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The world through the radical and poetic prism of Chantal Akerman

Thursday 23 May sees the last 'Bozar All Over the P(a)lace' evening of the season: a plunge into the heart of Chantal Akerman's work and the performative inspirations she offers to our everyday lives.

The way in which Chantal Akerman looks at the gestures, bodies and sounds of the city in her work is a violent yet poetic and humorous expression of the state of the world we live in. The career of the Belgian filmmaker, artist, and author is highlighted by the Chantal Akerman exhibition currently running at Bozar. Travelling reveals the importance of her influence on today's visual and performing arts. This nocturne is an invitation to let yourself be transported by imaginary worlds which, like Akerman's, speak to us intimately and question us. Through images, sound, movement, and an invitation to dance, the evening confronts us with the disruptive and awakens all our senses.

An immersive programme

For the catalogue of the exhibition dedicated to Chantal Akerman, choreographer and performer Latifa Laâbissi devised a notebook of "ghostly gestures "Gestes fantômes, pour une partition de gestes de mains ". Directly inspired by the director's film Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, this score of gestures is in line with the choreographic research that Latifa Laâbissi has been pursuing since the early 2000s:

 " I collect phantom gestures, gestures that move me. They come from a wide variety of sources, from scenes from everyday life, from the cinema and from popular dances, and over time they have metabolised and become part of my body ". 

Created especially for this nocturne, the artist's performance is an invitation into the intimacy and political meaning of everyday gestures.

In the mid-90s, DJ Chloé Thévenin - aka Chloé- was one of the artists who made her mark at the only techno and lesbian club in Paris, Pulp. The electro scene, almost exclusively male at the time, was pierced by a personal, eclectic style that Chloé has been defending and developing ever since, as much in clubs as in her film scores or in multidisciplinary projects with remarkable collaborations. His latest project, SloMo A/V, is an immersive experience based on a dialogue between sounds and images, verging on hypnosis. It will be presented as a preview of the album's release during this nocturne at Bozar. This performance plunges us into worlds and climates that are sensitive to the most imperceptible movements.

Just 18 when she appeared in Chantal Akerman's Portrait d'une jeune fille de la fin des années 60 à Bruxelles, Belgian actress Circé Lethem lent her voice to excerpts from Ma mère rit . This near self-portrait novel evokes the joys and traumas that run through Chantal Akerman's work. Reading Circé Lethem sheds an even more emotional light on the subject.

The young DJ Sapphist Eye, propelled by the label Lumière Noire founded by Chloé, closes the new edition of nocturnes at Bozar.

From 6 p.m. to midnight, take time to explore two major exhibitions: 

  • James Ensor. Maestro
  • Chantal Akerman. Travelling

Take a look at the programme and join us for an unforgettable artistic evening!