IN at Kanal Centre Pompidou

17.10.2020 - 18.10.2020

KANAL Centre Pomidou
Brussels

In IN (2003) a performer remains motionless  in a display window filled with water. The distortion to her senses caused by the environment she is in makes her go into a trance. The sounds of her breathing and movement are amplified by microphones.

Saturday 17 October 2020:  14:00 - 15:00 - 16:00 - 17:00
Sunday 18 October 2020: 14:00 - 15:00 - 17:00 - 18:00

KANAL Centre Pompidou
Kris Verdonck

Tristan and Isolde at Folkoperan

14.10.2020 - 31.10.2020

Folkoperan
Stockholm (SE)

Probably Wagner’s most beautiful and most sensuous composition, Tristan and Isolde, will premiere at Folkoperan, Stockholm (SE) on the 14th and 15th of October 2020. Linus Tunström will make his directing debut on the opera stage with this production, Wagner’s epoch-defining opera whose urgent tones propel a drama as powerful as the urgency of the love it describes.

Marit Strindlund's musical concept aim to present a sonorous, younger, warm and open sound world, with a lightness of touch. This allows us to use young but large voices., which all have access to both lyrical as well as dramatic colours.  To make this happen Folkoperan has commissioned a creative orchestra arrangement, for 25 musicians, made by composer Annelies van Parys

Annelies van Parys
Folkoperan

New website online

07.10.2020 - 08.01.2021

A Two Dogs Company
Brussels (BE)

Happy New Website! 

Tallieu Art Office teamed up with Tallieu & Tallieu to create a new website and newsletter for A Two Dogs Company.

www.atwodogscompany.org

Tele-present wind at Maintenant Festival

02.10.2020 - 04.11.2020

Maintenant Festival
Le Pont des Arts, Rennes (F)

tele-present wind - This installation consists of a series of 42 x/y tilting mechanical devices connected to thin dried plant stalks installed in a gallery and a dried plant stalk connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. When the wind blows it causes the stalk outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement transmitting the motion to the grouping of devices in the gallery. Therefore the stalks in the gallery space move in real-time and in unison based on the movement of the wind outside.

Maintenant Festival
David Bowen

MASS #2 in «PAYSAGES»

24.09.2020 - 07.11.2020

PUZZLE
Thionville (F)

Man facing the nature maintains an ambiguous relationship between desire for control, separation, but also a need of healing and connection. Nature becomes a landscape through the gaze of historians, farmers, town planners, artists ... In art, the diversity of approaches induces a variety of definitions. Whether realistic or imaginary, the landscape is like a mental territory of hope, a call to contemplation and to take a step back from our relationship with the environment. The exhibition «PAYSAGES» offers a point of view from the masters of landscape prints, through visual artists to digital artists.

MASS #2 by Kris Verdonck is a poetic, moving landscape. A graphite-grey mass flows slowly as if it was water. The matter appears light and yet heavy at the same time. And, as if tectonic plates are interacting, the spectator sees mountains and valleys created before his eyes, only to dissolve in the next instant. A living landscape, geology in a time-lapse. 

PUZZLE
Kris Verdonck

Nemo Observatorium 02002 / Nuit de la Culture 2020

19.09.2020

Nuit de la Culture 2020
Esch-sur-Alzette (LU)

CANCELLED

Nemo Observatorium 02002  by Lawrence Malstaf - Styrofoam particles are blown around in a big transparent PVC cylinder by 5 strong fans. Visitors can take place one by one on the armchair in the middle of the whirlpool or observe from the outside. On the chair, in the eye of the storm it is calm and safe.Spectacular at first sight, this installation turns out to mesmerise as a kind of meditation machine. One can follow the seemingly cyclic patterns, focus on the different layers of 3D pixels or listen to its waterfall sound. One could call it a training device, challenging the visitor to stay centered and find peace in a fast changing environment. After a while the space seems to expand and one's sense of time deludes.

