news

We won the Roel Verniers Price at Theaterfestival 2016 in Belgium for pitching the idea for one of our new performances, the dance solo First.

calendar

  • 30.06.2017at 20:00FirstDansand, Oostende
  • 07.07.2017at 20:00SprachspielFlare Festival, Manchester
  • 17.09.2017at 15:00SprachspielNona, MechelenBestel tickets
  • 19.12.2017at 20:00FirstVooruit, GentBestel tickets
  • 20.12.2017at 20:00FirstVooruit, GentBestel tickets

fünf leichte tanzspiele

Fünf leichte tanzspiele tells the story of language. Not the language that we speak but a primordial language, a game, an imagination that preceeds understanding. Fünf leichte tanzspiele reveals how quickly language erupts, how easily we understand what we cannot apprehend.

Language, maths, science are not attempts to apprehend reality, they are a game in which people try to order experience through self-invented rules. There is no logic, there is no truth, there are only plays and players, rules and the application of rules.

Fünf leichte tanzspiele takes you back to the serieusness of being a child, where every form has to be discovered, where content is still abstract and abstraction is very normal.

Created & performed by: Geert Belpaeme, Mats Van Herreweghe, Loes Carrette, Benjamin Cools & Seppe Decubber

Light design: Timme Afschrift

first

(c) Stine Sampers

First is a solo dance performance inspired by Tik Tak (an iconic Belgian tv program for todlers), String Theory and Barnett Newman’s essay ‘The first man was an artist’. First starts off from the philosophical idea that we, human beings, are ourselves the creators of the reality we live in.

Created & performed by: Geert Belpaeme

Dramaturgy & direction: Mats Van Herreweghe

sprachspiel

Sprachspiel is a performance on the line between art and philosophical experiment. In Sprachspiel Geert Belpaeme and Mats Van Herreweghe want to show how communication emerges out of playing, not out of understanding.

The performance was inspired by the idea of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein that language does not need clear-cut concepts or unambiguous signification. It is not necessary for you and me to share predetermined concepts and rules to be able to communicate. Language is use: Meaning arises only when an action is performed. In Sprachspiel Mats Van Herreweghe and Geert Belpaeme examine how such a playful, active language could emerge.

Created & performed by Geert Belpaeme & Mats Van Herreweghe

towards
a new
materialism

In this artistic research project funded by the School of Arts in Ghent, Mats Van Herreweghe and Geert Belpaeme examine how meaning emerges out of a play with form and abstraction. Towards a New Materialism is focused on theatre but has its origins in a much broader philosophical-societal examination of truth, language and culture, inspired primarily by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Towards a New Materialism starts from the distinction between 'matter' and 'materiality'. Matter is the purely physical element (objects and energies), materiality also encompasses the associations of meaning attached to an element. A simple example is the difference between Sex and Gender. Sex indicates the purely physical thing, gender takes into account the behavioral and identity aspects that are connected to sexuality.

The new materiality that Van Herreweghe and Belpaeme are advocating, is a new way of dealing with language and signification that tries to go back to the meaningless experience of material reality and embraces that creative and essentially human moment when an object, a human being, a feeling becomes a concept in our mind.

This materialism opposes forms of language (as we predominantly know them in our culture) that are restrictive and impose a fixed identity. Our culture invokes a frame of concepts, a wonderous structure build over many centuries, arisen out of the imagination and fantasy of man and his basic urge to order experiences. But a society becomes narrow-minded when it starts treating that framework of ideas and concepts as truth and it slavishly accepts and follows the consequences this "truth" imposes, without ever returning to that moment of creative passion to create meaning ourselves. In the new materiality that Belpaeme and Van Herreweghe propose, language does not have to be based on rules and concepts and meaning does not have to be fixed to be able to communicate and build a culture.

