We are always social bodies. (A. T. Keersmaeker)

There is nothing more contemporary than the body. It is literally "here and now". A body always carries the memory of human experiences. You are constantly engaged with the relationship between impression and expression, with what comes in from the outside and vice versa.

 In the 1980s there was a different relationships with the spectacular, the popular and the commercial too. Part of the sector was considered to be l`art savant and the other side was popular culture, so it was culture with either a big or a small "c". They were two seperate worlds. And it was only the "difficult" art that qualified for subsidies. Nowadays thre are a number of choreographers who are much more involved in spectacular and popular work but proclaim their questing and experimental approach in the way their work looks. The mixture wasn`t like that in the past. In certain countries, mainly Anglo-Saxon, where there is a longer tradition of music halls and the entertainment business, this fusion did happen more naturally. But that`s not our background. Today you can see a movement in two directions. On the one hand you have more choreographic work that is spectacular and essentially commercial, and on the other yu see that the commercial market is taking inspiration from and making use of the experimental. The associated interaction between private and government funding is also an extremely difficultbalancing act, especially when the liberal market economy dominates everything, as it does now.

What role do you give the government and what position does the government give art. Do we consider that the government has a duty not only to provide material prosperity, but also to look after the mental health of the population and to play an active partin protecting the public sphere. This is a matter of a vision and a view of people, not only thinking in terms of economic yield, but concerning basic values. This notion is currently under a great deal of pressure. What is it to be? Art as pure entertainment  that is primarily consumer-oriented, or art as wander and a questioning of reality? This is at the same time the whole dilemma of Europe and Western Culture.


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