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!
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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