A Grey Space Weekend x Karel van Laere: Reach – Performative Symposium

Sat 14 May

A performative symposium in the context of Karel van Laere’s Open Space residency ‘Reach’ at The Grey Space. With: Guus Bökkering, Simon Bus, Ellen ter Gast, Yun Lee, Anke Smits and Raphael Vanoli.

A Grey Space Weekend

A Grey Space Weekend is an adventurous festival spreading throughout the entire Grey Space, consisting of an extensive music program with live acts and DJs, an exhibition, performances and a performative symposium.

Below you can find the different programs weaving together A Grey Space Weekend.

Reach: Performative Symposium

From September to November 2021, during his Open Space residency at The Grey Space, Karel van Laere developed a new body of work titled Reach. This performative symposium will be dedicated to the Reach project.

The aim of this performative symposium is not only to share, but to also facilitate (social) revelation by stimulating the most powerful characteristic of mankind: imagination. The event aims to spark this imagination in visitors and participants alike through engaging both the mind and the body and connecting people from different backgrounds.

Besides a panel talk between Karel van Laere and surgeons Dr. Anke Smits and Guus Bökkerink – moderated by philosopher and biologist Ellen ter Gast – the symposium features performances by dancer Simon Bus, artist Yun Lee, musician Raphael Vanoli and Karel van Laere.


15.30–15.40 Lecture performance by Yun Lee
15.40–15.55 Intro by Marijke Cobbenhagen
15.55–16.20 Talk by Anke Smits
16.20–16.40 Dance performance by Simon Bus
16.40–17.00 Short break
17.00–17.45 Panel talk with Karel van Laere + guests
17.40–18.15 Audiovisual performance by Raphael Vanoli

19.30–20.00 Performance Reach by Karel van Laere


A Grey Space Weekend is made possible by the City of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Zuid-Holland and Kickstart Cultuurfonds.

Reach is a project by Karel van Laere developed in a co-production by The Grey Space in the Middle and Stichting Largo and is made possible by the City of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag, Mondriaan Fonds, Amarte Fonds, the In Art We Trust Fund (by We Are Public) and Laparoscopyboxx (a brand of Outside the Boxx).