PUSH - Labs

LAB 1: gender en seksuele identiteit (feb 2017, Edinburgh)

Aan dit LAB participeerden de volgende Belgische kunstenaars:

Yentl de Werdt graduated from the Royal Balletschool of Antwerp and in 2006 from the contemporary dance school P.A.R.T.S. under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. She danced for Anurekha Ghosh & Co in the UK, Rosa Mei/Cie 13 in Belgium/China, SiWic-Ensemble Zurich, Randi De Vlieghe (fABULEUS), Bassim Altayeb in Antwerp, Birdwatching 4x4 by Benjamin Vandewalle and Akram Khan for the Openingsceremony of the Olympic Games in London. She choreographed: ´Et maintenant on va où? On va ensemble´ together with the Ionah Trio for Europalia India, ´Dagbreek´ with Judith Clijsters, ´Svarta Rosor´ with opera singer Mieke Segers, ´Mapping´ for MAF festival Antwerp, ´de Kids´ with hearing impaired youngsters from Belgium and touring at the moment ´Teen Taal´ with tablaplayer Sattar Khan (Sidi Larbi/Babel). At the moment she creates performances with youngsters organised and supported by Platform K, de Batterie and her own ngo AYU vzw. Besides performing her video work is shown in the expo Slum Kids Ki, with children from the slums in India. Her shortfilm What if..? won the Particular eye/World outlook Prize from IDILL and a special award at MEET film Festival. She teaches dance workshops for Rosas, Dancing Kids, de Veerman, MUS-E, Danspunt, CANON Cultuurcel, MOOSS, Platform K, Lasso and internationally at the Summer Intensive in Georgia, Terence Lewis Academy, Twins Dance Art Studio, Danceworkx, India Brooklyn Dance Academy Delhi & Play practice Residency in Bangalore.

Soetkin Demey graduated from the Brussels Rits school of theatre as an actress (2011). Though she has played several times in creations by Manah Depauw and Michael Bijnens, she identifies herself mainly as a theatre maker. In her master year at the Rits she creates two solos exploring identity versus the body ´Am I the result of my body or is the body my object? In her research she looks for materials to accentuate the friction between the body, self-image and the felt emotion within, always starting from autobiographic elements. ´Insert picture here´ (2010) talks about anorexia; she uses tape to literally make a second skin, in ´Song from the childhood´ (2011) she uses cardboard to make a second self. In ´i am some body parts´ (2012) fabric instead of clothes help her to deconstruct a striptease. After graduating, her research continues and widens to gender identity and family relationships. ´I am looking for the face I had before the world was made´ (2012) talks about the gender question and more specifically ´the male gaze´, in ´DSM-IV-TR 307.1´ (2013) she works on the correlation of body and disease and ´Dagger Us´(2014) is a ritual-performance about the father-daughter bond.

Ilse Ghekiere is a Belgian artist and art historian who works as a dancer, performer, writer and educator. As a dancer I have worked with choreographers such as Michèle Anne De Mey, Mette Ingvartsen and Jan Martens. As a guest-teacher I give lectures and workshops concerning my master dissertation, which researches the Flemish iconographic toddler television program Tik Tak and its performative potential. As a writer I publish academic articles and write fiction. Recently I co-wrote a feature movie with the Norwegian director Kim Hiorthøy. I am also a member of the Stockholm-based collective Together Alone. Our performances use the stage as a place to reflect upon socio-political issues such as gender and normativity in a non-binary sense. Since the beginning of my artistic career, I have been interested in the relation between sexuality and performativity. My early performances were shown in a visual art context and revolved around eroticism, the image of ´the young girl´ and the gaze of the audience. Later on, I questioned this approach, and its subject, and used my academic studies to critically transform my artistic practice and my role as a female dancer. In conjunction with my academic studies in Archaeology and Art Sciences, the notion of sexuality and performativity was enriched with new ideas concerning intergenerational exchange, cultural heritage, gender studies and educational sciences. This multifaceted research forms the basis of my current work as an artist and educator.

