I see I see you what you don’t see and it is… a dancer, a viewer, a curb, a passer-by, or no, it is a dancer.
Studio Cité orients, directs, diverts and distorts your view of the world.
Step inside a driving mirror cart by yourself, form a dancing circle with your fellow audience members, or stand on the side-lines watching how people with periscopic masks try to find their way. You are both a viewer and a performer.
As a choreographer of sight, Benjamin Vandewalle plays with the way we observe reality and challenges our perception. How do we observe our environment and the people within it – and do we dare and surrender ourselves to new perspectives?
In Studio Cité, Vandewalle organizes an artistic funfair that offers unexpected experiences on Brussels’ squares.
Participative Performance / Installation
Open to all, free of charge.
Friday 2 October
Square Jacques Franck
14h > 19h
Saturday 3 October
Square Jacques Franck
12h > 18h
* Square Jacques Franck is situated next to Porte de Hal metro station, alongside Chaussée de Forest. Next to a basketball field.
In view of the health context linked to the COVID epidemic19 , we ask everyone present to wear a mask, to keep at least 1.50m distance from other people and to register on the spot in the register provided for this purpose.
Studio Cité is presented in the frame of the IN SITU ACT Days organized by the IN SITU network on the 2nd and 3rd October 2020 in Brussels and online.
Presented by CIFAS & Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof.
Two other performances take place on the same week-end:
"A Certain Value" by Anna Rispoli and Martina Angelotti
"FREEZE" by Nick Steur
Studio Cité, an IN SITU Pilot project, has received a creation aid by the ACT project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The co-producers are Atelier 231 (FR), Festival di Terni (IT), Freedom Festival (UK), La Strada Graz (AT), Lieux publics (FR), Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK), Østfold Internasjonale Teater (NO), Oerol Festival (NL), Theater op de Markt (BE), UZ Arts (UK).
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 4x4 was a festival favorite amongst audience and critics and toured for several seasons. Later on he created new works for the black box such as Point of View ( 2013 ) and Common ground with platform-K (2018) which got selected for Het Theaterfestival. Another work that he created worth mentioning is HEAR ( 2016 ) which is a sound choreography performed by a choir of 30 volunteers for a blind folded audience. At this moment Benjamin is touring with his traveling art-fair called Studio Cité (2019) which is a collection of 8 performative installations for the public space which he has been creating the past 6 years.
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 on two occasions a group of P.A.R.T.S. dance students during an exchange project in Senegal. Together with philosopher Jan Knops 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.