The heartstring, the delicate treasure, the first thought of each family. The child.
Artist of different generations and a mezzo-soprano bring back onstage the childhood we have forgotten, overgrown or misunderstood. The struggle with fears, the waking up from illusions, the first autonomous choices, the physical transformation – this is the childhood with no pink glasses.
Belgian company Peeping Tom returns to Plovdiv with an overwhelming portrait of those very first years when personalities are being formed. The show reflects on behavioral patterns, science, and personal experiences to zoom in on the internal and external world of children.
“Their talent is terrifying.” – Le Monde
Kind (Child) is the third part of Peeping Tom’s trilogy in which research into hidden emotions in family constellations is conducted. The trilogy started in 2014 with Vader (Father) and continued with Moeder (Mother). The show was featured in ONE DANCE WEEK 2017.
Choreographers Franck Chartier and Gabriella Carrizo once again mine into the layers of consciousness to present a world-class dance art. Live sound effects and the company’s landmark hyperrealistic scenography will be present, too. This time, spectators will not find themselves in a familiar space. Instead, it will be a fairy forest where trees and rocks rise. Where the usual and the unusual intertwine on the kids’ way forward – parents, conditions, dreams, nightmares.
The result is a piece of work outside time and space. KIND comes to ask questions outside of your comfort zone. Are the answers we give to children enough? How do they handle their quest for truth.? Why do they behave in certain ways? How do they cope with difficulties when no one is around to offer them support? Do we know that kids at all?
Children have always been present in the universe of Peeping Tom but never in such a concrete way. The choreographers carry out extensive preparatory research with and by children and young people from different backgrounds: privileged, disadvantaged, disturbed, orphaned or refugee. Peeping Tom also cooperate with schools, homes, and shelters. Scientific research, such as that of Boris Cyrulnik, who examined the resistance in extreme situations, constitute an important tool for this.
Peeping Tom is a Belgian dance theatre company, founded by Gabriela Carrizo (I/AR) and Franck Chartier (F). Everything at Peeping Tom starts from a hyperrealist setting. The set feels familiar, such as a retirement home in Vader, two trailer homes in 32 rue Vandenbranden or a living room in Le Salon. The creators then break open this realism and begin to defy the logic of time, space and mood. Spectators become the witness s ‐ or rather, the voyeurs ‐ of what usually remains hidden and unsaid. They are taken into subconscious worlds and discover nightmares, fears and desires.
Peeping Tom’s dance Theater starts with a transfer of experiences between artists, making it personal, dynamic and touching. Born with the expressive language of motion and stage expression, artists use cinema techniques and sound effects recorded in real time while the shows are running.
Since its foundation in 2000 in Brussels, Peeping Tom has presented its creations around the world. The company has received several important awards, including and Olivier Award in the United Kingdom for 32 rue Vandenbranden, a Patrons Circle Award at the International Arts Festival in Melbourne as well as several selections for the Belgian and Dutch Theatre Festivals.
Gabriela was ten years old when she started dancing at a multidisciplinary school that had, at the time, the only group of contemporary dance for children and teenagers. She moved to Europe when she was nineteen, and over the years she worked with Caroline Marcadé, Les Ballets C de la B, and Needcompany. She never stopped working on her own choreographies, and these years saw the production of a solo piece, “E tutto sará d’ombra e di caline”. She also created the choreography for the opera Wolf (2002), by Les Ballets C de la B. She created the short piece The missing door (2013) for the Nederlands Dans Theater – NDT 1 in The Hague. In 2015, Carrizo created “The Land”, a collaboration with the Munich Residenztheater.
Gabriela has been the artistic director of Peeping Tom, along with Franck Chartier, since they co‐founded the company in 2000.
Franck started dancing when he was eleven, and at the age of fifteen his mother sent him to study classical ballet at Rosella Hightower in Cannes. Between 1986 and 1989, he was a part of Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du 20ème Siècle. The following three years, he worked with Angelin Preljocaj, dancing in “Le spectre de la rose” at the Opéra de Paris.
He moved to Brussels in 1994, to perform in Rosas’ production “Kinok” (1994), and he stayed on. He participates in productions by Needcompany, Les Ballets C de la B, Nederlands Dans Theater. In 2013, he created “33 rue Vandenbranden” for the Göteborg Opera, based on Peeping Tom’s “32 rue Vandenbranden”, and he developed the choreography for the opera “Marouf, Savetier du Caire” by Jerôme Deschamps at the Opéra Comique de Paris. For Nederlands Dans Theater, he directed “The lost room in 2015”, a second collaboration with the Dutch dance company after Gabriela Carrizo’s “The missing door” (2013).
