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Hiros, Caravan Production, workspacebrussels, Arts Management Agency (AMA), ZOO/Thomas Hauert, Entropie Production & invited guests join forces to meet Brussels-based artists and cultural workers who have questions about the realisation of their projects within the Flemish and Walloon arts decree.

Once a month during openoffice we throw open the doors or our workings, each time at a different cultural location in Brussels. Everyone who is looking for advice on projects in the performing arts, or who would like to exchange experiences, is welcome. We discuss specific themes during an information session/workshop and then organise a moment for all possible questions. Keep an eye on our agenda or facebook page for new dates!

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Initiated in 2018 by Marialena Marouda and later joined by composer Charlie Usher and performance maker Elpida Orfanidou, The Oceanographies Institute (TOI) studies the kinship between humans and oceans. Focusing on the relation between these two bodies of water, TOI seeks to give particular attention to their affectual and sensual encounters.

TOI therefore explores the relations of hands to mud, ears to the breaking waves, feet to the feeling of sinking, rather than the ocean "in itself", as if devoid of human presence. The Institute collects, analyzes and reenacts people's personal stories about their encounters with the ocean. In doing that, TOI aims at becoming both an institute and an ocean – simultaneously. On the one hand, TOI seeks to undergo a process of institutionalization, by which it can affirm and disseminate the personal...

Initiated in 2018 by Marialena Marouda and later joined by composer Charlie Usher and performance maker Elpida Orfanidou, The Oceanographies Institute (TOI) studies the kinship between humans and oceans. Focusing on the relation between these two bodies of water, TOI seeks to give particular attention to their affectual and sensual encounters.

TOI therefore explores the relations of hands to mud, ears to the breaking waves, feet to the feeling of sinking, rather than the ocean "in itself", as if devoid of human presence. The Institute collects, analyzes and reenacts people's personal stories about their encounters with the ocean. In doing that, TOI aims at becoming both an institute and an ocean – simultaneously. On the one hand, TOI seeks to undergo a process of institutionalization, by which it can affirm and disseminate the personal...

This work springs from the desire to develop a dance performance within the habitat of an already existing dance style, taking the exploration of its intrinsic complexity as the departure point for the elaboration of a choreographic object. Farmer Train Swirl – Étude is a kinesthetic and subjective investigation of the field of House dance – a style born in the clubs of Chicago & New York in the early eighties.

The making of this solo prolongs a 2-year process in which Cassiel Gaube mainly dedicated himself to learning and practicing House dance, in Paris' and New York's lively club scenes. Sampling, appropriation & transformation are at the core of this dance form, which is in itself a synthesis and a development of other dance styles : a.o. Hip hop, Salsa, Rasta dancing, Tap dance. Embracing these principles, the artist's undertaking is here understood, not so much as a creation ex nihilo, but rather...

Karel Burssens

Currents

Winterwarm/Uit Het Donker

installation

Currents unfolds in two parts, as a durational installation and a performance. The installation explores the simplest of forms, a line, turned into a light sculpture. Through repetition, it defines not only rhythm, space and light, but also the movements of a dancer. He will meet and confront the moving sculpture in an effort to reconfigure the relationship between man and machine.

The initial state of alienation is pushed to reach a poetic realm, a layered landscape to dream into. As such, both installation and performance aim to reveal our contemporary position as entities forced to adapt to an ever-changing world on both a technological and socio-political level. How do we deal with these situations? How do we continually find a new balance within our own environment and how do we deal with this on a larger scale?...

openoffice

Hiros, Caravan Production, workspacebrussels, Arts Management Agency (AMA), ZOO/Thomas Hauert, Entropie Production & invited guests join forces to meet Brussels-based artists and cultural workers who have questions about the realisation of their projects within the Flemish and Walloon arts decree.

Once a month during openoffice we throw open the doors or our workings, each time at a different cultural location in Brussels. Everyone who is looking for advice on projects in the performing arts, or who would like to exchange experiences, is welcome. We discuss specific themes during an information session/workshop and then organise a moment for all possible questions. Keep an eye on our agenda or facebook page for new dates!

With the...

In **Dreamline mothership INC / Pt. 1: journey into the cosmic womb**  an enchanted stewardess is taking the audience on a journey on the mothership into the galactic womb. A guided meditation, a fantastic sci-fi voyage into the cosmic womb, the mythological origin of the universe.

