Paula Almiron & Wouter De Raeve
Paula Almiron (°1986, Argentina), lives and works in Brussels.
Paula Almiron is an Argentinian choreographer and dancer. She obtained a Master's degree in Choreography and Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels (ISAC, 2019). Previously, she studied Theatre at the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires (2007), where she was based until 2016.
Since her work Earlieron (2019) she has been exploring the literary genre eco-fiction, with a particular focus on the performativity of space. Within this context she investigates how to relate to fiction as movement, and to choreography in an expanded way.
Since 2019 she has been working on Always Coming Hole, a long-term research project at the intersection of choreography, fictional writing and geology. Using choreography and fiction as a means of relating to a group of bodies of water located in South America, the research enters into dialogue with the notion of hydrofeminism, understanding water not only as a connector but also as a boundary; water as a receptacle of embodied history. The project has been/will be in residence at Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Villa Empain - Fondation Boghossian, La Bellone Maison du Spectacle, Kunstenwerkplaats, workspacebrussels, Beursschouwburg and wpZimmer. A first stage of the work was presented online at the Bastard Festival 2021, and will have a live premiere in October 2021 at Veem House for Performance in Amsterdam.
Wouter De Raeve (°1982, Belgium), lives and works in Brussels.
Wouter De Raeve holds a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and a master's degree in visual arts (KASK). Within his practice, he develops a critical as well as speculative reflection on the role of the creative actor (the architect, the artist etc) within the power dynamics of the involved parties in spatial development processes. A specific methodology is initiated for each of his projects. Recently, he developed the film project WTC A Love Story in collaboration with Lietje Bauwens in which the relationship between the actors involved in the reconversion of the WTC towers and the North Quarter in Brussels is analysed. They are currently working on the sequel WTC A Never-Ending Love Story. Their collaboration takes shape through the non-profit organisation Fourthirty-One.
Wouter is also part of ARCH, a collective of sociologists, architects, artists and activists who labour on a voluntary basis and by way of action-research, for the development of the urban hospitality in the Brussels North Quarter. The focus lies on recognizing the social reality of the North Quarter.