It's a match - Luanda Casella

Luanda Casella, house director at NTGent, is a Brazilian writer and performer trying to rescue the art of storytelling from its mediatised doomed destiny. By examining rhetorical concepts through humour, her work exposes language constructions, exploring unreliable narration in fiction and in everyday communicative processes. In 2018, she was on stage at NTGent with Short of Lying, for which she won the Sabam Jong Theaterschrijfprijs. In Short of Lying, Casella makes use of narrative strategies to mislead the audience, while exposing those very same strategies. In her latest creation at NTGent, Killjoy Quiz (2021), she explores the linguistic nature of violence and resistance. Killjoy Quiz takes the deceptive form of an ‘innocent’ television quiz to subvert the idea of ‘scoring points on knowledge’. Luanda is an educator at KASK Conservatorium and has been a guest in the following programs: DAS Theatre (Amsterdam), a.pass (Brussels), KABK (The Hague), PARTS (Brussels), amongst others. Luanda Casella’s pieces always involve a deconstruction of language and an attempt to mainstream radicalism. In Ferox Tempus she ventures once again into the world of a popular format (of computer games) to write a speculative fiction; unfolding alternative worlds by triggering an imaginary for what’s possible.

 


PERFORMANCE

2016/2019

SHORT OF LYING” / storytelling

performance VERBO Performing Arts Festival/ São Paulo, FESTIVAL CHAMBRE D’O/ Oostende; WORKING TITLE FESTIVAL / BrusselS; TRUE STORIES EXHIBITION/ Ghent; TAZ Theater aan Zee/ Oostende, NTGENT/ Ghent; MONTY/ Anwterpen, KVS/ Brussels, DE GROTE POST /Oostende, Boulevard Festival_ 's-Hertogenbosch/ NL, Het Theater Festival_ Ghent/ BE, Kaserne_ Basel/CH Frascati _ Amsterdam/ NL, Spielart Festival _ Munich/ DE; Auawirleben.ch Festival _ Bern/ CH; ANTIGONE_Kortrijk

2017

THE GUARDIANS OF SLEEP / project by David Weber-Krebs

KAAI THEATER, Brussels, BUDA, Kortrijk, ZEITRAUMEIXIT FESTIVAL, Mannheim, IMPULSE FESTIVAL, Mülheim an der Ruhr

DON'T EAT THE MICROPHONE” / project by Veridiana Zurita

PSYCHIATRIC CENTER DR. GUISLAIN, Ghent/ Vooruit, Ghent

FIRST IS THE WORST” / solo performance, book

WORKING TITLE PLATFORM_8 / KAAI STUDIOS, Brussels, PASSA PORTA FESTIVAL / ANCIENNE BELGIQUE/ Brussels

THE PLEASURE OF THE GAME WE HUNT IS THE FUN OF THE CHASE”

collaboration with drummer Giovanni Barcella

PRODUCTION OF SPACE”, GROUP EXHIBITION _ NUCLEO / Ghent

A CERTAIN ENCYCLOPEDIA”

PRODUCTION OF SPACE”, GROUP EXHIBITION_ NUCLEO / Ghent

VERLOREN VOORWERPEN” / analogue multimedia installation/ kids

collaboration with Maité Van Keirsbilck

KOPERGIETERY / Ghent; SPINRAG FESTIVAL / Schouwburg Kortrijk / TUMULT#4 _Ghent, STORM OP KOMST FESTIVAL _ Turnhout

SHE SMELLS LIKE GASOLINE” storytelling solo

THE VICTORIA / Birmingham; THE WRITERS BENCH —ARENBERGSCHOUWBURG / Antwerpen; BEURSSCHOUWBURG / Brussels; LE GRAND MENAGE / Namur; HET DEPOT / Leuven

EXOTICA” storytelling solo

DE SINGEL / Antwerpen; DE CENTRALE / Ghent; DE WERF / Brugge; ZUIDERPERSHUIS /Antwerpen; DE MARKTEN / Brussels; KORTRIJK SCHOUWBURG / Kortrijk

THE CHICKEN FACTORY” storytelling solo

FLAM - Forum for Live Art (ARTI Galerie) / Amsterdam; CAMPO NIEUWPOORT THEATER / Ghent; DE MARKTEN/ Brussels; ZUIDERPERSHUIS / Antwerpen

DARK SPEECHES” project by Lazara Rosell Albear

collaboration with: Lazara Rosell Albear, Isnelle da Silveira and Yiphun Chiem

BLUE NOTE FESTIVAL / Ghent; LE ESPACE SENGHOR / Brussels

2010

WEAVING WITH SALIVA” voice performance

collaboration with: Lazara Rosell Albear; Marijke Verkaart; Paola Bartoletti and Isnel da Silveira

