Fluid Matters: Always coming hole + Leaking Letters (postponed)
Paula Almiron and co-curated by Elowise Vandenbroecke
Update (May 4th): Unfortunately we are still not allowed to open the doors of our theatre due to the current COVID-19 regulations. Therefore this event will be postponed until October 2021.
Always coming hole by Paula Almiron
Always coming hole is a choreographic reading space about Lake Poopó, a disappearing lake in Bolivia. This work grew out of a long term research around the interconnectedness of a group of bodies of water located in South America. Taking Lake Poopó as point of departure, the work investigates ways of listening to its movements and forces.
“Bodies need water, but water also needs a body. Water is always sometime, someplace, somewhere. Even in our aqueous connections, bodies and their others/worlds are still differentiated. The question, then, of ‘what is’ is never sufficient. How is it? Where is it? When is it?. (…) If we are all bodies of water, then we are differentiated not so much by the ‘what’ as by the ‘how’”. – Astrida Neimanis
Two bodies on stage perform an audio guided choreography. They embody imaginary and real bodies of water being conducted, molded, and re-shaped. How and where do these aqueous bodies come together and differentiate? Always coming hole navigates a space created out of the negative of the lake: its body that it’s left behind, which has served as a vessel for its lifetime. From above, such as Google would capture it: a remnant of its life gets excavated as an image and transformed into banners of memories of its lifetimes, as banners to be used to demonstrate for the rights of water(s).
About Paula Almiron
Paula Almiron is a dancer and choreographer from Argentina based in Brussels since 2016. Her practice unfolds at the intersection of dance, choreography and ‘eco-fiction’, a literary genre that focuses on non-human stories and the performativity of the space. Within this research she relates to fiction as movement, and to choreography in an expanded way. Through her work, she investigates the potential of choreography as a listening device, to create alternative maps of spaces focusing on the dynamic relationships that already exist between the agents themselves: the potential of choreography to write Relationships.
8 October 2021
9 October 2021
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Following Almiron’s performance will be a further exploration of liquid knowledge as we share 4 letters to ‘you’ (be it singular or plural). As a discursive companion, it brings forward various viewpoints and open ups different lines of thought on fluidity. The letterwriters will touch on the amniotic, liquid performances, watery thinking and the entangled and permeable nature of fluid bodies.
Veem House has collaborated with Elowise Vandenbroecke to co-curate this evening as well as the diffractive reading session on the 18th of May.
About Elowise Vandenbroecke
Elowise Vandenbroecke (1993) works as a freelance dramaturge. After her art history studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, with an exchange year at the theater institute of the Freie Universität Berlin, she studied International Dramaturgy at the University of Amsterdam with an exchange at the University of Cape Town. During this period her focus was on post-colonial studies, queer studies, new materialism and relational dramaturgy. Elowise has worked with Francesca Lazzeri, radical_hope / Heike Langsdorf, Rita Hoofwijk, Rob Smorenberg, ROTOR, and Zoë Demoustier, among others. She is also an active member of platform In De Maak, Platform Dramaturgie and writes articles for festivals and magazines.
Credits Always coming hole
Concept and choreography
Choreography and performance
Ines Marita Schärer & Paula Almiron
Paula Pacheco, Alan Calle, Saul Apaza Chambi* & Paula Almiron
Eliane Bertschi & Ruben Vandermeulen
Jan Berckmans & Ruben Vandermeulen
In conversation with
Simon Asencio, Eliane Bertschi, Sabine Cmelniski, Wouter De Raeve, Fabrizia Fluhler, Caroline Godard, Lili M. Rampre, Louise Vanneste and Florencia Almiron
With the support of
La Bellone Maison de Spectacle, Kunstencentrum BUDA, Louise Vanneste Rising Horses, Villa Empain (Fondation Boghossian), Bâtard Festival, workspacebrussels, Kunstenwerkplaats
Reading Group: Material Grounds