In a theatrical context, a place that really lends itself to start signification from scratch and to provoke imagination out of a play with abstract form, Van Herreweghe and Belpaeme examine how this kind of language could look like. They are looking for universal principles, moments in the abstract play when recognition occurs, and the spectator, in a natural reflex, starts building a story.

who

  • Mats Van Herreweghe, performing artist

    Mats Van Herreweghe works as performer, director, dramaturge and programmer. He graduated from the drama department of the School of Arts in Ghent in 2014 but was already a founding member of l'hommmm 2014. Mats became artistic researcher at the School of Arts in Ghent in 2016 and in 2017 started working as programmer for the renowned summer festival Theater aan Zee in Ostend.

  • Geert Belpaeme, performing artist

    Geert Belpaeme is a performing artist. He gratuated in 2010 at the drama department of Kask/School of Arts in Ghent, where he currently works as teacher and researcher. As l'hommmm (together with Mats Van Herreweghe) he has been making performances on the line between theatre and dance. In 2016 he also founded the collective 'de polen' together with Bosse Provoost, Kobe Chielens en Lieselotte De Keyzer. Since 2015 he started working as a coach with emerging circus artists as Alexander Vantournhout.

about l'hommmm

l'hommmm is the collaboration between performing artists Geert Belpaeme and Mats Van Herreweghe.

1.

l'hommmm works in between theatre and dance, between art and philosophical experiment. l'hommmm tries, with each performance, to create a new language, a new way of generating meaning and communicating with an audience.

2.

l'hommmm's artistic language is playful and starts with an uninhibited imagination. l'hommmm pursues associative narrative strategies that can transcend the anecdotic and the rational and can challenge the prevailing narrative structures of our society.

3.

l'hommmm makes political theatre, not through an explicit content, but through its form. l'hommmm creates performances that want to challenge people's everyday understanding, embedded in our culture.

Archive

  • (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq

    Freetimer — study #2

    With Freetimer l'hommmm is making a series of theatrical studies about our performance-prone society: “You will be yourself, you will distinguish yourself because of what you do and wear.” We paint a picture in three studies of how modern man has to fit himself into an identity in which success and self accomplishment are the basis (you get what you deserve), an identity that is so rigid and narrowly defined that it turns us into compulsive and indigent people.

    Study #2 is a very minimalistic performance that, in its purity, tries to reach an essence. In this performance we focus on how our compulsive urge for self-realisation influences our relations. The performance confronts languages. While one of the performers tries to explain herself and fails in her attempts, another performer succeeds in really expressing himself with a purely physical language that is at first incomprehensible but throughout the performance manages to exceed understanding. When language fails and movement gets a clear direction, the possibility arises to really grow towards each other, not in signification but in physical recognition.

    Director: Mats Van herreweghe - Cast: Geert Belpaeme & Yinka Kuitenbrouwer

  • It Says nothing to me about my life

    In It says nothing to me about my life l'hommmm explores how man and his body is socialised when growing up. How we stand, walk, laugh or cry is shown to us from when we are little children. Family and friends are a huge influence, but also the world outside and the abundance of images and information we get fired at us. The way in which we move in this world is not natural, it tells the story of every encounter in a human being's life.

    This performance is a search for sincerity in the multitude of information. How ever hard we try, we will never completely coincide with the images that we hold up to ourselves. And in that failing, a human being becomes his own, unique self.

    Directors: Geert Belpaeme & Mats Van Herreweghe - Cast: Seppe Cosyns & Loes Carrette

  • Freetimer — study #1

    With Freetimer l'hommmm is making a series of theatrical studies about our performance-prone society: “You will be yourself, you will distinguish yourself because of what you do and wear.” We paint a picture in three studies of how modern man has to fit himself into an identity in which success and self accomplishment are the basis (you get what you deserve), an identity that is so rigid and narrowly defined that it turns us into compulsive and indigent people.

    In Study #1 (2011) a man goes on a job interview. He has brought a large stick.

