The festival Tanz in Bern is cancelled!
Dampfzentrale and all theatres in the canton of Bern will be shut down until the 23rd of November. This includes the cancellation of all performances.
 
We were looking forward to our yearly ray of light and to getting together with you, our audience. Until the last possible moment we were hoping that Tanz in Bern could happen. «Dear Darkness» caught up with us on the evening before the opening. 

«Break the hand brake and roll the wheels [..] roll on» is how this evening’s song starts. As soon as the handbrake is released, the moving in circles begins. Movement here is the promise of a never-ending swirling dance. Miet Warlop uses instruments, cigarettes and song lyrics to present her version of the whirling dance associated with dervishes. In Sufi ceremonies, this movement is performed to reach a state of religious ecstasy. In «Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break» this becomes an experiment in perception for the audience and the dancers, creating a feeling of dizziness but also a reflection of what true movement really is.

Biography

Miet Warlop has been one of Belgium’s most famous artists since graduating in Multimedial Arts from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent. She has received numerous awards for her works. For instance, «Mystery Magnet» received the 2012 Stückemarkt award at the Berlin Theatertreffen. Her works of visual and installation art stretch and cross genre boundaries.


Please note the general obligation to wear masks at all indoor events of Tanz in Bern. Further information here.

Concept and direction: Miet Warlop. Performance: Wietse Tanghe, Joppe Tanghe, Miet Warlop. Music: Pieter Demeester, Wietse Tanghe, Miet Warlop. Lyrics: Raimundas Malasauskas, Miet Warlop, Pieter De Meester. Technique and Production: Arno Truyens, Bennert Vancottem. Sound Engineer: Bart Van Hoydonck. Light Design: Henri Emmanuel Doublier. Costumes: Karolien Nuyttens.
Fotocredits: Reinout Hiel.