Brandon_LAGAERT

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The artist

Brandon Lagaert has mainly crafted his signature style as an artist while working for the internationally renowned dance-theatre company Peeping Tom as a multidisciplinary performer in the pieces ‘Vader’, ‘Moeder’, ‘Kind’, ‘Dido & Aeneas’ and ‘La Visita’.
 
As a creator Lagaert combines elements coming from different disciplines such as dance, theatre and film into a unique style. As a director he often starts from the perspective of a performer to lay down a certain foundation before tackling the overall structure.


The work

Solitude and loneliness, combined with the subtle difference between them, is a recurring theme in the work. The characters that possess these personality traits have difficulty reaching out and even in the company of others they feel lonely because of a lack of connection and mutual understanding.

Even though Lagaert’s work contains surrealistic elements they are deeply grounded in realism through the use of personal stories and realistic acting. This ensures the audience has something to grasp on to when experiencing foreign elements and alternative uses of different mediums. 


The project

Mondo Fuso, Italian for "melted world", is a solo with a body, a chair and a face as its centrepiece merging dance-theatre with visual art. We encounter the body of a woman waking up from a slumber surrounded by flames,  and the struggles that she faces to reconcile with the situation she finds herself in. Will she find peace in the fact that she has been marked for life or is this only the beginning of a much darker story?

From a thematic point of view we touch upon various subjects such as fear, the desire to survive, reconciliation and superficial prejudice. Whether we want it or not, people judge us on first appearance and this strongly influences how we will be treated by others.

"The perception of the self is filtered through the way others treat us. The way others treat us is based on the perception of ourselves.”