or similar is a plus. Multilingualism (NL-FR-ENG) is a must. You have good writing skills. Offer Full time contract (4/5 is negotiable) Remuneration according to PC 304 - Performing Arts scale A Start as soon as possible Pleasant workplace in the centre of Ghent, in a compact and committed team How to apply kabinet k and les ballets C de la B attach great value to diversity. Selections are made on the basis of competencies regardless of origin, age or gender. Send your cover letter and CV (in Dutch, French or English) to email@example.com, by 19 September 2021. www.kabinetk.be / www.lesballetscdela.be newsitem added on 01.09.'21
Ten years after the successful worldwide tour, Gardenia returns to the scene under the title Gardenia – 10 years later. Different times, same cast. Or not quite: the sexagenarians have become septuagenarians, the years moved on and left their mark. One of the actors has exchanged this world for eternity. With eight they reprise the show co-directed by Frank Van Laecke and Alain Platel. After a series this summer in NTGent and the world premiere at ImpulsTanz in Vienna, Gardenia – 10 years later is going on a Belgian and European tour this autumn. More than ten years ago, actress Vanessa Van Durme brought together the directors Frank Van Laecke and Alain Platel with the request to create a performance based on her past in the transvestite world. Inspired by the film Yo soy así, in which the closing of a transvestite cabaret in Barcelona affords us a glimpse into the private lives of a memorable group of old artists, Gardenia was created in 2010: not a work of fiction, but a singular account, an intimate tale. The show then premiered at NTGent, followed by an acclaimed passage at the festival d'Avignon. For two years, Gardenia played more than two hundred performances worldwide and just before the final curtain fell, the documentary Before the last curtain falls portrayed the lives of the cast. This revival of the show fulfills a cherished wish of both the makers and the actors. Ten years later the curtain rises again and the show is given a second life, although marked by the years that have passed since then. Vulnerability becomes strength. Eight of them now, they continue: six older individuals who seemingly effortlessly navigate the twilight zone between being male and being female. In contrast and harmony with a “young guy” and a “real woman”. These are eight portraits that overlap and contradict each other, embrace and push each other away. Supported by a soundscape by composer Steven Prengels, they tell about growing old and being different, about sadness and longing that binds us, about seeking and finding happiness, about transience, about beauty that does not expire. In avant-première: 1-2 July 2021 – Festival de Marseille (FR) In avant-première: 16-25 July 2021 – NTGent (BE) Première: 7 August 2021 – ImPulsTanz Wien (AT) All info and playlist: https://www.lesballetscdela.be/en/projects/productions/gardenia-10-years-later/info/ newsitem added on 12.07.'21
'Mein Gent' at GIF, Kunstencentrum Vooruit
'Mein Gent' at GIF, Kunstencentrum Vooruit
New collaboration between Frank Van Laecke, Alain Platel and Steven Prengels
Mein Gent at Ghent International Festival in January 2022 By making Mein Gent, directors Frank Van Laecke and Alain Platel realize a long-cherished dream they share with each other: to pay tribute to Ghent, the city with which they are thoroughly intertwined. Both Ghent townsmen found each other ten years ago in making music theatre performances. Supported by soundscapes composed by Steven Prengels, they dive with each performance into a most extraordinary universe to tell about the little and the great tragedies in life. Remind Gardenia in 2010 or also En avant, marche! in 2015. On stage is a small cast of performers with a great reputation : Pascale Platel, Ineke Nijssen and Gorges Ocloo. But previously, Van Laecke and Platel both have worked with large groups of amateurs and professionals. They want to share this experience for Mein Gent, in which a large group of Ghentians will play alongside the regular cast. , a production of les ballets C de la B and the Vooruit Arts Center. To be seen in January 2022 at Mein Gent GIF, Kunstencentrum Vooruit. newsitem added on 15.09.'21
Publication 'who wants to dance with me'
Publication We would like to look back on the exhibition with which les ballets C de la B let us look into its workrooms and its soul last May. In cooperation with Pierre Muylle, Who wants to dance with me - a retrospective in photos was a journey through the history of the dance company, linked to other contemporary visual work. And above all, it turned out to be a meeting place where people, memories, imagination and craving for more met each other. Who wants to dance with me The retrospective has taken shape in a pulication published by jardinCOUR, a series of paperback photo books by Kurt Van der Elst. #12 is dedicated to Who wants to dance with me. (! The photo book includes a small amount of text, which is in Dutch only.) More info can be found here: https://www.kvde.be/jardincour.html newsitem added on 27.07.'21
les ballets C de la B – the playlist
The history of les ballets C de la B in music? That’s 19 hours of enjoyment. You can find it on Spotify: click
this link to listen. Want more of our history? Soon to be discovered at our exhibition: WHO WANTS TO DANCE WITH ME les ballets C de la B & Pierre Muylle 1 – 29 May , Bijlokekaai 1 Ghent > more info, click here. > capacity is limited, we recommend to book your tickets in advance. newsitem added on 16.04.'21
Read more about the ins and outs of our company - you'll find it in
this blog. newsitem added on 30.03.'21
Necropolis online at Vagamondes festival
Organized by La Filature in Mulhouse (FR), Les Vagamondes festival offers an international and multidisciplinary outlook and strives to overcome borders through various artistic works. This year’s online edition will be devoted to the Mediterranean space. It presents a focus on Arkadi Zaides’ most recent works
Talos and Necropolis, that both question the migratory movements happening in Europe and at its borders. Talos by Arkadi Zaides : VIDEO N° 387 disparu en Méditerranée, by Madeleine Leroyer, of which the research has inspired Arkadi Zaides for Necropolis : FILM Necropolis by Arkadi Zaides : VIDEO During the creation of Necropolis, Arkadi Zaides had a residency at ballets C de la B ( ). If you want to know more about it, please, continue the reading on how we met Arkadi Co-laBo #18 here. newsitem added on 18.01.'21
