Choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle sees trains as huge analogue cameras that film the
landscape they move through. In our era of portable devices, these ongoing landscape-films remain ever more often unnoticed. For EUROPALIA, Vandewalle designed three periscopic devices that offer three different perspectives on the landscape passing by. With these analogue machines made out of wood and mirrors, he choreographs the spectator’s gaze rather than trying to choreograph what is seen. Flipping your body upside down, making you dive into a blurred field of colour, or making you witness the dancing cables above you.
Benjamin Vandewalle studied at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and graduated from P.A.R.T.S., Brussels in 2006. Since the beginning, a central theme in his work has been 'perception'. He creates movement—not only in the performer’s body but also in that of the spectator. His work is about sharing new experiences and perspectives with a large audience. For the performances Birdwatching (2009) and One/Zero (2011), he worked closely with visual artist and scenographer Erki De Vries. In 2012, he stepped out of the black box and into the public space. His mobile performance Birdwatching 4x4 was a festival favorite amongst
audience and critics and toured for several seasons. Later on, he created new works for the black box such as point of view (2013) and Commonground with platform-K (2018), which got selected for het Theaterfestival. Another work that he created is HEAR (2016), which is a sound choreography performed by a choir of 30 volunteers for a blind-folded audience. Right now, Benjamin Vandewalle is touring with his traveling art-fair called Studio Cité (2019), which is a collection of 8 performative installations for the public space that he has been creating the past 6 years.
Concept and direction: Benjamin Vandewalle
Technical support: Gert Aartsen
Music: Yoann Durant
Coproduction: ESoAP Maastricht
Executive production: Caravan Production Brussels