Nuit de la Culture 2020

Merzbau - performance at Tromsø Sjøfront Laboratorium

12.09.2020

Tromsø Sjøfront Laboratorium
Tromsø (NO)

Tromsø palms grow along roadsides,abandonned properties and shorelines. Like undesired weeds they thrive along the urban borders. A metaphor for things not planned.  

In the same spirit we use them to build a construction without plan. We gather people and start building. No rules only dried  palms, tape and gravity. Does it end up in arguments or collaboration, beautiful art or collapse? It surely gets complicated. 

For the Sjøfront Laboratorium we gather people  on a controversial development lot in the heart of Tromsø to build a different future. 

Lawrence Malstaf
STATEX

ACT SELECTED FOR HET THEATERFESTIVAL

11.09.2020 - 12.09.2020

Kaaitheater
Brussels (B)

A Two Dogs Company / Kris Verdonck is glad to announce that ACT has been selected for The Theater Festival (Flanders)! The performance will be presented on the 11 & 12 September 2020 at Kaaitheater (Brussels). 

From the jury’s report:
“In ACT Johan Leysen shapes one of Beckett's most elusive characters in an inimitable way. For an hour you hang on the lips of a man who gets hopelessly entangled in his attempt to define himself and the world around him. A moving portrait of Western human beings in search of sense and meaning.”

ACT
A Beckett evening
In ACT, Kris Verdonck explores various aspects of human existence on the verge of disappearing in the work of Samuel Beckett. ACT approaches Beckett in three ways: first, a monologue with Beckett texts, Texts for nothing, performed by Johan Leysen. This monologue is accompanied by a new performative installation, MASS #2, a possible landscape for a Beckett text. A video lecture by philosopher and mathematician Jean Paul Van Bendegem is the third part of this Beckett evening, and sketches how throughout the history of Western thinking the unity between body, mind and spirit fell apart.  

The triptych of theatre, installation and philosophy shows, as in three acts, each time a different facet of the diamond ‘Beckett’. They deepen each other’s experience: a particular way of performing brings a a way of thinking to life and vice versa, a performative landscape zooms in on the underlying world of or perhaps after the actor and offers a more contemplative experience.

Duration: 75 min.
Language: ENG spoken, NL & FR subtitles

Het Theaterfestival
Kaaitheater

MURMUR

10.09.2020 - 30.09.2020

On tour
Split (HR) & Cosenza (IT)

Murmur  was part of the official selection of the 2020 International film festival Rotterdam, in their "Bright Future" program. Murmur  is a new collaborative work by film maker Jan Locus and Stijn Demeulenaere. The film is an exploration of the dawn at the swamp of Ganshoren, the last bit of swamp in Brussels. Murmur  knew its cinematic world premiere at the 2020 IFFR and was also selected for among others the 2020 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin and the Festival International du Film sur l'Art in Montréal. The work also won the 2nd prize at The Engine Room International Sound Art Award.

Upcoming screeningsSeptember 2020:
10 - 17 September Split Film Festival / International Festival of New Film, (Split, HR)
28 - 30 September Laterale Film Festival, (Cosenza, IT)

ACT // A PRODUCTION OF A TWO DOGS COMPANY & HET ZUIDELIJK TONEEL

07.09.2020 - 16.09.2020

ON TOUR
Various locations (NL & BE)

In ACT, Kris Verdonck explores various aspects of the relation between the human on the verge of disappearing in the work of Samuel Beckett. ACT approaches Beckett in three ways: with a monologue with Beckett texts (Stories and texts for nothing), performed by Johan Leysen, with a scientist, invited to react to Beckett and with an autonomous scenography, a possible landscape for a Beckett text.
The variety and multidisciplinary approach reflect the complexity of Beckett’s work and are at the same time an attempt to literally take apart this complexity.

A Two Dogs Company / Kris Verdonck

07/09/2020 Het Nationale Theater, Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag (NL)
10/09/2020 Het Nederlands Theaterfestival, ITA, Amsterdam (NL)
11 & 12/09/2020 het TheaterFestival, Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)
16/09/2020 Grand Theatre, Groningen (NL)