'Radio Vinci Park' (c) Theo Mercier
MAKE ME UP BEFORE WE BLOW BLOW
wed 27 >> sun 01.10
Make Me Up Before We Blow Blow is a 5-day program that results from a long conversation between Vooruit and guest curator Ron Berry, director of Fusebox Festival (Austin, Texas, VS). The title of the event self-ironically refers to the action of ‘making up’ as a strategy to acknowledge today’s explosive political climate but also to act on it in a carnivalesque movement. Make Me Up Before We Blow Blow is an invitation to a multi-level exploration of the pitfalls and potentials of masquerade and of other creative strategies for constructing and deconstructing identities. Inspired by artistic inventions of alternative personas, Make Me Up Before We Blow Blow opens up a temporary space between madness and beauty, elegance and impertinence, resistance and belonging.
Masks and costumes are powerful means of fictionalisation that have enabled artistic and ritualistic engagement with the world since ancient times. We want to look at what masking and disguise can mean right now, during the seemingly apocalyptic, vast horribleness of the current political environment, in the US in particular. What does it mean to pretend in this era of ‘fake news’? What does it mean to pretend in times when politics appear to be functioning precisely because and not despite of lies and empty pretension?
Exploring topics such as mixed identities and the creation of personas, we connect with questions of gender identity. Performance artist Paul Soileau challenges our prescribed notions of identity and offers up a duo of striking personalities that crack open assumptions and fears about who and what we are capable of truly being. Make Me Up Before We Blow Blow celebrates difference and solidarity, choosing the alternative personas of the many over the ‘alternative facts’ of a few.
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Yinka Kuitenbrouwer approaches realities that are marked by psychological struggle and invites us to wander across the border of what is regarded “normal” in the premiere Kan dus niet. With Radio Vinci Park, visual artist Théo Mercier and singer/dancer/choreographer François Chaignaud create a quasi-shamanistic encounter between a faceless motorcyclist in full gear and a made-up vestal or fairy, triggering fantasies as well as contemporary nightmares.
© Erwan Fichou © Michiel Devijver
Vooruit’s café transforms into a one-night cabaret where Rebecca Havemeyer hosts an evening of songs and critical stimulation - also featuring the satirical country duo Birdcloud, who in their songs brilliantly skewer Southern American stereotypes, and Berlin-based iron pumper, musician and artistic figure Rummelsnuff, who mixes electro-punk and workers’ song (Arbeiterlied) into what he calls Strommusik. Besides the alternate universe of the cabaret, Yinka Kuitenbrouwer approaches realities that are marked by psychological struggle and invites us to wander across the border of what is regarded “normal” in Kan dus niet. With Radio Vinci Park, visual artist Théo Mercier and singer/dancer/choreographer François Chaignaud create a quasi-shamanistic encounter between a faceless motorcyclist in full gear and a made-up vestal or fairy, triggering fantasies as well as contemporary nightmares.
© Celeste Danger
- Meet the curator (Ron Berry) / online soon
- 20:00 Yinka Kuitenbrouwer - Kan dus niet
- 20:00 Rebecca Havemeyer - Rebecca does Belgium! + Birdcloud + Rummelsnuff
- 22:00 Théo Mercier & François Chaignaud - Radio Vinci Park
This night of Make Me Up Before We Blow Blow takes place under the banner of the shameless and the excessive. It starts with a lesson in self-gratification with Narcissister from New York: Where is the boundary between self-love and narcissism? Can self-absorption lead to self-scrutiny to help counter culturally induced contempt related to beauty ideals, body images and sexual relations? In her performances, multi-disciplinary feminist artist Narcissister appears in her characteristic mannequin mask as well as elaborate, self-designed costumes. The performer becomes the mask - a mirror to reflect and question representations of race, beauty and sexuality.
Ghent-based artist Elisabeth Van Dam impersonates glamorous alien pop star Dolly Bing Bing, a living sculpture that reaches beyond the limits of human life into the animal, digital, hybrid, enhanced and heavenly. Following the excessive perfection of Van Dam’s Gesamtkunstwerk, gender-queer persona CHRISTEENE takes us into an ecstatic celebration of shamelessness and honesty. In a stringy wig and smeared make-up, CHRISTEENE raises both the anger and the humor of queer experience to the surface. In a concert performance melting hiphop trash, punk and political commentary, perversion and rawness serve as self-empowering instruments of riot and political expression. Ninos Du Brasil (Hospital Records, DFA). is a masked percussion duo which isn't really from Brasil; it is the project of Italian born and raised performance artists Nino Vascellari en Nicolo Fortuni. As Ninos Du Brasil they serve a brutal en high energy clusterfuck of carnival rhythms, rave music and harsh noise that turn audiences into a state of absolute frenzy.
- 21:00 Narcissister + Dolly Bing Bing + Christeene + Pieter Ampe & Moni Wespi + Ninos Du Brasil
- 01:00 afterparty
Today we focus on a series of questions: What does it mean to become someone else? What does it mean to pretend? Can mask and costume be a strategy to bridge the sacred and the secular? What happens to personas and masked identities in the course of time? What is the impact of the mask in political protest? What else can make up new possibilities, make over realities and concepts? A program of discussions and films invites us to enter the notion of masquerade as social strategy to deal with today’s norms and restraints. To each his own mask by Ghent-based artist Tine Guns mixes images of traditional ceremonies and political protest. Thomas Wallner & Eva Küpper’s documentary film draws the portraits of the protagonists of the world-touring performance Gardenia, directed by Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke.
- 16:00 Unmasked + To Each His Own Mask (Tine Guns)
- 20:00 Thomas Wallner & Eva Küpper - Gardenia: Before The Last Curtain Falls
- 21:15 aftertalk with Alain Platel & one of the performers (meer info volgt)
We close the program with a new edition of The Wild Brunch at Vooruit: food in disguise, make-up workshops and spontaneous interventions in the Vooruit Café. To conclude, artist Irvin Morazan infects the city with his fantastic ritualistic interventions. The El Salvador-born, now US-based, performance artist and sculptor builds remarkable costumes and headdresses, fusing his Mayan heritage with pop-culture references. His creations are wild and wondrous, ancient and contemporary at the same time. Irvin Morazan will dress up the building of Vooruit and the streets of Ghent with a procession where masked bikers mingle with capoeira dancers and other community groups.
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