De retour aux bains… 100 rencontres Bruxelles > 20:00
Duration: +/- 135’ (s.r.)

“I’d like to bring together several artists with singular and innovative approaches in one and the same project. Some of them are dancers I’ve already worked with but there’ll also be visual artists who I find really interesting. In 100 Rencontres the contributors will be submitting their own intervention and will be encouraged to take part in the ones submitted by others in the project. I’ll be making sure the events are set up and will bring in some choreographic structures that they can adhere to. The spectators will move though these modules like they would through an art gallery.”

(Benoît Lachambre)

Original Idea & General concept:

Benoît Lachambre

Artistic Assistant:

Marie-Andrée Gougeon

Installation Modules:

Martin Bélanger, joe hiscott, Benoît Lachambre, Jorge Leon,
Sheila Ribeiro, Pierre Rubio, Isabelle Schad, Georges Stamos, Julie Andrée T.


Martin Bélanger, Kate Denborough, Jean Jauvin, Benoît Lachambre, Sheila Ribeiro, Pierre Rubio, Isabelle Schad, Georges Stamos, Varinia Canto Vila*, Minna Kiper*, Sandy Williams*, Andros Zinsbrowne*, Angela Muller*

(*) Invited trainees


Laurent Maslé, David Kilburn


Jean Jauvin

Elaboration & Realisation of the Installations:

Louis-Philippe St-Arnault

Benoît Lachambre and the creative team would like to thank the Ecole P.A.R.T.S. for its collaboration, as well as the visual artist Lawrence Malstaf and Valérie Plouchar

Artistic Director:

Benoît Lachambre

Projects Manager:

Lys Stevens

Development Agent:

Marie-Eve Jirat (Diagramme gestion culturelle)


Claudia St-Georges (Diagramme gestion culturelle)

Technical Production & Production for 100 Rencontres:

Louis-Philippe St-Arnault

Tour Management for 100 Rencontres:

Marie-Andrée Gougeon


par b.l.eux (Montréal), Parc de la Villette - Résidences d'Artistes (Paris), Le Quartz - Scène nationale (Brest), KunstenFESTIVALdesArts (Bruxelles/Brussel), Festival Montpellier Danse 2003 (Montpellier)

Artist in residence at & partner:

Société des arts technologiques (Montréal)

The company par b.l.eux is supported by:

Le Conseil des Arts du Canada, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, le Conseil des arts de Montréal, le Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Commerce international du Canada

Supported by:

Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles, MAECI, Ambassade du Canada


Les Bains...Connective, KunstenFESTIVALdesArts

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A modular performance project under the artistic direction of Benoît Lachambre

“Our project makes the coexistence of different modules, designed by various artists, possible. We accept the challenge of questioning our artistic convictions through the confrontation of our respective visions. We seek to explore the idea of encounter, its mobility, and that which can come out of such an exchange. The project is not a dance performance, nor a representation, but above all a choreographic event to be lived and experienced by the performers as well as by the public. Over the course of the evening, we invite the spectator to build his/her own experience as an independent observer and creator in his/her own right. There is freedom of choice in the order of discovery for each proposition, the duration and intensity of attention as well as the point of view to be adopted.”

- Benoît Lachambre and his co-creators

The Installation and Intervention Modules and their authors

L’œuf Martin Bélanger

Un drap joe hiscott

Big B Benoît Lachambre

La table réseau * Benoît Lachambre et David Kilburn

Backrooms Jorge Leon

Pay Here

Le premier VRAI clone humain Sheila Ribeiro

Les Maris Honnêtes / Marions Nettes

La forêt transparente

The band

La danse

Le volume ingérable #1 Pierre Rubio

Put Your Head Off Isabelle Schad

L’appartement… Nous sommes tous des prostitué(e)s * George Stamos

Le Corridor Julie Andrée T.

* The construction of these modules uses elements conceived by the visual artist Lawrence Malstaf, created originally for events outside 100 Rencontres :

The Water fait mal

by Benoît Lachambre ;

the Sauna in Exile watertub

by Lawrence Malstaf. L’Œuf

The module l’Œuf is a device that reorganises the physical proximity of one person meeting another. L'Œufis sheltered by a tent, an extension of it that can act as a crossroads, a waiting room or a boudoir. The person living in l'Œuf is in a particular frame of mind: he swaps a certain state, a certain point of view, with the other, almost like a soothsayer. - Martin Bélanger

Un drap

Virtuality, reality and interpretation blend invisible events in this encounter between the spectator’s ‘self’ and the superimposed ‘selves’ induced by the visual projection of different bodies, imaginary spaces, subliminal references on life and death as well as by the resonances on the body engendered by all these things. - joe hiscott

Big B

When does a spectator become one? Where and how does he position himself in relation to the object, drastically modify a connection and his accessibility to the dynamics of communication? Big B links a device to the performer, creating a dependence and attaching itself to him like an ambiguous kidney. The physical link is technological, the object a poetic prosthesis.- Benoît Lachambre

La table réseau

A place of public exchange, table réseau provides an opportunity for listening to the overall sound environment differently. The audience is invited to exchange and compose collectively within a modified environment for harnessing sound. - David Kilburn & Benoît Lachambre


The photographs I offered Benoît when he invited me to participate in his project were done in backrooms/dark rooms. These places are arranged so that, in the dark and generally in an anonymous way, the bodies embrace each other, sex takes place. 100 rencontres, places of encounters. What encounters? These images projected in a slide show will perhaps evoke something of the body in play here.- Jorge Leon

Pay Here and Le premier VRAI clone humain

Believe, wish, wait or just be a VIP at Pay Here.

Le premier VRAI clone humain is a part funny, part melancholic installation playing with the issue of cloning. - Sheila Ribeiro

Les Maris Honnêtes / Marions Nettes. La forêt transparente. The band. La danse. Le volume ingérable #1

Through these modules of concepts, performances and plays, the question is posed of identity in encounters. Rejecting what you believe you have to do or be, the performer offers an identity that can always be regained, redone, pursued, one that is dizzyingly mobile rather than a crystallised mask that is comfortably immobile and reassuringly steadfast.- Pierre Rubio

Put Your Head Off

This work moves to define the gaps in the hidden and the seen scenes of the projected and real body, interrogating along the way the imagined and the real, the real and the identified. - Isabelle Schad

L’appartement… Nous sommes tous des prostitué(e)s

An apartment or a body are generally considered to be private spaces, separate from public or commercial places. L’appartement questions this separation. Voyeurism, interaction, references to physical modifications and s(t)imulation are convened to suggest the idea of a living skin, a house, that could equally well be open markets or spaces destined for transactions and changes in ownership. - George Stamos

Le corridor

The corridor is a space of displacement, of transition. Its primary function is to direct the person passing through towards another place. Le corridor here is a passing place with no way out. A meeting place where sound and image, history and everyday life cohabit. To leave you have to retrace your own steps, your own journey, your own little story.- Julie Andrée T.


Each module generates sounds of its own in the performance space. For 100 rencontres, I wanted to create a general sound environment in which the modules participate whilst retaining their singularity. My approach is for people – every spectator, every performer – to meet through sound. - Laurent Maslé

Seek, take and move sound to engender listening. Create and articulate spaces of sound that favour the intimacy of a meeting. Through sound accompany each person on his trajectory towards the new, i.e. the other. - David Kilburn


The lighting offers a two-fold relationship with the place: an opportunity for exploring the juxtaposition of objective lighting for the space welcoming us and subjective lighting for the performance modules. This two-fold relationship of light in the globality of the space suggests a meeting place in itself, coherent and autonomous. - Jean Jauvin

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