Close Encounters

    18/05  | 14:00 - 18:00
    25/05  | 14:00 - 18:00

€ 8 / € 6
± 30 min

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How do teenagers talk about love? Once a month for a year, students from two different secondary schools in Brussels met and became The Class. With Anna Rispoli, continuing the research she began last year with Your word in my mouth, The Class investigates the relationship between authority, intimacy and love, well beyond its simple association with sentimental relationships. The result is a series of real conversations that the group selected, edited and re-recorded and that will eventually be shared with the spectators. Guided by a voice in their ear, each spectator of Close Encounters will re-enact a one-to-one conversation with one of the young co-authors. It is a conversation that has already happened, and yet is also happening in the present in this new, intimate encounter. Infiltrating the labyrinthine architecture of La Monnaie, Close Encounters recreates a constellation of spaces where we hide to talk about love.

A long-term collaboration with: Institut Dominique Pire & Atheneum GO! For Business
Students involved: Asma Abdeslami, Abdoulwahab Barkat, Barkat Abdoulwahab, Francesca Ate, Mohamed Ayari, Abdoulaye Bah, Mohammed Belhadj, Hafsa Berrabhi, Soufiane Boutagumant, Demba Diallo, Nesrine El Gharnati, Ouassima El Mashouli, Wassila El Yahyaoui, Paata Gambarashvili, Fatima Guezzari, Türkan Gülal, Nouhaila Bakhat Habibi, Cristian Iolu, Yousra Islane, Abderrahmane Krimel, Aiman L’Ghazouan, Amina Majidi, Fatima Majidi, Mardoché Malaba, Atiyya Merchant, Lina M’Rabet, Ayoub Mouhoua, Mohammed Moussaoui, Victoria Paluka, Fareha Raza, Xheme Vogli, Laura Verriez
Workshops: Enrica Camporesi, Paulo Guerreiro, Carolin Herzberg, Anna Rispoli
Video: Luca Mattei
Musical consultancy: Massimo Carozzi
Teachers: Marleen Allaert, Valérie Asselberghs, Florence Hanoset, Stefanie Peeters
Production and external eye: Marine Thévenet
Coordination: Daan Simons, Anne Watthee

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, La Monnaie/De Munt
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, De Veerman
With the support of: Dynamo 3 (Cultuurkuur, Vlaamse Overheid), La Cellule Culture-Enseignement (FWB) & Sven Gatz, Flemish Minister in Brussels, Charleroi danse, Gemeenschapscentrum De Kriekelaar, Hacktiris, Inter-Béton, La Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale de Molenbeek, Maison de repos Anne-Sylvie Mouzon, la Montagne Magique, RITCS Bottelarij, Smart Belgique-La Vallée, Tour & Taxis, Zinnema
Thanks to: Atelier L’Ad Hoc, Jeanne Boute, Les Brigittines, Bart Capelle, CIFAS, Common Wallet, Gideon Hakker, Hectolitre, Cécile Hupin, Christophe Meierhans, Chez Prima, An Vandevelde, Lauranne Winant, and many others who helped, supported and cherished the project

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Anna Rispoli
With her performances, relational practices and urban interventions, Anna Rispoli works across the boundaries of the artistic creation with the civil space. For Les marches de la Bourse she reunited political activists of the last fifty years, in a meta-demonstration claiming the right to demonstrate. In Vorrei tanto tornare a casa she invited the residents of an apartment block to make use of their facade windows to share their feelings about urban density. Among the Water Pieces, Tempus fugit re-contextualized Kortrijk’s branding ambitions, while Five attempts to speak with an alien offered to black out the waterfront of Abu Dhabi. In 2018 she presented the participatory project Your word in my mouth. Brussels take at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, in which talking about love is central.

The Class is a long-term project set up by Kunstenfestivaldesarts. For three years, students who are currently in the fourth grade of secondary school at the Institut Sainte-Marie and the Atheneum Brussel become acquainted with one another while immersing themselves in the world of contemporary art. Year after year, their collaboration will become more intense and will conclude with an artistic project during the 2021 festival.

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