Softcore – A Hardcore Encounter is a dance piece about the hardcore techno subgenre ‘Gabber’. At 200 beats per minute this beat has been described as techno on speed: it’s the sound of the uncompromising underdog. It’s rave gone crazy. It places the body in an accelerated state and can be viewed equally as part of both capitalist society and the resistance to it.
Lisa Vereertbrugghen has conducted an extensive examination of this form of club music over several years and explores the term hardcore with regard to transformation, vulnerability and possibility, while questioning the “hard” in hardcore. What if dancing so fast can be a way to appropriate speed not for being more productive, but for the opposite: Speed becomes a way to increase sensations and to elude control.
© Pierre Tournay
Concept, choreography and performance: Lisa Vereertbrugghen l sound: Michael Langeder l lights: Vera Martins I Artistic advice: Madison Bycroft, Sabine Cmelniski, Nestor Garcia Diaz l production: Kunstenwerkplaats KWP I coproduction of CENTRALE FIES within the program of LIVE WORKS PERFORMANCE ACT AWARD, STUK, BUDA and BIT Teatergarasjen I with the support of CAMPO, Tanzfabrik, Workspace Brussels and SZENE Salzburg I funded by de Vlaamse Overheid and apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by the Creative Programme of the European Union