18>29/03/2015

Performatik 2015

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Breaking The Frame

The fourth edition of Performatik, the Brussels biennial of performance art, contains two impressive conversions. Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker rethinks dance in an exhibition in WIELS. And visual artist Joëlle Tuerlinckx makes a reverse move.  Using her immense archive as a starting point, she creates a theatre performance, which will be shown in its entirety at the Kaaitheater.

Performatik has resolutely opted for the scintillating interface between performance arts and visual art. The binding element each time is the live event, the meeting between you and the performer, in the here and now. For that purpose we work together with a number of partners in the city – Argos, Beursschouwburg, Bozar, CENTRALE, Don Verboven Exquisite Objects, Passa Porta, Q-O2, Zsenne art lab, WIELS and workspacebrussels – who all contribute their own expertise. The public space is also used: the streets by Esther Ferrer, the ‘grande dame’ of Spanish performance, and the town squares by the Bouillon Group, a young Georgian company. Following the Venice Biennial, they treat Brussels to a performance that depicts our relationship with the three monotheistic religions.

The event opens with a performance of the first major creation for theatre by German artist Ulla von Brandenburg. She takes us back to the philosophy of the utopian socialist Saint-Simon, together with the Brussels Brecht-Eisler choir.

Performance cannot be pigeon-holed. Marthe Ramm Fortun takes us with her in a ‘conversation performance’ in Bozar, Christian Bakalov deprives us of sight in a journey through the Kaaistudios. Quite a few artists respond to our hyperfast age with rituals that invite us to take our time: the ceremony of Béatrice Balcou, the ‘square dance’ of Germaine Kruip, the twelve-day long piano performance of Marino Formenti which merges art and life, private and public.

The disruption of viewing positions (theatrical spectator, museum viewer) is inherent to the cross-boundary genre that performance is. That is the subject of the new production by Xavier Le Roy and the exhibition by artist Benoît Félix, who also made contributions to the festival artwork.

Performatik seeks out the boundaries, unravels codes and stimulates meetings between different art worlds. Feel free to join any one of the many salons where we discuss our experiences together with curators, artists and critics. Welcome!


Performatik 2015 is a Kaaitheater festival in association with Argos centre for art and media, Beursschouwburg, Bozar, CENTRALE for Contemporary Art, Don Verboven Exquisite Objects, Passa Porta, Q-O2, WIELS, workspacebrussels & ZSenne art lab


Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | Bára Sigfúsdóttir & Noémie Goudal | Beatrice Balcou | Benoît Félix | Christian Bakalov | Collective 三 (3) | Donatien Grau | Esther Ferrer & Emilio López-Menchero | Gaëtan Rusquet | Germaine Kruip | Grace Schwindt | Hans Ulrich Obrist | Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki/fieldworks | Hendrik Folkerts | Ivo Dimchev | Joëlle Tuerlinckx | Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion | Karel Verhoeven & Yannick Franck | Manon de Boer & George van Dam | Marino Formenti | Marthe Ramm Fortun | Philipp Gehmacher | Ryoko Akama, Rie Nakajima, Miki Yui | Shannon Jackson | The Bouillon Group | Ulla von Brandenburg | Xavier Le Roy


© image: Benoît Félix, videostill Dessine ce par quoi tu passes/ passe par ce que tu dessines, 2010


Long read: Pieter t' Jonck on Performatik 2013  >>


 


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performance/music
Zsenne art lab
Marino Formenti
18/03/2015 ... 29/03/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - For twelve days pianist and conductor Marino Formenti retreats into the Zsenne art lab. He lives and sleeps, eats and plays there the whole day, while music and silence alternate, and time and space flow into one.

exhibition
Argos
Argos presents
18/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - In her work Grace Schwindt often deals with historical events and social relations. She also interweaves fiction and non-fiction. For Performatik 2015, Argos has selected recent works from their collection, which will be shown at their exhibition space. The new film Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society will be premiered at the Kaaistudios. 

performance
Kaaistudios
Ulla von Brandenburg
18-19/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - The French-German artist Ulla von Brandenburg presents her first major theatre performance, a piece sung by five actors and the Brussels Brecht-Eisler Chorus, a sort of ‘re-enactment’ of the celebrations of the Saint-Simonists in Paris between 1832 and 1835.

In
lecture/debate
Kaaistudios
Shannon Jackson & Hendrik Folkerts
18/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Feel free to join one of the many salons where we reflect on the dialogue between performance arts and visual art, together with curators, artists and critics. In this opening salon, academic Shannon Jackson (UC Berkeley) and curator Hendrik Folkerts (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Documenta 14) talk to art critic Pieter T'Jonck.