Born in Esfahan (1979), Maryam K. Hedayat is an Iranian Belgian visual artist. After graduating as a Bachelor in the Arts at the University of Antwerp, she went on to study directing at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels, where she is currently living. In 2016 she started working on the video dance installation Genderless with choreographer Judith Clijsters. The piece is co-produced by C-mine cultuurcentrum and kunstZ. It will be presented to the audience in 2017 and was previously staged as a work in progress during the Mestizo Arts festival in Antwerp. Furthermore, she has worked as a docent at Kunsthumaniora Brussels and has given several workshops and lectures for young children, on themes varying from film, migration to urbanization etc. Hedayat is also in the process of post-production on her self-financed shortfilm Ferfereh and working on her first documentary ´First Day of Spring´. She has also worked as a videographer for several dance and theatre groups such as DeRoovers, Laika, KunstZ and production companies such as Kosmonaut productions and Podiumkunsten among others. Her first short White Maze has been screened at several expositions in Antwerp and Brussels, namely at Semaine d´Art expo in Brussels, Made in Berchem travelling exposition, the Kortgeknipt film series and experimental film expo Bewegend Beeld in Antwerp. In 2013 she collaborated on the short Nazomer which was part of the Follow Gent film project. It was screened at Sphinx Cinema during The Ghent film festival.


LAB 2: (over)protectie (september 2017, Hasselt)

Anna Carlier (°Brussel, 1994) recently graduated from KASK (Gent). She writes, makes and plays theatre. In 2016 she started Compagnie de Kolifokkers. With de Kolifokkers she makes theatre that focuses on new realities, on mythical creatures and imaginary places. Through these metaphors she tries to give a new image of the world (as we know him). With her text KRUIN she won the international ‘KAAS&KAPPES’ award (Niederländisch-deutscher Kinder-und Jugenddramatikerpreis, 2016) and ‘Woord aan het woord’ from HETPALEIS (2016).

Charlotte Alles is a sculptor, puppeteer, theatre maker and director for various groups but especially young children. When she was 17, she started my own theatre collective, 14VOLT. Together they made a few plays that had a filled-to-the-brim feel of punk. Meanwhile she went to Brussels to study sculpture and fine arts. After a few stints and graduation she went to work in the puppet theatre of her father. It took some getting used to, but she soon discovered that object theatre has a lot to offer to a sculptor. Sche could combine her own interest in theatre with her sculpting work. She became the company's puppet creator, set designer and visual artist. She also engages more directly with people from various backgrounds in artistic workshops. She often uses objects and puppets in these workshops, but also drama, dance, visuals... . She has worked in theatre settings, but also in other contexts like schools and youth centers, and in all of these she aspires to bring out the artistic mindset in the people she works with, whether they are 2.5 years old, adults, and regardless of their specific background.

Goele Van Dijck (°1969, Belgium) studied at Fontys Hogeschool in the Netherlands to become a teacher of dance. As a dancer she started to develop her own work, where she is always looking for the essence of dance. In this research, she got interested in a young audience and became one of the pioneers in Belgium of dance for an audience from 2.5 years old. She started the company Nat Gras which is known for its sensorial dance performances for the youngest and its inclusive dance work which is open for dancers with a disability. The performances of Goele are built up in an associative way. In her recent work for a young audience, she has special attention for the oldest in the audience. “How can I catch the attention of the parents and educators in the audience so they watch the performance starting from their own point of view, instead of watching through the eyes of their child” became an important question in the making off a performance.

After having completed a Research Master in Linguistics at Utrecht University, I undertook a dance study at Nova Dansacademie in Haarlem, the Netherlands. During my study I developed a strong interest in choreography. I (co-)created pieces exploring diverse themes, such as Oublier (2015), a solo inspired by Alzheimer patients, Selfie (2016), an educational performance about the hyper-connected youth, and Adieu (2017), about faith, religions, individuality... Next to choreography, I have also developed a strong interest in teaching dance classes, both for adults and children. I especially value the fact that you can arouse children’s interest in culture, in art, and in the marvels of the world via dance. Since the beginning of my dance study, I have also been involved in several companies in Holland and abroad, such as TiNaNiNaNi (physical theatre), Bar Fuss (contemporary dance), and The Thomas Dewez Quintet (contemporary dance and jazz music). In July 2017, I graduated from Nova Dansacademie as a dance performer, teacher and choreographer. However, I did not gave up my other passion, since I combined the last year of my dance study in Holland with the first year of my PhD research into language and emotion at Birkbeck University of London. This combination of dance and linguistics inspires me in a specific way and helps me to develop myself as a unique emerging artist.


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