Sarma presents, in collaboration with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods.
Many dance artists and cultural workers today are confronted with the
unresolved contradictions in the practices and lives oscillating between
nomadism and embedment, national policies and transnational migrations. How
to make these contradictions productive is an important question for the
reflection upon dance and performance at the moment. The arts world is
strongly affected by the consequences of what we call ‘globalisation’.
How do artists relate to the overriding imperative of mobility? How do they
experience international residencies and production facilities? How do they
maintain their artistic autonomy? What is the impact of migration on local
artistic communities? Which are the new artistic identities and practices
emerging in transnational networks? What about nomadism, belonging,
Urged by these questions, the platform for dance and performance criticism
Sarma (www.sarma.be) set up the project B-Chronicles in
collaboration with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods. Curated by Jeroen Peeters and
Myriam Van Imschoot, B-Chronicles encompasses a sociological and artistic
research based on interviews with various people of the Brussels dance
community, publications in Etcetera, Janus and Sarma, the creation of a
community game, lectures, performance and video works. One can follow the
different tracks of B-Chronicles on the website www.b-chronicles.be.
Concerned with context, Sarma seeks collaborations with different
organisations and places in which this research can be shared, such as
Kaaitheater. Responding to the specific context of Brussels, Sarma presents
B-Chronicles at Kaaitheaterstudios with a series of interventions that
explore the notion of ‘community’.
Curators: Jeroen Peeters, Myriam Van Imschoot Coordination: Charlotte Vandevyver Production: Sarma Co-production: Damaged Goods, Kaaitheater and Kunst/Werk
With the support of the Flemish Authorities and the Flemish Community
20.30 Introduction by curators Myriam Van Imschoot and Jeroen
20u40 Eleanor Bauer, Becoming room, Becoming Mac
Eleanor Bauer, member of the B-Chronicles think tank, conducted a series of
about fifty interviews with performers, creators, critics, dramaturges,
administrators, producers and programmers from the Brussels dance
community, pursuing the question what a 'community' actually consists of in
times of transnational mobility and new artistic identities. In the
lecture-performance Becoming room, Becoming Mac, Bauer contemplates
this process and interweaves it with her own story.
After studies at New York's Tisch School of the Arts, the American
performer and choreographer Eleanor Bauer moved to Brussels to join the
research cycle at P.A.R.T.S. Next to creating her own work, such as the
solo ELEANOR!, she is currently collaborating and performing with David
Zambrano, Mette Ingvartsen and deufert+plischke.
21.00 Jorge Leon, Between two chairs
Film maker Jorge Leon, member of the B-Chronicles think tank, presents a
video portrait based on an interview with the former dancer Ronald Burchi.
After training as a modern dancer in the USA, the American Burchi used to
live and work in Europe in the early nineties, didn’t manage to tie work
permits to his actual working situation and ended up with an illegal status
– a situation which is actually more common in the dance world than we
know or want to admit –, to eventually go through a legalisation
procedure in Belgium. Between two chairs sheds light on the many realities
of the alien resident, making the fragile balance between the artistic
visibility of international artists and their social and political rights
clear in a striking way. In this work, Jorge Leon continues his artistic
research on the format of the video interview as a potential portrait.
Jorge Leon studied film at INSAS in Brussels and has been working as a
photographer and film maker with a specific interest in the documentary. He
has collaborated with many people in the performing arts field, including
Eric Pauwels, Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey, Michèle Anne De Mey, Olga
De Soto, Hervé Robbe, Xavier Lukomski, Meg Stuart and Benoît Lachambre.
Since 2003 he creates documentary film work, including de sable et de
ciment, and U bent hier/Vous êtes ici/You are here.
21.45 Delphine Hesters and Dimitry Masyn, PROJECT -- THE
In PROJECT, all the participants are players, developing their own artistic
identity in a virtual dance community. Propelled by interaction and
participation, the 'community game' simulates the Brussels dance world in a
miniature form. In a series of negotiations between dancers and
representatives of organisations in the field, a convincing artistic
narrative is important, but in the foreground are far and foremost
collaboration, production mechanisms, permits, residencies, and networking.
The outcome of this simulation oscillates between all too real and
unbearably absurd. Mobility and transnationalism, professionalization and
technocracy: PROJECT probes reality, embraces experience, but doesn't
renounce the intricate logic of the game itself. As such it becomes a basis
for research and discussion in itself: which forms of productivity and
community are desirable today?
PROJECT is developed by sociologist Delphine Hesters and game designer
Dimitry Masyn, in collaboration with Sarma's B-Chronicles think tank.
Delphine Hesters studied sociology and cultural management.
As a research fellow of FWO Flanders she is currently preparing a PhD on
the second generation of Moroccan immigrants in Brussels at the KULeuven.
In PROJECT she elaborates previous research on the careers of dancers in
Dimitry Masyn is currently working as an agent for a transnational social
service company. In the past he has amongst his activities in film,
documentary and theatre, developed the game Majority, based on the
mechanisms of parliamentary democracy. Since five years he’s working on
Emo-globe, a hyperlinked glossary and map of 456 keywords about feelings.
Inspired by the Brussels dance community, the game PROJECT is presented
for the first time in Kaaitheaterstudios. With special thanks to Eleanor
Bauer, Jeroen Peeters, Charlotte Vandevyver, Myriam Van Imschoot, all the
players, table hosts, volunteers, guinea pigs, advisors, and Kaaitheater.
PROJECT lasts approximately 120 minutes, after which an open-ended
discussion takes place.
Throughout the festival Performatik II, Sarma equips a multimedia lounge at
the bridge of the Kaaitheaterstudios with various documentation materials
for browsing and further research, all related to B-Chronicles. One can
find there among others things audiodocumentation, mappings and drawings of
the Brussels dance community interview project, audiodocumentation of Alien
Resident, community pictures of Cairo and Berlin, publication in Etcetera
and Janus, and access to www.b-chronicles.be.
click on the pictures for a full-screen slideshow.