Outcome Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2019
The 24th edition of Kunstenfestivaldesarts finishes today and was in many respects an exceptional and more than successful edition. In total, more than 34,000 participants in the festival were counted, all activities combined (performances, encounters, Free School, parties, Through the festival). Let’s take a look back.
Box office hits
Some prime international productions attracted a wide audience and were received with great admiration and interest. The festival opened with two intimate and moving encounters: one with Trajal Harrell in his new solo Dancer of the Year, and one with the musical oeuvre of Hildegard von Bingen, magisterially embodied by François Chaignaud and Marie-Pierre Brébant in Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælestium Revelationum. The dance performance CRIA by Brazilian choreographer Alice Ripoll and her Cia Suave also left a deep impression. Together with Anne Teresa and Jolente de Keersmaeker, the international group of students from P.A.R.T.S. gave a breathtaking night-time performance of Somnia in the park of Gaasbeek Castle for the closing performance.
This year, the festival also paid a lot of attention to promising young makers. Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere made their successful festival debut with Pleasant Island, a topical documentary theatre performance. Thai theatre-maker Wichaya Artamat was also highly successful with the compelling This Song Father Used to Sing (Three Days in May). At WIELS, the South Korean Geumhyung Jeong presented Rehab Training, an intriguing performance that highlighted an uncanny relationship with a lifeless mannequin. And during the three weeks of the festival, the rich video work of Basir Mahmood could be admired in Cinema Galeries in the exhibition I watch you do. Topical and pressing
Against the background of the (European) elections and the materialization of sociopolitical extremes in various parts of the world, this year's festival made room for a number of socially or politically engaged projects. The essayistic film The Body's Legacies Pt. 2: The Postcolonial Body by Kader Attia touched on the issue of racial discrimination of the body in an inimitable way. Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues did not shun the complexity of being other with the impressive Fúria. With the multi-installation Liquid Violence, Forensic Oceanography uncompromisingly revealed the deadly truth behind the European migration policy in the Mediterranean. And Faustin Linyekula brought the gruesome genesis of the Congo to the stage in Congo. Each of these projects left a deep impression on the audience.
A new centre and new partners
For the first time, the festival moved its Festival Centre beyond the boundaries of the so-called 'city centre'. Across the canal, in Rue de Manchesterstraat in Molenbeek, the festival found a challenging but inspiring base for meetings, activities, the Free School and parties: the new site of Recyclart and De Vaartkapoen. This unique location made it possible to create a mix of different audiences and attracted many curious visitors. In addition, the past three weeks of the festival have shown that the district has great potential for the future, partly thanks to its proximity to other sociocultural partners such as Charleroi danse / La Raffinerie, Decoratelier and Cinemaximilaan.
This year, the festival also visited a number of other new locations, with the aim of pushing back cultural boundaries and sharing the artistic programme with as many Brussels residents as possible through new collaborations. We were given a warm welcome at Le Lac, Théâtre des Martyrs, the community centre Tour à Plomb and GC De Kriekelaar.
Halfway through the festival, the Festival Centre was transformed for a week into a Free School collective discussions, meetings and workshops. With a total of 1060 participants, this first edition of the Free School was a great success. We are therefore already looking forward to next year's edition.
The next (25th!) edition of Kunstenfestivaldesarts will take place from Friday 8 to Saturday 30 May 2020.
Practical information Somnia / PARTS at the Castle of Gaasbeek
Following up to the premiere of Somnia (P.A.R.T.S. / Anne Teresa & Jolente De Keersmaeker) we would like to share the following information with you:
The performance starts at 20:00 at the Castle of Gaasbeek (a 10 minute walk from the parking) and is estimated to last until 23:30. Please arrive on time.
- Address: Rue du Château 40, 1750 Lennik
- Parking address: Rue du Château 34, 1750 Lennik (opposite the Krijmerie van Gaasbeek)
The performance is a walk through the castle’s park and forest. There may be puddles or mud, so make sure to wear suitable footwear.
Also, keep in mind that it can get cold in the park in the evening. We advise you to bring warm clothes. Furthermore, the use of umbrellas is not allowed (causing reduced visibility) so we ask you to provide appropriate clothing for the rain.
There is no cloakroom.
In the castle there is a bar, where you can buy drinks and some refreshments. The bar is open during the performance and only cash is accepted.
Out of respect for the artists, the public and nature, the use of mobile phones and cameras during the show is not permitted.
Also note that walking in the dark is part of the experience. For this reason, we ask you not to use flashlights or other light sources to light your way during the show. Our volunteers will be there to help you if necessary.
The shuttle bus between Brussels-Central and Gaasbeek is fully booked on 29, 30, 31 May and 1 June. For people with a ticket for the shuttle bus, here is some information:
- Departure direction Gaasbeek at 18:30 at Rue de Loxum (Brussels-Central). Please arrive on time with your ticket.
- Departure towards Brussels (Rue de Loxum) half an hour after the performance. Meeting in the parking lot of the Castle of Gaasbeek.
Some alternatives to get to Gaasbeek:
- Carpooling: find or share a car and arrange an appointment via the Facebook event:www.facebook.com/events/321392...
- Erasmus metro + De Lijn bus: only for outward journey (!)
- Metro line 5, Erasmus stop
- Bus De Lijn no. 142, stop Gaasbeek Castle
- Cambio (car-sharing): www.cambio.be
- Bicycle: 50 minutes from the center of Brussels, 20 minutes from the Erasmus stop.
If you use a wheelchair of your mobility is limited, please contact the box office (via firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know on which day you will be attending the performance. This will enable us to welcome you on the spot in the best possible way.
Support Natuur & Bos
Anne Teresa and Jolente De Keersmaeker, with P.A.R.T.S. and Rosas, support the initiative of Natuur & Bos to protect the bats of the Castle Park of Gaasbeek. You can also support Natuur & Bos by making a deposit at BE91 4331 1621 1176 (KREDBEBB), stating "Natuur & Bos" (no tax certificate possible).
And finally, because of the exceptional success of Somnia, P.A.R.T.S. will organise extra performances from 5 to 9 June, presented by Kaaitheater. Tickets are exclusively for sale via Kaaitheater: https://www.kaaitheater.be/nl/...
A shuttle bus will be provided from Brussels-Central to Gaasbeek.
Symphonia Hildegardia: four podcasts about Hildegard von Bingen
We made our first podcasts! Through the series Symphonia Hildegardia, four voices narrate Hildegard von Bingen's living memory in four episodes of around ten minutes each. Initiated by Symphonia Harmonyæ Cælestium Revelationum, the new work of François Chaignaud and Marie-Pierre Brébant, the podcasts immerse us in a faraway world which is radically in dialogue with our own.
Extra dates of Somnia organised by the Kaaitheater from 5 to 9 June 2019
Opening Drink on 10.05 at 18:00 at Recyclart
The box office will be open on the 1st of May!
The box office will be open on the 1st of May. You are welcome for all your bookings or to get more info about this year's program. Tip: don't wait too long to get your tickets!
You can find us at Recyclart : Rue de Manchester, 13-15
> Until 10.05 (before the festival): from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 19:00.
> From 10.05 (during the festival): every day from 12:00 to 20:00.
Ticket sales have started!
Buy your tickets or Festival Pass online or at the box office, situated on the new Recyclart location (Rue de Manchester 13-15). You are welcome for all your bookings or to get more info about this year's programme.
> Before the festival, the box office is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 19:00.
> During the festival you can visit the box office every day, from 12:00 to 20:00.