On the mothership the audience is transported through the cosmic vaginal pathway, passing several portals which are opening and deepening the journey to one’s own intimacy and pleasure in order to generate a dream conception. The cosmic womb is here interpreted as a black hole in the universe from which all dreams can be conceived and birthed into being. The story unfolds through spoken text, that sometimes becomes a song and a dance, accompanied by a celestial soundtrack created by Laryssa...

El cantar del playo or… a song is a rose is a thorn is Mario Barrantes Espinoza’s third multimedia performance. With it, he revisits the sound and text worlds of the gay night scene in Costa Rica in early 2010 – a time in which he began to explore his sexual identity, also the year in which the music genre later known as plancha popularized.

Plancha is a musical genre that contains a wide variety of styles, artists and songs that have lyrics about love and heartbreak in common, often considered too melodramatic or simply outdated by the contemporary ear.

Before being known in this way, plancha was practically the daily music that flooded Latin American radio and television stations from the late 1960s to the early 1990s, closely linked to the very present 'telenovela'-culture and to the golden era of songwriting in...

In **Dreamline mothership INC / Pt. 1: journey into the cosmic womb**  an enchanted stewardess is taking the audience on a journey on the mothership into the galactic womb. A guided meditation, a fantastic sci-fi voyage into the cosmic womb, the mythological origin of the universe.

On the mothership the audience is transported through the cosmic vaginal pathway, passing several portals which are opening and deepening the journey to one’s own intimacy and pleasure in order to generate a dream conception. The cosmic womb is here interpreted as a black hole in the universe from which all dreams can be conceived and birthed into being. The story unfolds through spoken text, that sometimes becomes a song and a dance, accompanied by a celestial soundtrack created by Laryssa...

openoffice

Hiros, Caravan Production, workspacebrussels, Arts Management Agency (AMA), ZOO/Thomas Hauert, Entropie Production & invited guests join forces to meet Brussels-based artists and cultural workers who have questions about the realisation of their projects within the Flemish and Walloon arts decree.

Once a month during openoffice we throw open the doors or our workings, each time at a different cultural location in Brussels. Everyone who is looking for advice on projects in the performing arts, or who would like to exchange experiences, is welcome. We discuss specific themes during an information session/workshop and then organise a moment for all possible questions. Keep an eye on our agenda or facebook page for new dates!

With the...

Dolores Bouckaert + Charlotte Bouckaert

Everybody has to leave home sometime

Europalia

premiere

In early 2019, an unknown short story by Sylvia Plath (1932-1964), ‘Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom’, was published. This story, written by Plath in 1953 when she was 20 years old, tells the story of a train journey. It is an allegory for a young woman’s rebellion against convention, in which Plath first experiments with the visual language of Giorgio de Chirico, known for his surrealistic paintings of dark trains and threatening tunnels.

Playwright and writer Dolores Bouckaert and visual artist Charlotte Bouckaert work together for the first time and form the perfect duo to stage this dark story about female agency and independence, about life and death. Everybody has to leave home sometime is a cinematic musical performance. A visual and intellectual journey that immerses the spectator in a world of sound, colour, line and form. Flowing, rhythmic, fragmented and disturbing. On stage, there are two performers and two musicians, and a Magic Machine that...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

This work springs from the desire to develop a dance performance within the habitat of an already existing dance style, taking the exploration of its intrinsic complexity as the departure point for the elaboration of a choreographic object. Farmer Train Swirl – Étude is a kinesthetic and subjective investigation of the field of House dance – a style born in the clubs of Chicago & New York in the early eighties.

The making of this solo prolongs a 2-year process in which Cassiel Gaube mainly dedicated himself to learning and practicing House dance, in Paris' and New York's lively club scenes. Sampling, appropriation & transformation are at the core of this dance form, which is in itself a synthesis and a development of other dance styles : a.o. Hip hop, Salsa, Rasta dancing, Tap dance. Embracing these principles, the artist's undertaking is here understood, not so much as a creation ex nihilo, but rather...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

In early 2019, an unknown short story by Sylvia Plath (1932-1964), ‘Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom’, was published. This story, written by Plath in 1953 when she was 20 years old, tells the story of a train journey. It is an allegory for a young woman’s rebellion against convention, in which Plath first experiments with the visual language of Giorgio de Chirico, known for his surrealistic paintings of dark trains and threatening tunnels.

