© Saskia Vanderstichele
b12 summer main event— // —
location: eden***** studios
artistic director KAIHO
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lizards in shoes
Lizards in shoes is geared towards performers with a foundation in physical performance; dance, circus, physical theatre, etc. Over the last decade I have encountered many art-forms that were able to grasp my attention, but the three which I am profoundly trained in are theatre, breaking and contemporary dance. In my classes I incorporate various elements of those different styles, which results in a strong physical way of working. I find it intriguing that even though these styles differ from each another, there are also many similarities to find. I’ve created concepts to connect those styles and let them flow from one into another. there are some concepts that stem from the work as a performer for Peeping Tom, as well as others that I have developed myself as a director of various performances. This workshop will introduce you to those concepts to spark the creativity within yourself, which can help with making and finding your own movements, phrases, qualities, characters, etc. We will glide, spin, flow, melt, freeze, tick, hoover, glitch, and float. My classes have a strong emphasis on floor-work, qualities and states. Don't bring shoes. Or lizards.
please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 24th of march 2023. after the 24th the regular workshop fee applies. applications are accepted up until one day before the workshops starts.
Brandon Lagaert has mainly crafted his signature style as a multidisciplinary performer while working for the internationally renowned dance-theatre company Peeping Tom in the pieces Vader, Moeder, Kind, Dido & Aeneas, and La Visita. As a performer, Lagaert combines elements coming from different disciplines such as urban and contemporary dance, theatre and film, into a unique style. As a director, he often starts from the perspective of a performer to lay down a certain foundation before tackling the overall structure. he does this under the name of his company, KAIHO, of which the award-winning performances Subdued and a slight hint have been an integral part. In 2019 Brandon created the performance Doggy Rugburn for Lithuanian dance company Aura, which is currently still touring nationally. In 2021 he was invited to create for Italian dance company, Equilibro Dinamico, and in 2022 he has created Next Stop, together with the graduating students of the Mime department of the AHK in Amsterdam. Next to creating for the stage, Lagaert has also been working in the film world, where he has choreographed for noteworthy bands, such as Flavien Berger and La Jungle, commissioned by various directors and production companies, such as Czar, KOKORO, Alex Orma and Marine Dricot. In 2023 he will be working as a choreographer on projects such as an evening length solo for Portuguese clown/actor Rui Paixão and a performance for the dance department of the Italian school Paolo Grassi.
KAIHO : A state of involuntary solitude in which the subject feels incompleteness and yearns for something unattainable or extremely difficult and tedious to attain. KAIHO has been founded in order to add a certain coherence to the different outcomes of Brandon Lagaert’s work and to house the different collaborations with artists from diverse backgrounds. His work investigates the borders, similarities, contradictions and relations between polar opposites, such as dance and theatre, body and objects, aesthetic and story. he often works with characters that are compelling because of who they are and the situations they find themselves in. Dance is being used as a medium to help tell the narrative within these alternative personas, which results in more genuine movement qualities. These qualities are mostly drawn from internal conflict and visualised through an external struggle, portrayed through characters who seem confused and confronted by the intimidating fast-changing world around them. Even though Lagaert’s work contains surrealistic elements, they are deeply grounded in realism through the use of personal stories and realistic acting. This ensures the audience has something to grasp on to when experiencing foreign elements and alternative uses of different mediums. The audience will come across a blend of stories, experiences and sensations presented in a way that leaves it up to the spectator to decide what it means.
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