interview

Myriam Van Imschoot on newpolyphonies

« (...) polyphony not only coincides with the culmination of musical excellence or the pinnacle of virtuosity, but it is a work of and by everyone »

newpolyphonies, the new creation of Myriam Van Imschoot and HYOID premiered at De Bijloke in Ghent on 17.10. On the eve of the premiere, Myriam had an in-depth conversation talking about 'practicing polyphony' in this new piece with Rebecca Diependael (in Dutch, commissioned by Muziekcentrum De Bijloke).

Postponed

Premiere of Soirée d'études by Cassiel Gaube

In Soirée d'études, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo Farmer Train Swirl - Étude and creates a trio exploring the rich vocabulary of House Dance in a series of études.

An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed as an occasion to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with these, which is similar to the way House Dance is practiced. Drawing from commonly known moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them together. This common knowledge allows people to read each other's dancing. Together with two dancers experienced in Street dance, Cassiel seeks to reveal the literacy that this practice requires and produces.

The premiere of Soirée d'études taking place on 19 > 21.11 during Les Inaccoutumés at Ménagerie de Verre will be postponed to a later date. In the meantime, get familiar with the work by reading this interview (in French) with Cassiel.

reviews + trailer

Being Moved by Simon Mayer

« Simon Mayer actually wants to be more fundamental and feels, with great empathy, his way into the psyche, which is intimately interwoven with the body, this great and also unfathomable motor of the flesh. He dances, kneads and bows it into many ups and downs, just as a dancer is good at. The ambivalence of this piece is its strength. But not the only one. »

Corona-Party mit sich allein: Simon Mayer im Brut, Der Standaard (AT)

« Being Moved shows how different ways of moving, in time and space, also create a different tension and state of being in both the performer and audience. Physical movement causes mental movement. »

Bewogen Beweging, pzazz (BE)

Find out more about Simon Mayer's solo Being Moved, a dance that explores what makes us move and what, in turn, moves us by watching the trailer.

Let us keep on responding, reflecting and rebuilding in solidarity

As an organization supporting the development of artists' trajectories, Hiros works closely together with individual artists and their teams, creating a long-term and sustainable environment for artistic creation and research.

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic painfully exposes the vulnerability of the arts sector and increases already existing inequalities. Hiros witnesses in particular the worsening of the already precarious position of the artist and cultural worker.

Considering the ongoing urgency of the current moment we call on the Flemish, Brussels and Belgian Federal Government to formulate a long-term integrated crisis policy for culture. We also call on the arts sector itself to keep on responding, reflecting and rebuilding in solidarity.

Additionally, we call for the initiation of a far-reaching debate on the current nature of the position of the artist, with a view of ensuring sustainability of artist's careers and practices, as well as freedom of expression, social and financial recognition and individual well-being.

Image: The Palm of Your Hand / Research (2015) - Vera Tussing © Benjamin Sommabere

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