Behind the project
— Benjamin Vandewalle on 'Off-Track'
© Benjamin Vandewalle

For Off-track, dancer-choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle designed four periscopic devices that offer four different perspectives on the landscape passing by: a choreographic performance in which the spectator plays the leading role. EUROPALIA asked Benjamin Vandewalle a few questions about this special project.

installation Off-track fits the festival’s theme TRAINS & TRACKS perfectly. Can you elaborate on that?
Benjamin Vandewalle (BVDW):
Off-track reflects the train’s potential as an installation: passengers take their places in a gigantic camera that allows them to observe the landscape from their individual perspectives.

What associations does the ‘train’ evoke in you?
The train is also an installation, a kind of enlarged camera obscura. In addition, time stands still. It’s an in-between space.

Off-track plays with people’s perceptions, why this interest?
We perceive life from our own perspective, but I strongly believe that it’s good to show that different realities exist side by side. It can even be refreshing to turn our day-to-day view of reality upside down for a moment or create an ‘overview effect’. You will also find a connection to dance in all my installations. It’s always about physicality, about the connections between the spiritual and the physical.

— Ostend-Eupen train

06 11 2021 - 11:00

IC 510 Bruges (10:57) - Eupen (13:43) 
IC 537 Eupen (14:17) - Bruges (17:01)

05 03 2022 - 11:00

IC 510 Ostend (10:44) - Eupen (13:43) 
IC 537 Eupen (14:17) - Brussels-Central (15:55)

02 04 2022 - 11:00

03 04 2022 - 11:00

16 04 2022 - 11:00

07 05 2022 - 11:00


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