ATLAS DA BOCA BY BRABA PLATAFORMA
I spent my childhood and most of my teenage years very quietly. Countless days reading people and, especially their “non-words”. A “word-gesture”, a “word-gaze”, a “word-breath” contains so much truth and secret and I spent my life trying to figure out the paths that they inscribe into the body. I believe that this is the place where the piece is settled.’ (Gaya de Medeiros)
Atlas da Boca (Atlas of the Mouth) explores two trans bodies through the mouth. As a symbol, the mouth becomes the interface between the public and the private, between the erotic and the political, between silence and the word that lasts. Questioning the idea of “words-gestures”, this piece delves into the moments in which the mouth hardens, letting the words come out roaring.
TOUJOURS DE 3/4 FACE! BY LORAINE DAMBERMONT
The three-quarter angle is the most effective defensive stance, according to YouTuber Johnny Cadillac, whose karate tutorials went viral in Belgium. Loraine Dambermont embodies this character and narrative in Toujours de 3⁄4 face!, a punchy hyper energetic solo performed as a survival guide with athleticism and humour.
Pushing the physical and mental virtuosity of the performer to the limits with hyper fast movements, extreme precision and musicality, Dambermont also tackles the complex Belgian identity through movements which reveal a paroxysm of self-mockery.