With Inter-view, Benjamin Vandewalle brings the theatre back to its essence, its roots, its
etymological meaning: “to watch, to contemplate”. Placed in the public space, three boxes looking like puppet theatres or fairground stands, offer themselves to the passers-by’s curiosity. A simple opening enables to put the head inside each box. What happens next is a big surprise… It will surely be a poetic and sensory encounter.
Choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle is fascinated by observation. His creations are guided by the actions of looking and being looked at. In Inter-view, Benjamin explores the essence of the gaze. There is no script, only the magic of a spontaneous visual encounter.
Presented in collaboration with Bagarmossens Folkets Hus.
Presented in central square of Bagarmossen 12:00-16:00 on Saturday & Sunday. No tickets needed, no pre-booking.
- About Benjamin Vandewalle
Benjamin Vandewalle studied at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and graduated at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels in 2006. Since early on, the central theme in his work is perception. He creates movement – not only in the performer’s body but also in the spectator’s. His work is about sharing new experiences and perspectives with a large audience.
For the performances Birdwatching (2009) and One/Zero (2011), he worked closely with visual artist and scenographer Erki De Vries. In 2012 he stepped out of the black box into the public space. His mobile performance Birdwatching 4×4 was a festival favourite amongst audience and critics and toured for several seasons. At this moment Benjamin is touring the intimate installation Inter-view (2013) as well as the sound choreography Hear(2016). For both pieces he works closely with local participants. Benjamin is also working on several new installations and performances for public space. Benjamin Vandewalle is interested in dance education and is a dedicated teacher for children, amateurs, students as well as professionals. He was guest teacher at the KASK and MUDA and also created a guest choreography for Passerelle (Kortrijk, BE). He collaborated with the dance school Nyakaza in South Africa, launched the project Comfusao in Mozambique and accompanied a group of P.A.R.T.S. dance students during an exchange project in Senegal. Together with philosopher Jan Cnops and a group of school children from Molenbeek (Brussels) he made the documentaries (un)usual and Movements.
Benjamin Vandewalle is Artist in Residence at Kaaitheater from 2017 to 2021.
Creation Benjamin Vandewalle. Assistance Alice Van der Wielen. Set design Benjamin Vandewalle, Jan Palinckx, Bram Rombouts. Production Le Manège de Reims – Scène Nationale (FR). Distribution, tour management Caravan Production (Brussel, BE). Coproduction Kaaitheater (Brussel, BE). This presentation is part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.