The dancer and choreographer Seppe Baeyens has been closely involved with the work of Ultima Vez since 2011. In 2015, under the wing of Wim Vandekeybus’ company, he created his first largescale dance production, Tornar, with an intergenerational cast of professional and amateur dancers. Tornar was very well received in Belgium and abroad and was selected for Het Theaterfestival.
Seppe Baeyens’ new production for 2018 will draw material from intensive research into (stage) space and co-authorship in contemporary dance. In INVITED, Baeyens formulates his artistic response to the question of how the audience can help write the choreography of a performance. Taking dance as a common language, in the space of one hour he wants to look for an alternative way of living together and thereby establish a community embracing the cast and the audience.
INVITED consists of a varied intergenerational group of performers who reflect society. The audience will also play an important part.The stage design is an essential part of INVITED. It is intended to reduce the distance between the performers and the audience by making them jointly a part of a single clear (democratic) form.
Seppe Baeyens (° 1981)
started out as a young dancer with fABULEUS and later turned up as a performer with the Kopergietery, Kabinet k, Productiehuis Brabant, Ontroerend Goed, Miet Warlop and others. Since the start of his career as a performing artist, Baeyens has seen intergenerational work as being essential to showing the most human and vulnerable form of dance. The imperfection of dance and the way different generations relate to it are inseparably linked to his artistic creations. For instance, in 2015 he created his first large-scale dance production, Tornar, in association with Ultima Vez and Wim Vandekeybus. In this piece he established interaction among an intergenerational cast of professional and non-professional dancers. He chose the members of this varied group in the course of a long process of workshops and encounters at the Ultima Vez studio in Sint-Jans- Molenbeek. Tornar was selected for the Theatre Festival and has been widely praised at home and abroad. In the 2017 period, Seppe Baeyens received a grant from the Flemish Community to carry out research into performance space (and other spaces) and co-authorship in contemporary dance. The results of this study are now put to use in the creation of INVITED, Baeyens’ new dance production.
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