“If you really want to be understood, look for a good translator” Marlene Dumas

#THISISBEAUTY is the new performance by choreographer/dancer Lisi Estaras who celebrates her 50th birthday with a solo. A solo as a 50-year-old dancer. A solo of 50 minutes. A work consisting of 50 thoughts.

What does the performer think while executing movements? Saying what we say is not always the same as showing what we say. In this creation the fascination for the place of words and language in dance becomes the core of the piece together with the encounter with philosopher Carla Carmona from The University of Sevilla.

Inspired by the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and other 50-year-old women, Lisi creates an autobiographical physical and verbal fiction that questions the absurd boundaries of communication.

After La Esclava (2015), Lisi creates another dance solo. Whereas La Esclava  focused on the memory of the (dancing) body as an engine for the narration of her own history, Lisi now focuses on the development of a personal linguistic writing. After The Jewish Connection Project (2019) and SONICO, the heart is the muscle we like to work out  (2020), #THISISBEAUTY is Lisi Estaras’ 3rd creation under the wings of her own MonkeyMind Company.

Concept, choreography and dance​ Lisi Estaras Dramaturgy Sara Vanderieck Soundscape Tom Daniels Light design Helmut Van den Meersschaut Costume design Marie Szersnovicz Costume atelier Odile Dubucq Philosophical advice Carla Carmona Artistic advice Kristien De Proost Production management & communication Hilde Debuck MonkeyMind Company Management Nicole Petit Distribution   Plan B – Creative Agency for Performing Arts / Carmen Mehnert & Anne Schmidt Production MonkeyMind Company/MonkeyMind vzw Coproduction Festival Bits of Dance Brugge (B), MA Scène Nationale Montbéliard (F) Residencies  KAAP Brugge, MA Scène Nationale Montbéliard, Tanzhaus Zürich, BAMP Brussel With the support of CAMPO, les ballets C de la B and KC nona (studio) Thanks to Rose, Liora, Mirko and Ludwig

This project is created with a project grant from the Flemish Government – Culture