→ 19 Sep 14 at 3 pm
Joris Van de Moortel - Don’t you know you’re gonna mess up the carpet (2014)
The work of Joris Van De Moortel has some reminiscences of an abandoned stage set or of the relics of a performance. Creation and destruction are intermingled factors in his installations where abandoned materials have a preponderant role. The work is fully completed at the performance given on the evening of the official opening of the exhibition.
→ 05 Aug 14 at 3 pm
Promotional materials for acrobatic troupe The Flying Léo-Tard (c. 1920)
Fernand Bragard from Liège composed acrobatic acts on the ground and in the air, often with a humorous streak. With his partners isidore Dosquet and Jules Wansart, he founded the trapeze trio ‘The Flying Léo-Tard’. Their name was a tribute to French trapeze artist Jules Léotard, who, in 1859, was the first to jump from one trapeze to another, thus launching a new discipline: the flying trapeze. ‘The Flying Léo-Tard’ performed flying trapeze acts for over thirty years.
→ 13 Jun 14 at 3 pm
Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes - Rain (2012)
On 25th May 2011 the world-renowned Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris presented Rain, its first ever performance of a choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The filmmakers Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance. The documentary focuses on how De Keersmaeker and the Rosas dancers convey the dance idiom of the choreographer to the classically trained ballet dancers. The rigidity of ballet gives way to another kind of severity, namely the mathematical pattern of Rain, which, however, conceals a powerful emotional layering. A poetic documentary about searching, looking and hesitating within the walls of the opera, which at times can be claustrophobic.
→ 19 May 14 at 7 am
The Puppet theaters of Liège
Pictured: Interchangeable paper wings for the puppet box*, and the “last” Liège puppeteers in 1931.
You must venture, once night has fallen, into places of doubtful security… [It isn’t] in the centre of town that you rout them out, but in the surroundings of workers’ sections at alley crossroads and in constricted cul-de-sacs. Look on the winding Basse-Sauveniere street, between its low class cabarets in the Couronne cul-de-sac that pours out its somber inhabitants into Hors-Chateau street… in the narrow passages that vomit their floods of tattered beggars onto the clamouring thoroughfares that plow through St Margaret’s parish near Place Delcour, refuge of rag sellers and by the Ecoliers barracks. That is where you will find them.
(Rodolph de Warsage, quoted in Speaking in Other Voices: An Ethnography of Walloon Puppet Theaters)
*Full disclosure: The examples are German in origin, but of a style found across Western Europe.
→ 22 Apr 14 at 3 pm
Francis Alÿs - The Modern Procession (2002)
On June 23, 2002, Francis Alÿs staged The Modern Procession, in collaboration with the Public Art Fund, to mark The Museum of Modern Art’s move from 11 West Fifty-third Street to MoMA QNS in Long Island City. Accompanied by New York City police, some one hundred participants set out at nine o’clock on that Sunday morning to walk through the streets of midtown, over the Queensboro Bridge, and up Queens Boulevard to MoMA QNS. They carried palanquins holding effigies of iconic works from the Museum’s collection, including Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avingnon and Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, as well as a living icon, the artist Kiki Smith.
The subdued rhythms of Banda de Santa Cecilia’s processional music set the marchers’ slow pace, motivating them as they grew increasingly hotter and more tired during the three hour trek from midtown to Queens. The music established the solemnity of the ritual. Clad in white, blue, and green shirts and black pants, the processors carried palanquins, roses, and banners; they strew rose petals along the path and walked dogs. The procession exuded a feeling of solemn joy and many onlookers felt compelled to join in and follow the unusual group of marchers over the bridge to Long Island City.
→ 12 Mar 14 at 11 am
Oshin Albrecht & Melissa Mabesoone - buren
In the performance ‘buren’, we combine installation, video and performance. The videos portray women doing certain gestures that stem from daily activities. They reflect on how women are depicted in art history, contemporary art and in our society. The performance is a combination of tutorials, house tours, advertisement, etiquette and games, all with a great deal of care. The result is an installation that refers to domestic architecture, a constantly changing scene in which videos are shown and where the scenography is a performance.
→ 06 Apr 13 at 5 am
Hedwig Houben - Retrospective Act (2012)
This video shows a recording of an action in my studio where all the plasticine from previous works is collected on a table and laboriously kneaded to a large ball of plasticine.