7/05 KFDA Reflection Day #1: “Protection”


7/05 – 13:30  > 17:15, Les Brigittines

With a source of inspiration by Toshiki Okada, an interview with Cathy Blisson, a performance and a workhop by  Rodrigo Sobarzo, a lecture by Shahram Khosravi, and an artistic presentation by Arkadi Zaides.

In collaboration with SNDO (School for New Dance Development at de Theaterschool / Amsterdam University of Arts) & Research Group THEA – Theatricality & the Real (ULB, VUB, RITCS)

Admission free

When the man entered the cave for shelter, he suddenly turned this place into an emblem of the search for protection. Since then, the cave has become above all a place of concealment, but also a visible emblem of today’s search of invisibility.
If the cave reminds us that every protection marks a line between an inside and an outside, between what is protected and that from which it protects, this encounter invites us to think together about the notion of protection. What about going in the cave not to find protection, but rather to question protection?

While we are storing our nuclear waste into the depths of our earth, trying to allow it to transgress time itself, we have allowed the nuclear to challenge human discourses on protection as long as mankind will live, and to define our image of threat: invisible, irreversible and out of control. But what if these threatening categories of natural and nuclear catastrophes, are also used to describe political situations? Does this fatalism of a disaster – invisible, irreversible and out of control – move elsewhere and contribute in constructing other narratives, such as the current one on migration movements?
After letting emerge the spectre of the nuclear with Toshiki Okada, Rodrigo Sobarzo, Cathy Blisson and the work of Berlin, the core of the afternoon questions the narrative of protection of a continent. Within different formats, Iranian scholar Shahram Khosravi and artist Arkadi Zaides investigate the relationship between borders and movement, to eventually open a reflection on the interstices where Europe is not simply seen as a place that protects its borders, but a place in which a protection is possible.

13:30-13:45 (Chapel)         Introduction: The Chance to Recover Our Humanity

13:45-14:15 (Chapel)         Fragments of BERLIN’s Zvizdal [Chernobyl – So Far So                     Close]     and a conversation with dramaturg Cathy                         Blisson

14:15-14:45 (Chapel)         SHIELD), a performance by Rodrigo Sobarzo

14:45-15:00    Break

15:00-15:45 (Foyer)         Shahram Khosravi, Before the Border: Visibility and                     Invisiblizing

After a Q&A the audience can choose between an artistic presentation by Arkadi Zaides, including a dialogue with Shahram Khosravi, and a workshop given by Rodrigo Sobarzo.

15:45-17:15 (Foyer)            TALOS in progress  #1 Movement & Limitation
By Arkadi Zaides in collaboration with Frédérique Vansteenwegen, Nienke Scholts, Claire Bisson, Simge Gücük, Culture Crew and Key Performance. The                         presentation is followed by a conversation between Arkadi Zaides and Shahram Khosravi.

15:45-17:15 (Chapel)         SHIELD)S, a workshop by Rodrigo Sobarzo