Baltasar Thomas

 

Commissioned Works

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Here They Come
trailer (cinematography, editing & sound design)

De rivier ontspringt bij de berg, de rivier is een persoon. Langs de rivier in gelijke stappen loopt de ‘tijd’. De tijd blijft hetzelfde, de rivier vertraagt.

‘Here They Come’ is onderdeel van het project ‘Zeeën Van Tijd’ en is de 6e choreografie van de groep ‘Dansen voor Moederziel Alleen’, 55+ dansers. Dit project is geïnitieerd en uitgevoerd door Stichting OnGoing.

‘Here They Come’ gaat over de tijd die resteert. De choreografieën: You Are Born, (2016) en Sto(c)k 2017, gaven een beeld van herinnering van de dansers. ‘Here They Come’ laat ze opnieuw hun positie innemen, volop het leven in, soms gehaast, soms onderzoekend, maar altijd met een weergaloze energie. De resterende tijd wordt met volle teugen beleefd, geproefd, genoten.

tekst: Pierik l’Istelle (OnGoing).
Commissioned by OnGoing.

Het Naakte Geluid (The Naked Sound)
ongoing concert recordings (cinematography & editing)

Het Naakte Geluid is a YouTube-channel where we broadcast initimately recorded concerts. Once a month, to be precise, every second Sunday, we record two artists. We program the artists to our own tastes to showcase a variety of inspiring talent that our local community has to offer.

The video here on the right is a recording of the two-man band Äktaro, which consists of Bo Floor (flügelhorn) and Siebren Smink (guitar).  The session is one I hold dear to my heart – seeing the two young musicians enjoy each others artistry and the quiet appreciation of the audience stops me in my tracks just like it did when I witnessed their performance through the lens.

View and listen to all the ‘Het Naakte Geluid’ recordings here.

Body of Work
trailer (cinematography & editing)

In Body of Work, Daniel Linehan explores this idea in relationship to his own body and his own history of dancing and choreographing. He proposes a retrospective archaeology, digging into his past 15 years of creating dances, uncovering fragments of choreography that still remain in his body after all this time. He allows these persistent traces to speak back to him. Don’t his dances from the past have something further to say, something which remained unsaid before? Like a scar that tells a story of the past, how do the traces from his past continue to exist in his body today?

Commissioned by Daniel Linehan/Hiatus.

Dag van de Dans 2019
trailer (editing & music / sound design)

Day of Dance in Flanders and Brussels takes place anually on the saturday before International Day of Dance on the 29th of April. In foreign countries, choreographers and dancers from our region harvest a lot of praise and appreciation. Certainly Brussels, and by extension Flanders, has become an important attraction pole in the international dance landscape. However, the spread and visibility can be much better in our home country.

Day of Dance is an invitation to the public to get acquainted with the world of contemporary dance, in order to make this art form more known and loved.

Commissioned by Dag van de Dans.

Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way
trailer (editing)

Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way’ is a portrait of a group of Western artists who run endlessly onward. It is unclear whether they are fleeing from all the misery in the world that is not theirs, or racing towards it. This performance is a pressure cooker bursting with boundless effort, which leads to an exuberant optimism that has lost all sense of direction. The ‘Band Facing the Wrong Way’ consists of Maarten Seghers and Rombout Willems as guitarists and singers and Nicolas Field on drums.

Commissioned by Needcompany.

Third Space
multi-camera video registration (editing)

Working in close collaboration, composer Stefan Prins and choreographer Daniel Linehan create a hybrid music-dance performance concerned with the themes and paradoxes contained in the idea of “private matters”. What becomes of the value of privacy in a world of increasing surveillance and increasing public oversharing on social media platforms? And what becomes of our participation in public life, as it starts to include more virtual connections, so that geographic proximity plays an ever smaller role in our idea of a community? What is the meaning of intimacy in this constellation? Is the world really becoming more transparent, or isn’t there always something private/hidden/internal that can’t be fully exposed to the public’s eyes and ears? Third Space triggers these questions.

Commissioned by Hiatus.

Agora Club II: Thrill Demeter
aftermovie (cinematography / editing)

During the second edition of Agora Club – the party that performs the act of social dreaming – The University of the Underground orchestrated another ludic investigation: this time, exploring collective fears.

Agora Club II: Thrill Demeter brought together dining, discussions, performances, dancers, a fashion parade and DJs to collectively perform and explore the act of transformation in an age reliant on extremities.

