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Mooni Van Tichel – STILL / ALIVE


Mooni Van Tichel – STILL / ALIVE

TH 19.09 20:30
FR 20.09 20:30

Four superheroes and their vulnerable super-bodies.



+- 60 min.
language no problem
trigger warnings: smoke, loud noises, stroboscope, complete blackouts

Four dancers move in stop-motion to a fixed beat. Like immortal superheroes, they endlessly engage in a cycle of attacking, defending, wiping sweat, and reloading. Seemingly effortlessly, they continue to build their imagined super-bodies and super-narratives. Yet, slowly, small cracks begin to appear in their grand gestures. Are they ready to change the world? Or are they themselves trapped in a system with no way out? 

Mooni Van Tichel raises questions about desire, violence, power, glory, pain, and vulnerability in her first group performance. Who has the right to defend themselves? Who can be violent without repercussions? And what violence is made (in)visible? Inspired by virtuosic bodies, science fiction, and the literature of Octavia Butler and Elsa Dorlin, STILL / ALIVE explores utopian and dystopian worldviews for our future. 


Mooni Van Tichel has a background in hip-hop, house and breakdancing. In 2021, she completed a master's degree in contemporary dance from P.A.R.T.S. She is part of the collective leprojetgeo, which organizes activities with residents of the Bellevue nursing home in Forest focusing on physical connection, touch and dance. Mooni has performed with artists like Nathan Ooms, Stanley Ollivier, Olivier Dubois, and Kris Verdonck. She has also worked as an outside eye and choreographic assistant for Antoine Dupuy Larbre and Marthe Koning. Since 2023, Mooni has been a resident artist at workspacebrussels as part of a three-year development program.


Concept & creation: Mooni Van Tichel – Performance: Costa Tombroff, Eli Mathieu Bustos, Manon Kanjinga Janssen, Mooni Van Tichel – Artistic assistant: Antoine Dupuy Larbre – Lighting design: Niels Runderkamp – Costume design: Stefan Kartchev – Sound design: Gizem Karaosmanoğlu – Technique: Christophe Deprez – Production management: Riet Meeus – Production: workspacebrussels (Brussels) – Coproduction: Kunstencentrum BUDA (Courtrai), KAAP (Bruges/Ostend), workspacebrussels (Brussels) – Residencies: A Two Dogs Company (Brussels), CAMPO (Ghent), c o r s o (Berchem), KAAP (Bruges), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Courtrai), STUK (Leuven), workspacebrussels (Brussels) – Supported by: the Flemish Community 
Image: Willem Mevis