Time in crisis, chrono-political practices and resistance

As part of a day devoted to reflecting about those timelines that have shaped how colonial and heteropatriarchal capitalism and historically fractured collective memories and bodies have evolved over time.

This day will also set out to spotlight other histories, other practices woven from minority experiences, tales of sabotage, transmutation of those rhythms inflicting violence upon us, poems and rituals of presence in the world clamouring for care and our emancipation.

Emma Bigé, Dénetem Touam Bona, Cy Lecerf Maulpoix (FR)

Programme :

  • 9:30 am – Dancing offbeat (Dénètem Touam Bona)
  • 11:15 am – Struck by Lightning. Trans*materialities and queer Temporalities (Emma Bigé)
  • 12 am – Grace Period and Suspended Time: Enduring Extinction (Cy Lecerf Maulpoix)
  • 1 > 2:30 pm : Lunchbreak 

Intervenant·e·s :

Dénètem Touam Bona is an Afropean philosopher and artist who has highlighted the utopian dimension of marronnage (slaves’ art of living in hiding) in a bid to rethink our contemporary world. Author of four essays, including Fugitif, où cours-tu? (PUF, 2016) and Sagesse des lianes (Post Éditions, 2021), Bona regularly collaborates on creative projects. In the autumn of 2021, at the Centre d’art et du paysage de Vassivière, he created La Sagesse des lianes, an Afro-diasporic exhibition bringing together twenty artists from former colonies as varied as Madagascar, Congo and New Caledonia. Similarly on Vassivière Island, in 2022, he conceived the dramaturgy for Spectrographies, contes de l’île étoilée, a collaborative work (filming of performances, sculptures, virtual reality, etc.) realised with artists from Martinique, Gabon, Reunion, etc. This experimental and poetic device aimed at celebrating the memory of the struggles of the colonised is now a permanent feature on the island’s art trail.

Emma Bigé studies, writes, translates and improvises with experimental contemporary dance and trans*feminist theories. An associate professor, a doctor of philosophy, a dancer and a curator, Bigé is also the author of “Mouvementments. Ecopolitiques de la danse” (La Découverte, 2023). She sporadically teaches epistemology in art schools and choreographic centres. The rest of the time, she lives on the edge of a forest and, whenever time allows, she rolls on the ground.

Cy Lecerf Maulpoix has been active in the queer and climate justice collectives in France since COP21 in 2015. He has written extensively about social struggles, migration, queer culture and literature via interviews and surveys published in the general and specialised press in France. Author of Écologies Déviantes (Cambourakis, 2021), Edward Carpenter et l’Autre Nature (Le Passager Clandestin, 2022), he is currently pursuing several writing and translation projects covering diverse topic such as sexual liberation movements, ecology, health activism and anti-capitalism.

More info about Cy Lecerf Maulpoix


2023/04/210930 21.04.2023
09:30 > 13:00
La Balsamine, Brussels

Reflexion time

In collaboration with ESA Le 75. 

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