Focusing on radical queer identities and underrepresented voices, Agora Club applies design experiences with cultural and philosophical debate to stage collective participatory performance parties like no other. From the survivalist strategies required to endure the Anthropocene to Silicon Valley space trips to Mars, the dreamers of the day and participants will have to negotiate futures fraught with fear. The production of nightmares dominated the evening’s narration from monster politics to environmental catastrophe; the thrill of Demeter was summoned on the night of 22nd November.

Commissioned by Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios.

Third Space
trailer (cinematography / editing)

Working in close collaboration, composer Stefan Prins and choreographer Daniel Linehan create a hybrid music-dance performance concerned with the themes and paradoxes contained in the idea of “private matters”. What becomes of the value of privacy in a world of increasing surveillance and increasing public oversharing on social media platforms? And what becomes of our participation in public life, as it starts to include more virtual connections, so that geographic proximity plays an ever smaller role in our idea of a community? What is the meaning of intimacy in this constellation? Is the world really becoming more transparent, or isn’t there always something private/hidden/internal that can’t be fully exposed to the public’s eyes and ears? Third Space triggers these questions.

Commissioned by Hiatus.

Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way
teaser (editing)

Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way’ is a portrait of a group of Western artists who run endlessly onward. It is unclear whether they are fleeing from all the misery in the world that is not theirs, or racing towards it. This performance is a pressure cooker bursting with boundless effort, which leads to an exuberant optimism that has lost all sense of direction. The ‘Band Facing the Wrong Way’ consists of Maarten Seghers and Rombout Willems as guitarists and singers and Nicolas Field on drums.

Commissioned by Needcompany.

Dag van de Dans
trailer (editing and music)

Trailer for ‘Dag van de Dans’, a celebration of dance all over Flanders and Brussels. On the third edition on Saturday April 28th 2018 young and old can enjoy shows, workshops, open rehearsals, film screenings, dance battles and the like in venues large and small as well as out in the open air.

Commissioned by Dag van de Dans.

MOIRA
trailer (cinematography and editing)

Trailer for ‘MOIRA’, a collaboration between Headliner and Teddy’s Last Ride, directed by Sjoerd Vreugdenhil.

Commissioned by Headliner.

STO(C)K
trailer (cinematography and editing)

Trailer for ‘STO(C)K’, a dance piece by Dansen Voor Moederziel Alleen.

Commissioned by OnGoing.

STO(C)K
teaser (cinematography and editing)

Teaser for ‘STO(C)K’, a dance piece by Dansen Voor Moederziel Alleen.

Commissioned by OnGoing.

Self-Accusation
short film (cinematography and editing)

Collaboration between music composer Jonathan Bonny and Baltasar Thomas for the production ‘Mirrors’.

Jonathan Bonny and I worked closely on this project. The film was shot and edited for the musical piece ‘Self-Accusation’ which he made for ‘Mirrors’, a The New What Now production. The performing musicians were: Mathias Coppens (piano), Tom Johnson (violin), Lieselot Watté (cello), Sofie Verbeeck (flute) and Sven Van De Voorde (clarinet).

Learn more about the event here (Dutch)..
Commissioned by The New What Now.

The Remaining Act
teaser (cinematography and editing)

Teaser for ‘The Remaining Act’, a performance piece by David van Dijcke.

After creating Outwards (Exploration #1), a piece that took measure of the implications of virtuality in technologically mediated performance, David Van Dijcke, in collaboration with musician Benjamin Cools and three talented performers, turns the tables around and fathoms the position of the hardware that is eclipsed when the lights turn on.

Learn more about the piece here.
Commissioned by David van Dijcke.

YOU ARE BORN
trailer (cinematography and editing)

Trailer for ‘You Are Born’, a dance piece by Pierik l’Istelle.

mensen zullen zijn wie mensen zijn
we zullen alleen niet los van de ander geraken
ook als we dat willen zijn

moederaarde heeft je geworpen
“hier, een lichaam en een hartritme.”
en toen was je geboren

onbeholpen zullen we blijven

excerpt from a poem (dutch) written for the performance by Sjaan Flikweert.

Learn more about the piece here.
Commissioned by OnGoing.

TORNAR
teaser (cinematography and editing) and photography

A teaser trailer for the dance piece ‘Tornar’ by Seppe Baeyens.

Under the wing of Ultima Vez and Wim Vandekeybus, Seppe Baeyens is now creating his first large-scale dance production. It is called Tornar and tells the story of people left after the passage of a tornado who are trying to rebuild a community. The movement of the devastating tornado is a metaphor for the crumbling solidarity between generations.

More information and play dates here.
Commissioned by Ultima Vez.