In the performance series Labeur(s), Marie Bertrand tackles the theme of recognition in the art world.

Marie Bertrand (BE)

In Labeur II, the performer fills an A4 sheet of white paper as best she can, coloring it with colored pencils with broken leads. She re-sharpens them again and again until they are completely worn out and the sheet is completely filled.

This absurd and laborious work symbolizes the constant effort and resources required to achieve a result that at best will speak to some, at worst will fall into total indifference. Like the pencil, the artist is potentially destined to reach the end of his or her energy, inspiration and color, but to keep on working. Exhaustion plays an important role in what is expressed through this work: exhaustion of the material as well as of the body and mind.

Marie Bertrand (she, her), a Belgian artist with a degree in painting from ESA le 75 and another one of the IDM option at ARTS², is developing a multi-disciplinary practice ranging from performance and video to installation, sound, sculpture, painting, drawing and more. Her questioning of everyday life ranges from the world of work to her condition as a woman, as well as childhood, death, the body, the absurd and humor.

Marie Betrand | Website

 

Infos

DATE CONTENU
2024/04/251800 25.04.2024
18:00 > 23:30
La Balsamine, Brussels
Réservations
 

Belgian selection made by Les Halles de Schaerbeek, La Balsamine et Studio Thor. With the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Brussels promotion).

THE NEXT PERFORMANCE ART GENERATION

(Pas si) Fragile! the Next Performance Art Generation is a biennial springboard for emerging artists working in performance art: Its formula modifies with each new iteration. 2024’s edition will unfold at Studio Thor, which has been running the project ever since 2020, at Les Halles de Schaerbeek and at La Balsamine.

As with previous iterations, (Pas si) Fragile! will feature a host of young artists who have recently graduated from Wallonia-Brussels’ visual arts schools. These institutions devote part of their curriculum to performance art, responding to the new dynamic generated by these practices within the professional artistic field.

This year its scope will differ somewhat, however, for this endeavour will be expanded to include the presentation of work by some fifteen young artists from right across Europe: Finland, Greece, Ireland, Poland and Slovenia.

In total, some thirty emerging artists will animate this intensive three-day programme, at the intersection of local practice here in Belgium and two projects featuring an international dimension, namely Performing Identity and Time For Live Art.

Partners

(Pas si) Fragile ! 2024 is a production by Studio Thor, in collaboration with ENSAV – La Cambre, Les Halles de Schaerbeek and La Balsamine as part of the Time For Live Art and Performing Identity projects. With the participation of Maison des Arts, commune de Saint-Josse and the Polish Institute. With the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Service de la Danse and Brussels Promotion), Wallonia-Brussels International, and the European Union (Creative Europe and Erasmus+ / strategic partnerships). The professional programme has been developped with the collaboration of WBTD and the Wallonie-Brussels Center in Paris.

Belgian selection made thanks to the suggestions of erg, Le 75, ARBA/ESA (ISAC), Arts², Beaux-Arts de Liège, Académie des Beaux-Arts de Tournai.

Time For Live Art brings together Studio Thor (BE), New Performance Turku Biennale (FI), MIRfestival, Athens (GR) and Infinite Present / Glej, Ljubljana (SI).

Performing Identity brings together ENSAV – La Cambre (Brussels), ESA Le 75 (Brussels), Magdalena Abakanowicz University of the Arts (Poznan, PL), Burren College of Art (Ballyvaughan, IE), in collaboration with the festivals Verao Azul / CasaBranca (PT), New Performance Turku Biennale (FI) and (Pas si) Fragile ! (BE).

About

(Pas si) Fragile! the Next Performance Art Generation is a biennial springboard for emerging artists working in performance art: Its formula modifies with each new iteration.

The 2024’s edition will unfold at Studio Thor, which has been running the project ever since 2020, at Les Halles de Schaerbeek and at La Balsamine.

Three components

In all, some thirty emerging artists will animate this intensive three-day programme, at the intersection of local practice here in Belgium and two projects featuring an international dimension, namely Performing Identity and Time For Live Art.

The Belgian platform: a selection of ten young artists (for eight individual projects), who have graduated over the last three years from visual arts schools in Brussels and Wallonia. They were chosen following a call for applications launched by a jury comprising the respective programme coordinators from Les Halles de Schaerbeek, La Balsamine, and Studio Thor. Those artists invited have graduated from Erg, ENSAV – La Cambre, ARBA-ESA (ISAC), Le 75, Beaux-Arts de Liège, Arts2 (Mons) and the Académie de Tournai.

Time For Live Art: this project, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, brings together four European organisations involved in organising performance art festivals: Studio Thor/Festival Trouble (Brussels, project leader), New Performance Turku Biennale (Turku), MIRfestival (Athens), and Glej / Infinite Present Festival (Ljubljana). This project focuses on several themes revolving round the question of “time” and performance art. This showcase, (Pas si) Fragile!, forms part of this pan-European project and will incorporate a welcoming session for all professionals concerned where they can jointly reflect over the place of these emerging artists, in addition to programming seven Belgian, Greek, Finnish and Slovenian artists.

Performing Identity: As part of this project promoted by the European Union’s Erasmus + / Strategic Partnerships programme and led by ENSAV– La Cambre, fifteen young European performers at the conclusion of their training at art schools in Belgium (ENSAV – La Cambre), Poland (UAP), and Ireland (Burren College of Art) have been travelling around Europe ever since November 2022 with a view to participate in a series of workshops and view other artworks in Brussels, Lagos (Portugal), Ballyvaughan (Ireland), Turku (Finland) and Poznan (Poland). These fifteen emerging artists will now present performances as part of this festival. Four students from Brussel’s ESA le 75 have also been closely following the project, taking a creative, multidisciplinary documentary approach, giving rise to a unique online platform and two IRL forms which will be presented over the course of this springboard edition.

Box Office

The day pass gives access to all the evening’s performances, subject to availability.

 

PASS & RESERVATIONS

Please arrive at a good time to take your pass.

Required booking

Please note, 3 performances require advance booking:

No more tickets available on our online shop? Try your luck by joining the waiting list on site!

Adresses

Studio Thor

Rue Saint-Josse, 49

1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

 

ENSAV – La Cambre

Abbaye de la Cambre

1000 Brussels

 

Les Halles de Schaerbeek

Rue Royale Sainte-Marie, 22a

1030 Schaerbeek

 

La Balsamine

Avenue Félix Marchal, 1

1030 Schaerbeek

 

Lovina Spa

Tour & Taxis

Avenue du Port, 86C

1000 Bruxelles

Practicalities

Some of the performances are durative, with entry and exit possible, others are ambulatory, others require active participation, and still others require you to wear (or not wear) an outfit! Don’t hesitate to consult the various pages dedicated to the performances for more information on the practicalities.

The guide (coming soon), which will be available on our website but can also be consulted on our website, will help you find your way around the evening.

Contacts

+32 (0)2 223 26 00

info@thor.be