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Performance Programme

During EASTAP2023, you can see the following performances:

Wednesday 14th – Sunday 18th June

In cooperation with the Aarhus International Festival of Living Theatre ILT we offer you the opportunity to book an EASTAP-ILT Abonnement for 800 DKK (500 DKK for students). This abonnement can only be booked at the time of registration for the conference, and only by 31st March 2023. 

OBS: The offer to buy an ILT-abonnoment is expired.

The special ILT-EASTAP Abonnement includes eight performances: 

  • Billys Violence by Needcompany (BE)

  • Fuck Me by Marina Otero (ARG)

  • Happiness by Dries Verhoeven (BE)

  • I am from Reykjavik by Sonia Hughes (UK)

  • Finale by Delreves Company (SP)

  • 03:08:38 - States of Emergency by Transiteatret-Bergen (N)

  • Sunday by Company Chaliwaté & Focus (B)

  • Runners by Cirk La Putyka (CZ)

Additional tickets for other ILT performances as well as tickets after 1st April can be booked at the Festival homepage


About performances

Billys Violence 

Quentin Tarantino is a choirboy by comparison to the sheer brutality evoked by Shakespeare.

- Director Jan Lauwers

Shakespeare is the most read and performed writer the world has ever known. And yet many of the bard’s plays are virtually unperformable due to their violence, gruesomeness, racism and misogyny. A fierce brutality Shakespeare used to lure the audience into his theater and away from the streets of London, which were then filled with executions, dogfights, burning women and more violence.

In Billy's Violence, ten of Shakespeare's classics are sensitively rewritten into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus, stripped of any historical reference or anecdotal content. Romeo & JulietKing Lear and Othello are three of the ten tragedies that Needcompany explores to find out how we view violence as an element of entertainment today.

Billy's Violence is presented in a collaboration between Musikhuset Aarhus and ILT Festival. 

Fuck Me 

The dance performance Fuck Me shows us the form of revenge that a dancer's broken body seeks. The question is, what do we do the day our body says stop, and challenges both our ability and our way of being in the world? 

Fuck Me is created by the Argentinian artist and former dancer, Marina Otero. With the dance performance, she creates a fictional battlefield where she makes amends with the injustice she has experienced in real life. She uses the dancers on stage as her body. The body that can no longer do what she wants it to do. The body that has failed her. The body that challenges her ego and fuels the impulse to take revenge.  

On stage, she makes the dancers mold her narcissistic cause. Right there they tell the story of her life, only her life, until their death. 

Fuck Me is presented in a collaboration between ILT Festival and CPH STAGE.


From a small concrete building placed in public space, the installation Happiness explores the world of artificial happiness, which is increasingly available to us in the form of drugs, painkillers, and anti-depressants. 

The small concrete building looks like a mix between a public toilet and a pharmacy. A small illegal shop staffed by a humanoid robot. She talks to us about different drugs, painkillers, and anti-depressants we can use to adjust our emotional reality by changing the serotonin and dopamine levels in our brain. With the combination of robots and fabrics, the installation explores the zone where human and the artificial merge; where, aided by synthetic drugs, we can rehumanize or become more than human. Or escape our human condition altogether for a while. 

Happiness is created by the renowned Dutch artist Dries Verhoeven, who is one of the most debated artists of our time. Provocative and thought-provoking, he mixes theatre, scenography, and visual art, and creates installations, performances and happenings in museums, theaters and in public spaces. In the borderland between performance and installation art, he highlights various aspects of the common social reality in which we live.

I am from Reykjavik

I am from Reykjavik is both sculpture, protest, and ceremony when the artist Sonia Hughes builds a temporary home in Aarhus to find out what we really require from each other, when we are faced with a new place and new people.  

Manchester-based artist Sonia Hughes is a child of an immigrant. In her works she focusses on the feeling of not being at the right place, but at the same time not knowing where the right place is. 

So, she travels from city to city to find a place where she can feel free. A place where she can be completely herself. Where she is free to come and go, free to stay and free to feel at home. She tries to feel at home anywhere in the world but wants to know what it really takes to achieve that feeling. What does a city and a population demand from newcomers? And what do newcomers demand from the city and the people? 

In a world where we may all one day have to find another place to live, Sonia Hughes examines the concepts of right, identity, belonging, freedom, and home. She meets Aarhus and the people there and invites us all to experience both her and the city. You must come and go, stay, and pass by. 

I am from Reykjavik is developed based on a series of conversations with people in Aarhus, both natives and newcomers, about what it means to them to belong. 

03:08:38 - States of Emergency

03:08:38 States of Emergency is a reconstruction of the afternoon of July 22, 2011. Minute by minute we see what happened during the terrorist attack in Oslo and on Utøya, while listening to authentic radio broadcasts and audio recordings from the day the terrorist attack took place. 

It took 3 hours, 8 minutes, and 38 seconds for a young man to blow up a Norwegian government building and then kill 69 young social democrats at a summer camp.  

Now history is being recreated in terrifying real time. Artists, filmmakers, and musicians work on stage, and by using a small cardboard model car, drawings, and an unnerving ticking sound as part of the soundscape, they stimulate the audience's inner imagination. 

How did the outside world react to this tragic event? How was it talked about outside of Norway? Not after the tragedy, but in the middle of it, in the middle of the state of emergency, where no one knew anything about the scale, the reasons or the motivation behind it.

Behind 03:08:38 States of Emergency is Transiteatret-Bergen that works with contemporary theater under the artistic direction of Tore Vagn Lid. 

In 2020, 03:08:38 States of Emergency won Heddaprisen for Special Artistic Contribution to Tore Vagn Lid and for Best Audiovisual Design, just as it won Osloprisen for Performing Arts of the Year.  


Sunday observes the ingenuity and stubbornness of humans as they try to preserve their day-to-day habits, going to absurd extremes to keep up a sense of normalcy despite the chaos of an ecological collapse.

In a small building in the city centre, a family is about to spend their Sunday together, a family tradition. But the walls are shaking, strong winds and torrential rain rage outside and the storm has only just begun. Amidst this climatic chaos, the protagonists absurdly attempt to maintain a normal family life. Meanwhile, somewhere else on the planet, three travelling wildlife reporters are doing their best to document the apocalypse. They film, with what little equipment they have, Earth's last living species: three wild animals on the brink of extinction.

Collective insanity, blindness to the bleeding obvious; it’s a rich subject for bittersweet clowning. Between dreamlike fiction and factual reality, Sunday paints a witty and tender portrait of humanity surprised by the uncontrollable forces of nature.


Runners takes on a daring feat performing this completely unique piece upon an extraordinary giant treadmill. Four skilled dancers and two musicians invite the audience to consider life in a fast-paced world – ruminating on the concept of time and the way we move through it, using the treadmill as the central metaphor. As the cast performs powerful choreography, original live music, Cyr wheel stunts and bewildering acrobatics, they also run almost an entire marathon.

The award winning company, Cirk La Putyka, comes with a spellbinding show filled to the brim with enchanting dance, impressive acrobatics and original live music that sets out to examine the experience of time in a world that demands everything be done in haste.

Cirk La Putyka is a theatre company from Prague, Czech Republic professionally dedicated to the contemporary circus genre. It consists of almost a hundred actors, dancers, acrobats, musicians, production managers, technicians, doctors, make-up artists and other professionals.