Softcore – A Hardcore Encounter is a dance piece about hardcore techno dance, focussing on Gabber, a version from the early 1990s. With 200 bpm this beat has been described as techno on speed: it’s the sound of the uncompromising underdog. It places the body in a permanently accelerated state and can be viewed equally as part of both capitalist society and the resistance to it. The young Belgian Lisa Vereertbrugghen has conducted an extensive examination of this form of club music over several years and explores the term hardcore with regard to the transformation, vulnerability, possibility and unpredictability that is concealed behind its stubborn convulsions and twitches. She will perfrom in Austria for the first time at PNEU with her energetic and poetic solo, which reveals some unusual choreographic facets of techno.
Lisa Vereertbrugghen studied History in Leuven and Choreography at the SNDO in Amsterdam. Her artistic practice, which she shows in both theatres and galleries, operates in between choreo- graphy and the visual arts. In addition to her own works, she has also appeared as a performer in pieces by Deborah Hay and Benoît Lachambre and also Min Oh and Lot Meijers.
Concept, Choreography & Performance: Lisa Vereertbrugghen
Sounddesign: Michael Langeder
Lightdesign: Vera Martins
Artistic Advice: Madison Bycroft, Sabine Cmelniski, Nestor Garcia Diaz
Coproduction: Centrale Fies Dro within the programme Live Works Performance Act Award, STUK Leuven, BUDA Kortrijk und BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen
Supported by CAMPO Gent, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Workspace Brüssel and SZENE Salzburg
Funded by Vlaamse overheid
Supported by apap – Performing Europe 2020, cofunded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.