Benjamin Vandewalle derails the daily choreography of public space by investing the train station with dance and musical improvisation. In the course of five days, during peak hours, four dancers and a musician engage in an improvised intervention that “hacks” the everyday routine of commuters and day-trippers. Their durational presence in the station pierces a hole in the quotidian fabric. Trains become giant cameras on rails as they drive slowly along the platform. The streams of people getting in and out of trains and waiting travellers become part of an improvised choreography that makes the often-unnoticed, daily choreographies more visible.
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.
Performances: 8:00-11:00 and 16:00-19:00
Concept and direction: Benjamin Vandewalle
Performers: Barbara Pereyra, Lola Vera, Lucia Nieto Vera, Timothy Nouzak, Benjamin Vandewalle
Music: Pak Yan Lau
Coproduction: EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS, Kaap Ostend-Bruges
Executive production: Caravan Production Brussels