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On this International Women’s day, I want to introduce you to an amazing woman that I am honored to call my friend.

Sheema Kermani, dancer, theatre director and activist from Karachi, Pakistan.

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She lives in a country where women’s rights still have a long way to go. Where some laws might be changing slowly in favor of equal rights, but where implementing these laws is not really happening yet.

She lives in a place where people still look down upon the art of dancing, deemed as unislamic and improper.

All that doesn’t stop Sheema, who is a true force of energy, which is needed to keep motivated in advocating change that isn’t effecting in immediate results. She teaches the Indian classical dance art like Bharatanatyam and Odissi to young women and uses theatre to bring messages of equal rights, violence against women, rape etc to villages all over Pakistan where the majority of the people can’t even read or write.

In an interview with her she also says this: ‘The arts and the women of Pakistan have been the two major victims of Zia’s policies. The state introduced legal and social forms of control over women as part of its campaign of suppression and made women’s sexuality their business. State forces were preoccupied with women’s dress, their movements, their sexuality and their very presence in public spaces. In the name of religion, laws like the “Hudood Ordinances”, “Qisas”, “Diyat” and “Blasphemy Laws” were introduced and are prime examples of laws that devalue women, arts and humanity. The very first programme that was banned on PTV by Gen. Zia ul Haq was ‘Payal,’ a dance programme. But as it happens with anything that is banned, people always find a way to circumvent it. We do not announce our institution as a dance academy. We offer training in dance but call it movement classes. I run Tehrik-e-Niswan and we use dance as a movement for theatre of protest.’

Women like Sheema are an inspiration to me. They breathe energy and power. The power of women.

So… happy women’s day Sheema. Thank you for being a beautiful part of my life.

 

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Pardon/In cuffs

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This week I’ve had the pleasure to work with SKaGeN once more and let me tell you …  they are working on a little gem that will be premiering tomorrow night at de Studio.

The play is based on the documentary work of Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon and Clara Van den Broek, Valentijn Dhaenens and Korneel Hamers play15 characters passing by in the basement of a courthouse on new year’s eve.

From the 23th of April until the 2nd of May in De Studio, Antwerpen and this summer in Edinburg, Scotland. Check them out!

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25 years Stijn Meuris

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Today I read that musician Stijn Meuris will celebrate 25 years of making music today.

I went back to my archive, as I photographed him in my first project ever, ‘Close & Personal’, a series of portraits of theatre makers and musicians. The whole concept of the project was that they were allowed to choose the location in which I would photograph them. The only demand I had was that it needed to be of personal meaning to them. In that way they could decide themselves how far or how close they would allow me during the session.

Stijn chose the fairground in Antwerp during the day when it is closed as it inspires him to walk around there, gives him a feel of the life of the people working at the fairground, tickling his imagination.

In the series I photographed more musicians and I still love these images to this day. It literally meant the start of my adventure back into the world of photography, which was halted for years after my father passed away. Music and theatre were my escape and through that I was able to slowly reconnect with my passion for photography and literally find myself again.

Here’s 3 more images of Tine Reymer, Tom Pintens and the Dewaele brothers of Soulwax and too many dj’s.

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Backstage with Skagen

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Last week I had so much fun working with the people of SKaGeN, an Antwerp based theatre collective, who are not afraid of experimenting with and/or trying to create different forms of experiencing theatre.

I photographed their play ‘Deur Deur Deur’, a re-staging of the play that they performed 7 years ago. Here are some images I took backstage before and after that performance.

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Première

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Today ‘Too loud a solitude’/’Al te luide eenzaamheid’ premieres at Theater Zuidpool.

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The newsletter contained several of images I took during the final rehearsals and the video teaser I made.  And you can win a few duotickets for the performance for the 3rd or 4th of October.

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Al te luide eenzaamheid

“For we are like olives: only when we are crushed do we yield what is best in us.” Bohumil Hrabal

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Here’s a little teaser I made for the play ‘Al te luide eenzaamheid’ by Theater Zuidpool.

In the past months I’ve been following the whole process of how this performance is being developed. From the first times reading the beautiful text by Bohumil Hrabal, to testing out scenography and costumes. It’s wonderful to see a play literally appearing and shaping itself in front of your eyes.

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Premiering on the 1st of October at Theater Zuidpool and playing there, and on tour throughout Belgium, until the 5th of March 2015

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Seppe

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I’ve just heard sad news that Seppe, the little ringmaster of Theater Stap has left us and passed away…

I’ve met Seppe when I photographed the wonderful performance ‘Donkisjot’ by Theater Stap, with whom I later traveled to Morocco where they were invited to play at a theatre festival. Some moments or meetings shape you in your life and in your work, and this particular group of people did so for me. It’s been one of the most profound experiences in my life to this day and through the play, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people around.

What I loved about working with the actors of theater Stap, was their generosity and absolute honesty which translates in pure love. They don’t pretend unless they are on the scene performing their lines. Gorgeous souls, each one of them.

I’ll always remember Seppe’s incredible smile, peeping through the door backstage.  Wishing his family and everyone at Theater Stap lots of strength. He’ll be missed…

 

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Front

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A while ago I photographed during the beginning rehearsals of a new play by Luk Perceval which will premiere in March in Hamburg and will tell a haunting story about the first world war. More soon on his website and I recommend everyone that can, to go see it.

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Nine Finger

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It doesn’t happen that often anymore, but today I was simply blown away when I saw the piece ‘Nine Finger’ in Het Toneelhuis.

Talk about a blow in the stomach…

The piece by Benjamin Verdonck, Fumiyo Ikeda and Alain Platel with Stijn Van Opstal and Fumiyo Ikeda performing is about the life of a child soldier in Africa, based on the book Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

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I have the incredible pleasure to know Stijn ever since we met during the tour of Donkisjot by the amazing Theater Stap company. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen Stijn perform as amazingly as he did tonight. Fumiyo is one of the most amazing dancers on our planet and her body language is incredible.

They still perform the play tomorrow and will be in Ghent in two weeks, so if you have the chance, don’t miss this…

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Tonight the play Platonov by director Luk Perceval premieres in Ghent.

Platonov is Don Juan and Hamlet in one. By his own account, he loves all people, all women. He loves too much and too often, constantly drowning in his own insatiability. Platonov is a teacher who wants to give up teaching, the lead actor who’s had enough of acting, the spouse who’s about to cease functioning, the lover who wants to stop loving,… Despite his refusal, he remains the ideal man to the many women in his life.

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Some of my images of the rehearsal process are now online on Luk’s website and will be used as the official press photos.  It was so much fun to watch a piece of text come alive and see some incredible actors search to give their personages the character that fits. I can’t wait to see the end result myself.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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