    By & with Mats Van Herreweghe & Geert Belpaeme

  • (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens

    GAT

    In Gat l'hommmm is looking for its own little revolution. To attain that, we have to go back to the beginning: the big bang that put the void out of balance. The result: bodies in an empty space, people who start to relate to each other, who discover and scan each other. The possibility of a world that arises and at the same time the expectation that everything can become something, that everyone has to be someone.

    Director: Geert Belpaeme - Cast: Michaël Canto Minjauw, Seppe Cosyns, Lieselotte De Keyzer, Elien Hanselaer & Lize Pede - Dramaturg: Mats Van Herreweghe

  • (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer

    L'Hommmm

    In the garden of Eden

    a cat jumped over the fence

    and everything changed.

    Three actors on a scène try to go back to the origin. They want to play. Without gravity, without embarrassment and without restraint they dance, move, play as little children. And, as when little chidren play, it does not matter that the game is shifting all the time.

    They are liberated form everything that ties them in this world: society, language, themselves. Unconcernedly they search for their own paradise. But still that one question lingers:

    Où est le chat?

    Director: Geert Belpaeme - Cast: Michael Canto Minjauw, Sanne Haenen & Seppe Cosyns - Dramaturg: Mats Van Herreweghe - Designer: Sarah Geirnaert - Coaching: Elsie de Brauw, Sam Bogaerts & Alain Platel.

news

We won the Roel Verniers Price at Theaterfestival 2016 in Belgium for pitching the idea for one of our new performances, the dance solo First.

who

  • Mats Van Herreweghe, performing artist

    Mats Van Herreweghe works as performer, director, dramaturge and programmer. He graduated from the drama department of the School of Arts in Ghent in 2014 but was already a founding member of l'hommmm 2014. Mats became artistic researcher at the School of Arts in Ghent in 2016 and in 2017 started working as programmer for the renowned summer festival Theater aan Zee in Ostend.

  • Geert Belpaeme, performing artist

    Geert Belpaeme is a performing artist. He gratuated in 2010 at the drama department of Kask/School of Arts in Ghent, where he currently works as teacher and researcher. As l'hommmm (together with Mats Van Herreweghe) he has been making performances on the line between theatre and dance. In 2016 he also founded the collective 'de polen' together with Bosse Provoost, Kobe Chielens en Lieselotte De Keyzer. Since 2015 he started working as a coach with emerging circus artists as Alexander Vantournhout.

first

(c) Stine Sampers

First is a solo dance performance inspired by Tik Tak (an iconic Belgian tv program for todlers), String Theory and Barnett Newman’s essay ‘The first man was an artist’. First starts off from the philosophical idea that we, human beings, are ourselves the creators of the reality we live in.

Created & performed by: Geert Belpaeme

Dramaturgy & direction: Mats Van Herreweghe

towards
a new
materialism

In this artistic research project funded by the School of Arts in Ghent, Mats Van Herreweghe and Geert Belpaeme examine how meaning emerges out of a play with form and abstraction. Towards a New Materialism is focused on theatre but has its origins in a much broader philosophical-societal examination of truth, language and culture, inspired primarily by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Towards a New Materialism starts from the distinction between 'matter' and 'materiality'. Matter is the purely physical element (objects and energies), materiality also encompasses the associations of meaning attached to an element. A simple example is the difference between Sex and Gender. Sex indicates the purely physical thing, gender takes into account the behavioral and identity aspects that are connected to sexuality.

The new materiality that Van Herreweghe and Belpaeme are advocating, is a new way of dealing with language and signification that tries to go back to the meaningless experience of material reality and embraces that creative and essentially human moment when an object, a human being, a feeling becomes a concept in our mind.

This materialism opposes forms of language (as we predominantly know them in our culture) that are restrictive and impose a fixed identity. Our culture invokes a frame of concepts, a wonderous structure build over many centuries, arisen out of the imagination and fantasy of man and his basic urge to order experiences. But a society becomes narrow-minded when it starts treating that framework of ideas and concepts as truth and it slavishly accepts and follows the consequences this "truth" imposes, without ever returning to that moment of creative passion to create meaning ourselves. In the new materiality that Belpaeme and Van Herreweghe propose, language does not have to be based on rules and concepts and meaning does not have to be fixed to be able to communicate and build a culture.

