How do you deal with fear, frustration and disappointment in today's world, where many feel unheard and misunderstood?

When we run out of words, the body takes over.
So far the dancers Bérengrère Bodin, Samir M’Kirech and TK Russell agree when you ask them: why are we fighting? Based on their personal experiences, they look for the why of violence around them in the world, but also the violence in themselves.  Is a world without violence actually possible?

With their film Why We Fight? Alain Platel and Mirjam Devriendt pay tribute to the arts, but also to humanity, which always balances on the border between spectacular beauty and untold cruelty.

This projection will be followed by a talk in presence of Alain Platel, one of the most renowned choreographers in Belgium, and photographer and visual artist Mirjam Devriendt. 

“An intimate mix of violence and extreme tenderness ” La Libre Belgique

“An impressive film” De Standaard

“A moving, impressionistic painting” De Standaard


Alain Platel is today one of the most renowned choreographers in Belgium. He was originally trained as a remedial educationalist and is a self-taught director. In 1984 he co-founded the dance company ‘Les ballets C de la B’. A selection of his pieces are: C(H)OEURS (2012, at the request of Gerard Mortier), Gardenia (2010, together with Frank Van Laecke), Out Of Context – for Pina (2010), Nicht Schlafen (2016) and Requiem pour L (2018).
In France, Platel was acclaimed in 2001 as ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française’ and in 2015 as ‘Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’. In the United Kingdom, Platel received the ‘Time Out Live Award’ in 2001. In Belgium, Platel received the Flemish Culture Prize for General Cultural Merit in 2015 and in 2016 he receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent and the Golden Medal of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts.

Platel entered the dance film arena alongside British director Sophie Fiennes with films such as ‘Because I Sing’ in 2001, ‘Ramallah!Ramallah!Ramallah!’ in 2005 and ‘VSPRS Show and Tell’ in 2007. In 2006, he directed the docu ‘de balletten en ci en la’ (110 min), in co-production with Arte France.

Mirjam Devriendt
In collaboration with the acclaimed artist Berlinde De Bruyckere, photographer and visual artist Mirjam Devriendt created numerous video installations for opera and exhibitions, including for De Munt (Penthesilea – directed by Pierre Audi – 2015), Holland Festival (Mariavespers – directed by Pierre Audi – 2017), Het Vlot – Ostend (Penthesilea, 2015-2017 – curator Jan Fabre), Muziektheater Transparant and B’Rock Orchestra (And You Must Suffer, 2015). In 2017, Devriendt presents a series of photos and video installations in the Dr. Guislain Museum in Ghent as part of the project ‘The Alzheimer Code’.



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