het Theater Festival

Highlights from the Lowlands 2018

i.s.m. Flanders Arts Institute & Dutch Performing Arts

Flanders Arts Institute, Dutch Performing Arts and TheaterFestival Flanders are joining forces in organising an international visitors’ programme during the next TheaterFestival to be held in Antwerp (BE).

Highlights from the Lowlands is the ideal opportunity to quickly become familiar with an intriguing selection of Flemish and Dutch performing arts productions. The visitors’ programme exclusively targets programmers with a focus on theatre and performance.

The programme includes reflection and inspiration on ‘new-urban creation’, as well as a programme curated by Dries Douibi (Beursschouwburg, Brussels), Marieke De Munck (Vooruit, Ghent), Viktorien Van Hulst (Boulevard Festival, ‘s Hertogenbosch) and Inge Koks (Podium Mozaïek, Amsterdam), different meeting moments and performances from the TheaterFestival’s selection.

Thursday 6 September
In the morning, we start with pitches of, among others, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Lizzie Timmers and Aurelie Di Marino and a showcase of Sachli Gholamalizad. We will also visit an open rehearsal of one of the P.U.L.S.-makers of Toneelhuis (a trajectory in which 4 young theatre directors question, investigate and perform on the big stage).
In the afternoon, Het Bos will welcome us for a reflection programme about new-urban creation, curated by Sofie Joye (Flanders Arts Institute) with contributions by among others Tile Vos/Het Bos, Mestizo Arts Festival/WIPcoop, Quinsy Gario and Chris Keulemans.

Friday 7 September
We start the day with a network brunch, hosting a large number of companies and colleagues from the ‘lowlands’. Afterwards we will explore  the performance ONE. by BOG/Lisa Verbelen and PERMANENT DESTRUCTION – The SK Concert by Naomi Velissariou.

Saturday 8 September
We will visit the vibrant city of Ghent. Some of the city residents of Vooruit will welcome us in the morning: Simon Allemeersch / Lucinda Ra, Elly Van Eeghem Maria Lucia Cruz Correia, Peter Aers and Kloppend Hert. In the afternoon, we move to NTGent, to listen to their new plans and to other Ghent-related artists such as Roland Gunst and Julian Hetzel.In the afternoon CAMPO welcomes us for the newest show of Louis Vanhaverbeke: Mikado Remix.

In the evenings, you attend performances of the TheaterFestival’s selection:

Those who arrive on the 5th can also attend Poquelin II by tg STAN (subtitled in English) and those who stay on the 9th can attend the film/concert Egged On by Music by Cinemaximiliaan or The Nation by Eric De Vroedt/Het Nationale Theater.

The programme contains a selection of contemporary Flemish and Dutch performing arts with an international potential. We will also bring you to a number of inspiring art spaces in Antwerp and have a trip to Ghent. International programmers will attend a large number of performances and presentations in a short period of time and will personally get to know Flemish and Dutch artists and companies.

Practical information
This visitors’ programme is aimed at programmers and directors of performing arts festival and venues only. As an international presenter, you will receive free tickets for the visitors’ programme and the performances on 6, 7 and 8 September of the official selection, complimentary lunches and dinners, and three hotel nights. In return, we ask that you are present during the entire programme and performances of TheaterFestival Flanders.

Please register before 20 July. Please note that the number of participants to the programme is limited.

More information
Interested in participating and available during the full three days? In need of more information?
Marijke De Moor (Flanders Arts Institute) or Kathleen Treier (TheaterFestival Flanders).
For practical matters, please contact
Eva Lesage.


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