Michiel Vandevelde (BE)
Michiel Vandevelde studied dance and choreography at P.A.R.T.S., Brussels. He is active as a choreographer, curator, writer and editor. As a freelance curator he worked or works for: Extra City Kunsthal, Het Bos, Bâtard festival, Z33, Precarious Pavilions. He is involved as an editor in the Disagree. magazine, and he has written articles for Etcetera, De Witte Raaf, Rekto:Verso, Mister Motley, etc. From 2017 to 2021 Michiel Vandevelde is artist in residence at Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE). In his work he investigates the elements that constitute or obstruct the contemporary public sphere. He explores which other social, economic and cultural alternatives we can imagine in order to question, challenge and transform dominant logics and ways of organizing. He has been developing a variety of projects both in public space and in (performing) arts institutions.
Michiel Vandevelde (BE): Ends of the Worlds
How can we say something about the future through the lens of the past? In ‘Ends of worlds’ choreographer and curator Michiel Vandevelde examines the recent history of western modern and contemporary dance, from Isadora Duncan to Anna Halprin, amongst others. Their dances and choreographies are read as codes and signs from the past that infiltrate the future. Which ideological remains are reflected through these dances? What if the traces of these dances are to survive humankind as we know it? How would they be interpreted?
The year is 0.2300. The bodies of the dancers: reproduced homo sapiens. The stage: a historical reconstruction. The dance: an evocation of a past space-time construct. In five acts of speculation about the past from the future, the present is inevitably reflected upon. Choreography becomes a form of science-fiction. Whilst time traveling, not only is the history of dance misrepresented and reimagined, but also past disasters are remembered.