Monument Monument to the end of Western hegemony.
At a time when controversy surrounds colonial memorials, the West’s most recent dominance is beginning to show signs of collapse. Russia, and Asian economic giants are breathing down our neck. In Africa, China is fast becoming the new imperialist power and Islamic nations, thanks to migrants living here, exert a growing influence on Western culture. This calls for a new vision of our role in the world.
In collaboration with the Western Hegemony National Monument Committee and the city of Utrecht, a cenotaph is to be erected on the Neude in 2018. SPRING marks the beginning of its construction.
A genial identity crisis
In 2007, three Slovenian artists joined the conservative Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and officially changed their names to that of the leader of the party, the Prime Minister of Slovenia at the time, Janez Janša. While they renamed themselves for personal reasons, the boundaries between their lives and their art began to blur in numerous and unforeseen ways. They turned their lives into an ongoing performance and their art into a powerful means to question rituals and conventions, and to discuss the status and function of identity-related objects such as signatures, passports, and credit cards. Don’t miss this classic of artivist performance lecture!
The city through a new lens
Festival favourite Benjamin Vandewalle is taking us on a stroll around the city this year. After looking his audience dead in the eye in inter-view (SPRING 2015), he is now controlling his audience’s gaze. In a choreographed walk he creates a number of tableaux vivants that will change the way his visitors see the city. Walking the Line explores the possibilities offered by collective movement and positioning in public space. With a different and unique turn of events each time, Vandewalle points out the rigidity of our behaviours, attitudes and actions in public space.
Revue dances in the streets of Kanaleneiland? A girl dance group (including boys) between apartment block and shopping mall? Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner has his reasons. He draws a parallel between the 1920s, characterized by rapid developments based on standardisations and seriality and the starting point for modern urban life. 1920s dance mirrors the developments of its time with aesthetic revue dance and girl troups with synchronized formation dances. Dorner puts this into today’s city life. Inviting the audience on a tour through Kanaleneiland he reflects with „naive“ dances on our fast times.