Cliniques Dramaturgiques: a Quebec-Flanders bilateral cooperation

I am proud to announce that les enfants du garage‘s new dramaturgical collaborative project Cliniques Dramaturgiques – an intercontinental artistic pollination has been rewarded with the support of the Flemish and Québécois authorities within the Quebec-Flanders bilateral cooperation.

The Cliniques Dramaturgiques, originally developed by Jessie Mill within the framework of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA) as a basis for inspiring support for local arts practices on the one hand and the development of an open dramaturgical platform on the other, are evolving into an intercontinental durational collaboration.
Since 2016, the Cliniques Dramaturgiques have formed a support and exchange platform within the programming of the FTA between makers in the performing arts – choreographers, authors, directors, performers, etc. -. This unique context on the one hand stimulates encounters between guest dramaturges from different backgrounds and, on the other hand, offers local artists a form of one-off support.

In a collaboration with CAMPO (BE), Kunstencentrum Nona (BE) and LA SERRE- arts vivants (CA), les enfants du garage (BE) and Festival TransAmériques (CA) will bring the practice of the Cliniques Dramaturgiques to Flanders and share the Belgian dramaturgical practice with the Québécois community.

Coming back to you with more news soon!

VRETEN! is on its way …

Last season director Lola Bogaert and I were introduced to each other during her research residency at Ostend’s cultural centre De Grote Post. Programmer Liv Laveyne knew Lola’s work and saw a possible connection with my dramaturgical practice. What a matchmaker she is!

After Monkey Mind, Lisi Estaras‘ inclusive dance performance, VRETEN! is my second experience in collaborating with a performer with Down’s Syndrome. A second research into a dramaturgy on how to share thoughts and questions about an inclusive society. VRETEN! is also a first: my first dramaturgy for an all ages performance (6+).

As we are going into our final week of creation, I can only share my huge enthusiasm about the work Lola is creating together with performers Sophia Rodríguez, Adnane Lamarti and Giel Roels, set designer Anouk van Kolfschoten, figures creator Paul Contryn and last but definitely not least soundscape-composer Sam Serruys.

So I suggest: offer yourself and your kids an immersion into our imagination!


The gym looks like every other school gym. Dancers seem to be ordinary dancers. Feet look like normal feet. Hands resembling ordinary hands. Until: look at that tongue! It is very long, isn’t it? I’m sure you can gobble down a lot with it!

Bodies become different,  limb by limb. One body looks like a woman, the other one looks like a man, the next one is also a man, but different. Different from that first man. Different to that first man. Or to the other one. Who is who in VRETEN!?  Who is normal? And who decides? Can the differences be bridged?


PREMIERE:

30 November 2019, De Grote Post (Ostend, BE)

08 December 2019, De Maan (Mechelen,BE)

Tour schedule


Sharing the dramaturgical practice.

© Yel Ratajczak/Sara Vanderieck

I am happy to announce that the Brussels based research centre La Bellone invites Alexandros Mistriotis (GR), Daniel Canty (CAN), Camille Louis (FR) and myself to each host one of the 4 ‘modules’ with a focus on exchanging our dramaturgical practice.

In French-speaking Belgium, dramaturgical practices are unknown. La Bellone notices a real lack of knowledge of this function, although essential in the field of the stage arts both within the venues and within creative teams. This is why the centre offers a cycle of modules combining theory and practice that meet the needs of both students and (self-taught) practitioners.

The modules are open to anyone with experience in watching stage arts, providing artistic advise, participating in a creation process as ‘outside eye’ or playwright.

You can find all information here.

I will be very happy to share my practice and research around an intuitive dramaturgy with you from March 16th to March 20th!

📅 Application deadline: December 13, 2019

Simon, Garfunkel, my Sister and Me kick-off.

© Kristien De Proost

Today I am joining Kristien De Proost and Bwanga Pilipili in C-Takt for their first residency in the process of creating Simon, Garfunkel, my Sister and Me. Excited doesn’t begin to describe the energy this project awakens in my dramaturg’s mind and being!


