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.
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
Scenographic support: Menno Boerdam
Technique: Casper Van Overschee
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
★★★★ - 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.