26 & 27 Sep 2017
LES BALLETS C DE LA B
A dance of Life, and Death
Alain Platel’s Belgian dance company, les ballets C del la B, are one of the European dance-world’s greatest influencers. They now return to Dansens Hus with nine dancers and a pile of horse carcasses to perform the dark, dystopian nicht schlafen.
Alain Platel’s latest performance uses the work of the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler as its starting point, as proposed by Gerard Mortier. A piece strongly influenced by the time in which it was composed; full of unrest, persecution and nationalism – not dissimilar to society today.
Composer Steven Prengels creates soundscapes full of African polyphonic chants, mixed with the echoes of cowbells and sleeping animals; and together with the visual artist Berlinde De Bruyckere’s pile of dead horses they create a brutal world where bodies collide, intertwine and are torn apart, with the shaky hope that things will not end in large-scale destruction. That potential, that possibility is what this group of dancers want to look for in every performance, without a safety net. A dance of life and death.
Last Autumn when les ballets C de la B visited Dansens Hus they brought with them the energic, infectious Badke, which spread all the way from the Main Stage out into the foyer. This time, they will bring a completely different tone and theme.
Running time: 100 min (no interval)
Stage: Main stage
”One of the most influential dance theatre companies in the world”
The show on the 27th of September is included in our After Work deal. Get a 35% discount.
The 26th of September 17:30, we arrange a lecture with music scientist and doctor Jacob Derkert. Read more.
Post show talk 26 sep
With the choreographer Alain Platel and Annelie Gardell, artistic director of Dansens Hus.
|Music & composition||Steven Prengels|
David Le Borgne
|Dramaturgy||Hildegard De Vuyst|
|Musical dramaturgy||Jan Vandenhouwe|
|Choreography assistant||Quan Bui Ngoc|
|Scenography||Berlinde De Bruyckere|
|Lighting design||Carlo Bourguignon|
|Sound design||Bartold Uyttersprot|
|Stage manager||Wim Van de Cappelle|
|Photo||Chris Van der Burght|
|Tour manager||Steve De Schepper|
|Production||les ballets C de la B|
|Co-production||Ruhrtriennale, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, la Biennale de Lyon, L’Opéra de Lille, MC93 - Maison de la Culture de la Seine-Saint-Denis, TorinoDanza, Holland Festival, Ludwigsburger
Schlossfestspiele, Kampnagel Hamburg
|Distribution||Frans Brood Productions|
|Supported by||City of Ghent
Province East Flanders
the Flemish authorities
Port of Ghent
|Thanks to||University of Ghent
Prof. Dr. Paul Simoens
Guy Cuypers & team
Bart De Pauw,
Bob and Monir
Isnelle da Silveira
staff of atelier Berlinde De Bruyckere, Pierre Philippe Hofmann
Manège de Hoefslag in De Pinte, Warner Classics