Playwright and writer Dolores Bouckaert and visual artist Charlotte Bouckaert work together for the first time and form the perfect duo to stage this dark story about female agency and independence, about life and death. Everybody has to leave home sometime is a cinematic musical performance. A visual and intellectual journey that immerses the spectator in a world of sound, colour, line and form. Flowing, rhythmic, fragmented and disturbing. On stage, there are two performers and two musicians, and a Magic Machine that...

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

In newpolyphonies 4 singers of HYOID join forces with 15 performers in a curious high mass about little differences with big impact.

Manyfold, meditative, monstrous, machinic, Messianic, mimetic, mesmerizing, minuscule, mighty, methodical, momentary, mystical. Inspired by insects, climate marches and airplane traffic coming to a halt, the leitmotif in this concert/performance is not the loud collective chant, but the experience that each individual - like a link in a chain - can set a vortex of sounds in motion. The process for newpolyphonies has also resulted in the installation newpolyphonies rewired, an immersive experience where 20 speakers create a moving...

El cantar del playo or… a song is a rose is a thorn is Mario Barrantes Espinoza’s third multimedia performance. With it, he revisits the sound and text worlds of the gay night scene in Costa Rica in early 2010 – a time in which he began to explore his sexual identity, also the year in which the music genre later known as plancha popularized.

Plancha is a musical genre that contains a wide variety of styles, artists and songs that have lyrics about love and heartbreak in common, often considered too melodramatic or simply outdated by the contemporary ear.

Before being known in this way, plancha was practically the daily music that flooded Latin American radio and television stations from the late 1960s to the early 1990s, closely linked to the very present 'telenovela'-culture and to the golden era of songwriting in...

Vera Tussing + Quatuor MP4

Tactile Quartet(s)

Dag van de Dans 2022

Concert version

In Tactile Quartet(s), Vera Tussing builds on her longstanding choreographic practice in exploring the sensory potentialities of the audience. The piece puts the string quartet Quatuor MP4 in communication with a quartet of dancers – Yoh Morishita, Zoltán Vakulya, Esse Vanderbruggen, Vera Tussing – inviting the audience into a deeply layered and multi-sensory encounter between movement and sound.

What happens when we take the movements of a string quartet seriously as a choreography, and dance along? The four musicians play passages from canonical works by Franz Schubert and Florence Price, as well as contemporary works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Michael Picknett, and Caroline Shaw. As they play, the musicians engage in one-on-one tactile encounters with the audience, creating physical interaction. Everything arises from touch – a bow on a string, an arm on a shoulder, an acoustic sensation on your skin....

In Tactile Quartet(s), Vera Tussing builds on her longstanding choreographic practice in exploring the sensory potentialities of the audience. The piece puts the string quartet Quatuor MP4 in communication with a quartet of dancers – Yoh Morishita, Zoltán Vakulya, Esse Vanderbruggen, Vera Tussing – inviting the audience into a deeply layered and multi-sensory encounter between movement and sound.

What happens when we take the movements of a string quartet seriously as a choreography, and dance along? The four musicians play passages from canonical works by Franz Schubert and Florence Price, as well as contemporary works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Michael Picknett, and Caroline Shaw. As they play, the musicians engage in one-on-one tactile encounters with the audience, creating physical interaction. Everything arises from touch – a bow on a string, an arm on a shoulder, an acoustic sensation on your skin....

For Begüm Erciyas’ and Matthias Meppelink’s new performance Forest Silent Gathering, a group of audience members meet inside a forest at sunset and follow a soundtrack through headphones. An audio-social architecture is created, in which one can possibly be alone together. Changing distances invite to find new proximities. Absent figures become protagonists. As the communal space takes shape and transforms, Forest Silent Gathering makes us reflect on the bonds between people, forests and histories. What is it that keeps us together?

In Soirée d’études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude and creates a piece exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy...

Gaëtan Rusquet + Damien Petitot

In-depth

Europalia

premiere

Following the performance The eYe in the light in the eYe presented during the last edition of Europalia, Gaëtan Rusquet continues his research on the body-image relationship, this time in co-creation with Damien Petitot.

In-depth is a performative installation, activated by two performers, putting into play the relationship between the body, the screen and their multiple presences. The performance asks the question of what remains of us physically when we presentourselves through communication networks, data flows and technological tools, in a desire to reach out, touch or be touched by others. The space in which the performance takes place, is created by Stefan Kartchev and...