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Since 2004 les ballets C de la B lends its active support to a cultural boycott of Israel. Because of the increasing tension, les ballets C de la B relaunches the call to support the cultural boycott of Israel. Alain Platel emphasizes the relaunch with an open letter:
Open letter by Alain Platel (les ballets C de la B). Ghent, 12 October 2015. I would once again like to make a clear call for the support for the (cultural) boycott of Israel. I really am not much of a hero and it is always with a heavy heart that I swing into action, when I feel that it is necessary. It is even harder when I am forced to disagree with fellow artists – whose work I admire immensely – in this respect when they claim that these kinds of actions or statements either are not ours to take or make, or don’t help matters whatsoever. My (artistic) collaboration with Jewish and Palestinian artists, both in the Occupied Territories and here in Belgium, however, leaves me no choice. Since my first visit to the Occupied Territories – in 2001, and this during the intifada – I became convinced that the resolution of the conflict in this part of the world could be crucial and could give a huge boost to a positive development in the whole region, and by extension, East-West relationships as a whole. Of course, this is very naïve and utopian, but I believe that harbouring such utopian hopes is a good thing. After all, I see very little or no evidence of how the existing political and military structures do/did get things moving. And this is why, more than ever, I want to make a plea for a delicate, yet special citizens’ initiative: the support for the (cultural) boycott of Israel. Recent hot news from this region only reaches us when unspeakable cruelties are inflicted on Jewish citizens. We are not told, however, what actually triggered them. It always seems as if yet another Palestinian extremist brutally attacked innocent Jewish civilians in a moment of insanity. What we don’t hear, for instance, is how Jewish settlers and other extremists meanwhile are allowed to engage in constant (often violent) provocations; what’s more, under the continuous protection of Israeli soldiers, in the Palestinian districts, at the Al-Aqsa mosque and by extension, permanently and everywhere in the Occupied Territories. Photographer Filip Claus has recently made a short film about such an event in the city of Hebron. This is a Palestinian city on the West Bank (so-called Palestinian territory!) with approximately 200,000 inhabitants, where 800 illegal settlers live who are permanently guarded and supported by some 2,000 (!) Israeli soldiers. The Jewish settlers take regular ‘sightseeing walks’ in the Palestinian part of the city, accompanied by a small army of Israeli soldiers, at that … A daily (!) shocking, provocative presence. This is one instance of continuous harassment, besides the much more radical actions. Gaza is still an open-air prison; land, properties and possessions of Palestinians are still being systematically and illegally confiscated or simply destroyed. Illegal settlements are still being built every day in Palestinian territories. Every day, Palestinians are still being harassed, discriminated against, picked up, locked up or – where ‘necessary’ – simply shot. The OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), a United Nations humanitarian organisation, for instance, regularly publishes the shocking figures of the ‘invisible victims’ who are killed there every year. (see: http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_the_humanitarian_monitor_2014_10_02_english.pdf). You could ask yourself here how it is possible that, at first glance, Palestinians seem to respond to this in such a resigned way. The massive military protection, the continuous legal and administrative preferential treatment of Jewish settlers, and selective reporting encourage this. As many have been predicting for a long time, this inevitably leads to radicalisation on both sides, which we have clearly seen increase for some considerable time now. And as many have been predicting for a long time, we once again find ourselves on the brink of an intifada. The third intifada, as it is being called. And if this one, just as predictably, is crushed in a horribly violent way, the situation may calm down again for a while … as we wait the fourth intifada and the fifth, the sixth … etc. to kick off. Unless much more, clear pressure is exerted on the Israeli government(s) to work on real, constructive and permanent solutions. A (cultural) boycott is nonviolent but is incredibly irritating and with ardent advocates such as archbishop Desmond Tutu is in very good company. Alain Platel les ballets C de la B Info about the Belgian Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel: www.bacbi.be www.vrede.be More information about the point of view of les ballets about the cultural boycott, can be read via this link. newsitem added on 10.05.'19
Les ballets C de la B wants to invest in the next generation by taking in residents who will get the opportunity to be coached in their work by director Alain Platel and Hildegard Devuyst, Platel’s dramaturg for more than 20 years. The basic idea are one-month-residencies in one of the studios at les ballets. There are no prefixed artistic conditions, no exclusives when it comes to form or movement language. Young artists who think their work would benefit from a residency, can apply by mailing to Hildegard De Vuyst.
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les ballets C de la B supports HART BOVEN HARD Hart Boven Hard is a citizens’ initiative that unites individuals and organisations concerned about the planned policies of the Flemish and federal governments. Ranging from students and pensioners to social and cultural organisations, they all aim for a society that opts for ‘heart before hard’. The initiative was born in Flanders and is gradually expanding into French-speaking Belgium too. The francophone counterpart goes by the name of Tout Autre Chose. More info: www.hartbovenhard.be newsitem added on 22.11.'19