Back to the theatre: encore!

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Published at 09/09/2021
By Michaël Bellon

A sigh of relief can be heard from every Brussels theatre, together with a cry of joy that reaches all the way to the roof. Theatre is allowed again! Audiences are welcome! The performances can go ahead, and creations that were postponed will finally see the spotlight they so deserve! Seven major houses of the performing arts unveil the new season.

Les Brigittines

HIDDEN PARADISE - Alix Dufresne + Marc Béland

“It is an encouragement to not allow our dreams to be pierced by harsh reality…”

Patrick Bonté

The international festival has just finished at Les Brigittines. “The theme was Notre cœur bat ailleurs (Our hearts beat elsewhere)”, says Patrick Bonté. “And we only have one desire: to continue this theme through the rest of the season. It is an encouragement to not allow our dreams to be pierced by harsh reality, an incentive to allow stage creations to transoprt us to different worlds that are within us all, and allows us to be touched by shared sensory experiences. Plenty of performances set to be created or presented last season were postponed”, adds Bonté, “but if all goes well, you will still have to opportunity to see these over the coming weeks and months, as well as our new creations. Some other highlights are the In Movement Festival with nine performances, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts that is back with us for a number of guest performances, and the second edition of TB2, in collaboration with the Théâtre Les Tanneurs, as a season finale in June. The surprising creations that bear witness to the diversity and originality of our artists is enriched with concerts, readings, meetings, and workshops.”

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La Monnaie

Carmen © Yves Gabriel / Province de Liège

“La Monnaie is delighted to be welcoming audiences once again, with a programme that exudes optimism and confidence.”

Peter de Caluwe

“A new Norma, a new Carmen, Il trittico by Puccini, a striking direction of the Requiem by Mozart, and much more!” exclaims General and Artistic Director of La Monnaie, Peter de Caluwe, when listing what’s coming up at his opera house. “La Monnaie is delighted to be welcoming audiences once again, with a programme that exudes optimism and confidence. Including the revivals of Les Huguenots and Lulu - two of the most emblematic Monnaie productions - we have twelve operas on offer! Discover the première of De kinderen der Zee, 101 years after its creation, and experience the world première of The Time of Our Singing, the new opera by Kris Defoort. We also have the second part of the trilogy Is this the End? by Jean-Luc Fafchamps and the cherry on the cake is a concert version of Parsifal.”

De Caluwe mentions that the charismatic musical director and conductor Alain Altinoglu will be conducting four operas. In 2022, he will also conduct most of the concerts in celebration of the 250th anniversary of La Monnaie’s Symphony Orchestra. Thanks to the partnership between Trois Dance, KVS and the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, the dance programme is once again filled with iconic and brand-new creations.”

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Kaaitheater

Boy - Kyoko Scholiers

“How to Be Many? (…) refers to the way in which the 'many' in society can be represented and live together in an equal way.”

Agnes Quackels et Barbara Van Lindt

Agnes Quackels and Barbara Van Lindt, the artistic coordinators of the Kaaitheater, regale us with a strong programme inspired by their long-term leitmotif ‘How to Be Many?’. "This refers to the way in which the 'many' in society can be represented and live together in an equal way. Diversity outside our theatre may be a fact, but that doesn’t mean internal inclusivity is.” This is the reason Kaaitheater strives to hand over twenty percent of their resources and space to local organisations that are on the crossroads of social justice and artistic development. Benjamin Vandewalle, Kate McIntosh and Radouan Mriziga remain as resident artists.

“In the new programme WE HEAR YOU(TH), we showcase makers who give a voice to young people and enter into dialogue with them about their views of the world and the future. The performances invite you to listen to the young people, to master your fears, and to relinquish yourself to the wisdom of youth. Kyoko Scholiers uses the musical theatre piece BOY to put a focus on youth support. In Lara Staal’s ‘Dissident’, five ‘problem youths’ hold a mirror up to the audience and in Ant Hampton’s automated performance, children seem to be in control.”

discover the complete program of the Kaaitheater on agenda

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