In a theatrical context, a place that really lends itself to start signification from scratch and to provoke imagination out of a play with abstract form, Van Herreweghe and Belpaeme examine how this kind of language could look like. They are looking for universal principles, moments in the abstract play when recognition occurs, and the spectator, in a natural reflex, starts building a story.

calendar

  • 30.06.2017at 20:00FirstDansand, Oostende
  • 07.07.2017at 20:00SprachspielFlare Festival, Manchester
  • 17.09.2017at 15:00SprachspielNona, MechelenBestel tickets
  • 19.12.2017at 20:00FirstVooruit, GentBestel tickets
  • 20.12.2017at 20:00FirstVooruit, GentBestel tickets

about l'hommmm

l'hommmm is the collaboration between performing artists Geert Belpaeme and Mats Van Herreweghe.

1.

l'hommmm works in between theatre and dance, between art and philosophical experiment. l'hommmm tries, with each performance, to create a new language, a new way of generating meaning and communicating with an audience.

2.

l'hommmm's artistic language is playful and starts with an uninhibited imagination. l'hommmm pursues associative narrative strategies that can transcend the anecdotic and the rational and can challenge the prevailing narrative structures of our society.

3.

l'hommmm makes political theatre, not through an explicit content, but through its form. l'hommmm creates performances that want to challenge people's everyday understanding, embedded in our culture.

fünf leichte tanzspiele

Fünf leichte tanzspiele tells the story of language. Not the language that we speak but a primordial language, a game, an imagination that preceeds understanding. Fünf leichte tanzspiele reveals how quickly language erupts, how easily we understand what we cannot apprehend.

Language, maths, science are not attempts to apprehend reality, they are a game in which people try to order experience through self-invented rules. There is no logic, there is no truth, there are only plays and players, rules and the application of rules.

Fünf leichte tanzspiele takes you back to the serieusness of being a child, where every form has to be discovered, where content is still abstract and abstraction is very normal.

Created & performed by: Geert Belpaeme, Mats Van Herreweghe, Loes Carrette, Benjamin Cools & Seppe Decubber

Light design: Timme Afschrift

sprachspiel

Sprachspiel is a performance on the line between art and philosophical experiment. In Sprachspiel Geert Belpaeme and Mats Van Herreweghe want to show how communication emerges out of playing, not out of understanding.

The performance was inspired by the idea of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein that language does not need clear-cut concepts or unambiguous signification. It is not necessary for you and me to share predetermined concepts and rules to be able to communicate. Language is use: Meaning arises only when an action is performed. In Sprachspiel Mats Van Herreweghe and Geert Belpaeme examine how such a playful, active language could emerge.

Created & performed by Geert Belpaeme & Mats Van Herreweghe

Archive

  • (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq

    Freetimer — study #2

    With Freetimer l'hommmm is making a series of theatrical studies about our performance-prone society: “You will be yourself, you will distinguish yourself because of what you do and wear.” We paint a picture in three studies of how modern man has to fit himself into an identity in which success and self accomplishment are the basis (you get what you deserve), an identity that is so rigid and narrowly defined that it turns us into compulsive and indigent people.

    Study #2 is a very minimalistic performance that, in its purity, tries to reach an essence. In this performance we focus on how our compulsive urge for self-realisation influences our relations. The performance confronts languages. While one of the performers tries to explain herself and fails in her attempts, another performer succeeds in really expressing himself with a purely physical language that is at first incomprehensible but throughout the performance manages to exceed understanding. When language fails and movement gets a clear direction, the possibility arises to really grow towards each other, not in signification but in physical recognition.

