Following the unforgettable Uit de Bol / Coup de Choeurs, our closing event, Jan Goossens, who is stepping down as director, looks back at 15 years at the KVS in this letter to you, our audience. Not without pride, but also grateful and self-critical, and with a glimpse of the future of the KVS and Brussels.
The KVS team wishes Jan all the best.
> Read We have moved a mountain
“Badke” begins in the dark, where signs of life are heard, not seen. But neither the setting nor the subject matter leaves you unaware for long. As the stage reverberates with the sound of punctuated stomps, claps and the occasional whoop, the lights slowly illuminate the scene: 10 dancers with their backs to us hopping in sync. Who doesn’t love a good folk dance?
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As from 1 May 2016 you can book tickets for Cold Blood (Jaco Van Dormael and Michèle Anne De Mey) and all the other productions that are on at the KVS in the 2016-17 season.
Stay up to date by visiting the KVS site regularly for more news!
Jan Goossens was truly infuriated by the fact that the KVS had to cancel two performances because of the terror threat. But as long as we think we can make a mess of things in Africa, the Middle East and our own cities without risking fallout, anti-terror measures are virtually pointless.
> Read the article, published in De Standaard
Three years of siege, famine and bombing of his Damascus refugee camp didn't kill celebrated Palestinian musician Aeham al-Ahmad, but something died inside him the day militants burnt his beloved piano in front of his eyes. It was then that Ahmad, whose music had brought consolation, even a bit of joy, to Yarmouk camp's beleaguered residents, decided to join thousands of others and seek refuge in Europe.
> Read the article on Ma'an News Agency
The film Our City by Maria Tarantino was awarded the director’s prize at the Milano Film Festival with the following motivation:
‘For the ability to transfigure the actual Brussels into a kaleidoscope of ideal cities thanks to a gaze that is always discrete and one step removed. Thus, the city becomes a camera obscura where personal nostalgia and collective unease are projected, a place where legitimate aspirations and the ruthless workings of the European machine coexist.’
Our City plays on 12 December at the KVS.
Kiripi Katembo Siku died in Kinshasa on 6th August. He was a major photographer, film-maker and film producer. He occupied a prominent position in the artistic life of the Congo and his work was highly regarded internationally too.
His death was a serious blow to his family and friends, and for all the artists with whom he worked. It was also a great shock to the KVS. He engaged in activities with us in both the Congo and Belgium.