Kunstencentrum Belgiê Hasselt, De Werf Brugge, Villa Romana Firenze, Texture and the city of Kortrijk.
Bodies of lace is a danced concert and visual installation with cellist Arne Deforce dancer Pé Vermeersch and performed in collaboration with visual artist Saksja Snauwaert and actress Katelijne Damen.
Here, both cellist and dancer question patterns and physical qualities embedded in two textile traditions operating on a microscopic scale : Western lace and Tunisian ‘bakhnoug’ weaving, and translate them into the body and the music. Proper to both textile traditions, with their subtle and ever-changing forms, patterns, and aesthetic qualities, is the richness and complexity of the wordless messages they convey. The same is true for what the prepared and skilled dancing body, or play upon the body of the cello are able to achieve.
In a simple setting, the public witnesses this sensible but radical meeting in which both Vermeersch and Deforce are inspired by the microscopic detail and unpredictability of the patterns. The public can enter the space and appreciate the fine antique textiles connected through the contemporary lacing work of Saskja Snauwaert and a video work. In these contemporary works, the spine is that part of the body worked upon and in doing so, it connects, again two different traditions and cultures.
Cello : music by Pascal Dussapin and improvisation by Arne Deforce
Dance : improvisation Pé Vermeersch
Spoken Word : Katelijne Damen
Video and Installation performance : Pé Vermeersch, Paul Vandenbroeck, Saskja Snauwaert
with a collection of antique pieces of lace and and tunesian bachnouqs
Every last Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 6:30 pm
The roots of the work of art lie in the deepest zones of being-human, but on the other hand they are able, thanks to their aesthetic processing, to transcend these zones by light years. Great art is linked to the most inaccessible depths of that strange union of body and ‘soul’ that is man. These depths do not acquire form by way of a rationalising detour, or by symbolic contents. Both the recalcitrant ‘thing’, as well as the re-creating, formatting energies, ‘live’ in en emanate from the most inaccessible zones within the human being, where matter and psyche cannot be split. These processes occur long ‘before’ language, ideas, even emotions are born.
Troughout the exhitbition, at fixed times, dancers will be the intermediaries and the interpreters, and will constantly help to create a link / union (depending on the work of art, the spectator and time). This requires great sensitivity, a seismograph of the energies of the art work, of the spectator, and of their interaction. The dancer creates a transitory fleeting work of art that is linked to the moment – either as individual or through choreography.
This task will fall to dancer and choreographer Pé Vermeersch. Since many years, she has explored dance as a state of existence rather than as a representation, and investigated multi-layered corporeal sensibilities. What the exhibition is all about, touches the essence of her study of dance. The intermediate field of energy with its complex tentacles and structures, which are smaller or larger than man, finds a haven in the human figure. Tension and the passing from an individuality with distinct contours to an energy field in which this ego disappears or is abandoned, is a dynamism that never ceases.
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