    Director: Mats Van herreweghe - Cast: Geert Belpaeme & Yinka Kuitenbrouwer

  • It Says nothing to me about my life

    In It says nothing to me about my life l'hommmm explores how man and his body is socialised when growing up. How we stand, walk, laugh or cry is shown to us from when we are little children. Family and friends are a huge influence, but also the world outside and the abundance of images and information we get fired at us. The way in which we move in this world is not natural, it tells the story of every encounter in a human being's life.

    This performance is a search for sincerity in the multitude of information. How ever hard we try, we will never completely coincide with the images that we hold up to ourselves. And in that failing, a human being becomes his own, unique self.

    Directors: Geert Belpaeme & Mats Van Herreweghe - Cast: Seppe Cosyns & Loes Carrette

  • Freetimer — study #1

    With Freetimer l'hommmm is making a series of theatrical studies about our performance-prone society: “You will be yourself, you will distinguish yourself because of what you do and wear.” We paint a picture in three studies of how modern man has to fit himself into an identity in which success and self accomplishment are the basis (you get what you deserve), an identity that is so rigid and narrowly defined that it turns us into compulsive and indigent people.

    In Study #1 (2011) a man goes on a job interview. He has brought a large stick.

    By & with Mats Van Herreweghe & Geert Belpaeme

  • (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens

    GAT

    In Gat l'hommmm is looking for its own little revolution. To attain that, we have to go back to the beginning: the big bang that put the void out of balance. The result: bodies in an empty space, people who start to relate to each other, who discover and scan each other. The possibility of a world that arises and at the same time the expectation that everything can become something, that everyone has to be someone.

    Director: Geert Belpaeme - Cast: Michaël Canto Minjauw, Seppe Cosyns, Lieselotte De Keyzer, Elien Hanselaer & Lize Pede - Dramaturg: Mats Van Herreweghe

  • (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer

    L'Hommmm

    In the garden of Eden

    a cat jumped over the fence

    and everything changed.

    Three actors on a scène try to go back to the origin. They want to play. Without gravity, without embarrassment and without restraint they dance, move, play as little children. And, as when little chidren play, it does not matter that the game is shifting all the time.

    They are liberated form everything that ties them in this world: society, language, themselves. Unconcernedly they search for their own paradise. But still that one question lingers:

    Où est le chat?

    Director: Geert Belpaeme - Cast: Michael Canto Minjauw, Sanne Haenen & Seppe Cosyns - Dramaturg: Mats Van Herreweghe - Designer: Sarah Geirnaert - Coaching: Elsie de Brauw, Sam Bogaerts & Alain Platel.

news

We won the Roel Verniers Price at Theaterfestival 2016 in Belgium for pitching the idea for one of our new performances, the dance solo First.

sprachspiel

Sprachspiel is a performance on the line between art and philosophical experiment. In Sprachspiel Geert Belpaeme and Mats Van Herreweghe want to show how communication emerges out of playing, not out of understanding.

The performance was inspired by the idea of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein that language does not need clear-cut concepts or unambiguous signification. It is not necessary for you and me to share predetermined concepts and rules to be able to communicate. Language is use: Meaning arises only when an action is performed. In Sprachspiel Mats Van Herreweghe and Geert Belpaeme examine how such a playful, active language could emerge.

Created & performed by Geert Belpaeme & Mats Van Herreweghe

who

  • Mats Van Herreweghe, performing artist

    Mats Van Herreweghe works as performer, director, dramaturge and programmer. He graduated from the drama department of the School of Arts in Ghent in 2014 but was already a founding member of l'hommmm 2014. Mats became artistic researcher at the School of Arts in Ghent in 2016 and in 2017 started working as programmer for the renowned summer festival Theater aan Zee in Ostend.

