Lisi Estaras – MonkeyMind Company

“If you really want to be understood, look for a good translator” Marlene Dumas

#THISISBEAUTY is the new performance by choreographer/dancer Lisi Estaras who celebrates her 50th birthday with a solo. A solo as a 50-year-old dancer. A solo of 50 minutes. A work consisting of 50 thoughts.

Lisi has been active as a dancer and choreographer for years and developed her own “Monkeymind” method. She always had a fascination for the place of words and language in dance and puts that at the center of a creation for the first time. What does the performer think while executing movements? Saying what we say is not always the same as showing what we say. Inspired by the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and other 50-year-old women, Lisi creates an autobiographical physical and verbal fiction that questions the absurd boundaries of communication.

After La Esclava (2015), Lisi creates another dance solo. Whereas La Esclava  focused on the memory of the (dancing) body as an engine for the narration of her own history, Lisi now focuses on the development of a personal linguistic writing. After The Jewish Connection Project (2019) and SONICO, the heart is the muscle we like to work out  (2020), #THISISBEAUTY is Lisi Estaras’ 3rd creation under the wings of her own MonkeyMind Company.


Concept, text, choreography & performance– Lisi Estaras

Dramaturgy – Sara Vanderieck

Sound design – Tom Daniëls

Costume design – Marie Szersnovicz

Costume realization  – Odile Dubucq

Lighting design – Helmut Van Den Meersschaut

Artistic advice – Carla Carmona, Kristien De Proost

Production Management & Communication – Hilde Debuck

MonkeyMind Company Management – Nicole Petit

Agent  –  Plan B – Creative Agency for Performing Arts / Carmen Mehnert & Anne Schmidt

Production – Monkey Mind Company

Co-production  – Festival Bits of Dance Brugge (B), MA Scène Nationale Montbéliard (F)

Residencies – KAAP Brugge, MA Scène Nationale Montbéliard, Tanzhaus Zürich, BAMP Brussel

Supported by – CAMPO, les ballets C de la B and KC nona (workspace)

With thanks to – Rose, Liora, Mirko and Ludwig

This project is realized with a project grant from the Flemish Government – Culture