programmer's day

Fabrice Samyn and Manon Santkin present recent work

On 11 & 12 May, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek organises together with Hiros, Campo and BOZAR two days for performing arts programmers at Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek and BOZAR. Fabrice Samyn will present A Breath Cycle and Manon Santkin will introduce her recently premièred piece New Measuring Rites. More information 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. Nina Wabbes will start as a production manager and Anna Scholiers will take on communication. Shortly they'll be joined by a financial coordinator. The new team will continue the artistic commitments. Hiros will from now on support the trajectory and projects of about 10 artists.

A Breath Cycle - Fabrice Samyn

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

different ages, origins and sexual orientations

Are you a breathing human being, with no aversion towards ears? Are you willing to do a small public intervention with a friend or partner among 8 other performers? And are you both available the 15, 18 & 19th of November and the 18, 21 & 22th of April? Than don't miss out and join us for 'A Breath Cycle'! An exceptional performance by Fabrice Samyn, presented at STUK & Kaaitheater!

We offer 30 euro a day (so 180 euro in total), catering and you'll be part of an grand team of volunteers and professionals for this truly unique project.

For more information contact [production@hiros.be] or apply directly by sending a picture and brief introduction.

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