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SOMNIA - P.A.R.T.S. / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jolente De Keersmaeker

Together with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Jolente De Keersmaeker, forty-four dancers enter into a dialogue with the natural landscape, where factors such as sound and silence, light and dark, distance and proximity become a matter of perspective, and where both new possibilities and boundaries emerge. In search of an ecological aesthetic they leave behind the four walls of the theatre for a performance that requires few theatrical interventions and fuse seamlessly with the natural environment.

The woods and the night sky offer the perfect backdrop for the ‘dreams’ to which the title Somnia refers. The first of the dreams is Somnium, a novel by the seventeenth-century astronomer Johannes Kepler, in which science and science fiction merge to show that the planets revolve around the sun in an elliptic orbit. The second dream underpinning the performance is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Combining Shakespeare and Kepler, the dancers explore the intersection of text, dance and music playing with gravity while guided by fantastic stories in a space-time far beyond the borders of urban theatre.

Somnia is the graduation project of PARTS final-year students. It’s the first time that choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who founded the school in 1995, makes a creation with all the PARTS students together.


For this project, she is collaborating with Jolente De Keersmaeker, theatre maker and member of tg STAN.

Somnia is created in the framework of Kunstenfestivaldesarts and will be performed daily between 29 May and 1 June at 8 pm at the castle park of Gaasbeek. This project is made possible with the support of the Agency for Nature and Forests (Agentschap Natuur & Bos) and the Gaasbeek Castle (Kasteel van Gaasbeek).

Because of Somnia’s overwhelming success at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, PARTS is organising an extra series of performances from 5 to 9 June. These extra performances are presented by Kaaitheater. Ticket sales for this extra series are handled exclusively by Kaaitheater.

Somnia during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts: 29 May - 1 June
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Extra series of Somnia in cooperation with Kaaitheater: 5 - 9 June
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Met / Avec / With
Rita Alves (PT), Maureen Bator (FR), Cassandre Cantillon (BE), Calvin Carrier (UK), Wai Lok Chan (HK), Aminata Diallo (FR), Synne Enoksen (NO), Papis Faye (SN), José Fernandez (ES), Carolina Ferreira (PT), Némo Flouret (FR), Rafael Dos Santos (BR), Jonas Gineika (LT), Tessa Hall (NZ), Hanako Hayakawa (JP), Hyeonseok Lee (KR), Thomas Higginson (UK), Mei-Ning Huang (TW), Cheyenne Illegems (BE), Keren Kraizer (IL), Georges Labbat (FR), Robson Ledesma (BR), Eimi Leggett (JP), Ivan Lucadamo (ES), Lydia McGlinchey (AU), Audrey Merilus (FR), Vasco Mirine (MZ), Fouad Nafili (MA), Azusa Namba (JP), Timothy Nouzak (AT), Stanley Ollivier (FR), Alban Ovanessian (FR), Jean-Baptiste Portier (FR), Margarida Ramalhete (PT), Luis Ramirez Munoz (CO), Myriam Rosser (ES), Julia Rubies (ES), Cintia Sebök (HU), Joshua Serafin (PH), Mariana Silva (BR), Judith Van Oeckel (BE), Mooni Van Tichel (BE), Gustavo Vieira (BR), Mamadou Wague (FR)

Gecreëerd met / Créé avec / Created with
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jolente De Keersmaeker

Artistieke assistenten / Assistants artistiques / Artistic assistants

Marie Goudot, Michaël Pomero, Scarlet Tummers

Tekst / Texte / Text
Somnium, Johannes Kepler
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare

Muziek / Musique / Music

naar / d’après / after
The Fairy Queen, Henry Purcell

Arrangementen / Arrangements

Fabian Fiorini, Calvin Carrier, Némo Flouret

Muzikaal advies / Conseil musical / Musical advice

Tom Pauwels

Muzikanten / Musiciens / Musicians

Laurent Blondiau, Lieve De Sadeleer, Isabel Favilla, Benjamin Postal, Kinga Ludvai

Stemcoach / Assistance vocale / Voice coach

Lucy Grauman, Fabienne Seveillac

Natural Movement

Aron Blom

Kostuums / Costumes

Lila John

Assistentie Kostuums / Assistante costumes / Costumes assistant

Heide Vanderieck

Productieassistente / Assistante à la production / Production assistant

Sien Van Dycke

Vuur / Feu / Fire

Corentin Hannon, Dries Kestemont

Technici / Techniciens / Technicians

Steven Peeters, Herman Venderickx

Keuken / Cuisine / Kitchen

Wieke Nelissen, Sureshkumar Rajendran, Carole Sainte-Marie, Petronella van der Hallen

P.A.R.T.S.
Lief Bigare, Etienne Bracke, Johanna Buys, Jens Buysschaert, Sandra Da Costa, Steven De Belder, Laura De Bie, Els De Meyer, Maria Leandro, Steven Peeters, Manon Santkin, Naomi Solomaniuck, Charlotte Vandevyver, Sien Van Dycke, Theo Van Rompay, Sandy Williams, Czeslaw Wnorowski

Locatie / Lieu / Location
Kasteelpark Gaasbeek

Productie / Production

P.A.R.T.S.

Coproductie / Coproduction

Rosas, tg STAN, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Agentschap Natuur & Bos, Kasteel van Gaasbeek

Presentatie / Presentation

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater, Agentschap Natuur & Bos, Kasteel van Gaasbeek

Dank aan / Remerciements / Thanks to

Kuno Bakker, Bart Coen, De gemeente Lennik, Hugo De Greef, De Groentelaar met Tijs Boelens, Nicolas Naessens en Sander Van Haver, De School van Gaasbeek, Drinks Limbourg, Juan Díaz Dorronsoro, Eva Fillet, Jade Fillet, Rone Fillet, Steven Fillet, Thomas Hertog, Ictus, Floor Keersmaekers, Emilie Kino, Luc Mishalle, Klaas Tindemans

Rehearsal picture: Anne Van Aerschot

More information about the Park of Gaasbeek and its Museum Garden

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