25.08.2019

Encounter with… urban renewal

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Bruges' Koninklijke Stadsschouwburg, we look back at the fascinating history of this Royal City Theatre and examine the role it still has to play today. In 2001 the Stadsschouwburg (1869) was thoroughly restored. It is one of the best preserved municipal theatres in Europe. Crystal chandeliers, red carpets and velvet folding seats take us back to the glamour of the past. But times change. Is a municipal theatre more than just a venue? Could it also be a catalyst for urban renewal? And what do other organisations think about this?

Discussion

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Bruges’ Koninklijke Stadsschouwburg, we look back at the fascinating history of this Royal City Theatre and examine the role it still has to play today. In 2001 the Stadsschouwburg (1869) was thoroughly restored. It is one of the best preserved municipal theatres in Europe. Almost daily it is a venue for (inter)national concerts and performances. Crystal chandeliers, red carpets and velvet folding seats take us back to the glamour of the past. But times change. More and more city theatres are evolving into open houses, places where culture can be actively experienced and where, alongside the traditional productions, there is also room for improvisation and participation. Is a municipal theatre more than just a venue? Could it also be a catalyst for urban renewal? And what do other organisations think about this? During this last Encounter with…experiences, ideas and dreams are exchanged.

Sunday 25 August 2019, 11.00h

Dutch

  • Jan Dekeyser

    °1961, Ghent [BE]

    Jan Dekeyser works as an architect with NO4MAD | architectuur and as an artistic creative with IN VITRO | music theatre. He alternates architecture with scenography and (lighting) installations that he designs for a variety of (theatre) productions, including several performances by Jan Fabre. In 2005 he rebuilt the former Ringtheaterin the Antwerp working-class district of Seefhoek to create Troubleyn, a laboratory for theatre and performance that is also the operating base of Jan Fabre and his company.

     

  • Peter Roose

    °1958, Bruges [BE]

    Peter Roose is Acting Artistic Director at Cultuurcentrum Brugge, where he is also in charge of cultural programming for theatre and music. After having covered culture and court cases for 15 years as a journalist for the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, he spent some time as Director of the De Brouckère Cultural Centre in Torhout. During Bruges 2002, he curated Format 2002, a festival celebrating new digital technologies in the performing arts.

     

  • Steven Slos

    °1975, Bruges [BE]

    Steven Slos is a historian by training. Since 2000, he has been Cultural Policy Coordinator of the City of Bruges, in charge of coordinating Bruges’s cultural events. In 2002, he helped to set up the non-profit organisation Brugge Plus, a key player in the planning of the city’s cultural life.

     

Performance

A chair and a wood saw, that’s all the ladies of Reckless Sleepers need to get us completely engrossed in their performance A string section. On Sunday 25 August this Anglo-Belgian theatre company will descend on the square in front of the Stadsschouwburg, where they will then proceed to turn their chairs into firewood: a visceral and compelling open-air performance that continues until they literally don’t have a leg left to sit on.

 

Sunday 25 August 2019, 15.00h

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