album release

No. 4 - Christina Vantzou

Belgium-based composer Christina Vantzou ventures further into the uniquely elusive and evocative mode of ambient classical minimalism which has become her signature: a fragile synthesis of contemplative drift, heady silences, and muted dissonance.

Read what the press has to say about her new album: The Brussels-based artist follows up three albums of ambient excellence with a collection of beautiful impressionist sketches. Watch the mesmerising video of Glissando for Bodies and Machines in Space here.

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Helga Baert will be leaving Hiros upcoming April.

"The time has come for me to take my working life in another direction. I'm not planning on leaving the arts field but I'm taking some time to zoom out before choosing the next adventure I want to embark on," she explains her decision.

Helga Baert has been working as an arts manager since 2006. She founded the production structure Mokum in 2008 and merged it with Margarita Production into Hiros in 2013, of which she has been the general manager until today.

With her departure, a challenging and courageous trajectory of 12 years comes to an end. She made her mark as a dedicated and ever creative manager for independent artists, defending their position and creating a tailor-made structure that allows artists to develop their work.

"Since the new funding period (Hiros received 60% of the applied for funding from the Flemish Community for 2017-2021) we have been working hard on the transformation of Hiros to a smaller-scale structure.
The merge between Mokum and Margarita Production was never motivated by simple growth (more projects, more artist) but instigated by the need to deepen our support to artists, adapt our services to a changing art field, to develop (economical) strategies for the artist in times where project funding is under pressure, etc. It has always been our ambition to create sustainable working conditions for our team and the artists.
In analogy, the downsizing of Hiros couldn't be just a simple cut of artists, projects and personnel. A thorough reflection lies at the base of the new horizontal organigram. In times of precarious conditions for independent artists a qualitative and profound support is key.
The new organigram we developed gives oxygen to the structure and we have a new team that is eager to start. It feels like the right moment to make way for new voices."

Karen Verlinden will be the new artistic coordinator of Hiros. We are saying hello to Yasmina Boudia, who will start as the financial manager in March and Nina Wabbes will take on production in June. The new team will continue the artistic commitments. Hiros will from now on support the trajectory and projects of about 10 artists.

SYMPOSIUM

Dolores Bouckaert & Simon Mayer to participate in Rituals in Artistic Practice

23 of March, Kaaistudio's (BE)

For many performing artists, rituals are an essential part of their practice. They integrate them into bodily routines, or use them as tools to organize daily life, work rhythms, creation processes, or the moment of a performance. In light of RE:RITE, Kaaitheater invites an array of artists and researchers to reflect on their usage of ritualistic elements during a day full of talks, interactive sharings, and… celebrations.

Call for couples (lovers, friends or ... )

A Breath Cycle - Fabrice Samyn

We are looking for couples (lovers, friends or...) from different ages, origins and sexual orientations. Are you a breathing human being, with no aversion towards ears? Are you willing to perform in a unique project with a friend or partner among 8 other performers and available on 18, 21 & 22 of April?

Join us for A Breath Cycle, an exceptional performance by Fabrice Samyn, presented at Kaaistudio's on 21 & 22.04. We offer 30 euro/day, catering and you'll be part of a grand team of volunteers and professionals.

Apply now by sending a picture and brief introduction to production@hiros.be.

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Artist talk Vera Tussing

Talks and Thoughts on the Contemporary Dance Scene in Teheran

Vera Tussing will present her work during the one-week visitor's programme for contemporary dance artists from Iran organised by Flanders Arts Institute / Kunstenpunt and kc nona from 18 to 25 March 2018.

supporting action

Charter for the stage artist

A statement of solidarity between artists who agree to no longer accept un(der)paid work in public activities that take place at or for organizations with fixed-income employees.
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NEW WEBSITE

Erki De Vries & Pieter Huybrechts

Known as the scenographer of Thomas Ryckewaert

Erki De Vries was closely involved in the productions 'Golem', 'Portrait' and 'Homo Sapiens'.
Check out his new website: www.bookproject.eu

un workshop automatique

La chose

Christophe Meierhans & Ant Hampton

La chose ('The Thing') consists of 4 episodes that must be fully attended in order, over 4 days. Each episode brings together a group of 8 to 12 people who then execute the performance-workshop independently with the help of an automated kit that includes video projections, soundtracks, mural frescoes and pieces of paper.

Mid august 2017 @ far°.
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