  • Geert Belpaeme, performing artist

    Geert Belpaeme is a performing artist. He gratuated in 2010 at the drama department of Kask/School of Arts in Ghent, where he currently works as teacher and researcher. As l'hommmm (together with Mats Van Herreweghe) he has been making performances on the line between theatre and dance. In 2016 he also founded the collective 'de polen' together with Bosse Provoost, Kobe Chielens en Lieselotte De Keyzer. Since 2015 he started working as a coach with emerging circus artists as Alexander Vantournhout.

towards
a new
materialism

In this artistic research project funded by the School of Arts in Ghent, Mats Van Herreweghe and Geert Belpaeme examine how meaning emerges out of a play with form and abstraction. Towards a New Materialism is focused on theatre but has its origins in a much broader philosophical-societal examination of truth, language and culture, inspired primarily by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Towards a New Materialism starts from the distinction between 'matter' and 'materiality'. Matter is the purely physical element (objects and energies), materiality also encompasses the associations of meaning attached to an element. A simple example is the difference between Sex and Gender. Sex indicates the purely physical thing, gender takes into account the behavioral and identity aspects that are connected to sexuality.

The new materiality that Van Herreweghe and Belpaeme are advocating, is a new way of dealing with language and signification that tries to go back to the meaningless experience of material reality and embraces that creative and essentially human moment when an object, a human being, a feeling becomes a concept in our mind.

This materialism opposes forms of language (as we predominantly know them in our culture) that are restrictive and impose a fixed identity. Our culture invokes a frame of concepts, a wonderous structure build over many centuries, arisen out of the imagination and fantasy of man and his basic urge to order experiences. But a society becomes narrow-minded when it starts treating that framework of ideas and concepts as truth and it slavishly accepts and follows the consequences this "truth" imposes, without ever returning to that moment of creative passion to create meaning ourselves. In the new materiality that Belpaeme and Van Herreweghe propose, language does not have to be based on rules and concepts and meaning does not have to be fixed to be able to communicate and build a culture.

In a theatrical context, a place that really lends itself to start signification from scratch and to provoke imagination out of a play with abstract form, Van Herreweghe and Belpaeme examine how this kind of language could look like. They are looking for universal principles, moments in the abstract play when recognition occurs, and the spectator, in a natural reflex, starts building a story.

first

(c) Stine Sampers

First is a solo dance performance inspired by Tik Tak (an iconic Belgian tv program for todlers), String Theory and Barnett Newman’s essay ‘The first man was an artist’. First starts off from the philosophical idea that we, human beings, are ourselves the creators of the reality we live in.

Created & performed by: Geert Belpaeme

Dramaturgy & direction: Mats Van Herreweghe

about l'hommmm

l'hommmm is the collaboration between performing artists Geert Belpaeme and Mats Van Herreweghe.

1.

l'hommmm works in between theatre and dance, between art and philosophical experiment. l'hommmm tries, with each performance, to create a new language, a new way of generating meaning and communicating with an audience.

2.

l'hommmm's artistic language is playful and starts with an uninhibited imagination. l'hommmm pursues associative narrative strategies that can transcend the anecdotic and the rational and can challenge the prevailing narrative structures of our society.

3.

l'hommmm makes political theatre, not through an explicit content, but through its form. l'hommmm creates performances that want to challenge people's everyday understanding, embedded in our culture.

calendar

  • 30.06.2017at 20:00FirstDansand, Oostende
  • 07.07.2017at 20:00SprachspielFlare Festival, Manchester
  • 17.09.2017at 15:00SprachspielNona, MechelenBestel tickets
  • 19.12.2017at 20:00FirstVooruit, GentBestel tickets
  • 20.12.2017at 20:00FirstVooruit, GentBestel tickets

fünf leichte tanzspiele

Fünf leichte tanzspiele tells the story of language. Not the language that we speak but a primordial language, a game, an imagination that preceeds understanding. Fünf leichte tanzspiele reveals how quickly language erupts, how easily we understand what we cannot apprehend.

Language, maths, science are not attempts to apprehend reality, they are a game in which people try to order experience through self-invented rules. There is no logic, there is no truth, there are only plays and players, rules and the application of rules.

