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Dolores Bouckaert & Charlotte Vanden Eynde: Deceptive Bodies

Actress/visual artist Dolores Bouckaert and dancer/choreographer Charlotte Vanden Eynde are both fascinated by the body. In Deceptive Bodies they focus on the representation of the theatrical body and the (mis)perception of it.

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Throughout history, the female body has been especially subjected to a controlled gaze. Vanden Eynde and Bouckaert immersed themselves in the phenomenon of hysteria, focussing in particular on how hysterics turned into actresses of their own illness at the end of the 19th century. The inexplicable physical symptoms of these women were often highly aesthetic and theatrical. In the name of scientific research their bodies became a form of art in front of an audience or a camera. But how sincere was the language of their bodies? And to what extent were the doctors manipulating the patients, and vice versa?

Bouckaert and Vanden Eynde transpose the issue of veracity and manipulation to the context of theatre. What happens to us when we are on stage? What transformation takes place there? How deceptive is the theatrical body we show? How 'real' can the body be, always wavering as it is between surrender and control, both subject to and guilty of diverse forms of manipulation and interpretation?

In Deceptive Bodies Vanden Eynde and Bouckaert closely observe their own and each other's body. In an accumulation of physical manipulations and transformations, a highly personal iconography is being displayed. Exposing themselves in a series of still poses, they unmask stereotypical body images from the past and the present.

Deceptive Bodies is an intimate duet, powerfully dramatic and visual.

Deceptive Bodies, the museum version.
Without stage and lighting, the seperate scenes are performed in specific spots of the museum, in dialogue with the architecture and the exhibited art works. The public is being taken on an intimate trip across the museum, watching the theater scenes turn into visual installations.

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Bernard Van Eeghem & Dolores Bouckaert receive research grant from the Flemish Government

Bernard delves deeper into Fernando Pessoa's Ode Marítima by researching how this epic poem can be translated into (moving) images. During her research, Dolores invites fellow artists to encounter her and props from previous pieces, guided by Martha Nussbaum's acclaimed work The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy.

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