In English
exhibition
Kaaitheater, Kaaistudio’s & CENTRALE
Kaaitheater presents
18/03/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Double meanings, humour and crossing borders are characteristic of the work of visual artist Benoît Félix. During Performatik he shows seven video performances. In them he plays the role of someone who makes or draws something; he then shows how the object or drawing goes its own way, independently of its creator.

exhibition
WIELS
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas & Ictus
19/03/2015 ... 29/03/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Can a piece of choreography be executed in the same form, time, space and conditions of an exhibition? Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker reimagines Vortex Temporum for the radically different conditions of a museal space, i.e. WIELS. She rethinks the performance as a nine weeks long exhibition, continuously performed during regular opening hours. 

lecture/debate
Kaaistudios
Ulla von Brandenburg, Joachim Saxenborn, Béatrice Balcou
19/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Conversation with Ulla von Brandenburg, Joachim Saxenborn, Béatrice Balcou and Karel Vanhaesebrouck (moderator).

In English
performance
Bozar
Marthe Ramm Fortun
20-21-22/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Marthe Ramm Fortun selects several portraits from three Bozar exhibitions and invites you to reinterpret them in her conversation performances. She looks for people and paintings that transcend their time or medium to connect with our current time.

In English
dance/performance/music/film
Kaaistudios
Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion / Manon de Boer & George Van Dam
20/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 DOUBLE BILL - Body Not Fit For Purpose is the first overtly political work of choreographer Jonathan Burrows and musician Matteo Fargion. Its starting point is the uselessness of dancing to express anything of any real concern and at the same time the inherent, gloriously foolish radicality of the attempt. With sequenza, artist Manon de Boer and violinist and composer George van Dam present a programme of live performances and films around four compositions for solo violin

In English
lecture/debate
Kaaistudios
Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion, Manon de Boer, George Van Dam
20/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Conversation with Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion, Manon de Boer & George Van Dam in a relaxed atmosphere. Moderator: Pieter Van Bogaert.

In English
exhibition
Bozar
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
21/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - In Bozar Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker exhibits drawings: geometric basic patterns of her choreographic work, from Fase (1982) to Vortex Temporum (2013).

lecture/debate
CENTRALE for contemporary art
Esther Ferrer, Emilio López-Menchero, Bouillon Group, Germaine Kruip, Marthe Ramm Fortun & Shannon Jackson
21/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Conversation with Esther Ferrer, Emilio López-Menchero, Bouillon Group, Germaine Kruip, Marthe Ramm Fortun & Shannon Jackson. Moderator: tbc

In English
performance
Don Verboven Exquisite Objects
Béatrice Balcou
21-26/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - The French artist Béatrice Balcou has been working on a series called Untitled Ceremonies since 2013. In response to our fast-paced world, the ceremonies introduce a muted spotlight on art. By slowly revealing, looking at and contextualising one single artwork, the artist invites us to take our time.

theatre/performance
Kaaitheater
Joëlle Tuerlinckx
21/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Visual artist Joëlle Tuerlinckx ventures into new territory and creates an ‘all-round show’ in which she draws from her vast archive. A part of that archive – images she uses to ‘theatricalise’ the world – was the basis of her impressive solo exhibition in WIELS.

performance
outdoors, on differenct locations in the city
The Bouillon Group
21-22/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Each religion has ritual movement. Centuries ago believers knew their spiritual purpose, but nowadays these gestures have often become automatic and meaningless. The Bouillon Group’s aim is to understand the movements of three religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism – the three dominant religions in Georgia.

performance
CENTRALE + Zsenne art lab
Esther Ferrer & Emilio López-Menchero
22-28/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - The CENTRALE presents an exhibition of the Spanish-Brussels artist Emilio López-Menchero, which includes a work by Esther Ferrer, a pioneer of performance art. Together they take the streets for the performance Se hace camino al andar. Emilio López-Menchero also presents his solo performance Claquettes.

lecture/debate
WIELS
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Xavier le Roy, Elena Filipovic
22/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Xavier Le Roy in conversation, moderated by Elena Filipovic.

In English
performance
Kaaistudios
Gaëtan Rusquet
22/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - The French set designer and artist Gaëtan Rusquet has three performers put up a construction. Even as they build it, they have to struggle against its disintegration. This is a journey through the history of a city.

performance
Kaaistudios
Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki/fieldworks
22/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, masters of mysterious performances in everyday locations, continue to explore space and how it affects our body and our perception. To this end they use a structure of moveable objects. The spectator goes on a journey in his imagination and is perfectly prepared to encounter a certain ‘objecthood’. 

lecture/debate
Kaaistudios
Gaetan Rusquet, Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki, Collective (3), Christian Bakalov
22/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Conversation with Gaetan Rusquet, Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki, Collective (3), Christian Bakalov and Marnix Rummens (moderator).

