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What’s on this week: 28 January-4 February

Emergences.fr exhibition at Bozar
11:35 27/01/2022

French creative style is showcased in Emergences.fr with 29 young artists exhibiting their work at Bozar in honour of the French Presidency of the EU council (main image). The new generation of artists are from 100% L’EXPO, an annual young talent event at La Villette in Paris. Encompassing photography, fashion, design, painting, installation and video, they question issues of gender, climate, technology and identity (free entrance; reservation necessary). Other events at the arts centre honouring French culture, include concerts, film screenings and a performance by contemporary dancer Boris Charmatz. 29 January-10 April, Bozar, 23 Rue Ravenstein

Helen Levitt at Fondation A Brussels

For the first time in Belgium, works by New York street photographer Helen Levitt (1913-2009) go on display at Fondation A, the Brussels platform dedicated to the photographic image. Helen Levitt. One, Two, Three pays tribute to the influential late artist who spent decades documenting the daily lives of communities in neighbourhoods such as the Lower East Side, Bronx and Harlem. Until 10 April, Fondation A Stichting, Avenue van Volxem 304 (Forest)

Voetvolk OKAY (c) Kristof Jonckheere

Belgian contemporary dance company Voetvolk marks its 15th anniversary with a celebratory performance series at three of the capital’s cultural institutions, as well as venues in Flanders. The party kicks off with the exhibition Penelope (2 Feb-20 March; Bozar), featuring a video installation of a dance solo by Lisbeth Gruwez in a collaboration with artist Dirk Braeckman. World premiere concert performance Into the Open (24 Feb; Ancienne Belgique) involves seven performers finding their groove and in another premiere, the company presents Lisbeth Gruwez Dances Bob Dylan and Everybody Dances Bob Dylan (18 & 19 March; KVS) proving that the legendary singer’s music is not ‘undanceable’ (pictured). 2 February-20 March, Bozar (Rue Ravenstein 23), AB (Boulevard Anspach 110), KVS Box (Quai aux Pierres de Taille)

Audrey Lucie

Dancer Audrey Lucie (pictured) dares to undergo a rebirth in search of eternal life in a work that fuses creation and digital technology. The Notch Company performance, staged by Oriane Varak is part of the contemporary dance festival D Festival 10. 1-5 February 20.30, Avenue Félix Marchal 1 (Schaerbeek)

Compagnie Thor (c) Brahim Salir

Toumai means ‘Hope of life’ in Goran, the language spoken in central Sahara. As the title of Compagnie Thor’s latest work, dancers are committed to survival following the collapse of climatic eco-systems. Over five parts, they explore questions of consumerism and the need to extract natural resources, while sound installations create the noise of industrial production. Dance director Thierry Smits habitually places the body at the centre of his work and with Toumai he continues to swathe a radical path through the world of contemporary dance. 1-26 February, Studio Thor, Rue Saint Josse 49 (Saint-Josse)

Baul meets Saz

Baul meets Saz is a world music session at Muziekepublique that draws together the contrasting yet complementary nomadic musical cultures of India and Turkey. Singers and musicians from both countries perform mystical Indian folk Baul and the string instrument saz that epitomises Turkish folk music. 29 Jan 20.00, Théâtre Molière, Square du Bastion 3 (Ixelles)

Book now Winterfolk is a weekend festival combining impro theatre, folk music and cheese fondue. The unusual end-of-winter concept takes place in a cosy, fairy-light setting at See U, the community cultural hub in the former military barracks of Ixelles. 26 & 27 February (from 19.00), Rue Fritz Toussaint 8 (Ixelles)

OUTSIDE BRUSSELS

For an evening dedicated to lesser-known romantic classical works, the orchestra Virtuose Di Waterloo invites world renowned clarinettist Ronald Van Spaendonck and flautist Marc Grauwels to perform in the concert Perles Rares de la Musique Romantique at the Sainte-Anne church in Waterloo (To reserve, email francoisdewulf1@gmail.com). 30 January 16.00, Rue de la Paix 1, Waterloo

Muller Van Severen Design Museum Gent

10 Years Muller Van Severen at Design Museum Gent is the first exhibition dedicated to local design duo Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen (pictured). Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their creative collaboration, the show positions their colourful contemporary furniture among the museum’s own collections. It also presents their journey via the eyes of 10 people who have contributed to their career. Until 6 March, Jan Breydelstraat 5, Ghent

 

Written by Sarah Crew