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SLAP STICKS refers to the heyday of master clowns like Buster Keaton and other top comedians of the silent movie.

BL!NDMAN [drums] also makes good use of animated films. Both the silent fims and the animated films are full of situations where everything goes wrong. The characters roll, sometimes literally, from one obstacle to another, perform the craziest stunts, stumble and fall, get into fights with each other and then fall into each other’s arms again. But everything always works out in the end.

At the beginning of the 20th century, films had to make do without text or soundtrack. So the word ‘slapstick’ comes from the slap with a wooden stick to enhance the effect of some madness in the film. BL!NDMAN [drums] goes a whole lot further and will bring the images even more to life with his spectacular array of percussion instruments.

Especially for this production, some young international composers will create new compositions for percussion solos and electronics, which BL!NDMAN [drums] will perform live at the screening of the films.The entire programme is created in Paris, in collaboration with IRCAM, the world-renowned centre for electro- acoustic music. With SLAP STICKS, BL!NDMAN [drums] brings compositions by a new generation of composers to an even younger audience in a playful and accessible way.

Eric Sleichim: artistic direction

BL!NDMAN [drums]
Hannes Nieuwlaet: percussion
Yves Goemaere: percussion
Ward De Ketelaere: percussion
Gideon Van Canneyt: percussion

SLAP STICKS is a concert realised in collaboration with IRCAM and Lobster Films as part of Parliament of Angels


20 May
Geraardsbergen (BE)