Welcome to my funeral, a new creation by Brandon Lagaert for Equilibrio Dinamico Dance Company, will address the increasingly blurring of the borders between reality and the virtual world.
Our dependency connected to technology has completely changed the way we relate to others and the physical world around us.
The virtual world is becoming increasingly more realistic with haptic feedback, artificial intelligence and algorithms learning from human input.
How do we as humans use technology to feed our own egos? How do we use technology to form unique bonds with others? How do we use technology to manipulate strangers?/p>
Brandon Lagaert has mainly crafted his signature style as an artist while working for the internationally renowned dance-theatre company Peeping Tom as a multidisciplinary performer in the pieces Vader, Moeder, Kind, Dido & Aeneas and La Visita. 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 Mondo Fuso have been an integral part. In 2019 he created the performance Doggy Rugburn for Lithuanian dance company Aura and in 2022 he created Next Stop with the graduating students of the Mime department of the AHK in Amsterdam.
Equilibrio Dinamico Dance Company, founded in 2011 by its current artistic director Roberta Ferrara, took centre stage as a unicum in the landscape of Italian dance. From the beginning, Roberta Ferrara strived to build an international repertoire company, calling on several choreographers to create new works for the young and talented group. Jiří Pokorný, Igor Kirov, Matthias Kass, Clément Bugnon, Marco Blázquez, Riccardo Buscarini, Aida Vanieri are just some of the choreographers that created the company’s cahier de danse. The company stages its productions in countries such as the United States, Mexico, Singapore, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Albania, Kosovo, India, Japan, Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, thanks to an effective exchange network with Europe and Asia.
choreography: Brandon Lagaert
artistic assistant: Sara Angelucci
music: Felix Machtelinckx
dancers: Alessandro Ottaviani, Anabel Barotte Moreno, Olivia Grassot, Tonia Laterza
light designer: Alessandro Caso
costumes: Franco Colamorea
management and executive production: Vincenzo Losito
production assistant: Alessia Cofone
production: Equilibrio Dinamico
co-production: Fondazione Fabbrica Europa, ResExtensa/Centro di produzione della danza Porta d’Oriente
with the support of Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto
May 12, 2023 | Fonderia, Reggio Emilia
May 13, 2023 | Centrale Montemartini, Rome
May 14, 2023 | Teatro Kismet, Bari
June 4, 2023 | Primavera dei Teatri – Teatro Sybaris, Castrovillari (Cosenza)
[photo: Claudio Montanari, detail]