On Brussel’s Place Saint-Josse, a newsstand opens its shutters, exposes its shopfront and displays its stalls.

Nothing could be more normal…


Emilio López-Menchero (BE/ES)

On closer inspection, however, something isn’t quite right.

None of these newspapers and magazines on display date from that day, that week, that month or even that year. We can still read about disasters, wars, weddings, royal or otherwise, crises, accidents, sports news, exploits, winning and losing teams, scandals of every colour, crossword puzzles, obituaries, horoscopes, celebrities rising and falling , rocketing and plummeting stocks, political, linguistic, community, regional, national, religious conflicts, ads, and so on, agony-aunts, letters from readers, news briefs, statistics, faces, events, headlines, subheadings, articles, photos, press cartoons, texts in French, Dutch, other languages, sentences, underlined or not, capital letters, small letters, bold, normal ,and italic print, and dates… expired.

All these newspapers are back-numbers and not up-to-date, and yet it seems as though we’re reading today’s news …

Emilio López-Menchero, who loves nothing more than stirring up trouble in the everyday (remember “CheckPoint Charlie”), has latched onto the question of “time” to which the festival is devoted… in a bid to position it in an up-to-datedness that is always already out-of-date.


VIDEO (Camille Meynard)


2023/04/170800 17.04.2023
08:00 > 18:00
Kiosque place Saint-Josse, Brussels
2023/04/180800 18.04.2023
08:00 > 18:00
Kiosque place Saint-Josse, Brussels
2023/04/190800 19.04.2023
08:00 > 20:00
Kiosque place Saint-Josse, Brussels
2023/04/200800 20.04.2023
08:00 > 20:00
Kiosque place Saint-Josse, Brussels
2023/04/210800 21.04.2023
08:00 > 20:00
Kiosque place Saint-Josse, Brussels
2023/04/220800 22.04.2023
08:00 > 20:00
Kiosque place Saint-Josse, Brussels

With the support of the AMP and the Commune of Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode.

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