We asked Brasilian writer and performer Luanda Casella who now lives in Belgium, about her favourite place in Brussels:
My favorite place in Brussels is the Horta Museum (the private house and studio of the Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta) in Saint-Gilles. I am always amazed by the narrative strength of that building. I like to think of it as The House of Fiction, where I can imagine characters from an Edgar Allan Poe story, dwelling alone in madness through its corridors and salons—which Salvador Dali would have described as “of the terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.”
You can admire the work of Luanda Casella at KVS soon where she will show her newest play Short of Lying. It is a storytelling performance and a lecture on storytelling at the same time. More specifically, the performance speaks of the power of stories to frame and manipulate reality and how narrative thinking and storytelling has been appropriated by communication media. The performance is situated in the conflicting realm of online publishing, which has confiscated narrative thinking and storytelling since the 1990s to serve the neoliberal logics.
Winner of the Sabam Jongtheaterschrijfprijs at Theater aan Zee 2018. The jury said: “In Short of Lying, Luanda Casella dissects the lie as the ultimate narrative tool, through a spoken word performance that balances between stand-up psychology, scientific TED Talk and literary storytelling. Using a text ingeniously composed around bluff, mystification and bullshit, she cleverly exposes the mechanisms of deception.”
If you’d like to attend the newest creation of Luanda Casella, come to KVS on the 6th or 7th of December for the Brussels premiere of Short of Lying.
KVS is offering three pairs of free tickets for Short of Lying on the 7th of December to readers of WeloveBrussels. For a chance to win, send an email to email@example.com