Andrade


Artist: Michiel Vandevelde
Country: Belgium
Type: Dance / Performance
Year of creation: 2017


In 1928, the Brazilian artist and theorist Oswald de Andrade wrote his famous Manifesto Antropófago (Cannibal Manifesto). This manifesto advocates to not reject the culture of those that colonised Brazil, but rather to eat this culture, digest it and shit it out in a different version. Europe has always been colonizing. Yet, Vandevelde, inspired by the work of Andrade, asks: what could we, as citizens, consider invasive in the western public space?

Through different performances Vandevelde has been cannibalizing (or reappropriating) dance materials from popular videoclips. He places this vocabulary in juxtaposition with appropriated texts. It started with Love songs (veldeke) (2013, fABULEUS), where, together with a group of nine youngsters, the foundation for the dance vocabulary (based on reappropriation) was made. In the solo Antithesis, the future of the image (2015) Vandevelde went deeper into the vocabulary and its transformations and placed it in contrast with projected texts about the relation between the image, technology and ideology. In Our times (2016) the superficiality of the same dance vocabulary is explored while the performers reflect on the status of thought in our contemporary societies.

In the solo, Andrade, danced by Bryana Fritz, only the cannibalized dance remains. The vocabulary is explored in its abstraction. The piece will be a synthesis of the dance materials, and the different music being used in the performances mentioned before. A total remix in order to arrive at an illogic, bizarre, unnameable dance belonging to a culture yet to be discovered.



CREDITS

Choreography
Michiel Vandevelde


Performed by
Bryana Fritz


Costumes
Lila John


Light design
Michiel Vandevelde
Tom Bruwier


Technique
Michiel Vandevelde
Tom Bruwier


Feedback
Dries Douibi
Esther Severi
Kristof van Baarle
Maria Rossler


Production
Disagree vzw 


Co-production
Kaaitheater 


Management
Klein Verzet vzw


Distribution
Something Great


Residencies
Kaaitheater
Pianofabriek 
Vooruit 
STUK
PACT Zollverein


Supported by
Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

Photographs: Andrade © Clara Hermans