In Tactile Quartet(s), Vera Tussing builds on her longstanding choreographic practice in exploring the sensory potentialities of the audience. The piece puts the string quartet Quatuor MP4 in communication with a quartet of dancers – Yoh Morishita, Zoltán Vakulya, Esse Vanderbruggen, Vera Tussing – inviting the audience into a deeply layered and multi-sensory encounter between movement and sound.

What happens when we take the movements of a string quartet seriously as a choreography, and dance along? The four musicians play passages from canonical works by Franz Schubert and Florence Price, as well as contemporary works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Michael Picknett, and Caroline Shaw. As they play, the musicians engage in one-on-one tactile encounters with the audience, creating physical interaction. Everything arises from touch – a bow on a string, an arm on a shoulder, an acoustic sensation on your skin....

For Begüm Erciyas’ and Matthias Meppelink’s new performance Forest Silent Gathering, a group of audience members meet inside a forest at sunset and follow a soundtrack through headphones. An audio-social architecture is created, in which one can possibly be alone together. Changing distances invite to find new proximities. Absent figures become protagonists. As the communal space takes shape and transforms, Forest Silent Gathering makes us reflect on the bonds between people, forests and histories. What is it that keeps us together?

Gaëtan Rusquet + Damien Petitot

In-depth

Europalia

Following the performance The eYe in the light in the eYe presented during the last edition of Europalia, Gaëtan Rusquet continues his research on the body-image relationship, this time in co-creation with Damien Petitot.

In-depth is a performative installation, activated by two performers, putting into play the relationship between the body, the screen and their multiple presences. The performance asks the question of what remains of us physically when we presentourselves through communication networks, data flows and technological tools, in a desire to reach out, touch or be touched by others. The space in which the performance takes place, is created by Stefan Kartchev and...

For Begüm Erciyas’ and Matthias Meppelink’s new performance Forest Silent Gathering, a group of audience members meet inside a forest at sunset and follow a soundtrack through headphones. An audio-social architecture is created, in which one can possibly be alone together. Changing distances invite to find new proximities. Absent figures become protagonists. As the communal space takes shape and transforms, Forest Silent Gathering makes us reflect on the bonds between people, forests and histories. What is it that keeps us together?

In Voicing Pieces, one’s own voice is staged to become the protagonist. In the intimacy of an isolated sound booth, guided by a simple score, the audience becomes spectator of their own voice.

The act of speaking and simultaneously hearing one's own voice turns into a theatrical and choreographic experience, sculpted anew with each individual interpretation of the score. The voice becomes a place for action, a spectacle or a surprise. Isn't one's own voice always inauthentic and uncanny? Who is speaking, when one's own voice speaks? Rather than recognizing oneself in the stranger, Voicing Pieces is an invitation to recognize the stranger in oneself....

MOLD is a dance piece that explores the different elements of the theatre and treats them as parts of the same body. It is a sensory experience that connects live arts to live cultures by bringing organic processes and materials on stage.

The meaning of the title is twofold. A "mold" is both a hollow form shaping malleable materials and a fungus infecting and connecting very different spaces. The body emerging from the interrelation between these two meanings, is the starting point of the piece. The choreography of MOLD is a place where giving and taking shape come together. MOLD invites the audience to a universe where both "making" and "letting things happen" are experienced simultaneously....

For Begüm Erciyas’ and Matthias Meppelink’s new performance Forest Silent Gathering, a group of audience members meet inside a forest at sunset and follow a soundtrack through headphones. An audio-social architecture is created, in which one can possibly be alone together. Changing distances invite to find new proximities. Absent figures become protagonists. As the communal space takes shape and transforms, Forest Silent Gathering makes us reflect on the bonds between people, forests and histories. What is it that keeps us together?

MOLD is a dance piece that explores the different elements of the theatre and treats them as parts of the same body. It is a sensory experience that connects live arts to live cultures by bringing organic processes and materials on stage.

The meaning of the title is twofold. A "mold" is both a hollow form shaping malleable materials and a fungus infecting and connecting very different spaces. The body emerging from the interrelation between these two meanings, is the starting point of the piece. The choreography of MOLD is a place where giving and taking shape come together. MOLD invites the audience to a universe where both "making" and "letting things happen" are experienced simultaneously....