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. Currently, she is working on protocols for collective writing in both text and choreography.
Her new work Always coming hole (2021) examines the interconnectedness of a group of bodies of water located in South America. After a residency at Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Maison du Spectacle La Bellone, Kunstenwerkplaats, workspacebrussels and Beursschouwburg, the piece was presented as an online performance at Bâtard 2021 and will develop further during a residency in wpZimmer among others.
Her work is strongly bound to the collaboration with other artists such as Louise Vanneste, Varinia Canto Vila, Lili M. Rampre, Eliane Bertchi and Fabrizia Fluhler. In 2019, she started a collaboration with fellow artist Wouter De Raeve, creating a common practice that grows at the intersection between choreography, and both spatial and social conditions.
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.