Conceived as part of the day of reflection on the timelines shaping the development of colonial and heteropatriarchal capitalism and historically fractured collective memories and bodies. This day equally sets out to highlight other narratives, other practices woven from minority experiences, tales of sabotage, the transmutation of rhythms that inflicted violence, poems and rituals of presence in the world inhabited by the demand for care and our emancipation.

Emma Bigé, A. Livingstone (FR/DE/CA)

“Consciencescargot” is an exercise in extended listening, a conference and things, actions, relationships with artist A. Livingstone and philosopher Emma Bigé.

Derived from the French word escargot [snail], an attentive speed and full of sensations, a dribbling mouth as a foot, which crawls and orientates itself in space looking for emptiness, encounter, cruising an intersex and interregnum life on the margins of the fucked up gender/genre system: animals and minerals.

What if our hands could learn from their patience? “Hesitation at the heart of touch.” (Karen Barad).

The workshop will be followed by a screening of Denetem Toam Bona’s films

Emma Bigé studies, writes, translates and improvises with experimental contemporary dances and trans*feminist theories. As well as holding a PhD in philosophy, she a dancer and curator of exhibitions, and author of Mouvementements. Écopolitiques de la danse (La Découverte, 2023). She sporadically teaches epistemology in art schools and choreographic centres. The rest of the time, she lives at the edge of a forest and whenever she can she rolls on the ground.

A. Livingstone realizes things/actions/relations often in-situ, often collaboratively. A set of exhibited and thrilling works considering choreography as the place of co-creation of a refuge. Post-Canadian – born on the non-ceded territories on the Salish Coast, of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh) peoples. Self-taught, finding his niche at the interface of performance and the visual arts. Formerly a performer with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, based in Berlin, recent work includes: From the Throat to the Dawn, with Sorour Darabi at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2022, The Long Night, with SERAFINE1369, Somerset House, London, 2022, et ce sera un placeroit où, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, 2021, Rituals of Care, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2020.



2023/04/211500 21.04.2023
15:00 > 16:00
La Balsamine, Brussels

Performance workshop + films

A co-presentation project with La Balsamine

Trouble #12 « It’s about time » 

Trouble #12, « It’s about time » : it’s the question of time (and especially the time we allow for ourselves, that we give to relationships and to works so that they can resonate) that will be at the heart of the Brussels biennial of performance. To survey notions of historical time, stolen time, out-of-time, time loops, generational differences, protracted periods … or on the contrary, very brief moments. Are you losing your bearings? It is high time that Trouble comes back to trouble you!


Full programme


In partnership with KANAL – Centre Pompidou, Charleroi danse, La Balsamine, Maison des Arts, ENSAV – La Cambre, Halles de Schaerbeek, GC Ten Noey, Ateliers Mommen, Fondations 312, ESA Le 75, W-B T/D, Calame, Femma, Wiegwijs, Radio Panik, Institut européen de la culture arabe and Infini théâtre.

With the support of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Service de la danse, Service des arts plastiques and Promotion de Bruxelles), Creative Europe programme of the European Union (project « Time For Live Art »), Commission communautaire française, Région de Bruxelles-capitale (Image de Bruxelles), City of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Embassy of Canada, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Performing Arts Fund NL, Pro Helvetia, ENSAV – La Cambre.


The Performance Event in Brussels is Back!

Launched in 2005, TROUBLE has ever since been the international performance event in Brussels. As of 2019, Studio Thor has been organising and producing the Festival, with its studio and environs in the heart of the city’s popular commune of Saint-Josse serving as its nerve centre. TROUBLE is held every two years, in the odd years.

Trouble: philosophy

TROUBLE has retained the ingredients that ensured its previous successes. With its dense and wide-ranging program, the five-day long event focuses on numerous artistic proposals that are both out-of-the-ordinary and differ from routine formats. Performances involving the human body, yet created by artists whose roots are in the visual arts, contemporary dance, experimental theatre, oral poetry, music or the night scene… for a vibrant mix of artistic families and audiences. Instead of spectacle/s meant for mere consumption, real-life experiences are on offer: self-involvement, risk-taking, vulnerability, interactivity, finely balanced between local personalities and artists from elsewhere–– and often discoveries. To ensure a more diverse vision of art, our program gives pride of place to women, queers, racialized and minority groups. We also offer a platform to young artists, thanks to the collaboration with the performance course at Brussels’s renowned visual arts school La Cambre (ENSAV). While the Festival incorporates a demanding reflective aspect, it by no means excludes an engaging playful dimension!


Box Office


  • 4-day pass: 30 > 60€ (full price: 40€)
  • 1-day pass: 8 > 21€ (full price: 12€)
  • 1 performance: 5 > 10€ (full price: 8€)
  • 1 performance – free price: 0 > 15€ (full price: 8€)


Booking & tickets



Studio Thor

49, rue Saint-Josse, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

STIB: métro 2/6 (Madou), bus 29/63/59 (Saint-Josse), bus 57 (Gutenberg)

Villo: station Place Saint-Josse

Vélo: merci d’attacher vos vélos place Saint-Josse.

Le Studio Thor est le centre du festival Trouble.



+32 (0)2 223 26 00


Studio Thor – rue Saint-Josse 49, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

GC Ten Noey – rue de la Commune 25, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Institut Européen de la Culture Arabe – rue de l’alliance 2, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Ateliers Mommen – rue de la Charité 37, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Fondations 312 – rue Royale 312, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Place Saint-Josse, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Chapelle de l’Abondance – rue de l’Abondance 25-31, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

La Balsamine – avenue Félix Marchal 1, 1030 Schaerbeek

La Maison des Arts – chaussée de Haecht 147, 1030 Schaerbeek

KANAL (K1) – avenue du Port 1, 1000 Bruxelles

Square Marie-Louise, 1000 Bruxelles

Digue du Canal, 3 – crossroads with Dante street, 1070 Anderlecht