Listen Here: This Cavern (2021)

Listen Here: This Cavern © Danny Willems

Listen Here is a dance performance inspired by the work of American composer Pauline Oliveros. Through her compositions, she suggested that true listening is a lively and creative act. The idea of “listening” can include all of the ways we expand our awareness and open up to what’s around us, what we hear with our ears, as well as heightening our visual, physical, and kinetic sensitivity to the space we are in.

The performers of Listen Here: This Cavern invite you to join them into the darkness of a cave, to take the time to truly listen and awaken our senses. They explore the idea of the darkness as a place that is multiple and constantly changing, it can be scary, nourishing, clumsy, warm, dangerous, safe,… . Departing from the position that the ecological crisis might be a crisis of sensitivity, Linehan sees the darkness as a mysterious force that brings us together, that nurtures us, that awakens all of our senses, allowing us to see and connect with the world, its forces and beings, in new ways.

This vibrant and sensitive dance will take place to the tones of the musical piece Deep Listening by Pauline Oliveros. Recorded in a huge underground cave, the music allows you to hear a rich acoustic environment, where you viscerally sense how the sound vibrations circle around this resonant underground chamber.

Listen Here: This Cavern celebrates the circular movement of the sound as well as the cyclical process of time. Because just like seasons change, we inhale and exhale, the day follows the night – we might just all need the darkness as much as we need the light.


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Concept & choreography Daniel Linehan
Creation & performance Gorka Gurrutxaga Arruti, Renaud Dallet, Anneleen Keppens, Jean-Baptiste Portier, Louise Tanoto
Dramaturgy Ingrid Vranken
Music Deep Listening by Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Panaiotis
Costumes Frédérick Denis
Graphic design costumes Geoffroy Darconnat
Make-up Jill Wertz
Light Elke Verachtert
Sound Christophe Rault
Production Hiatus (Brussels, BE)
Coproduction DE SINGEL International Arts Centre (Antwerp, BE), Charleroi Danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles (Brussels, BE), Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape, direction Yuval PICK, dans le cadre du dispositif Accueil-Studio (FR), KAAP (Ostend/Brugge, BE), Atelier de Paris / CDCN (FR), Perpodium (Antwerp, BE)
Residencies DE SINGEL International Arts Centre (Antwerp, BE), Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE), KAAP (Ostend, BE), Charleroi Danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles (BE), STUK – House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven, BE)
International tour planning Damien Valette (Paris, FR)

Daniel Linehan/Hiatus is Creative Associate at DE SINGEL International Arts Centre 2017-2021 (Antwerp, BE) and supported by the Flemish authorities and Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government.

In partnership with BOS+, Hiatus contributes to the reforestation of our planet.


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