Monday, June 12, 2017

A la luz de las velas

laisser cire couler
laisser cire caresser bras
laisser cire couvrir pieds
laisser cire embraser peau
laisser cire passer la flamme
flamme d'allumettes
utopie d'étoiles dans le ciel de Capulalpàm

Thanks to  Li Lith Albornoz and Fausto Luna for documentation

Friday, June 2, 2017

Behind the performance ( Interackje 2017 )

Piotrkow Trybunalski, one of the oldest cities in Poland.
Piotrkow Trybunalski, which was an important industrial centre for textiles and wood and glass products.
Piotrkow Trybunalski, which was annexed by Russia for 100 years.
Piotrkow Trybunalski, which was a capital before a city for many years.
Piotrkow Trybunalski, which was the first guetto established by the Nazis during the second war.
Piotrkow Trybunalski which is part of Holocaust History Archives.
It's what i read on internet before going to Poland.
Like Holocaust of polish forest. It's the name they give to the massacre of trees, linked to the Szysko's Law. It's wat a polish friend wrote me, before going to Poland.

It's my first time in Poland.
There are my first steps on this earth.
The earth where was born Grotowski, who inspired me so much during my first steps in theatre world.
On the way from airport to the city, a lot of construction works.
On the way from the gallery to the hotel, a lot of churchs.
A lot of churches, a lot of crosses, a lot of Jesus, a lot of candles and wreath of flowers, a lot of abandoned buildings...
A belgian friend told me :
"When you'll go to Piotrkow Trybunalski, go to the end of the city.
Go to the end of the road and then you'll see a jewish cemetery.
Completely abandoned.
Go to see this place."
At the end of the road,
after many very well maintained cemeteries,
after many shops of flowers and candels and all material to celebrate dead people,
after many construction works,....
There, at the end of the road, on a corner, is a small cemetery. Closed and abandoned. The jewish cemetery.
There, the tombs sit among the tall grasses.
There, the dead seem not celebrated but abandoned among grasses and old trees.
Only a dog, an old man and old woman seem to take care of the death.
At the entrance, on a panel, is written in polish and english:
"The Piotrkow Trybunalski Municipal Government has be since 1996 engaged in the restoration of the Jewish Cemetery in Piotrkowie Trybunalskim.
So far, the following work was performed:
- construction of lapidorium
- reconstruction of small entrance gate
- renovation of iron entrance and the wicket at the main gate
- levelling more than 400 inclined or lying tombstones
- reconstruction of 40 tombstones frames
- maintenance work on more than 500 of burial plants
- the design for reconstruction of the cementery's fencing wall
- maintenance work involving the felling of self sown sucker trees and mowing of grass at arranged areas.
The works are carried out under the supervision of Mr.... "

The day before that, at the gallery, Lidka and Vwodek, gave me some help to save a tree srpout from some dumping ground behind the building. From small pieces of glass.

And then, on 11th may, on morning...

Let me to lie down at the middle of busy people.
Let me to offer something free at the middle of shops.
Let me to offer seeds, by looking to the sky beyond the glass dome.

And then, on 11th may, on evening...

Let me to be naked.
Let me to be a naked body.
A naked body to celebrate the ephemeral of bodies, the ephemeral of life.
A naked body to celebrate the vulnerability.
Vulnerability to face the art world related to status, money and appearance.
Vulnerability to face belief, bigotry, sexism and social body.
Vulnerability to face Extreme Right.

Let me to feel naked.
Feel naked like birds
Like some birds who attack windows
Like birds who are injured by guns
"C'est les oiseaux, jamais les balles, qu'on attaque en plein vol" was singing Anna Prucnal, who was born in Warsaw in 1940.
"It is the birds, never the bullets, that are attacked in their full flight"...

Feel naked
Feel naked like humans
Like some humans who attack walls or boundaries when some other spend their sunday with training in paramilitary groups. In Poland they are called " Sunday Soldiers"
Like humans who are killed by other humans
Like women who were crucified
Tell me...
Is it thrue that in Russia some farmers crucified women considered as witches during the 1921 famine?
Is it thrue that Florus ordered to crucify more than 3000 people?
Is it thrue that many women were crucified during the armenian genocide?
Why do we crucify?
Since when do we crucify?
What's our feeling when we see a crucified body?
What's our feeling when we see a naked body against a wall?
What's this fascination for crosses and crucifixions?
Where is our fascination for earth and trees?

Earth and trees
Earth which is free and doesn't have walls and boundaries
Earth which hosted us


Naked as we were when we were born
Naked and Free
Like birds
Like humans
A long time ago
Before we built walls and boundaries
A long time ago....

