The Gift, Ghent Light Festival, 835.000 visitors !

The gift is a story about a quest. Interpreted by four moving 98” screens and two dancers. Thinking outside the box.

Two processes intertwined to finally converge beautifully. On the one hand, the movements of the screens were tested with practicable transitions and put in a sequence. On the other hand, the movements of the dancers were worked out in relation to the screens. It was clear from the start that we wanted to work with Ludovio Einaudi’s ‘Choros’. That made the transition to an actual dance easier. We let two dancers do their thing with the plans and the result was an installation somewhere between innovative technology and narrative aesthetics. The four mechanical robot arms bring four screens to life synchronously in a choreography, like a constant dialogue between the robot arms, the dancers and the screens. What you see is only a framed part of reality. The screens are like windows, suggesting a bigger imaginary world that lies behind them…

The result could be seen during the light festival in Ghent, where 835,000 visitors came to watch it over a four-day period. But if you missed it or would like to find out more, click here!