PÆNSER was born of the desire to reflect on ways of caring for places dedicated to art, by bringing together two approaches to care.

Stevie Ango & Océane Eliard (BE)

Stevie Ango, through his maintenance work, carries out micro-interventions in the material space that shelters us. Océane Eliard, through her embodiment work, takes care of this shared reflection on place: our milieu.

By “milieu”, the artists mean both the spaces in which we interact and those that live inside us: complex sets of spoken and unspoken relationships. Through performance, they imagine acts of reciprocity, making it possible to be impacted by the milieu while at the same time influencing it. It’s a question of working with it, with the wounds that have made it, just as those that have made us, and in our case, made us “activists”.

This proposal is a way of making us see and feel what can emerge from the dialogue between different systems of knowledge. It’s a way of taking special care of knowledge through gestures, by remembering it, disguising it and speculating with it.

Through PÆNSER, the artists seek to create a discreet work that can draw refuges and openings out of our environments. To decentralize, even refocus our gaze. To learn how to build a place together from our capacity to care.

Having just completed a Master’s degree in Installation-Performance at erg (Brussels), the Océane Eliard‘s project Des normes aux mornes: marronner en soi (From norms to mornes: chestnutting in oneself) is a re-actualization of “marronnage”, a practice of resistance during the colonial period. Through performance, she explores the slippages between the words “habiter” and “abriter”, which allow her to observe our relationships to places, to everything that makes a place for her: histories, memories, common and collective spaces. She works with words and gestures to embody her theoretical research.

Stevie Ango (he, him) is in his second year of a master’s program at l’erg in Installation-Performance. Producer, composer and radio host, it was while immersed in the world of stage management and technicians that he felt the need to question cultural spaces. He tries to hack them through a succession of infra-thin interventions.

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:

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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