Thanks to Antoine, Antoni, Gisela, Gordian, Lidka, Kuba, Ryszard, Stanislav Piotr, Tosia, Wodek, all the team, volunteers and artists of Interackje 2017.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Cumulator #10, 22/10/2016

SAMEDI 22.10.16 : 10h > 20h @MAAC ( 24/26 rue des Chartreux 1000 Bruxelles )

Avec Marita Bullmann (DE), Béatrice Didier (BE) et Anja Plonka (DE)

Cumulator #10 est la dixième étape d'un projet d'art performance initié par James King (IE), ayant démarré en janvier 2016 avec un artiste performant pendant une heure pour se terminer en décembre prochain avec 12 artistes performant pendant 12h00.

Pour cette étape, Marita Bullman, Béatrice Didier et Anja Plonka performeront à la MAAC pendant que sept autres performeront à Belfast.

Une performance in situ dont la principale règle pour les artistes est d'être présents pour la durée déterminée.

Le spectateur est libre de rester le temps qu'il souhaite.

Foto@Thomas Reul

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Sunday, October 4, 2015

ACTUS IV, 19th-24th october 2015

english below

19 – 24 Octobre 2015, ESAVL ( 21 rue des Anglais Liège)

Performances solo, concert installation, open session, ateliers, actions dans l'espace pubic, conférences,…

Avec Pierre Berthet, Zhou Bin, He Chengyao, Maud Hagelstein, Yingmei Duan, Anais Heraud, Chen Jin, Boris Nieslony, Gwendoline Robin, Barbara Roland, Gaetan Rusquet, Evamaria Schaller, Feng Weidong ( performers solos et conférenciers), Sylvie Pichrist, Anja Plonka, Robin Pourbaix, ... 

Curateurs: Béatrice Didier et Boris Nieslony 

Programme des rencontres publiques:

Jeudi 22 octobre 18h30:

Ouverture d' Actus IV, avec les étudiants de l' ESAVL

” La performance parle-t-elle un langage universel ? ” Dialogue ( Maud Hagelstein et Barbara Roland ) suivi de ” Focus sur la performance en Chine” (Zhou Bin)

Vendredi 23 octobre 18h30:

Performances solos

Samedi 24 octobre 16h00:

Performances Solos et Open Session

Des actions performatives et open session se dérouleront durant la semaine, dont le vendredi 10h aux alentours de l'ESAVL ( adresse à venir)
Deux ateliers d'art performance seront donnés pour les étudiants de l'ESAVL et des écoles artistiques supérieures
de Liege:
le 10 octobre de 10 à 17h00 avec Béatrice Didier
le 20 octobre de10 à13h00 avec He Chengyao

Ce projet est organisé en collaboration avec PAErsche dans le contexte d'Art of Encountering:

Avec le soutien de la Ville de Liege/ESAVL, la Province de Liège,  WBTD, WBI,Ricochets asbl
Avec le soutien espéré de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles

19th – 24th of October 2015, at ESAVL ( 21 rue des Anglais Liège)

Performances solo, concert installation, open session, workshop, actions in public space, conferences,…

Pierre Berthet, Zhou Bin, He Chengyao, Maud Hagelstein, Yingmei Duan, Anais Heraud, Chen Jin, Boris Nieslony, Anja Plonka, Gwendoline Robin, Barbara Roland, Gaetan Rusquet, Evamaria Schaller, Feng Weidong, Sylvie Pichrist, …. (a.o.)

Curators: Béatrice Didier et Boris Nieslony

Proposed Programme of public encounterings

Thursday 22th october 6.30pm:

Opening of Actus IV,

” La performance parle-t-elle un langage universel ? ” Dialogue ( Maud Hagelstein et Barbara Roland ) followed by ” Focus sur la performance en Chine” (Zhou Bin)

Friday 23th october 6pm:

Performances solos

Saturday 24th october 4pm

Performances Solos and Open Session

ps: Some open session will happen in public space in the city of Liege, during the week.. On will take place friday 23th at 10am near ESAVL ( adress will come)
Two workshops of performance art will take place for students from ESAVL and superior artistic schools in Liège:
10th october from 10am to 5pm, with Béatrice Didier
20th october fro 10am to 1pm, with He Chengyao

This project is organized in collaboration with PAErsche in the context of Art of Encountering:

With the support of the City of Liege/ESAVL, the Province of Liege,  WBTD, WBI, Ricochets asbl
With the expected support of Fédération Wallonie Brussels

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Performance Art

7th, 8th, 9th july from 6.30pm:
performances Where is the body
9th july from 6.30pm:
opening Here was the body
10th to 17th july 4-8pm : 
exhibition Where was the body

What would it mean if performance artists make exhibitions without showing their own bodies in live and how would those called the documentation be able to represent the live performance? Conceived by the artists Béatrice Didier and River Lin, Where The Body Is/Was is a presentation questioning the relationship between the presence and absence of the artist’s body before,during and after performance.
For transforming the meaning between the formation of exhibition and performance, the artists will be performing in the gallery until the opening of this exhibition and the audience is welcome to spectate and participate the making of the performance/ exhibition. The exhibition would be therefore conceptually closed and completed whilst it opens. During the exhibition Where The Body Is/Was, you might see those called the remains, trace, archive, or something needs to be redefined.