The space of KANAL, charged with its industrial history, becomes the place to ritualise the love relationship, the renovation of the place becomes an opportunity for transformation, to integrate the past and the possibilities that arise.
Thiago Antunes & Gaëtan Rusquet (BE/BR)
The body, its tissues, its cells, or even the places, record information, happy or unhappy events. Thiago and Gaëtan, who practice craniosacral and bioenergy healing, are inspired by these practices to revisit and transform the memories of the place and their history. This project can be seen as an investigation into the memories of the museum to come, the history of the bodies and their links, and a way of ritualising their present relationship by integrating their past and its wounds.
After studying Applied Arts in Paris at L’ENSAAMA, Gaëtan Rusquet obtained a Masters degree in stage design and performance at l’ENSAV La Cambre. He works as an artist and performer in the field of performance, dance, theater and visual arts. Recently, he performed in Celestial Sorrow of Meg Stuart, Square Dance of Bryan Campbell and created the costumes and scenography for Boundary Games of Léa Drouet. In his artistic proposals, Rusquet focuses on the relation between the body and the space, by using a medium and the necessity of a movement linked to this. In his work, he wants to share a visual and a performative experience with the audience. In Meanwhile, (2014) the performers struggle against the disintegration of the construction they build, while As We Were Moving Ahead Occasionally We Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2018) explores the choreographic potential of (live) video editing and the perspective of the selfie. the eYe in the light in the eYe (2020), commissioned by Europalia, echoes the photographic practice of Brancusi by making images appear and disappear in the eyes of the viewers, who become the medium themselves. Currently, he is working on his research the edge, in which he explores ways of dealing with the body and liminal spaces. His work has been presented at Trouble Festival (BE), Impulstanz (AT), MDT Stockholm (SE), Centre Pompidou (FR), Theater Avantgarden (NO), Accionmad (ES), FRAC Lorraine (FR), Kaaitheater (BE), Palais de Tokyo (FR), Homonovus festival (LV), Festival Actoral (FR), Europalia (BE).
Following graduation with a bachelor’s degree in Cinema and a master’s degree in Performance Art in Sao Paulo, Thiago Antunes moved to Brussels where he did a second master’s degree in Performance Art and Artistic Research. At the crossroads between theatre, play and ritual, his practice probes overlapping identities and territories. Highly explicit in his work, Antunes constantly rejects “clean aesthetics,” and instead embraces sound, precariousness and excess as strategies that are disruptive to the art economy and its prevailing standards. Since graduating in 2016, he has completed several residencies in Brussels (2016, 2017) and Italy (2019, 2020). He has performed at festivals such as Friday Island (Luxembourg, 2016), Enter Festival (Brussels, 2018), BANG! Festival (Brussels 2018) and the Bewogen Festival (Brussels 2019). He also performed at Monty Kultuurfaktorij in Antwerp in 2019, for NOW curated by Petros Orfanos (Brussels 2019), as well as with Martina Gudmundson at the INPLEAXORUREABLE event at ReMo (Amsterdam, 2019). In 2021, he presented his performance Job at Kaaitheater and at Recyclart.
KANAL - Centre Pompidou, Brussels
In collaboration with KANAL – Centre Pompidou