Ula
Sickle
© Anna Van Waeg

The Sadness

Text / Video

Performance 60 min

Beursschowburg, Brussels
October 2nd & 3rd, 2020

Rencontres chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris
October 29, 30 & 31st, 2020


Three young people are sitting in their backyard. Making beats, writing songs for no one in particular, copying dances from the internet. And waiting. What else is there to do? The end of the world has already happened.

The Sadness is a choreographing of contemporary melancholy in the form of a concert. Reflecting on the ecological crisis and prevalant feelings of futurelessness, the performers perform their self-written lyrics live using an app designed especially for the project. Their singing merges with pulsating pop rhythms and heavy bass, their voices becoming one with the machine. The Sadness explores live music making as a collective act that forges new connections, between the present and possible futures, between bodies and words, between humans and the non-human.


concept, direction, video, laser: Ula Sickle

lyrics, creation, performance: Sidney Barnes, Ashley Morgan, Amber Vanluffelen
 (created with Camilo Mejía Cortés)
sound design: L. Sue
light design: Ryoya Fudetani

sound technique: Noé Voisard
video technique: Tim Wouters
app design: Black Adopo

music samples: Ken Roy Johnson (guitar & synth), Tom Pauwels (guitar)
dance samples: movement inspired by 'Renegade' by Jalaiah Harmon

vocal coach: Didier Likeng
writing coach, research: Maru Mushtrieva

dramaturgy: Persis Bekkering
costume design: Sabrina Seifried

graphic design: Julie Peeters

co-production: CCN-Ballet national de Marseille in the frame of accueil studio - Ministère de la Culture, STUK House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven), donaufestival (Krems), Pianofabriek / Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussels), workspacebrussels
With the support of the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission and the Canada Council for the Arts

executive production and diffusion: Future Works