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Meg Stuart
Cascade

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  • Live performance
  • Grand Sud
  • 1h50

Cascade

Driven by a fierce energy, the choreographer Meg Stuart and seven dancers try to circumvent the linear passage of time. In a galactic setting, CASCADE slyly subverts gravity and invents new collective balances. 

Immersed in a cosmic set created by Philippe Quesne, the dancers climb, fall, jump, slide, sync and unsync, adapt. At a driving pace, they throw themselves into the unknown, trying to hang on in this unstable environment which keeps pushing them to invent new bodies, new dreams. Two percussionnists play with the rhythms like the dancers play with time: elastic realities which manage to co-exist, layer, synchronize, blurring all the markers and reference points. CASCADE creates a new space-time, suffused with uncertainty, barreling through an organic chaos which becomes its own ecosystem.

Biography(s)

Meg Stuart (US) is a choreographer and dancer, working and living in Berlin (D) and Brussels (B). She founded her own company, Damaged Goods, in Brussels through which she has realized over 30 productions, ranging from solos to large-scale choreographies, site-specific creations and improvisation projects. With each piece, Stuart charts new territories, in collaboration with artists from different creative disciplines and navigates the tension between dance and theatre. Her work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. It is analogous to a constantly shifting identity and constantly redefines itself while searching for new presentation contexts and territories for dance. Meg Stuart received various awards for her oeuvre and practice, amongst others a Bessie Award in 2008 and the Konrad-Wolf-Preis in 2012. In 2018 La Biennale di Venezia awarded her the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in the category of dance. Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods has an ongoing collaboration with Kaaitheater (Brussels) and HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin).

Credits

choreography Meg Stuart
created with and performed by Pieter Ampe, Jayson Batut, Mor Demer, Davis Freeman, Márcio Kerber Canabarro, Renan Martins de Oliveira, Isabela Fernandes Santana
scenography and light design Philippe Quesne
dramaturgy Igor Dobricic
music composition Brendan Dougherty
live music Philipp Danzeisen and Rubén Orio / Špela Mastnak
costume design  Aino Laberenz
text Tim Etchells / Damaged Goods
assistant scenography Elodie Dauguet
assistant costumes and dresser Patty Eggerickx
assistant creation Ana Rocha

technical director Jitske Vandenbussche
assistant technical director Tom De Langhe
light Roeland Schuijten
sound design Vagelis Tsatsis
stage manager Kevin Strik
stagehand Matty Zighem
rehearsal coach Jorge de Hoyos

thanks to Sofia Borges, Francisco Camacho, Jorge de Hoyos, Sofie Durnez, Samuli Emery, Caitlin Fisher, Vincent Malstaf, Giulia Paolucci, Stéphanie Pitiot, Susan Tobiason

production Damaged Goods, Nanterre-Amandiers (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Ruhrtriennale – Festival der Künste 2020

Supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program

co-production December Dance (Concertgebouw and Cultuurcentrum Brugge); Festival d’Automne à Paris, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; théâtre Garonne – scène européenne, Toulouse; Arts Centre Vooruit, Ghent; Perpodium

CASCADE was created with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government. Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods are supported by the Government of Flanders and the Flemish Community Commission.