Klaas freek Devos (BE)
Belgian choreographer and art-researcher Klaas freek Devos (1985°) studied contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory, Antwerp (BE). He engaged in academic studies at the University of Antwerp, specializing in the history and theory of staged arts and film. In 2008 he was part of a small generation of performance arts researchers at Apass and refined his investigations in behavioral choreography and forms of being and creating together at P.A.R.T.S.. Devos creates performances that explore the exchange of embodied knowledges and the intimacy of such (mis)understanding.
Klaas freek Devos (BE): Re: FAUN#18 (not made to worry)
In 2018 Klaas freek Devos in collaboration with Nina van de Bent and Quentin Meurisse will develop the intermedial work Re: FAUN#18 (not made to worry). This work for stage is based on a redeveloping of the process that is at the core of L’apres Midi d’un Faun by Stéphane Mallarmé. In 1918 – now one centennial ago – these texts were remediated by Claude Debussy in a Prelude for orchestra and took off on performing stages when it was enriched with a choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. Looking back, L’Apres Midi d’Un Faun was and is a crucial point in the development of Western modern stage arts. Re: FAUN#18 (not made to worry) revisits these cultural topics and artistic methods in a 21st Century setting.
The original creation process is a starting point and creative frame for this new production. One decennia later, three artists decide to collaborate and create anew a tensed performative field between movement, sound, drawing and text. The content of the original performance will be challenged and remade sensitive in the friction between historical recognition and its digital manipulation. Re: FAUN focuses on queer iconology and gives rise to a pre-modern hedonist fairytale, a Romantic impressionist imagination that is manipulated by our contemporary ecology.