Ballard

Kris Verdonck

A Two Dogs Company

September 7, 2013

After spending three weeks in residence, Belgian theater maker and visual artist Kris Verdonck invites the audience to an open studio and lecture demonstration of his innovative stereoscopic (3D) filming techniques developed with the EMPAC team. The presentation will provide insight into the microcosmic sets built on the theater stage, and a behind-the-scenes look at the development process.

BALLARD inhabits the world and characters from the apocalyptic science-fiction novels of J.G. Ballard, whose visionary descriptions of a future world resemble today’s neoliberal society more and more.

Verdonck’s visual arts, architecture, and theater training is reflected in the work he produces: his creations are situated in the transit zone between visual arts and theater, installation and performance, and dance and architecture.

Reservations are recommended and can be made in person at the box office or over the phone at 518.276.3921.
Tickets will be available for pick-up starting at 5PM the evening of the performance; they must be claimed by 6:45PM or they will be released.

Curator:: 
Ash Bulayev

Kris Verdonck’s visual arts, architecture, and theater training is reflected in the work he produces: his creations are situated between visual arts and theater, installation and performance, and dance and architecture. He has directed theater productions and produced various installations, including a.o. 5 (2003), Catching Whales Is Easy (2004), and II (2005). Verdonck often presents combinations of different installations/performances as variations. The first, Stills, consisting of gigantic projections, was created in 2006. In 2007, he created the theatrical installation I/II/III/IIII. In 2008, END premiered during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. Variation IV, a combination of seven installations was shown during the Avignon Festival in 2008. In 2010, Verdonck finished the circuit performance Actor #1, which shows three variations on a theme from chaos to order. K, a Society, a circuit of installations and projections inspired by the work of Franz Kafka, premiered at Theater der Welt 2010 in Essen, Germany, in 2010. In 2011, Verdonck presented two research projects: TALK explored language, while EXIT, created with dancer and choreographer Alix Eynaudi and musician Rutger Zuydervelt, tackled theater as a medium. In 2011, the first solo exhibition of his work, EXHIBITION #1 was shown together with a new work, EXOTE. In 2012/13, Verdonck is presenting M, a Reflection, a theater piece based on texts of Heiner Müller and performed by Johan Leysen. He is currently working on H, an Incident, based on the work of Russian writer and dissident Daniil Kharms. H, an Incident will premiere in May 2013 during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels.

Dates: 
Discussion
Ballard
Theater
September 7, 2013, 7PM
DATES + TIMES

"To 'deform' all objects in the world into one kind of measurement… It has to do with fascism: somebody has one idea (one ideology), and everything / everyone has to obey this law, even if it sucks life out of everything. if you do not want to obey, you will die. So yes, a lot of fun to understand how the postmodern human being is being 'molded' to a same measurement. Or wants to be 'molded'" Kris Verdonck

Press: 

EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA