The KVS, the Brussels city theatre, is leaving its haven behind and going out into Brussels for a whole season. Tok Toc Knock will be knocking at residents’ doors in three separate districts, inviting them to have a conversation, to involve themselves, to join in and of course to be a part of the audience. The KVS will be creating theatre and related art in and together with the districts involved, for everyone who lives there, but just as much for our familiar theatre audience, who we invite to discover and explore these parts of Brussels. Seventeen artists of various backgrounds, dutch- speaking and French-speaking, from Brussels or elsewhere, new and well-known faces, will be working in the city for several months. In and around the social housing blocks in Laken’s Model district, in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels smallest and most colourful neighborhood, and in the complex European Quarter. at the end of their stay they will show their creations in the course of a two-week festival. Performances, outdoor installations, walks, discussions, workshops and much more; it’s all in the pipeline. We don’t know exactly how Tok Toc Knock will end, but one thing’s for certain: we’ll be returning to the KVS in June 2013 with a lot of new experiences and a plan for a splendid apotheosis.
By and with: Simon Allemeersch, Thomas Bellinck, Romain David, Didier de Neck, Guy Dermul, Youssef El Ajmi, Ruud Gielens, Koen Monserez, Mohamed Ouachen, Pierre Sartenaer, Menno Vandevelde, Ann Van de Vyvere, Annelies Van Hullebusch, Mieke Verdin, Benjamin Verdonck, Jozef Wouters, Thomas Gunzig & Einat Tuchman.
Together with a number of kindred spirits, Ruud Gielens goes in search of signs of resistance in the no-go areas of the European Quarter. How can one remove the dividing line between art and political activism?
Connexion Kin, the anual festival by KVS in Kinshasa will be taking place from june 7th until june 16th. With premières by Faustin Linyekula, Dieudonné Niangouna, Brett Bailey, Boyzie Cekwana and others.
On the 4th December a debate took place in KVS on repertoire in theatre, with guest speakers Guy Cassiers, Faustin Linyekula and Amir Nizar Zuabi. As an introduction Jan Goossens, artistic director of KVS, wrote the following text.