Bâtard Festival 2015: Closing the space between us

Bâtard Festival 2015: Closing the space between us

3, 4 & 5 December at Beursschouwburg I 9 - 12 december in Amsterdam

Thursday, November 12, 2015 — For a while, the future of the annual Bâtard Festival in the balance, as back in the summer, we heard that the annual project grant was cancelled for this platform that gives emerging artists opportunities and bags of energy. Despite this, the edition of 2015 will take place, iextended ánd shrinking at the same time! 

 

Extended? 

Besides a Brussels edition Beursschouwburg, on December 3, 4 & 5, an Amsterdam equivalent is being staged the week after, 9 through 12 December, with the Veem House for Performance being the place to be.

Also, Bâtard Festival gives a carte blance to partner Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, a workspace for artists for different artistic disciplines, to present a programme in the rooftop space of Beursschouwburg (a.k.a. Zilveren Zaal) at the beginning of each evening. 

Shrinking?

This year, Bâtard is no longer taking up the entire building of Beursschouwburg, but will be operating from a single space: the theatre hall (a.k.a. Gouden Zaal). The Bâtard headquarters will be a hotbed for loving, but poignant protests, a safe haven for dangerous ideas, a fortress surrounded by urban commotion. In this space, all Bâtard projects find a home.

The theatre hall serves as a microcosm, a multipurpose room as a political metaphor. The festival turns back on itself, goes underground and gives birth to a whole gang of bastards. Bâtard Festival will be a truly artistic guerrilla. Reculer pour mieux sauter! 

Also, this year a suppost pass of €15 (instead of €10 for a normal ticket) will be offered for sale. This extra cash will help Bâtard Festival to cover at least some of the extra production costs. This year's - donwsized - edition of Bâtard Festival could only be realised with the financial support of Beursschouwburg, Flemish Community Commission (Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie - VGC), Flemish-Dutch House deBuren and The Performing Arts Fund (NL). 

Enter with us this shared, occupied and brooding space and let us bridge distances during three varied Bâtard evenings. Happen upon the work and thoughts of both old friends and new faces, including:

Bryana Fritz / Christoffer Schieche (Brussels)
Clement Layés (Amsterdam)
Critical practice group (Amsterdam)
Daniel Blanga-Gubbay (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Dittrich Frydetzki / Dreit / Flegel / Froelicher / Grief / Melzer / Worpenberg (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Hamza Halloubi (Amsterdam)
Hana Miletic (Brussels)
Jaha Koo (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Louis Vanhaverbeke / Oneka von Schrader (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Metahaven (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Nathan Fain / Maria Rößler (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Scripted Reality (Brussels/Amsterdam)

Stijn Demeulenaere (via Pianofabriek)
Veli Lehtovaara (via Pianofabriek)

The full programme will be soon available via the website of Beursschouwburg

With the support of: Beursschouwburg, deBuren, VGC, Performing Arts Fund in Amsterdam. 

Bryana Fritz / Christoffer Schieche (Brussels)
Dittrich Frydetzki / Dreit / Flegel / Froelicher / Grief / Melzer / Worpenberg (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Hana Miletic (Brussels)
Dittrich Frydetzki / Dreit / Flegel / Froelicher / Grief / Melzer / Worpenberg (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Jaha Koo (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Metahaven (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Nathan Fain / Maria Rößler (Brussels/Amsterdam)
Unser Arm gegen uns: Tilman Aumüller, Jacob Bussmann, Bettina Földesi, Ruth Schmidt / ScriptedReality (Brussels/Amsterdam)