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“All is falling.”
Bas Jan Ader
Calculated Risk by artist-equilibrist Kasper Vandenberghe consists of three intimately intertwined parts: The Ritual, The Installation and The Story. The course is a poetic search for how vulnerable we can still allow ourselves to be and how we can understand vulnerability as a force. How can we whitstand the storm of live? Vandenberge dances on the loose rope between two deeply human desires: the desire for balance versus a bottomless leap into the unknown.
During The Ritual, he climbs on a scaffolding clad in a protective suit made of mattress padding and bubble wrap and then drops down like a rock from a height of 4.20 meters. It is calculated recklessness. It is an ode to the fragility and extraordinary resilience that reveals the kinship between the creative artist and the playing child. Every one of Vandenberghe’s steps is accompanied by a text from Peter Verhelst.
The Installation reveals the monks' work behind his meticulous research into trial and error. Finally, during The Story he discusses various aspects of the calculated risk. He reports on his conversations with professionals such as a circus artist, hypnotist and insurer and testifies of what is perhaps the most important risk factor in our lives: love. And because of a delayed assembly of his fall movement, Vandenberghe's entire enterprise suddenly appears in a different light.
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A production by: movedbymatter / Kasper Vandenberghe – Concept, direction and performance: Kasper Vandenberghe – Text The Ritual: Peter Verhelst – Scenography: Pepijn Gyssels – Construction: Rico Naessens – Motion engineer: Wiebe Van Gansbeke – Physical coaches: Arne Sabbe, Simon Bruyninckx – Research: Fisheye team – Costume design: Kasia Mielczarek – Text The Story: Kasper Vandenberghe – Camera and montage: Pieter Van Campe – Sound design: Frederik De Clercq – Dramaturgy: Matthias Velle – Artistic advice: Katrien Bruyneel – Technique: Randy Thielemans – Technical advice: Philip Van de Gehuchte – Production manager: Yacoba Corral Davalos – Financial director: Wouter Vermeylen – Financial advice: Wim Viaene – Photography: Kris Dewitte, Thomas Nolf – Co-production: C-takt, workspacebrussels – With the support of: Abriso, the Belgian tax shelter, the Flemish Community Commission Circus Decree, Fisheye, SONHOUSE Sound Production Agency – Residency: arts centre BUDA, arts centre Campo, Circuscentrum, De Grote Post, Jeugdtheaterhuis Larf!, Vooruit, workspacebrussels – Special thanks: Sandra Balliu, Marc De Kesel, Jasper Delbecke, Hypnoclinic Antwerpen, Carl Gydé, Tom Lootens, Tom Maeyens, Annabel Reid, Mieke Ronsmans, Geert Staelens, Koen Vandenberghe
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Photo © Kris Dewitte