At their first encounter with director Alice Bogaerts’s and dramaturg Marleen Ilg’s stage adaptation of Howard Buten’s When I was Five, I Killed Myself, spectators of the first part of Stadsnomaden2 are first put into disorientation. For those who already know the storyline of Buten’s novella on which the play is based, they might wonder how a lone tantalising adult male body and a minimalist scenography would spatially play out the story of Burt, a troubled eight-year-old boy who, while being placed in a mental institution, is caught having sex with Jessica, his fellow child patient from the same ward.
In Deutschland findet – wieder mal – ein Kulturkampf statt. Vielleicht ein Kämpfchen in falschen Kulissen und Kostümen, aber man muss es ernst nehmen, zumal auf den Theaterbühnen gerade verschiedene Richtungsstreite aufeinandertreffen. Natürlich ist auch hier jener „Kampf der Kulturen“ zu beobachten, der derzeit weltweit tobt, zwischen liberalen und humanistischen Positionen einerseits und konservativen und nationalistischen andererseits – mit einigen interessanten Mischungen, die die herkömmliche Unterscheidung von rechts und links als überholt erscheinen lassen.
The relationship between artist and curator has never been entirely without friction. In times where neoliberal working conditions put both sides under pressure, it can even go completely wrong. Based on her experience with Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Veridiana Zurita advocates in this opinion for a collaboration in which reciprocity and conversation play a central role. She puts the psychiatric clinic La Borde forward as a good practice.
This is the third letter in a cycle of Open Letters to the Circus. This letter is written in the context of ‘The Circus Dialogues’, a two-year research project led by Bauke Lievens, Quintijn Ketels and Sebastian Kann. ‘The Circus Dialogues’ expands on Bauke Lievens’ previous research project, ‘Between Being and Imagining: towards a methodology for artistic research in contemporary circus’. Both projects are financed by the Arts Research Fund of the University College Ghent (BE).
The Kunstenfestivaldesarts (KFDA)’s commitment to promoting ‘cosmopolitan vision as an antidote to intolerance of all kinds’, at least for its 2018 edition, has gone beyond the fashionable inclusiveness. The incorporation of the Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen’s One or Several Tigers and, especially Macaquinhos from Brazil in its 2018 programming shows KFDA’s engagement in redefining ‘cosmopolitanism’ as a condition which involves self-criticism, ‘resist[ing] all kinds of self-centredness’—the most hegemonic and perennial of which is Eurocentrism.*
In ‘Deep Present’ (2018) Seoul-based director Jisun Kim stages four artificial intelligences (AIs) that either dialogue or ruminate about ‘outsourcing’ and its implications, i.e. the displacement and delegation of the production of goods or services to subcontractors, typically in regions where labor is cheaper.
Acclaimed director Milo Rau knows like no other how to deal with collective traumas. In La Reprise, however, he overplays his hand as he tries to combine the violent murder of Ihsane Jarfi with a meta-theatrical reflection about reality on stage.