He was awarded the prestigious Dutch price ‘Swan Most Impressive Dance Production 2016’ for the piece.
Production: Peeping Tom
Concept and direction Gabriela: Carrizo, Franck Chartier
Creation and performance: Eurudike De Beul, Marie Gyselbrecht, Hun-Mok Jung,
Brandon Lagaert, Yi-chun Liu, Maria Carolina Vieira
Artistic assistance: Lulu Tikovsky
Sound composition: Raphaëlle Latini, Peeping Tom
Light design: Amber Vandenhoeck
Set design: Justine Bougerol, Peeping Tom
Set construction: KVS-atelier
Costume design: Peeping Tom, Nina Lopez Le Galliard (intern)
Technical direction: Filip Timmerman
Tour manager: Lulu Tikovsky
Production manager: An Van der Donckt
Communication and PR manager: Sébastien Parizel
Company manager: Veerle Mans
Production partners: KVS – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (Brussels),
Teatre Nacional de Catalunya/Grec Festival de
Barcelona, Theater im Pfalzbau (Ludwigshafen)
Coproduction: Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, deSingel (Antwerp), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Maison de la Culture de Bourges, Festival Aperto/Fondazione I Teatri (Reggio Emilia), La Rose des Vents (Villeneuve d’Ascq), Théâtre de Caen
With the support of the Flemish authorities
Distribution: Frans Brood Productions
Kind is being created with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government.
@ Photo Credit: Diane Fourdrignie
PEEPING TOM (Belgium)
"Boris Hristov" House of Culture - Plovdiv
The body is a fluid space for characters, forms, and metamorphoses. A dancer steps on the stage to embody a woman, a warrior and a bird at the same time. He changes to free the body and mind from dogma. Indonesian choreographer Rianto creates and inhabits a space where binary opposites merge – a space between manhood and womanhood, between customs and religious principles, between conscious control and trance.
The solo performance is a centerpiece of Rianto’s creative route and virtuosic movement language. It is a plea for freedom conveyed through expressive body language as vocals and live music plucked by exotic instruments are intensifying the impact of the show.
A cultural phenomenon from the heart of Indonesia hits the contemporary stage. Lengger, a cross-gender dance form from Banyumas, Central Java, was based on a folk ritual of fertility and power. Performed mainly by men in feminine and masculine representations, the dance form is enriched with modern techniques to show the transformations we undergo and the boundaries we are tearing apart.
Rianto, a specialist in Lengger, looks at the body in different dimensions – traditional, religious, social and political. He is a rising dance star from Indonesia and the island of Java, a land rich in mysteries and identities. Medium is his universal call for eschewing dogma and embracing the contradiction, mysteries and layered diversity that is at the heart of Javanese tradition.
“Magic” – The Sydney Morning Herald
“Perhaps we, like Rianto, await our own metamorphoses” – Witness. Performance
Rianto was born in a village in Banyumas, southwestern part of Central Java, Indonesia. Trained from young in the classical Javanese dance and East Javanese folk dance, he mastered in Lengger, a traditional cross-gender dance from Central Java based on fertility ritual.
In 2003, Rianto moved to Tokyo where he founded the Classical Javanese dance company. He has been collaborating with many dance artists and successfully touring the world with renowned British choreographer Akram Khan’s company and Choy Ka Fai’s project SoftMachine (2015). While traveling abroad, Pianto has been developing his unique dance vocabulary and style with his community’s rich heritage as a source of inspiration. Back in Banyumas, he created MEDIUM (2016) by merging contemporary dance techniques and hypnotic Lengger movements. In Medium, Rianto recalls the term Lengger as derived from elinga ngger, meaning the “advice to be aware, to remember”
Dramaturg: Garin Nugroho, Tang Fu Kuen
Scenography: Iskandar K. Loedin
Vocals And Percussion: Cahwat I
Sound Design: Yasuhiro Morinaga
Production Coordinator: Putri Pramesti Wigaringtyas
Producer: Jala Adolphus
Co-Comissioned by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (Singapore); Performance Space (Australia); National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying); deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus (Belgium); Staatstheater Darmstadt (Germany);
Supported by: Kommunitas Salihara (Indonesia); Darwin Festival (Australia)
@ Photo Credit: Wannes Cre / Bernie Ng, courtesy of Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
MEDIUM is presented in Plovdiv with the support of The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bulgaria and the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) of Indonesia.
22 September19:00 - 20:00
"Boris Hristov" House of Culture - Plovdiv