In Invited Seppe Baeyens invites you to dance. Twelve amateur and professional dancers aged between 9 and 94 blend themselves into the audience almost imperceptibly. Which are the performers? Which are the spectators? The dancers set in motion a chain of simple, unforced, individual and collective movements. A giant blue rope – an impressive artwork by Ief Spincemaille – interconnects the performers and audience to form one large group, ready to be swept off their feet by the dynamic live music of Stef Heeren, Kwinten Mordijck and Elias Devoldere.
In 2015 choreographer and dancer Seppe Baeyens made his first large-scale dance show Tornar, under the wings of Ultima Vez and Wim Vandekeybus, featuring children and young people, professional dancers, an elderly man and a musician. Both Tornar and its successor Invited were selected for the Flemish TheaterFestival.
Go and see it! Better still: go and join in!
director and choreographer Seppe Baeyens
created with Emile Van Puymbroeck, Luke De Bolle, Chisom Onyebueke Chinaedu, Leonie Van Begin, Rosa Boateng, Oihana Azpillaga, Ischa Beernaert, Esther Motvanya, Roel Faes, Trui De Mulder, Adnane Lamarti, Seppe Baeyens, Frank Brichau, Stephan Verlinden, Elisabeth Wolfs, Leon Gyselynck
original live music Stef Heeren, Kwinten Mordijck, Elias Devoldere, Karen Willems
dramaturgy Kristin Rogghe
scenography and lighting design Ief Spincemaille
costumes Lieve Meeussen
movement assistant German Jauregui
artistic advice Wim Vandekeybus
technical coordination Tom De With
production Seppe Baeyens / Ultima Vez
with the support of the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius
photos Danny Willems
The scenography is inspired by the installation Rope − Possibilities of Binding commissioned by N.O.W. and supported by extrapole, Fabbrica Europa, Indisciplinarte, Latitudes Contemporaines, LÓKAL, MOM/EL VIVERO, Trafó and wpZimmer.
N.O.W. was co-financed by the European Commission’s Creative Europe Programme.