Various projects and events

Through the Back documents various launches of Jeroen Peeters’ book Through the Back: Situating Vision between Moving Bodies. Several guests introduced the book and engaged in conversation with the author.

May 10, 2014 at Kaaistudio’s Brussels. With Chrysa Parkinson and Gerald Siegmund.
July 22, 2014 at ImPulsTanz Vienna. With Philipp Gehmacher and Jennifer Lacey.
Oct. 20, 2014 at Oktoberdans Bergen. With André Eiermann and Mette Edvardsen.
Nov. 2, 2014 at HZT and Tanzfabrik Berlin. With Martin Nachbar and Stefanie Wenner.

Critical Endeavour 2009

Critical Endeavour 2009 was held within the frame of the Working Title Festival #3 in Brussels (December 2-13, 2009) in cooperation with the Vlaams Theater Instituut (VTi). The art critics Anna Tilroe and Pieter T’Jonck mentored a group of aspiring writers.

Laboratories (2011-2012)

Voice Lab 2

Curated by Myriam Van Imschoot, Nov 4 - Dec 5, 2012

Linked to her artistic interest in voice and performance, Myriam Van Imschoot constructed a second Voice Lab as an open platform for exchange and encounter, for training, creation and presentation. The program consisted of a workshop, lab and presentation evening Soirée Parole. All modules worked with the dispositive of Handmade Radio and approached various forms of ensemble singing.

Production: Sarma@WorkSpaceBrussels Concept: Myriam Van Imschoot In collaboration with: Anne-Laure Pigache, Alessandro Bosetti, Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias

Talking ahead of one’s thoughts

A workshop with Sarah Vanhee, October 15-19, 2013

In an attempt to grasp different layers of the ‘here and now’ in language, Sarah Vanhee developed a performance practice she calls ‘talking ahead of one’s thoughts’. The piece ‘Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts)’ is based on that practice.

In the workshop the ‘technique was be used as the basis for a daily ‘training’ with the participants – working with each one’s different personal structure, language apparatus, physicality and thinking.

Production: Sarma @ WorkSpaceBrussels
Concept: Sarah Vanhee
Participants: Rosie Heinrich, Gabriel Schenker, Andreea David, Mariana Santos,Sara Manente, Benjamin Van De Walle, Berno Odo Polzer, Joris Lacoste, Myriam Van Imschoot.

Documentation with an essay by Joe Kelleher and materials on ‘Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts’.

Practising Dilettantism

A workshop with Jennifer Lacey, followed by a lab with Jack Hauser, Satu Herrala, Sabina Holzer and Jeroen Peeters, June 18-29, 2012.
Production: Sarma @ WorkSpaceBrussels

On the page Practising Dilettantism (workshop), various aspects of Jennifer Lacey’s workshop Playing Dilettant Dramaturge, or What Criteria for What Purpose? are documented. These include scores for practices inspired by Authentic Movement and dramaturgy, as well as a proposal for scoring the rehearsal process. This cluster also included the salon Practising Dilettantism.

Popela’s Paralipomena

A lab around scores, experimental writing and collective discursive practices.
November 10-18, 2011
Production: Sarma @ WorkSpaceBrussels

Concept: Jeroen Peeters
Participants: Shila Anaraki, Julien Bruneau, Mette Edvardsen, Jack Hauser, Leslie Mannès, Jeroen Peeters, Manon Santkin, Sarah Vanhee, Myriam Van Imschoot

Research and forms of collective dramaturgy are of central interest in Sarma’s collaboration with WorkSpaceBrussels. The laboratory Popela’s Paralipomena assembles a diverse group of artists and researchers for reflection and exchange around scores, experimental writing and collective discursive practices.

In dance and choreography meaning is understood as embodied in specific practices – form does matter. It doesn’t come as a surprise then that many artists in the field of dance and performance not only look into the underpinnings of the discourses surrounding their work, but that alternative discursive practices and experimental writing have become the very core of their work. By connecting with the principles of Oulipo, the “workplace for potential literature” that saw a creative challenge in constraints, current questions appear in a different light. Can the playful formalism of experimental writing provide a critical view upon the rapid and superficial consumption of knowledge in our information society? What can the approach of scores as obstacles or sites for negotiation mean for artistic research and creation?

More: A word dictionary by all the participants and Popela’s Escape by Jack Hauser

Salons on new artistic practices and discourses (2011-2012)

How do artists work today? How do they speak about their method? How can one make a start with documenting, discussing and sharing the hybrid and heterogeneous practices that underpin the performing arts today? How can the informal and embodied discourses, as well as the implicit knowledge they carry, find a wider recognition and accessibility?

A series of monthly salons, organized by Sarma on different locations in Brussels, create a live research environment for makers and researchers to address issues of new artistic practices and discourses. And they provide the dance community with occasions for dialogue and exchange.

Salon#1 (2011)
A Choreographer’s Handbook @ Kaaistudio’s, with Jonathan Burrows, Scott deLahunta and Noé Soulier.
Salon#2 (2011)
Time is on your side @ Bains Connective. With Sarah Vanhee and Agency, and Thematics artists: Marthe Van Dessel, Wendy Van Wynsberghe, Adrian Fisher and Luna Montenegro
Salon#3 (2011)
Curating as environ-mentalism @ Nadine. Curated by Adva Zakai (dominokingdom) and Elke van Campenhout. With special guests Kattrin Deufert & Thomas Plischke, Nicolas Galeazzi, Raimundas Malasauskas, Jeroen Peeters.
Salon#4 (2011)
Audio salon on congestion. An interview with John Urry in the context of Postcards from the Future May 2011.
Salon#5 (2011)
Embodied dramaturgies @ Working Title Platform. With guests: Bojana Bauer, Julien Bruneau, Pedro Gomez-Egaña and Jeroen Peeters.
Salon#6 (2011)
To be continued? @ Bâtard Festival. With guests: Marcos Simoes, Jaime Llopis and Sara Manente from EVE, and Diederik Peeters and Hans Bryssinck
Salon#7 (2011)
Scores and Constraints @ Working Title Platform, in Brigittine, December 17 2-5pm. With: Jeroen Peeters, Shila Anaraki, Ellen Bilterest, Sara Manente, Leslie Mannès, An Mertens, Lilia Mestre, Stefan Prins, Kajsa Sandström, Manon Santkin, Marcos Simoes.
Salon #8 (2012)
Practising Dilettantism @ Working Title Platform, Kaaistudio’s, June 16. With: Alma Söderberg, Rodrigo Sobarzo and Jeroen Peeters.
Salon #9 (2012)
Developing Practices Together @ Working title Platform, Kaaistudio’s, December 15th. With: Sara Manente, Anna Rispoli, Michiel Vandevelde and Jeroen Peeters.
Salon #10 (2013)
Salon Enchanting Scores @ Kaaistudio’s, November 18, 2013. With Isabelle Stengers, Arnaud Halloy and Julien Bruneau.