Cinema, Podium en
Werkplek in Kortrijk

Bryan Campbell

Deep Cuts

Dance, performance
Duration: 1h30
English spoken, Dutch & French surtitles


During a walk, Bryan Campbell hit a tree with a branch. This trivial act aroused strong associations in him with – among other things – sadomasochism. But where man finds both pain and pleasure in such a relationship, we don’t know what the tree experiences. Did this blow leave the tree indifferent? What does this form of violent eroticism say about our relationship with our ecosystems?

Bryan Campbell creates a solo inspired by the romantic pastoral. This form of song became popular during the Industrial Revolution, when factories multiplied and artists began to cultivate, romanticize and even eroticize natural life for an often urban audience. In this show, Campbell sings, dances and shouts pastorals. The music is enhanced by lively percussion. Deep Cuts is a pastoral for the 21st century.

American Bryan Campbell, who lives and works in Paris, is a choreographic phenomenon. His work, which mixes text, image and dance, is often about our relationship to power. NEXT previously programmed his Janitor of Lunacy: A Filibuster (2021).

Play dates

Design and performance: Bryan Campbell
Lighting and set design: Bruno Faucher
Sound composition and stage management: Aria de la Celle
Composer and accomplice: Geoffrey Le Goaziou
Dramaturgical assistance: Léa Rivière
Outside eye: Katerina Andreou
Development and distribution: Anaïs Guilleminot
Administration and production: Charlotte Giteau
Production: Les SUBS – lieu vivant d’expériences artistiques, Lyon; Montpellier Danse as part of the residency at Agora, cité internationale de la danse, with the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation; Pole-Sud CDCN – Strasbourg, NEXT Festival

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