Michiel Vandevelde - 'Paradise Now (1968 - 2018)'
© Kurt Van der Elst
Wed. 11.09.2019 - Thu. 12.09.2019
Het TheaterFestival

fABULEUS / Michiel Vandevelde

Paradise Now (1968-2018)
Wed 11.09.'19
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Thu 12.09.'19

A wild choreography of iconic images acted out by young bodies 

July 1968. At the Festival d’Avignon, the famous New York theatre company The Living Theater premieres with Paradise Now. Inspired by spiritual practices like yoga, meditation, and the Kabbalah, they want to connect members of the public with one another and bring them into a state of readiness: ready for action in the outside world.

Fifty years on and together with a new generation, Michiel Vandevelde explores what remains of the legacy of May 68. The world has completely changed and many hippie ideals have become trendy practices. What is left of collectivity as an artistic or political statement? Do young people still feel the need to fight for a better future?

In Paradise Now (1968-2018), Vandevelde assembles a heterogeneous group of performers between the ages of 13 and 23 to enter into this sensory ‘happening’ about love. A wild choreography of iconic images acted out by young bodies, in which a horizon of possibilities might occur. Now.

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"The surprise of the festival’s last days was Michiel Vandevelde’s Paradise Now (1968-2018), a performance piece inspired by the Living Theater’s famous 1968 production of the same name. In a fluid re-enactment of famous photographic images between the dates of the title, 13 Flemish teenagers gave remarkable, identity mutating performances, eventually writhing in orgiastic togetherness and abandon. The aim in 1968 was to inspire revolution in its audiences. At the Sophiensale Theater on Saturday, the (…) uprising was a standing ovation."

N.Y. Times

Michiel Vandevelde begon zijn danscarrière op jonge leeftijd bij fABULEUS en toonde zich toen al als volbloed maker. Sinds hij afstudeerde aan P.A.R.T.S. is hij actief als choreograaf, curator en schrijver. Hij werkte de voorbije jaren als freelance curator voor Extra City Kunsthal, Het Bos, Bâtard festival, Z33 en Precarious Pavilions en schreef voor Etcetera, De Witte Raaf, Rekto:Verso en Mister Motley. Van 2017 tot 2021 is Michiel artist-in-residence in het Kaaitheater.

De rode draad doorheen zijn werk is politiek en artistiek activisme. Hij onderzoekt welke sociale, economische en culturele alternatieven we kunnen gebruiken om overheersende en dus allesbepalende systemen in vraag te stellen, uit te dagen en om te vormen. De afgelopen jaren werkte hij zowel in de open ruimte als in kunstinstellingen. Love Songs (veldeke), de vorige jongerenproductie van Michiel bij fABULEUS, kon je lezen als een filosofisch traktaat over de liefde. Met Paradise Now (1968-2018) brengt hij de liefde in praktijk.

Bekijk de 50 beelden die de makers inspireerden, maak kennis met de performers en ontdek de soundtrack van de voorstelling.

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Credits

Concept, choreography & scenography: Michiel Vandevelde - performance: Zulaa Antheunis, Sarah Bekambo, Jarko Bosmans, Bavo Buys, Wara Chavarria, Judith Engelen, Abigail Gypens, Lore Mertens, Anton Rys, Margot Timmermans, Bo Van Meervenne, Esra Verboven, Aron Wouters - assistant choreography: Zoë Demoustier - dramaturgy: Kristof van Baarle - costumes: Lila John - technique: Bregt Janssens - production manager: Kathleen Vogelaers - production: fABULEUS - coproduction: STUK - with support of: city of Leuven, Flemish Government

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