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INVITED

Seppe Baeyens / Ultima Vez

Seppe Baeyens scores success after success. The dancer and choreographer was selected for the Theaterfestival in 2015 for his first large-scale dance performance Tornar. In 2018 he made the selection again with Invited.

Invited, like Tornar, is created with an intergenerational cast of professional and amateur dancers. This time Baeyens also investigates the audience’s co-authorship: they help create the choreography. 

The dancers, between 9 and 94 years old, are almost indistinguishable from the audience members they move between. This sets in motion a chain of simple individual and collective movements, which leads to an unforced symbiosis. The impressive artwork Rope by Ief Spincemaille – a 65-meter-long, 30-cm-thick blue braided rope – serves as a symbol of interconnection. Musical trio Stef Heeren, Kwinten Mordijck and Karen Willems create the dynamic live soundtrack.

An extraordinary experience for young and old, so feel free to bring your (grand)parents or (grand)children!

Bio

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. 

Reviews

22.02.2018 - Le Vif - Utopie autour d'un cordon bleu
23.02.2018 - De Tijd - "Ik ben de theatertribune beu"
25.02.2018 - La Libre - Alors on danse, tous ensemble
28.02.2018 - De Standaard - Iedereen het podium op
14.03.2018 - Theaterkrant - recensie: Invited
14.03.2018 - Het Belang van Limburg - Pak uw kans en dans
29.08.2018 - Le Vif/ L'Express - Alors on danse

Quotes

‘I see myself as someone who creates links between generations, using dance as a language. I think there is great strength in that.’
- Seppe Baeyens -
'Like a little flame in the midst of darkness.'
- Le Vif -
'A powerful and fascinating spectacle.'
- De Tijd -

Credits

DIRECTION & CHOREOGRAPHY Seppe Baeyens CREATED WITH EMILE VAN PUYMBROECK, LUKE DE BOLLE, CHISOM ONYEBUEKE CHINAEDU, LEONIE VAN BEGIN, ROSA BOATENG, OIHANA AZPILLAGA, ISCHA BEERNAERT, ESTHER MOTVANYA, ROEL FAES, TRUI DE MULDER, ADNANE LAMARTI, SEPPE BAEYENS, FRANK BRICHAU, Stephan VERLINDEN, ELISABETH WOLFS, LEON GYSELYNCK ORIGINAL MUSIC LIVE Stef Heeren, Kwinten Mordijck, Karen Willems DRAMATURGY Kristin Rogghe SCENOGRAPHY & LIGHT DESIGN Ief Spincemaille COSTUMES Lieve Meeussen MOVEMENT ASSISTANT German Jauregui ARTISTIC ADVICE Wim Vandekeybus TECHNICAL COORDINATION Tom De With PRODUCTION Seppe Baeyens / Ultima Vez coproduction KVS WITH THE SUPPORT FROM TAX SHELTER MEASURE OF THE BELGIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, CASA KAFKA PICTURES TAX SHELTER EMPOWERED BY BELFIUS, 'ROP'E WAS FUNDED BY THE FLEMISH AUTHORITIES, WERKTANK (BELGIUM) AND N.O.W. 'ROPE' WAS COMMISSIONED BY N.O.W [NEW OPEN WORKING PROCESS FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS] WITH THE SUPPORT OF EXTRAPOLE, FABBRICA EUROPA, INDISCIPLINARTE, LATITUDES CONTEMPORAINES, LÓKAL, MOM/EL VIVERO, TRAFÓ, WPZIMMER – COFUNDED BY THE CREATIVE EUROPEAN PROGRAM OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Pictures

Below are the high-resolution press photos of our own productions, which can be used free for coverage of the KVS (the name of the photographer must be clearly stated).

PERSVERANTWOORDELIJKE

Inge Jooris
inge.jooris@kvs.be
0475 80 04 87

(INTER)NATIONALE SPREIDING

Saskia Liénard
saskia.lienard@kvs.be
0496 55 19 92

Production manager

Catherine Vervaecke
02/210 11 57
catherine.vervaecke@kvs.be
Live recording