BLUE NOTE FESTIVAL / Ghent


JAZZ AND SPOKEN WORD

2011/2012

"ELECTRIC BARBARIAN"

TAKTLOS FESTIVAL/ Zurich; SAALFELDEN INTERNATIONAL JAZZFESTIVAL/Saalfelden; CITÉ DE LA MUSIQUE /Paris; PARADISO/ Amsterdam; Kunstencentrum Vooruit/Ghent; DE WERF/Brugge; NOORDERZON PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL/ Groningen; MOSTRA SESC DE ARTES/São Paulo; ZOMER JAZZ FIETSTOUR/Groningen; WORLD EXPO SHANGHAI/ MAO LIVE HOUSE/ Shanghai; REDTORY/Guangzhou; HANGPU ART CENTRE/Suzhou; YUGONG YISHANG/Beijing; PENANG ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL_ Penang/ Malaysia; JAZZ IN HET PARK FESTIVAL/Ghent

"A NU THING" guest artist at Kunstencentrum DE WERF_Brugge

Fragments of the Book”_ collaboration with Christian Mendoza (piano & fender rhodes )

This is not a flirt, I’m only sitting here because I tripped and I feel”_collaboration with DJ Grazzhoppa and Lode Vercampt (cello)

First is the Worst”_ collaboration with Fulco Ottervanger (piano) and Simon Segers (drums)

"SPOKEN THING" series of spoken word events

FESTIVAL JAZZ SUR L’HERBE / Citadel Park Ghent; DE WERF/ Brugges

LE GRAND SLAM INTERNATIONAL DE PARIS

 

2012

INTERNATIONAL SLAM / SÃO PAULO

VIRGULA, what happened in the pause?” jazz storytelling performance

CAMPO NIEUWPOORT THEATRE_ Ghent; DE MARKTEN_ Brussels

"LABORATORY FOR INSTANT COMPOSING"

NUMOON LAB TV / Rotterdam


EDUCATION

KASK School of Arts / Ghent _ MASTER Fine Arts

A.PASS / Brussels _ POST GRAD. Advanced Performance Training

PUC Pontifícia Universidade Católica / São Paulo — BA Performing Arts

INDAC Instituto de Artes e Ciência / São Paulo — PROF. BA Drama

 

GRANTS

2015/2017

Artist’s Development Fund / Flemish Ministry of Culture Sound Research in contemporary storytelling: use of voice effects and loops in surround sound systems

Artist’s Development Fund / Flemish Ministry of Culture Language research in contemporary storytelling

PRIZE

Sabam Theaterschrijfprijs TAZ for "Short of Lying"

TEACHING

KASK CONSERVATORIUM _ Ghent

A.PASS Posthogeschool voor Podiumkunsten / Brussels

DAS Graduate School - Amsterdam University of the Arts

(KABK) Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten


NEW CREATION 

FEROX TEMPUS - Terror at its best

A solo performance about carbon neoliberalism and the end of the world by Luanda Casella &NTGent 

Within the fictional world of Ferox Tempus a multi-layered narrative unfolds. Lua moves through ten game levels guided by the voice of an omnipresent narrator, who introduces each level and its transition principles, dictates the rules of action, hints at goals, weapons, traits and narrates all events within the dystopian settings caused by climate change. They are in constant dialogue. In the live performance, the game is interrupted by comedy intermezzos on banalities in the performer's own life written in stream of consciousness style; such as growing up in the 80’s, experimenting with psychedelic plants, taking part in sexual orgies, being a follower of mainstream veganism, or ranting endlessly about emotional dependency, while suggesting that her voice is that of privilege. The soundtrack is an 80’s futurist-synthesiser-style mixed with catastrophic weather reports. Using narrative strategies from interactive storytelling computer games, addressing political, theoretical and fictional content related to the rise of neoliberalism and the destruction of the planet, the piece builds up as a twofold scenario; a multi-layered storytelling game (the world of the character) and a stand up philosophy (the world of the player).

Concept, text and performance: Luanda Casella

Scenography and choreography: Lucius Romeo Fromm

Dramaturgy: Sébastien Hendrickx and Carmen Hornbostel

Music composition: Pablo Casella

Costume and make-up: Carly Heathcote Narrator: Kate McIntosh

Projection and publication: Kahil Jansens

Research (narrative games): Luyd Carvalho

Production: NTGent

 

Contact /Informations

https://luandacasella.com/

https://www.ntgent.be/en/productions/killjoy-quiz

Tour Date KILLJOY QUIZ :  23,24,26,27 november 2021 @ NTGent