07/05  | 13:30 - 17:15

EN (no translation)
Admission free

On the first three Saturdays the festival is holding open moments of reflection where the topic of the cave resonates. The cave reminds us that every form of protection marks a line between an inside and an outside, between what is protected and what it is protected from; it invites us to rethink the modern division between light and darkness; it questions the production of traces and the sedimentation of excess. Artists and theoreticians will be giving lectures and workshops, generally intervening in different formats to construct a hypothetical, narrative journey through the representation of the cave: why we go inside (protection), what we seek inside (underground sources of light), and what we leave behind (traces of excess).

With a source of inspiration by Toshiki Okada, an interview with Cathy Blisson, a performance and a workhop by Rodrigo Sobarzo, a lecture by Shahram Khosravi, and an artistic presentation by Arkadi Zaides.

In collaboration with SNDO (School for New Dance Development at de Theaterschool / Amsterdam University of Arts) & Research Group THEA – Theatricality & the Real (ULB, VUB, RITCS)

Viewing copies of The Time We Share will be on display at the bookshop.

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When the man entered the cave for shelter, he suddenly turned this place into an emblem of the search for protection. Since then, the cave has become above all a place of concealment, but also a visible emblem of today’s search of invisibility.

If the cave reminds us that every protection marks a line between an inside and an outside, between what is protected and that from which it protects, this encounter invites us to think together about the notion of protection. What about going in the cave not to find protection, but rather to question protection?

While we are storing our nuclear waste into the depths of our earth, trying to allow it to transgress time itself, we have allowed the nuclear to challenge human discourses on protection as long as mankind will live, and to define our image of threat: invisible, irreversible and out of control. But what if these threatening categories of natural and nuclear catastrophes, are also used to describe political situations? Does this fatalism of a disaster – invisible, irreversible and out of control – move elsewhere and contribute in constructing other narratives, such as the current one on migration movements?

After letting emerge the spectre of the nuclear with Toshiki Okada, Rodrigo Sobarzo, Cathy Blisson and the work of BERLIN, the core of the afternoon questions the narrative of protection of a continent. Within different formats, Iranian scholar Shahram Khosravi and artist Arkadi Zaides investigate the relationship between borders and movement, to eventually open a reflection on the interstices where Europe is not simply seen as a place that protects its borders, but a place in which a protection is possible.

13:30-13:45 (Chapel)
Introduction: The Chance to Recover Our Humanity

13:45-14:15 (Chapel)
Fragments of BERLIN’s Zvizdal [Chernobyl – So Far So Close] and a conversation with dramaturg Cathy Blisson

14:15-14:45 (Chapel)
SHIELD), a performance by Rodrigo Sobarzo


15:00-15:45 (Foyer)
Shahram Khosravi, Before the Border: Visibility and Invisiblizing

After a Q&A the audience can choose between an artistic presentation by Arkadi Zaides, including a dialogue with Shahram Khosravi, and a workshop given by Rodrigo Sobarzo.

15:45-17:15 (Foyer)
XXXXin progress #1 Movement & Limitation by Arkadi Zaides in collaboration with Frédérique Vansteenwegen, Nienke Scholts, Claire Buisson, Simge Gücük, Culture Crew and Key Performance. The presentation is followed by a conversation between Arkadi Zaides and Shahram Khosravi.

15:45-17:15 (Chapel)
SHIELD)S, a workshop by Rodrigo Sobarzo

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