2019: Simon, Garfunkel, my Sister and Me. : white theater maker and actress Kristien De Proost invites black theater maker and actress Bwanga Pilipili for an ultimate reenactment of Simon & Garfunkels live concert in Central Park.

Who interprets Art and who interprets Paul? Will Bwanga and Kristien survive the confrontation with these two immortal musicians? With each other? Will they stay upright? Will the public get value for their money? Will we all make it to the last song? And are there winners and / or losers at the end? Simon, Garfunkel, My Sister and Me will be a performance about rivalry in all its forms. Live versus tape, female versus male, black versus white, Europe versus America. Over bridges and turbulent water. About feelin’groovy. About boxers, hometowns, old friends and the 50 ways to leave your lover. But especially about the right to keep singing what you want to sing.


Simon, Garfunkel, my Sister and Me will première at Kunstencentrum NONA on April 22nd 2020.

A new collaboration with Bára Sigfúsdóttir!

© Aëla Labbé

I am very happy to announce that after our inspiring exchanges for THE LOVER, TIDE and being, Bára has invited me into the creation process of her new work: FLÖKT – a flickering flow.

Today is our first day together in the studio. I am truly looking forward to this new journey together!


In FLÖKTchoreographer and dancer Bára Sigfúsdóttir joins forces with visual artist Tinna Ottesen, composer Eivind Lønning, light designer Jan Fedinger, and dancers Aëla Labbé and Meri Pajunpää who join Bára on stage.

FLÖKT offers an exploration of our bodily connection with the world surrounding us. It suggests that nature is not something that solely exists outside of us but also something we can sense and experience through our bodies. The audience is invited into a white silk dome, an environment which is in a constant state of transition and allows you to feel the close proximity of things, bodies, the space, the sound, the lights and the massive presence of this environment which literally surrounds you. Together we undertake a journey inside an interconnected poetic miniature of our world.

When I look at a Strawberry, … through the eyes of Toyah Van der Poten

Videoartist Toyah Van der Poten made an impression of the performance of When I look at a Strawberry, I think of a Tongue. in CDCN Le Gymnase last June. She edited this selection of material out of the 60min. in situ performance.

Guest artists for this performance were Toon Walgrave and Mathieu Desseigne Ravel.

When I look at a Strawberry, … a dramaturg’s insight.

2019 – Best Wishes!

I wish you dreams with no end and the furious desire to realize some of them.

I wish you to love what should be loved and forget what you need to forget.

I wish you passion, I wish you silence, I wish you to hear birds singing and children laughing when you wake up.

I wish that you respect other people’s differences because the merits and value of each person are worth discovering.

I wish that you resist getting stuck, that you resist being indifferent and that you resist the negativity and righteousness of our time.

Finally, I wish that you never renounce discovery, adventure, life, love because life is a magnificent adventure and no reasonable person should renounce it without a courageous battle.

I especially wish you to be yourself, to be proud of who you are and happy because happiness is our true destiny.

I wish you to love what should be loved and forget what you need to forget.

I wish you passion, I wish you silence, I wish you to hear birds singing and children laughing when you wake up.

I wish that you respect other people’s differences because the merits and value of each person are worth discovering.

I wish that you resist getting stuck, that you resist being indifferent and that you resist the negativity and righteousness of our time.

Finally, I wish that you never renounce discovery, adventure, life, love because life is a magnificent adventure and no reasonable person should renounce it without a courageous battle.

I especially wish you to be yourself, to be proud of who you are and happy because happiness is our true destiny.

Jacques Brel – 1968.

WHY WE FIGHT – Belgian Première.

Eric Arnal-Burtschy invited me this fall to give some dramaturgical advice for his new creation WHY WE FIGHT. We had a beautiful exchange around this semi-autobiographical monologue in which he intertwines his own story with historical texts, letters and diary fragments from other people in an attempt to explore what can engage each of us.

I am happy to announce that WHY WE FIGHT will have its Belgian première at Les Brigitinnes as part of the Working Title Festival on December 1st.