As they describe themselves, an ageing lesbian and a middle-aged faggot, whose bodies normally wouldn’t find themselves sharing a bed, take the plunge and slip under the sheets for an entire night: a night to experience tenderness, a radical tenderness.

Isabelle Bats & Mathias Varenne (BE)

Isabelle Bats, after studying at INSAS, she quickly wrote non-format shows such as the sitcom Anne et Isabellea soap (at the Balsamine, Théâtre Océan Nord and Les Halles de Schaerbeek), Les petits ruisseaux font les grandes rivières (at Bellone, la Balsamine, Les Halles, l’L, on tour…) More recently, she created Girl/Fille at Théâtre de l’Ancre. Concurrently, she performs, solo, (Perfect Match, Smashing Hits, Blondes Make the Best Victims…) or in association with projects by Christophe Alix, Valérie Cordy and Jean-Claude Englebert, the CNES Space Observatory, Boris Dambly… Performer-dancer for Phia Ménard in Belle d’hier, she is co-curator with Mathias Varenne of the performance evenings “Crash Test” at Brass, organizer of the “Blind Tests” and “La minute burlesque/commando.” She is also the founder of the group F(s).

Mathias Varenne lives and works in Brussels. In 2008, he graduated from the Liège School of Actors and has since worked as an actor with Armel Roussel (Nothing Hurts based on Falk Richter), Pierre Megos (12 Works, creation), Lucille Calmel (Au bord du gouffre based on D. Wojnarowicz), and Wojtek Ziemilski (Prolog, creation). As creator of his own scenic objects and performances, he focuses his research work on provocative themes (sexuality, love, sexual minorities, etc.) with particular attraction to the art of sound poetry. He notably created La Preuve in June 2014 at BRASS de Forest and at the Théâtre de Liège and more recently presented his project Hurler sous la lune at the Kunstenfestival des arts in 2019. Over four years, he has co-curated “Crash-test” with his colleague Isabelle Bats, an event dedicated to performance art. He is deeply interested in collective creative works and in artists who breach their denominations (those who claim to be at once actors, dancers, performers, authors, painters…), he takes pleasure in questioning the notion of medium and posture.



2021/07/092130 09.07.2021
Salon Mommen, Brussels
2021/07/092230 09.07.2021
22:30 > 09:00
Online, The Internet
2021/07/100900 10.07.2021
Salon Mommen, Brussels

21h30 : le coucher. 23h à 9h : la nuit. 9h : le lever (possible entry from 8.30am, a breakfast is served).

Isabelle’s and Mathias’ Night will be available on streaming.

Purchase here a beneficious pack for Le coucher/Le lever at 7,50€.

Limited slots for “le coucher” and “le lever”.

In collaboration with Ateliers Mommen.

(1+1) > 2

TROUBLE #12 : 18 > 22/04/2023

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.


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.



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

Given the limited slots due to the sanitary condition, a reservation is obligatory for each performance. Booking is accessible from every performance page, or here, starting from the 21st June 2021.


Festival pass: 40€ (30€ for students, -25 years old, unemployed). The festival pass gives you access to all the festival’s performances. Access to the booking here. 

1 Day pass: 10€ (for students, -25 years old, unemployed). The 1 Day pass gives you access to all the performances of the day you selected. Access to the booking here. 

Price per performance: 5€ via the dedicated performance page

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

Some performances happen on the same day, at the same place, and are following eachother. If you would like to attend both performances, you can purchase a “pack” to a beneficial price. This fee applies to the duos of performances Je t’ai laissé m’envoler/Pockets (on the 7th july); Duo pour 5 guitares et 5 amplis/Héritages (on the 8th july), Tendresse Radicale Le coucher/Le lever (on the 9th and 10th july) and Carriage/Bearance/Severance (on the 07th, 10th and 11th july). Access to the booking here.

Specific reservations

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



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.



+32 (0)2 223 26 00


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

Musée Charlier, Avenue des Arts 16, 1210 Brussels

nhow Brussels Bloom, Rue Royale 250, 1210 Brussels

Parc Josaphat (Music Kiosk), 1030 Brussels (on the side of the Allée des Azalées, between the Rue Fontaine d’Amour and the Rue des Pâquerettes)

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

Point Culture, rue Royale 145, 1000 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


See the map of the festival’s places. 

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 :

Last updated on the 08/06/21

COVID contact: Brahim Sahli,