Photography :  © Chris Van der Burght
i see you

Meanwhile, for example, I watch. It keeps me busy. And present. Not that one always comes closer, often looking distantiates us. Not that that's bad. The happiest looking sees the seclusion of all. A contradictory glow rises from it. That glow keeps me busy.

Bernard Dewulf

i see you

is a diptych

about perception
about watching as a question and watching as an answer
about the look that shackles and divides
about the wild tenderness and the soft violence a look can contain

A first part: a child, an old man and choreographer Joke Laureyns. Connected and separated at the same time in watching one another. One as the shadow, the echo, the double of the other. A hand, a face, a back are minutely spotlighted and become eye-catchers like in a painting. All grown still movements.

Then a second part: a child, an old woman and choreographer Kwint Manshoven. They, too, are connected in watching one another. A second painting. More exuberant, more baroque, louder than the first. Contrasting and complementary.

Together: a dance created by two creators who have collaborated as an inseparable duo for many years and who will now for the first time work separately. They share a theme, a starting point, a space: i see you is about watching and being watched.

Who do I see, when I look at you?
And who, when I look at myself?
Do we see the same things?
What changes between us when we're being watched?

i see you is a poetic show about observation, about loneliness versus connectedness, about the question whether looking carefully brings us closer together or further apart. It's a show built out of contrasts and additions, about affecting and being affected, about the game between generations, between the audience and the performers, between the people and both parts of the show.

"Prepare yourself for pure dances of cherishing, affection, consolation and stillness. (...) Softly drawn, without too much colour or form. But definitely touching and crystal clear in their simplicity." (Knack)

Photography : © Kurt Van der Elst

Season 2011-2012

20/02/2012 19h Krokusfestival, cc Hasselt
23/02/2012 20h Brut, Wenen, festival Szene Bunte Wähne
24/02/2012 10h Brut, Wenen, festival Szene Bunte Wähne
17/03/2012 20h Kopergietery Rabot, Gent
18/03/2012 17h Kopergietery Rabot, Gent
19/03/2012 10h/14h Kopergietery Rabot, Gent
20/03/2012 10h/14h Kopergietery Rabot, Gent
24/03/2012 15h Tweetaktfestival, Utrecht
17/04/2012 13h45 cc De Warande, Turnhout
19/04/2012 20h15 cc De Werft, Geel
22/05/2012 13h40 cc De Spil, Roeselare
26/05/2012 13h/17h BIBU festival, Lund, SE

Season 2012-2013

12/10/2012 14h/20h cc De Ploter, Ternat
19/10/2012 19h30 Tramway, Glasgow (SCO)
20/10/2012 14h/19h30 Tramway, Glasgow (SCO)
16/11/2012 20h cc Stadsschouwburg, St-Niklaas
18/11/2012 16h Dampfzentrale, Bern (CH)
19/11/2012 10h Dampfzentrale, Bern (CH)
18/01/2013 19h30 cc Muze Heusden-Zolder
27/01/2013 17h De Velinx, Tongeren
28/01/2013 13h De Velinx, Tongeren
08/02/2013 19h30 cc Maasmechelen
13/02/2013 19h Roubaix (F)
14/02/2013 10h/14h30 Roubaix (F)
22/02/2013 19h30 de Herbakker, Eeklo
08/03/2013 10h/14h Apt (F)
09/03/2013 20h30 Apt (F)
25/09/2013 20h Explosive festival, Bremen (D)

Choreography Joke Laureyns & Kwint Manshoven
Dance Joke Laureyns, Philippe Flachet, Nini Dormaels, Kwint Manshoven, Kristina Neirynck, Elisa Palm
Scenography, Lighting designer Kris Van Oudenhove
Dramaturgy Mieke Versyp
Music and sound direction Niko Hafkenscheid
Technique Kris Van Oudenhove & Bart Westerduin

Supported by the Flemish Community and many thanks to Vooruit,
Les Ballets C de la B, Kopergietery, TAKT dommelhof, Campo and Krokusfestival