Benjamin Vandewalle

Benjamin Vandewalle studied at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2006. Since his early work, ‘perception’ has been the central theme. He creates movement – not only in the dancer’s body, but also in that of the viewer. With his work he wants to share new experiences and perspectives with a broad audience.

For the performances Birdwatching (2009) and One/Zero (2011), he worked closely with visual artist Erki De Vries. In 2012 he stepped out of the black box in public space. His mobile performance Birdwatching 4×4 was a festival favorite under critics and the general public, and toured for several seasons. He toured with the intimate installation Inter-view (2013) and the sound choreography Hear (2016). For both performances he worked closely with local participants. He is also working on several new installations and performances for the public space.

Benjamin Vandewalle also studies dance education and is a dedicated teacher to children, amateurs, students and professionals. He was a guest teacher at the KASK and the MUDA, made a guest choreography for Passerelle (Kortrijk) and worked through MUZE in several primary schools in Brussels. He collaborated with the dance school Nyakaza in South Africa, set up the Comfusao project in Mozambique and supervised an exchange of P.A.R.T.S. dance students in Senegal. Together with philosopher Jan Cnops and a group of primary school children from Molenbeek he made the documentaries (un)usual and Movements.

Benjamin Vandewalle is Artist in Residence in Kaaitheater from 2017 to 2021.

Micro-sphere

We spend most of our lives on one particular zoom, somewhere between what Pythagoras called the macrocosm (of planets and galaxies) and the microcosm (of smaller parts like our organisms, cells or bacteria). If we zoom in a little bit more than usual and spend some time there, we can discover a whole other world. The maxim “as above, so below” attributed to the mythical father of hermeticism, Hermes Trismegistus, indicates the belief that any change on one level of reality also happens on every other level: the macrocosm mirrors the structure of the microcosm and any emotional trauma has its physical equivalent. Is this not a good reason to take a closer look at what’s actually going on right under our feet?

Studio Cité, an IN SITU Pilot project, has received a creation aid by the ACT project, co- funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The co-producers are Atelier 231 (FR), Festival di Terni (IT), Freedom Festival (UK), La Strada Graz (AT), Lieux publics (FR), Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK), Østfold kulturutvikling (NO), Oerol Festival (NL), Theater op de Markt (BE), UZ Arts (UK)

Concept and direction Benjamin Vandewalle Technical coordination Hans Van Wambeke, Jonas Vanhullebusch Technical support Bjørn Gunnar Otten Technieker on tour Pierre Daugy Technical engineer Joris Festjens Composition Yoann Durant, Laryssa Kim Geluid Gert Aertsen, Leander Schönweger

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Inter-face

“Me, is another else” – Arthur Rimbaud

The German philosopher Thomas Metzinger has shown that the Self is an illusion: not something that exists, but a process that is constantly building up and changing on the basis of phenomenological experiences. So the image we have of our Self is not stable or solid, but fluid, because it is always in projection. With Inter-Face Benjamin Vandewalle creates a mini theatre for the open bar space where everyone is an actor and a spectator. A choreography of light and a transparent mirror make us aware of the fluidity of the image of our Self. As with the illusion of the rubber hand, where patients feel a rubber hand as their own, this installation can make you look at the other as if he were you, and at yourself as if you were an ‘other’.

Concept and direction Benjamin Vandewalle Technical coordination Hans Van Wambeke, Jonas Vanhullebusch Technical support Bjørn Gunnar Otten Technieker on tour Pierre Daugy Technical engineer Joris Festjens Composition Yoann Durant, Laryssa Kim Geluid Gert Aertsen, Leander Schönweger

Studio Cité, an IN SITU Pilot project, has received a creation aid by the ACT project, co- funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The co-producers are Atelier 231 (FR), Festival di Terni (IT), Freedom Festival (UK), La Strada Graz (AT), Lieux publics (FR), Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK), Østfold kulturutvikling (NO), Oerol Festival (NL), Theater op de Markt (BE), UZ Arts (UK)