“Paper Lane” represents an act of resistance against the digital revolution and the profusion of overabundance, high-speed and high-tech life that hampers the silence necessary for meditation, introspection and reflection.

Olga de Soto (BE)

Predicated upon the need for radical deceleration, “Paper Lane” is influenced by the German sociologist and philosopher Hartmut Rosa’s Alienation and Acceleration. Towards a Critical Theory of Late-modern Temporailty. Presented as an intervention in which a single, intensified gesture is deployed in a constant movement, De Soto’s performance is equally inspired by the direct action used by the visual artist Sophie Whettnall in her works Longueur d’ondes and Plaster Landscapes.

In “Paper Lane”, her realization sculpts the surrounding space and generates the time of the action. This uninterrupted movement is devoted to continuously sundering apart a very long surface, and concentrated on splitting that which is at once its path and its support, thus becoming simultaneously a ritual, an act of endurance, and meditation.

Olga de Soto is a choreographer, dance researcher, performer and visual artist based in Brussels. Her work focuses on the themes of memory, trace, and transmission and mixes the language of choreography with those of documentary, performance, visual arts, and installation, playing with the porousness of those disciplines. Olga’s works have been presented in about twenty countries, and she is regularly invited to share her research and documentation methods in different universities in Europe, Latin America and the United States. In 2013, de Soto was awarded the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers – SACD Prize (Belgium), in the category of Performing Arts, for her research and creative work on Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table. Since 2019, she is also a guest lecturer at the Master in Dance of the Antwerp Conservatory / Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen.


VIDEO (Camille Meynard)


2023/04/192015 19.04.2023
20:15 > 21:15
Studio Thor (Infini), Brussels

Durational performance (60′)

  • Performance by and with Olga de Soto
  • after a gesture by Sophie Whettnall
  • Artwork element Olga de Soto

Production Niels Production, in collaboration with Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels. With the support of the Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Secteur de la danse and Grand Studio. First presented in May 2019 at La Centrale for Contemporary Art.

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