The sprinter crouching in the blocks, just before the sound of the starting gun.
The swimmer gliding effortlessly through the water.
The boxer who, by a few millimeters, barely evades the knock out blow.
There is something in the pure physicality of sports that we find uniquely attractive and fascinating. From the Games of Ancient Greece, to the frenzied crowds of modern stadiums, sporting competition has produced a powerful, communal form of intoxicating ecstasy.
With Slow Sports, choreographer Albert Quesada brings the total experience of sport into the theatre. He places the audience on a grandstand and provides five dancers with the rules of the game. In this arena we try to understand how sports are experienced, and why they hold such a fascination for us.
Read the interview to Albert Quesada at De Standaard by Sarah Vankersschaever.
Read the review of Slow Sports at De Standaard by Luc Van Doorslae.
Concept: Albert Quesada
Created By and With: Marcus Baldemar, Federica Porello, Mireia de Querol, Albert Quesada, Zoltán Vakulya
Sound Design: Christian Francois
Light & Video Design: Jan Van Gijsel
Music: Gustavo Cerati, Andrew Bird, C. Van Roland Edwards, Christian François
Costumes: Vera Tussing & Albert Quesada
Illustrations: Gosia Machon
Texts: JS Rafaeli
Voice: JS Rafaeli, Katie Vickers, Marcus Baldemar
Production: Albert Quesada / wp Zimmer
Current Production and Touring: Albert Quesada / Klein Verzet vzw
Coproduced by: Monty, WorkSpace Brussels, Kunstencentrum BUDA (BE), PACT Zollverein (DE)
With the support of the Flemish Authorities, CoNCA, SACD
Residencies: Monty, WorkSpace Brussels, STUK, Kunstencentrum BUDA (BE), La Caldera, L’animal a l’esquena (ES), DeVIR/CAPa (PT), PACT Zollverein (DE)
Touring: BUDA Kortrijk (26 April), STUK Leuven, PACT Zollverein
2011 November 26
Slow Sports (work in progress), L’animal a l’esquena, Celrà, Girona, Spain lanimal.org
2011 December 10
Slow Sports (work in progress), Teatre Antic, Barcelona, Spain anticteatre.com poster
2011 December 13
Slow Sports (work in progress), La Caldera, Barcelona, Spain lacaldera.info
2011 December 15
Slow Sports (work in progress), workspacebrussels WTP#03, Bronks, Brussels, Belgium workspacebrussels.be
2012 April 20,21
Slow Sports (premiere), Monty, Antwerp, Belgium monty.be
2012 April 26
Slow Sports, Kunstencentrum BUDA in collaboration with Le Vivat and L’Entorse, Kortrijk, Belgium www.levivat.net
2013 February 22
Slow Sports, D-Spot, CC Brugge, Belgium
Slow Sports, Summer Festival, PACT Zollerein, Essen, Germany pact-zollverein.de