What’s on this week: 26 September


Dementia seen from the inside, the ballet's season premiere and John Cleese on tour: our top picks for the week in Flanders and Brussels

DANCE: L’Oiseau de Feu

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui headlines a triple bill of contemporary ballet with the world premiere of L’Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird). The celebrated Flemish choreographer’s latest work resurrects the firebird of Russian folklore with a score borrowed from Igor Stravinski’s breakthrough ballet of the same name, which premiered in Paris in 1910.

The programme also features Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue and Moroccan-Canadian artist Édouard Lock’s The Heart of August, based on the classical myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The common theme is rescue and redemption. 7-28 October at Opera Gent and Antwerp


Ghent’s outsider art museum invites Flemish photographer Evy Raes to explore dementia. The condition and its hallmark memory loss have been studied by psychologists and neuroscientists for generations, but the everyday experience of dementia remains difficult to grasp. Raes worked with people in its early stages to attempt a series of visual representations of dementia as seen from the inside. As the degenerative disorder distorts perception in a daily confrontation with reality, so the artist manipulates her photography with various effects. Until 21 January at Museum Dr Guislain, Ghent

FESTIVAL: Buda Vista #11

Kortrijk’s cultural centre Buda presents the 11th edition of its biannual performance festival. The event focuses on theatre, dance, film and installations that were at least partially created in-house. Many of the works have already toured the world, but some are brand new. Among the weekend’s eight performances is New Zealand-born, Brussels-based choreographer Kate McIntosh’s In Many Hands, which premiered at Buda 10. In her capacity as Buda Vista Special Guest, McIntosh also draws back the curtain on the creative process behind the piece, which enters a strange world of making sounds with unexpected objects and examines the way different people hear and listen. 5-7 October at Buda, Kortrijk

GET TIX NOW: John Cleese

John Cleese promised to bow out gracefully with last year’s sold-out The Last Time to See Me Before I Die tour. He didn’t. The 77-year-old British comedy legend has instead extended the tour into 2018 “due to outstanding health conditions”. Cleese needs no introduction, but if he did need one, it would certainly mention his role as founding member of seminal sketch comedy collective Monty Python and creator and star of the hit 1970s British sitcom Fawlty Towers. The showbiz veteran has also appeared in numerous films, from A Fish Called Wanda to the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises. 30-31 May at Ethias Theatre, Hasselt and Kursaal, Ostend

More events that deserve your attention

We Stood Like Kings: The Brussels-based post-rock quartet present USA 1982, a brand new soundtrack experience for the American cult classic film Koyaanisqatsi, played live in front of the screen. 3 October 20.00, Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels

Ulrika Spacek: East London’s alternative rock band with three guitarists present their second album, Modern English Decoration, a blend of post-punk, krautrock and shoegaze. 3 October 19.30, Nijdrop, Kloosterstraat 9, Opwijk (Flemish Brabant)

Biennial Contemporary Art Exhibition: A selection of works by promising young Flemish artists, offering them the chance to present and sell their works alongside those of established artists. 7-15 October, Poeke Castle, Kasteelstraat 38, Aalter

The New Wave of Flemish Comic Strips: Exhibition revealing the emergence of a new generation of gifted and creative comic strip authors whose works have been translated into several languages and lauded for their artistic and merit and quality writing. Until 3 June 2018, The Belgian Comic Strip Center, Zandstraat 20, Brussels

Klinkeroever 2017: Third edition of the free festival featuring more than 40 bands from a range of genres, performed in venues along Ghent’s “rive gauche”, left of the Leie. 30 September to 1 October, Ajuinlei and Onderbergen, Ghent

Party Sundays: The Botanic Garden celebrates the completion of the first stage of its master renovation plan with nine weekly parties featuring a tropical atmosphere, complete with South American music and African food. Sundays until 26 November, Botanic Garden, Nieuwelaan 38, Meise (Flemish Brabant)