Born in Portugal but based in Belgium, Helder Seabra has studied and worked with the three big dance names in Flanders: Anne Theresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. For the last few years, he developed his own movement language and set up his own company: HelKa vzw.
Following the huge success of 'When The Birds Fly Low The Wind Will Blow', he will now create a piece on 5 men, with live music:
In Absentia has one key word: Loss
The feeling of loss, the seeing of loss, the carrying of loss... by 5 men. Crying, laughing, feeling, it is all allowed. Even by these men. The loss of a loved one, the loss of your speech, the loss of a great book, the loss of a project due to the lack of funding.
Five men explore and experience the emotional, mental and physical impact of loss. Men react differently than women do. They don't talk about it as much, they don't cry - definitely not in public. Do men seek a physical form of expression?
In Absentia will be a hugely physical dance and music performance; intertwining emotion with expression.
The production will premiere in de Warande, Turnhout on the 15 October. Other performances of In Absentia: 18 October 2015: cc Gasthuis, Aarschot
9 December 2015: Cultuurcentrum, Berchem
12 December 2015: cc De Spil, Roeselare
Here you find an interview with Helder Seabra by Italian tv Rai: