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KVS & Mestizo Arts Platform

In this second Brussels edition of WIP, fresh artistic dynamos from the Brussels scene will be dishing out a series of half-hour “Work in Progress” sessions with a select audience. Linked to these informal performances, a choice group of professionals (arts critics, experienced theatre-makers, dramaturges, programmers, etc.) will be entering into dialogue with the artists about the work being presented. At these moments, the audience can take part in mini conferences about inspiring artistic initiatives in the city.

The “WIP” system, which since 2008 has been the hub par excellence of the Mestizo Arts Festival (MAF), is a crosspollination between organisations designed to fine tune our antennae, take in new urban artists and help them to progress. On the initiative of the Mestizo Arts Platform and with cooperative thinking at the back of our minds, this formula has grown into an inter-urban co-production. Because “sharing is caring”! WIPCOOP can therefore also be described as a collective investigation into the artistic potential of the new urbanity and the power of togetherness. Step onto the train and become a coproducer/shareholder in one of the cities!

Work in Progress Cooperation (WIPCOOP) is straightforward: artists from different disciplines draw to a halt somewhere along the marvellous route of their creative process to show their current position. Critics from all over the country sign up for constructive feedback, or to leave a calling card here and there.


10:00 - 10:30    Ehsan Hemat
Ehsan Hemat is a dancer of Iranian origin. His first stage experience was as an actor, but he soon opted to go for dance. He has taken part in several productions, including Dance on Glasses by Amir Reza Koohestani and has worked, among others, with Felix van Groeningen, Mokhallad Rasem, Eric Kaiel and David Zambrano. In recent years he toured in the Toneelhuis production Body Revolution and was in the Munt opera production Orfeo & Majnun. He also teaches in Belgium and abroad, from Argentina to Tilburg.

I Put a Spell on You: How can authority and privacy be reconciled? This is the question Ehsan Hemat tackles. A drone flies over the stage during the performance. The actors and audience are constantly under observation. The images filmed by the drone are mixed live on stage with the actors’ performance. Words, music, dance and video are employed to drive up the tension.

10:30 - 11:30    feedback 

10:30 - 11:30    miniconference 1 WIPCOOP/Mestizo Arts Festival (MAF)
MAF tells us all about the cooperation in the arts for the format Work in Progress & the art of new urbanity in Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels. 

11:30 - 12:00    Chapter One
Loucka Fiagan and Oscar Cassamajor of the Brussels group Chapter One make up an art collective that takes a multidisciplinary approach. They cross different art forms with one another in their quest for new means of expression. Spoken word, soundscapes, dance and video go hand in hand. They like breaking down barriers.

The Different Shades of the Faceless Alien: This performance is a mixture of words, soundscapes, dance and video. The two actors are mirrors of existence. They break away from traditional theatre by blending tragedy and comedy and with a rapid alternation of various subjects that may be abstract or absurd or simply normal. These quick changes are inspired by the internet generation’s hyperkinetic use of the media and the rapid impulses of the human brain.

12:00 - 13:00    feedback

13:00 - 14:00    lunch break

14:00 - 14:30    Nathalie Rozanes
Nathalie Rozanes, who currently lives in Brussels, is an artistic jack-of-all-trades. She has performed in several productions and films (short and full-length), writes lyrics for other artists and herself makes films and performances. Themes that frequently recur in her work include intimacy versus the public space, the limits of the individual, the inner versus the outer world, and so on. Francesca, her first solo piece, premiered at the Théâtre National in 2016.

March – a Duet: ‘I lost a lot in 2016: a fiancé, my cat, a grandmother, a house by the sea full of memories, my twenties, a mentor, my favourite actress, my favourite playwright, a producer, a friend, a healer, and a fantasy. Collectively we have lost: David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Elie Wiesel, Muhammad Ali, Shimon Peres, Billy Paul, Abbas Kiarostami, Fidel Castro, Edward Albee and Ronit Elkmbetz.. We also lost hope and got President Trump and Brexit. In Brussels in 2016 our subway and airport exploded and we lost our basic feeling of safety and trust. In the future. In our "leaders". In our neighbours. That everything is and will be kind of ok. ’ March – a Duet", performed together with dancer Elizabeth Ward, is a young Brussels woman’s quest for time, firm foundations and love.

14:30 - 15:30    feedback 

14:30 - 15:30    miniconference 2 Street Talent
Street Talent, the talent battle organised by and for the Brussels youth, shows us the energie of a promising generation. 

15:30 - 16:00    Bixas collectief
The members of the Bixas Collective are Ana Catalina Rincón Gille, Lola Chuniaud, Issouf Ilboudo, Céline De Vos and Filippos Anagnostopoulos. These five artists with very different backgrounds share a passion for the Brazilian choreographer Marcelo Evelin. Their productions are a combination of dance, theatre and plastic art and keep abreast of current events.

Standing During the Waves: A landscape that is continually changing, lines that intersect each other in the shadows, a wind that is interrupted by the whispering of breath. Standing During the Waves is an attempt to built a time-space for encounters. In their search for co-existence, beings explore the swirling of an undefined place. A micro-society has found new paths between failure and success, in silence.

16:00 - 17:00    feedback 

16:00 - 17:00    miniconference 3 Freestyle O
Urban expression in its purest form. A circle. Inspire and get inspired.

17:00 - 17:30    Les Mybalés
Nathalie and Doris Bokongo, twin sisters of Congolese origin who live in Brussels, are familiar faces at the KVS. They made quite an impression on the European hip-hop scene with their first production, Illusion, in collaboration with the choreographer Marion Motin. The sisters also perform together in Malcolm X, the KVS production that transposes the legacy of the famous Afro-American activist to the present day. They are now working on their second production, La Gémellité.

La Gémellité: In this piece, Les Mybalés look for what makes them unique as twins. Being twins plays an overriding role in their lives. Together they are strong. They explore how different cultures and traditions view twins. In some cultures they are a source of joy and a blessing, in some Asian countries they are a sign of protection, while in other places they are thought to bring bad luck.

17:30 - 18:30    feedback

20:30                Kuzikiliza (WAITING LIST)


25.10.2017 - BRUZZ - Les Mybalés font bouger le KVS au rhythme du hip-hop



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