Archive NEXT 2019


Diederik Peeters (Belgium)

Minimum age 16+
90 minutes

With which hard- or software would we be able to survive death ? Diederik Peeters takes the dust off our age-old longing for immortality and makes an attempt to prove the existence of ghosts with a lot of humour. In Apparitions he investigates what this life after death is all about.

Disguised as a spiritist he infiltrates in the end of the 19th century to mingle with prominent scientists. In this way he examines the mysteries around popular inventions of those days. But he also catapults himself to the end of the 21st century to find out which technological developments are used to make the dead rise again. Navigating between history and science fiction, death and the hereafter, faith and scepticism, Peeters takes us along on a ghost hunt where science mixes with magic, and technology with horror.

Diederik Peeters is a visual artist who accidentally got lost in the stables of the performing arts. He creates performances, writes texts and invents installations or videos. Because Peeters is a proud patient of a pathological preference for confusion, impossible contradictions and absurd consistencies are stubbornly piled up in his work. Apparitions is the last performance from a series of creations for which Peeters goes further than the conventional, and experiments with different formats and media.

Free buss: 

* Departure at 18h30 from Villeneuve d'Ascq (metro Point de Bois) 

A performance by Diederik Peeters in close collaboration with Jonas Chéreau (performer), Henri-Emmanuel Doublier (lights), Lieven Dousselaere(music & sound), Marion Le Guerroué (artistic assistance & production), Jérôme Dupraz (robotics), Camille Bono (production assistance), Christoph Hefti (visual design), Danai Anesiadou (outside eye), Sara Manente (choreographic eye)


An associated production by SPIN & L’Amicale

Supported by the Flemish Community (B) and the City of Rennes (F)


Coproduction : Centre Pompidou (Paris/F), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk/B), Kunstencentrum NONA (Mechelen/B), Schauspiel Leipzig (Leipzig/D), Le Vivat (Armentières/F), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gent/B).

Support during the creation : La Bellone (Brussels/B), De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam/NL), La Chartreuse (Villeneuve lez Avignon/F), Far West (Penmarch/F), Fructose (Dunkerque/F), Impakt festival (Utrecht/NL), Netwerk (Aalst/B), Playground Festival (Leuven/B), Superamas (Amiens/F), Théâtre de Poche/Salle Ropartz (Hédé/Rennes/F)