A story about the relationship between an American man and a Taliban leader.  The two men meet in Afghanistan and a romance blooms. In a series of tableaux that blend poetic imagery and symbols, the film is an allegory for the relationship between Afghanistan and the United States.

Kubra Khademi & Daniel Pettrow

A film collaboration where both artists bring a dynamic range of artistic elements (visual art, theater, writing, cinema, ritual practices, cultural and political references) and weave them together in a narrative tapestry. This film was made during the Covid pandemic which forced the artists to work in a long distance collaboration.  Each artist filmed their own scenes separately using green screens (Kubra Khademi in Paris, and Daniel Pettrow in New York.) The scenes were then edited together to create this film.

Kubra Khademi was born in 1989. She is an Afghan performance artist and a feminist based in Paris. Through her practice, Kubra explores her life as a refugee and a woman. She studied fine arts at Kabul University, before attending Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan by UMISAA, In Lahore she began to create public performance, a practice she continued upon her return to Kabul, where her work actively responded to a male dominated society by extreme patriarchal politics. After performing her piece known as Armor in 2015, Khademi was forced to flee her home country. She currently lives and works in Paris, France and exhibiting her works worldwide. In 2016 Kubra was given the title of Knight of art and literature (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Letter) by the Ministry of French Culture. Since 2017 Khademi is member of Atelier of Artists in Exile in Paris & 2017-2019 résidente of Cité International des Arts by French Institute. This year, Kubra Khademi is preselectioned for the prix BOURSE REVELATIONS EMERIGE and has obtained one year artist residency by Foundation Fiminco.

Daniel Pettrow is a Brooklyn-based artist, actor, and director.  He frequently focuses on new and experimental creations while fostering collaborations with artists from different disciplines.  Recently, he created the short film “Wolf and Duck” as part of the Guggenheim’s Work and Process Artist Virtual Commissions (available online at the Guggenheim website.). In 2019, he created an original dance-theater production with Mikhail Baryshnikov, and choreographer John Heginbotham, which had its world premiere at Baryshnikov Arts Center in October 2019.  For the last twenty years, Daniel has worked closely with renowned French director Arthur Nauzyciel, having performed at National Theaters and festivals all over the world and staged readings. In 2016, Daniel worked with legendary Italian director Romeo Castellucci, performing in Julius Caesar: Spared Parts for FIAF’S “Crossing the Line Festival” in New York.  Daniel is an associate actor with New York City-based experimental theater company The Wooster Group, having performed as Horatio in Hamlet, Sky in Vieux Carré, and Female Dancer in Who’s Your Dada?

Infos

DATE CONTENU
2021/07/082100 08.07.2021
21:00
Studio Thor, Brussels
 

Written, created, and performed by Kubra Khademi and Daniel Pettrow. Produced by Fondation Fiminco. Edited by Daniel Pettrow. Music by Omar Zubair.

(1+1) > 2

One plus one equals much more than two.

The 2021 Festival has adopted this equation, the magnitude of which has been shown to us– by default­– through lockdowns and forced social distancing, and made of it its heart: by placing itself under the sign of the double, by bringing together proposals for pairs/duos/couples, made by artists regularly working together, or by those momentarily reunited––or by showing pieces that depend upon the contribution of the other-spectator. While performance art is more often than not one of the solitary individual, our aim with this festival is to show how an encounter with the other generates far more than the simple addition of two values, in order to create a new one.

Partners

In partnership with: KANAL – Centre Pompidou, Mahmoud Darwich Chair / BOZAR, Atelier de création sonore radiophonique, ENSAV – La Cambre, Lucille Calmel / l’animal que donc je suis (Research project FRArt – FNRS), Ateliers Mommen, PointCulture Bruxelles, GC Ten Noey, Musée Charlier, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles à Paris, Calame, Fabrik, le Septantecinq, Amazone, SNCB. Special projects support: Finnish Cultural Institute, Institut français (dans le cadre de EXTRA, un programme de l’Ambassade de France), Scotland House.

 

About

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!

Previous edition

TROUBLE #10

Box Office

Given the limited slots due to the sanitary condition, a reservation is obligatory for each performance. Booking is accessible via http://www.agenda.brussels, starting from the 21st June 2021.

Prices

Festival pass: 40€ (30€ for students, -25 years old, unemployed)

1 Day pass: 10€ (for students, -25 years old, unemployed)

Price per performance: 5€

Free price for the selection FRAGILE, A Different North, Commémorations Préventives and Playing Adults. 

Specific reservations

Some propositions (Identité drapée, Recolage) require individual meetings and reservations. Booking is accessible via http://www.agenda.brussels, starting from 21st June 2021.

 

Access

Studio Thor

49 Rue Saint-Josse, B-1210 Brussels

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

Villo: Place Saint-Josse station

Bicycle: thanks for attaching your bikes place Saint-Josse.

Studio Thor is the Trouble festival centre.

 

Contacts

festivaltrouble@thor.be

+32 (0)2 223 26 00

Places

Ancien musée de Bruxelles-Nord, grand hall de Bruxelles-Nord, 1210 Brussels

Eglise du Gesú, rue Royale 165, 1210 Brussels

GC Ten Noey, rue de la Commune 25, 1210 Brussels

Infini Théâtre rue Saint-Josse 49, 1210 Brussels

KANAL – Centre Pompidou, Square Sainctelette 21, 1000 Brussels

Maison Amazone, rue du Méridien 10, 1210 Brussels

nhow Brussels Bloom, Rue Royale 250, 1210 Brussels

Parc Liedekerke, rue Saint-Josse 54/64, 1210 Brussels

Point Culture, rue Royale 145, 1210 Brussels

Salle Sapiens, rue du Mérinos 1, 1210 Brussels

Salons Mommen, rue de la Charité 37, 1210 Brussels

Studio Thor, rue Saint-Josse 49, 1210 Brussels

COVID - 19

– Wearing a mask is mandatory

– Respect the minimum distance of 1m50, and avoid physical contacts

– Possibility on each place to disinfect your hands with hydroalcoolic gel

– If you have symptoms, are sick, or have been in contact with someone sick, thanks for staying at home.

– Respect in each place the signs and the direction of circulation

– The spaces will all be ventilated and disinfected before your entrance by our means

– If you want more informations, please check it here : https://www.info-coronavirus.be/fr/faq/

Last updated on the 08/06/21

COVID contact: Brahim Sahli, intendance@thor.be