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Fri 16.04.2021 - Sat 24.04.2021


Seppe Baeyens / Ultima Vez

Following the success of Tornar (2015) and INVITED (2018), dancer and choreographer Seppe Baeyens builds upon his exploration of shaping a temporary community in Birds. For this new creation, he steps outside the theatre walls and ventures into the public space with a group of performers and musicians. There the normal course of events is interrupted – sometimes invisibly and sometimes plainly. Time and time again, unexpected compositions arise from playful interactions between onlookers, participants and coincidental passers-by, in which everyone appears to influence the outcome. Birds is a generous, social choreography that seeks out connection and imagination.

“Participation theatre: this is way too often a synonym for pieces that put the viewer in the spotlight without, however, allowing them to participate. This in and by itself makes Seppe Baeyens’ work so special. He involves the spectators in his performances as fully-fledged partners. He always leaves their dignity intact.

Pieter T’jonck (Klara)

Since 2011, Seppe Baeyens has been closely associated with Ultima Vez’s activities. In his productions he mixes professional and non-professional dancers and actors. Baeyens searches for new artistic working methods, spread over a long period of time, based on co-authorship with the participants. His productions are not so much about individual expression, the symmetrically performed movement or the harmonic choreography, but the honest and authentic connection between the dancers during the performance. Accordingly, the live music and visual design play an important guiding and supporting role. In his latest project Birds, Seppe Baeyens also wants to broaden and diversify the creation process itself. He asked Martha Balthazar and Yassin Mrabtifi to create and accompany the performance with him.
Seppe Baeyens: The starting point for Birds is not the theatre space but the everyday environment. We will be going to organise the public space as a dramatic space, without depriving it of its accessibility. We strive to blur the boarders between the random passer-by spectators, performers and audience in a social and shared choreography. I also asked Martha Balthazar and Yassin Mrabtifi to co-create Birds. Until now, I have mainly applied my ideas on intergenerational and intercultural participation to the participants and audience of my performances. I am now extending that line to the creation process itself.

“Ik heb eens tegen een politieagent die kwam vragen wat er gebeurde, gezegd dat we met ‘een experiment in samenzijn’ bezig waren.Want dat is wezenlijk wat mijn werk is.”

Seppe Baeyens 


CONCEPT, REGIE, CHOREOGRAFIE / CONCEPT, MISE EN SCÈNE & CHORÉGRAPHIE / CONCEPT, DIRECTION & CHOREOGRAPHY Seppe Baeyens IN COCREATIE MET / EN COLLABORATION AVEC / IN COCREATION WITH Yassin Mrabtifi, Martha Balthazar GECREËERD MET / CRÉÉ AVEC / CREATED WITH Annette Baussart, Léon Ghyselynck, Noudyse ‘Odile’ Decock, Emile Claus, Anthony Quintard, Ines Bafdili, Rosa Boateng, Roy Boateng, Yacine Sangara, Gaspard Herblot, Hasna Ben Ayad, Kyria Tsara, Yassin Mrabtifi, Chisom Lois Onyebueke Chinaedu, Martha Balthazar, Seppe Baeyens ORIGINELE LIVE MUZIEK / MUSIQUE / ORIGINAL MUSIC LIVE Al Qaysi Saif Qusay, Stef Heeren, Gaspard Herblot DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Kristin Rogghe STAGIAIRE DRAMATURGIE / INTERN DRAMATURGY Lena Vercauteren SCENOGRAFIE / SCÉNOGRAPHIE / SET DESIGN Fatima El Ouahabi, Björk Llaguno Alvarez, Loïse Vargas Y Jimenez, Jolien Gillijns coached by Eva Raffaella Menga & Bram Kerkhofs (LUCA School of Arts) KOSTUUMONTWERP / CONCEPTION COSTUMES / COSTUME DESIGN Lieve Meeussen PRODUCTIE & TOURMANAGEMENT / PRODUCTION & DIRECTEUR DE TOURNÉE / PRODUCTION & TOUR DIRECTION Ultima Vez COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION Ultima Vez, KVS Brussel, STUK Leuven, Festival de Marseille, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf RESIDENTIES / RÉSIDENCES / RESIDENCIES STUK Leuven, KVS Brussel, Festival de Marseille, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Berliner Festspiele, Cultuurcentrum De Grote Post Oostende, CAMPO Gent COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION STUK Leuven, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, CAMPO Gent, Berliner Festspiele, KVS Brussel MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Tax Shelter maatregel van de Belgische Federale Overheid, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius. Ultima Vez wordt ondersteund door de Vlaamse Autoriteiten, de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest


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