Photos by © Kurt Van der Elst

Paradise Now (1968-2018)

Artist: Michiel Vandevelde
Country: Belgium
Genre: Dance / Performance
Year of creation: 2018

Paradise now (1968-2018) is a performance with 13 youngsters. The legendary performance Paradise now from The Living Theatre serves as a starting point. Michiel Vandevelde looks with a new generation of youngsters to how the world has evolved during these 50 years between 1968 and 2018.

What has remained from the questions, desires and values of the sixties? How were ideas developed during the past years? How do the youngsters look to this history and how would they see their future? 

In this new creation Vandevelde looks back in order to be able to say something about the future. In a world where ideology has been defeated, where climate change is a concrete threat to our existence, and where digital technology had drastically reshaped public discourse, it seems no longer possible to think the future. And yet, when 13 youngsters scan through 50 years of history, in a wild choreography of iconic images, maybe new perspectives open up.


Michiel Vandevelde

Zulaa Antheunis
Sarah Bekambo
Jarko Bosmans
Bavo Buys
Wara Chavarria
Judith Engelen
Abigail Gypens
Lore Mertens
Anton Rys
Margot Timmermans
Bo Van Meervenne
Esra Verboven
Aron Wouters

Lila & John

Choreographic assistance
Zoë Dumoustier

Kristof van Baarle

Esther Severi, Dries Douibi


STUK (Leuven - BE)