In English
performance
Kaaitheater
Collective (3) NAGAO, SCHAITL & COSTA
24/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - In ||| (1) three artists have their own way of dealing with structures. They focus on movement, sound and image and look for the moment at which their actions coincide, run in synchronicity or are phased.

language no problem
performance/music/lecture
Kaaitheater
Xavier Le Roy
24-25/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - In his new production Xavier Le Roy creates three situations that make the relationship between the audience and actors less straightforward. The three parts – a lecture, a performance and a concert – are controlled by the loss of a protagonist. The actors and spectators mourn together and this leads to inventions and strange situations…

lecture/debate
Kaaitheater
Xavier Le Roy, Benoît Félix & Miki Yui
24/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Conversation with Xavier Le Roy, Benoît Félix & Miki Yui. Moderator: tbc

In English
exhibition
Kaaitheater
Ivo Dimchev
24-25-28/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Discover photos and video work by artist in residence Ivo Dimchev before and after the performances at Kaaitheater.

performance
Q-O2
Miki Yui / Rie Nakajima / Ryoko Akama
25/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Music studio Q-O2 presents three Japanese artists, all of whom work around and with (kinetic) objects and spatial observation. Three performances in which the little things take centre stage.

film
Kaaistudios
Grace Schwindt
26/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - In this new film Grace Schwindt evokes discussions that she witnessed in her youth in Frankfurt, while growing up in a left-wing environment. The text, which is variously incorporated in the film, is based on an interview with an activist from the 1960s and 1970s student movement.

In English
performance/exhibition
Kaaistudios
Philipp Gehmacher
26/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Dancer and choreographer Philipp Gehmacher is a familiar guest at the Kaaitheater, from his collaboration with among others Meg Stuart and with his own creations. He introduces my shapes, your words, their grey as an exhibition of a visual and choreographic movement that infects the language of objects with the language of the body and linguistic language and that takes place in the medium of grey, in which all colours vibrate.

In English
lecture/debate
Kaaistudios
Philip Gehmacher & Grace Schwindt
26/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Conversation with Philip gehmacher, Grace Schwindt and Victor Wang (moderator).

In English
performance
Beursschouwburg
Karel Verhoeven & Yannick Franck / Bara Sigfusdottir & Noémie Goudall
27-28/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - A poetic performance about the complex relationship between man and nature. And a meeting between the special language of movement of the Icelandic dancer Bára Sigfúsdóttir (P.A.R.T.S., 2011), the work of the French visual artist Noémie Goudal, who combines illusion, stage design and photography to create surreal landscapes, and the Icelandic musician Borko.

lecture/debate
Beursschouwburg
Karel Verhoeven, Yannick Franck, Bára Sigfúsdóttir & Noémie Goudal
27/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Conversation with Karel Verhoeven, Yannick Franck, Bára Sigfúsdóttir, Noémie Goudal and Tom Bonte (moderator).

In English
dance/performance/lecture
Bozar
Germaine Kruip
28-29/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - With their ritual, circular movements dancing dervishes (Sufi Muslims) attempt to reach a state of religious transcendence. For A Possibility of an Abstraction: Square Dance Germaine Kruip asked the dervishes to break through the circle and introduce square patterns into the dance ritual.

performance
Kaaistudios
Christian Bakalov
28-29/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - In the first production of his own, Christian Bakalov (known for his work with Jan Fabre, Ivo Dimchev, Jérôme Bel and others) takes you on an anonymous journey in the dark, a place where boundaries are undefined. BRIGHT flirts with the near-darkness and sharpens your senses. Phosphorescent delusions/images stimulate your imagination. 

workshop
Kaaitheater
w wh at*
28/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - The artists from the Brussels organisation w wh at* examine various artistic practices in this workshop for children (from 10 years upwards). Using various objects, your own body and examples of contemporary art, we create a new image, paying particular attention to the position of the body, to moving and standing still, the relationship to space and the relationship between body, space, object and audience.

In Dutch
lecture/debate
Kaaitheater
Performatik Closing Salon
28/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of Serpentine Galleries London and internationally renowned curator, will talk to arts critic Piter T'Jonck about his experience with curating live art.

In English
performance/music
Kaaitheater
Ivo Dimchev
28/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - In his performances, the performer and singer Ivo Dimchev moves smoothly from one mood to the next, from rock star to prima donna. In Operville he develops his own version of the concept of opera. Expect vocal improvisation based on classical music, with several vocalists and performers on stage.

In English
miscellaneous
Kaaitheater
Vicuna & Kaaitheater present
28/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Join us for the closing party of Performatik.

lecture/debate
CENTRALE for contemporary art
Hans Ulrich Obrist & Donatien Grau
29/3/2015

PERFORMATIK 2015 - Art and literature were frequently partners in crime, especially in the avant-garde movements, but they now seem to have gone their separate ways. Is there still some common ground? Gilles Collard (Pylône) discusses this with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries Londen and author of The Interview Project) and Donatien Grau (Oxford University and author of The Age of Creation).

In English