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Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2014 held (May 2 – 24, 2014)
The Kunstenfestivaldesarts held annually in May in the Belgium capital of Brussels ran this year from May 2 to 24 with a program of 36 performances by 32 invited artist groups from around the world.
In one of the highlights this time, Tsai Ming-liang, who received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Biennale, where he also announced his retirement as a filmmaker, presented his new work The Monk from Tang Dynasty (joint production of the Vienna Arts Week, the Taipei Arts Festival and the Asian Arts Theater). This was accompanied by and installation by titled Walker and a feature program of his films.
The director well known in Japan as well for his numerous performances here, Tim Etchells, presented a poster project on the subject of elections titled And For The Rest with displays around the city and also presented his solo work, A Broadcast / Looping Pieces, a new, improvised text performance, at Kaaistudio’s.
Theater works on the program included Rimini Protokoll’s 100% Brussels; Amir Reza Koohestani / Mehr Theatre Group presenting Timeloss; Árpád Schilling / Krétakör presenting The Party, Roger Bernat / FFF presenting Numax-Fagor-plus, and Milo Rau / International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) presenting The Civil Wars.
On the dance program, New York-based Maria Hassabi presented a work titled PREMIERE; Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens collaborated to present the piece Idioter (both produced by NXTSTP); Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah / MAMAZA presented Eifo Efi; Lia Rodrigues presented Pindorama; Alessandro Sciarroni presented Folk-s and Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Inc. brought together more than 50 performers together to create a giant parade work titled Batucada.
From Japan, the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) presented the play Intérieur directed by Claude Régy in a 2013 collaborative production with Atelier Contemporain.

Festival Outline
Kunstenfestivaldesarts is a performing arts-focused contemporary arts festival held each May in Brussels, Belgium since 1994. In contrast to France’s Avignon Festival with its orientation toward mainstream European theater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts aims to present unique programming oriented more toward experimental work and global diversity. In addition to featuring artists from Belgium and across Europe, the festival reaches out to find young artists from emerging nations with less developed support networks and produce many works. The festival also takes a long-term perspective in the task of nurturing young artists that included multiple year joint production projects and supporting the production of new works by accomplished artists based in Belgium and other parts of Europe for world premieres. The festival also serves in the role of project leader for the NXSTP festival network consisting of members such as Lisbon's Alcantara Festival and the autumn Steiermark Festival of Graz among others. The artistic director from the festival’s founding until 2006 was Frie Leysen, when the post was handed over to her former right hand and programming director Christophe Slagmuylder.
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