The performances and installations of Benjamin Vandewalle can be described as experimental spaces, and are rooted in his deep fascination for perception. Dance and stage design, light and sound are mobilized to challenge our everyday perception. The audience and the dancers are constantly put to the test and are actively involved in the performance.
How space and movement affect our perception was the basic question behind the installation performance Birdwatching (2009). The audience was carried on a moving platform across a poetic landscape of white walls and bodies to explore the boundaries of our sense of orientation. In his new creation Birdwatching 4x4 Vandewalle takes his machinery out of the studio and confronts it with our everyday surroundings. Using a mobile observation box, a moveable wall and a handful of dancers, the performance establishes a succession of unexpected angles across the city.
As part of the audience you engage in a particular dialogue with your own living environment. In a game of revealing and concealing you experience everyday reality from different, often unexpected angles. A wall of mirrors generates a new choreography that completely re-designs the relationship between the spectator and the environment. Birdwatching 4x4 always is a unique site-specific performance, a tour through our own living space, its mirror image, and ourselves.
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