EXIT

Not one without the other.

EXIT is an exciting, impressive and physical circus and dance performance where movement, partner acrobatics and balance board merge. Choreographer Piet Van Dycke invited four circus artists, each specialized in a different discipline (bascule, belts, trapeze and acro-dance). Four individual disciplines in one collective language.

EXIT shows the meeting of four individuals walking one collective path. In a big, impressive installation with a revolving wall and floating doors, they move in and through space. They propel each other, walk, collide, climb, carry, balance and transform. They arrive and depart, meet and leave, appear and disappear. As people, we are always on the go, but what if you can never arrive home anywhere? And what about the tension between the individual and the group? In their quest for independence, they need each other more than ever. They balance each other out, but also bring each other out of balance. A flirt with risk.

Credits

Concept, choreography: Piet Van Dycke

Performers: Christopher Mc Auley, Luuk Brantjes, Samuel Rhyner en William Blenkin

Music: Bastiaan van Vuuren/Bastian Benjamin

Dramaturgy: Marie Peeters

Installation: Arjan Kruidhof en Arjen Schoneveld

Lightdesign: Edwin Van Steenberghen

Scenographic support: Menno Boerdam

Technique: Casper Van Overschee

Executive producer: Sam Cunningham

Research: Bavo De Smedt, Marius Cavin en Raff Pringuet

Coproduction: Festival Circolo, DansBrabant, Theater op de Markt-Dommelhof, HET LAB Hasselt, circ’uit, Miramiro, Cirklabo

With support of: PLAN, Stad Leuven, Grensverleggers/deBuren

Quotes

★★★★ - Els Van Steenberghe, Focus Knack

The circus performance 'Exit' is so exciting that the audience does not dare to applaud. A breathtaking performance where the decor and the changing costumes are completely thought through. You see four formidable performers who present an acrobatic portrait of the lonely plodding human being: always pushing on, always trying, when one door closes, trying to open another, never giving up and always grabbing that outstretched hand.

★★★★ - Annette Embrechts, Volkskrant

Exit is a playful and sophisticated combination of acrobatics, dance, slapstick and balance-art. The work of the young choreographer Piet Van Dycke excels through an organic mix of light-footedness and heaviness.

★★★★ - Ron Rijghard, NRC

…Solo, two and finally four, they perform astonishing, dangerous-looking acrobatics. The Flemish choreographer Piet Van Dycke asked four dancers with a circus background for this performance. Their double talent makes Exit to an exciting hour of physical power.

★★★★ - Filip Tielens, De Standaard

The piece cleverly builds up to an impressive apotheosis (…) the performers hoist themselves into the air, slide off the wall and the four of them look for a balance that they eventually find. Impressive (…) the sensation of the weekend.

Eric Nederkoorn, Dagblad van het noorden

The breathtaking performance blows you away. It is a combination of dance and circus, with four loners who, after initial resistance, need each other to find balance in their lives. It is unbelievable how the four young men perform all those walking and movement patterns, each time just circumventing or on the contrary on purpose. And how they always leave just in time to avoid hitting that folding wall against their head. Bleating sheep and a cheering audience at EXIT by the Belgian choreographer Piet Van Dycke and his Circumstances.

Wijbrand Schaap, Cultureel persbureau

I saw the happiest performance so far: Exit by Piet van Dycke. In Exit is about entering and closing out, but also about united strength and flying. Most important lesson: there is always an exit. If one door closes, four others can always open, even if it doesn't always seem like that.

Marcel Barrera, Recomana

A show against individuality and the need to unite to find the strength to overcome increasing difficulties. Transferring the idea of solidarity and camaraderie to the language of acrobatics is not easy. 'Circumstances' achieves this in a highly recommended show.

Jordi Bordes, Recomana

A real choreography that requires a remarkable concentration between all the artists. A real feat. A pleasant surprise. A simple idea executed with an efficiency that achieves the spectacle of the circus and for the public to see in disbelief the entire transformation...

Tuur Devens, Theaterkrant

The great thing about Exit is that choreographer-director Piet Van Dycke and his performers know how to dose and time. The tempo remains high, the rhythm remains tight, because they don't exploit movement patterns, but just add fresh variations to them, and that with fun flair and phlegmatic presence. I hear many children saying after the performance: 'I want to be able to do that when I grow up.'

Samuel Pennynck, Etcetera

With EXIT, Piet Van Dycke invents a new circus technique that the performers explore in an effective, original and visual way. Van Dycke succeeds in entertaining without losing himself in a visual and acrobatic spectacle. Pulsating movement poetry.

Blog Wielertochten

... with the absolute highlight the wordless performance EXIT. Four balance artists 'renovated' a house together on the choreography of Piet van Dycke in a sensational way. The enchanting dance of the amiable men and the stirring electronic music moved me to a great extent.
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