Fünf leichte tanzspiele takes you back to the serieusness of being a child, where every form has to be discovered, where content is still abstract and abstraction is very normal.

Created & performed by: Geert Belpaeme, Mats Van Herreweghe, Loes Carrette, Benjamin Cools & Seppe Decubber

Light design: Timme Afschrift

Archive

  • (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq
    (c) Stefanie De Clercq

    Freetimer — study #2

    With Freetimer l'hommmm is making a series of theatrical studies about our performance-prone society: “You will be yourself, you will distinguish yourself because of what you do and wear.” We paint a picture in three studies of how modern man has to fit himself into an identity in which success and self accomplishment are the basis (you get what you deserve), an identity that is so rigid and narrowly defined that it turns us into compulsive and indigent people.

    Study #2 is a very minimalistic performance that, in its purity, tries to reach an essence. In this performance we focus on how our compulsive urge for self-realisation influences our relations. The performance confronts languages. While one of the performers tries to explain herself and fails in her attempts, another performer succeeds in really expressing himself with a purely physical language that is at first incomprehensible but throughout the performance manages to exceed understanding. When language fails and movement gets a clear direction, the possibility arises to really grow towards each other, not in signification but in physical recognition.

    Director: Mats Van herreweghe - Cast: Geert Belpaeme & Yinka Kuitenbrouwer

  • It Says nothing to me about my life

    In It says nothing to me about my life l'hommmm explores how man and his body is socialised when growing up. How we stand, walk, laugh or cry is shown to us from when we are little children. Family and friends are a huge influence, but also the world outside and the abundance of images and information we get fired at us. The way in which we move in this world is not natural, it tells the story of every encounter in a human being's life.

    This performance is a search for sincerity in the multitude of information. How ever hard we try, we will never completely coincide with the images that we hold up to ourselves. And in that failing, a human being becomes his own, unique self.

    Directors: Geert Belpaeme & Mats Van Herreweghe - Cast: Seppe Cosyns & Loes Carrette

  • Freetimer — study #1

    With Freetimer l'hommmm is making a series of theatrical studies about our performance-prone society: “You will be yourself, you will distinguish yourself because of what you do and wear.” We paint a picture in three studies of how modern man has to fit himself into an identity in which success and self accomplishment are the basis (you get what you deserve), an identity that is so rigid and narrowly defined that it turns us into compulsive and indigent people.

    In Study #1 (2011) a man goes on a job interview. He has brought a large stick.

    By & with Mats Van Herreweghe & Geert Belpaeme

  • (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens
    (c) Thomas Dhanens

    GAT

    In Gat l'hommmm is looking for its own little revolution. To attain that, we have to go back to the beginning: the big bang that put the void out of balance. The result: bodies in an empty space, people who start to relate to each other, who discover and scan each other. The possibility of a world that arises and at the same time the expectation that everything can become something, that everyone has to be someone.

    Director: Geert Belpaeme - Cast: Michaël Canto Minjauw, Seppe Cosyns, Lieselotte De Keyzer, Elien Hanselaer & Lize Pede - Dramaturg: Mats Van Herreweghe

  • (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer
    (c) Frank Bassleer

    L'Hommmm

    In the garden of Eden

    a cat jumped over the fence

    and everything changed.

    Three actors on a scène try to go back to the origin. They want to play. Without gravity, without embarrassment and without restraint they dance, move, play as little children. And, as when little chidren play, it does not matter that the game is shifting all the time.

    They are liberated form everything that ties them in this world: society, language, themselves. Unconcernedly they search for their own paradise. But still that one question lingers:

    Où est le chat?

    Director: Geert Belpaeme - Cast: Michael Canto Minjauw, Sanne Haenen & Seppe Cosyns - Dramaturg: Mats Van Herreweghe - Designer: Sarah Geirnaert - Coaching: Elsie de Brauw, Sam Bogaerts & Alain Platel.

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