Kris Verdonck + Alix Eynaudi

Friday, January 25, 2013

You won’t have to be embarrassed when you fall asleep during EXIT.

Belgian artist Kris Verdonck and choreographer Alix Eynaudi steer the audience’s perception by playing with basic theatrical elements such as light, sound, movement, language, and scenography.

What value does our society attach to relaxation, rest, silence, sleep, and laziness? Are we not caught up more than ever in the relentlessness of production and consumption? These are the central themes behind this research and performance. You are invited to become co-conspirators in this experiment. Pillows will be provided!

Reservations are required 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.

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 2013.

Alix Eynaudi trained as a ballet dancer in the Opéra de Paris and worked in various ballet companies before entering PARTS when the school first opened. In 1996, she joined Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker's company Rosas, participating in the creation of several pieces.

Eynaudi works in Brussels creating her own pieces, including Crystalll, in collaboration with Alice Chauchat (2005), and Supernaturel (2007) and Komposition (2008), in collaboration with Anne Juren, Marianne Baillot, and Agata Maszkiewicz, The Visitants (2008) and Long Long Short Long Short (2009), were done in collaboration with Agata Maszkiewicz.

She has performed with Janez Jansa, Erna Ómarsdóttir, the Superamas, Kris Verdonck, Anne Juren, and Mark Lorimer, among others. She also teaches workshops in Ljubljana, Brussels (PARTS), Zagreb, Vienna (ImPulsTanz), Reykjavik, New York (Panetta Movement Center), and Kopenhagen (Skolen for Moderne Dans/The Danish National School of Contemporary Dance).

January 25, 2013, 7PM

“Sleep is generally considered a waste of time. The way I look at it, sleep is anarchistic, not in the destructive sense, but rather dangerously constructive. Without sleep, our ideas and our knowledge become superficial mass products and therefore easy to set aside. Our ideas become less dangerous. The ensuing contradiction is amazing: by doing nothing at all, man becomes more productive and his knowledge more in-depth, thereby making him less vulnerable in a world that is flooded with information and choices.”
—Kris Verdonck


EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by 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 and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

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