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KVS BREAKS OUT: PART 2

KVS BREAKS OUT for the second time this year. After the first late-summer edition on our back square, we are now breaking into the city, innovating culture and looking for new audiences and partners in the city to collaborate with, among which UZ Brussel, Don Bosco Sint-Pieters-Woluwe and care home De Overbron in Neder-Over-Heembeek. And lastly, we are coming to your living room with our streaming platform 247.kvs.be

A number of artists will set to work in UZ Brussel with short artistic inventions, a programme that will run until April. KVS breaks out into the care sector. Artists including Steven De bruyn, Les Mybalés, Junior Akwety, Lisette Ma Neza, Briana Ashley Stuart and Yassin Mrabtifi will create short artistic interventions at various spots in the hospital in support of the healthcare staff. Safely, of course. This way, KVS can offer frontline healthcare workers a varied programme of dance, music, spoken word and theatre. 

We are also engaging in a collaboration with Don Bosco in Sint-Pieters-Woluwe. Artistic director Michael De Cock, KVS city dramaturge Gerardo Salinas, Joanna Rossi, Kristien De Coster, Wim Vandekeybus (Ultima Vez) and spoken word artist Lisette Ma Neza are developing a months-long trajectory for the school. It will be an initiation into the arts and literature for young pupils who have missed out on language education for months. In the first phase the KVS artists will visit the school, later the youngsters will be invited to KVS and Ultima Vez for a unique on-stage experience.

Talks of a collaboration are also underway with care home De Overbron in Neder-Over-Heembeek. KVS staff members were asked to help out as volunteers on various wards of the facility. We plan to also bring our artistic creations to the residents in the future. Our head of box office, Adila Mezoudji, volunteers weekly at the care home. She has a lot of respect for the healthcare workers. “It’s a wonderful experience. I am very happy I can do something to help out in the care sector. My respect for their work has only grown. After a day of helping out, I go to bed exhausted by 8pm.”

And lastly, we are coming to your living room with our streaming platform 247.kvs.be. In recent weeks we streamed Valentijn Dhaenens & Vincent Stuer’s performance Unsung and the film Courage by Dayna Ash – which welcomed 1800 and 1000 viewers, respectively. In January we plan to bring you the digital premiere of a new dance creation by Wim Vandekeybus. Hands do not touch your precious Me goes live on Saturday 16 January at 8pm and will be available for no more than 48 hours.

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