Cassiel Gaube's Soirée d'études on Podium19

Watch the new creation of Cassiel Gaube from 24.04 on Podium19 during this year's edition of Dag van de Dans. The video stays online on VRT NU for a month (only in Belgium).

Letters from Attica of Begüm Erciyas at the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati

In conditions of solitude – as for travelers or prisoners – people have often resorted to writing letters as a means of communication with their closests, revealing the very sensation of being in isolation. Sam Melville has done so from the Attica prison, where he was held on charges of sabotaging public property in protest of the Vietnam war, and where he would die during the Attica prison riots in 1971.

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His and others' voices in similar conditions connect the sensations of loneliness and the one of determination. In her artistic works Begüm Erciyas often uses sound and instruction to accompany the spectator in an experience that is deeply solitary and yet collective. For Letters from Attica she imagines for the first time a project for the public space. Multiple voices give a personal form to sound waves. They inscribe words in public space and generate unforeseen sentences. As a first encounter with the city, Letters from Attica is a search for means to let a voice travel from one to the many.

Letters from Attica is presented at This Time Tomorrow, the annual performance festival of Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati.


Karel Burssens' Untitled (Currents) at deSingel

After the presentation of the installation Untitled (Currents) at deSingel on 18 > 20.03.2021, Pieter T'Jonck wrote a review on pzazz. This new version builds on the performance Currents by Karel Burssens, a duet between man and machine, which premiered at Vooruit in 2019.

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A light sculpture moves in the dark. Gradual variations in the light and the sculpture's behaviour create ever-changing perceptions of the space. This spatial experience is accompanied by the orchestrated rhythm of the machine and a custom-made soundtrack. The dynamic composition of light and sound immerses the viewer in a spherical and disorienting bath of light.

The installation at large unfolds like a hypnotic pendulum, where the spectator inevitably becomes part of the work, simply by being present. Due to this, the tension between the rotating machine and the space, between object and spectator, is made tangible.

Through the relationship between man and machine, the installation wants to reveal our contemporary position as entities that are forced to constantly adapt. How do we continuously find a new balance in an environment that is always subject to shifts, on both a technological and socio-political level?


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.

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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.

Get familiar with the work by reading this interview (in French) with Cassiel.

Let us keep on responding, reflecting and rebuilding in solidarity

Als organisatie die de ontwikkeling van kunstenaarstrajecten ondersteunt, werkt Hiros nauw samen met individuele kunstenaars en hun medewerkers. We creëren een langdurige en duurzame basis voor artistieke creatie en onderzoek.

De crisis veroorzaakt door de COVID-19 pandemie legt de kwetsbaarheid van de kunstensector op pijnlijke wijze bloot en vergroot de reeds bestaande ongelijkheden. Hiros is daarbij vooral getuige van de verslechtering van de reeds precaire positie van de kunstenaar en de kunstwerker.

Gezien de aanhoudende urgentie van de huidige situatie, roepen we de Vlaamse, Brusselse en Belgische federale overheid op om een integraal crisisbeleid voor cultuur op lange termijn te formuleren. Ook binnen de sector zelf moet het solidariteitsprincipe centraal blijven staan bij het samen herdenken en zoeken naar oplossingen.

Daarnaast roepen we op om een diepgaand debat op gang te brengen over de huidige situatie van de positie van de kunstenaar, met het oog op het waarborgen van de duurzaamheid van hun loopbaan en praktijk, maar ook van de vrijheid van meningsuiting, de sociale en financiële erkenning en het individuele welzijn.

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

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