Maurice Béjart House permanently open to the public

The Maurice Béjart House in Brussels, an archiving and exposition space entirely dedicated to the world-renowned French-Swiss choreographer, will from now on be permanently open to the public. This was made possible after the French Community recognized the House as a “Musée en Création”.

Maurice Béjart lived in Brussels for almost 30 years. In 2008, one year after his death, a group was founded in Brussels that took its residence in the choreographer’s house in de Greepstraat/rue de la Fourche, near the Grand Place. Up until today, these aficionados focus on the promotion of the master’s oeuvre, in order to keep memories alive and to stimulate the development of classical dance in Belgium.

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Previously, the House already hosted the permanent exposition “Béjart Parcours Libre”, where visitors can get to know the choreographer’s fascintating life. They can see documents related to his many famous performances, such as programs, billboards, manuscripts, pictures and videos.

Recently the exposition was expanded with “Béjart, les jeunes années”, which gives a clear view on Maurice’s life from 1927 to 1957. On top of that, the first floor of the House now functions as a kind of independent conservatory, where young people between 7 and 18 years old can take a professional classical dance class.

In autumn, other exhibitions are planned, such as a “Béjart-Noureev” special and a film cycle titled “Béjart et l’image”. Let it be clear: the Béjart House is definitely worth visiting!

The Béjart House is situated in the Greepstraat/rue de la Fourche 49. It is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.

More information can be found on the website of the Béjart House.

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Summer Of Photography: Robert Heinecken

Until 18 September, you can visit a fascinating yet provoking exhibition by Robert Heinecken at WIELS Contemporary Art Center: Lessons in Posing Subjects. Although he rarely used a camera, Robert Heinecken (1931–2006) is considered one of the most influential post-war US photographers. He called himself a paraphotographer, who tirelessly explored the nature of photography and ideas traditionally associated with it, using a variety of techniques such as sculpture, printmaking, and collage.

The WIELS exhibition examines a turning point in Heinecken’s career – the period when he used a Polaroid SX70 camera. It ranges from his first works in this medium in the mid-1970s to his most iconic project, the “Lessons in Posing Subjects” series of 1981–82, which sheds a very critical and at times provoking light on the representation of men and women in advertising.

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Curator: Devrim Bayar

Place to be: WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 345, 1190 Brussels

Until 18/9 - free entrance every first Wednesday of the month!

Find out more information about this not-to-miss expo here.

Science-Fiction at Atomium with Innovative Display

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For its yearly summer festival dedicated to digital art, ID# (Innovative Display)the Brussels Atomium has chosen for the light and sound installation Out Of Control by the French artists of Visual System – who were also in charge of the exposition last year, by the way. The installation gives two ‘balls’ of the Atomium a very special appearance.

Out Of Control is an installation that was especially created for the Atomium. “The French artists came here with a certain idea in their heads, which they totally adapted to the space available in the Atomiumm. The result is a very sci-fi installation that fits 100% to the Atomium, it’s really wonderful to see. Visitors can discover the Atomium from a totally new, modern-day perspective,” says responsible Inge Van Eycken.

With its particular shape and history, the Atomium is the ideal place for this unique installation. Out Of Control sheds a critical light on the relationship between humans and machines, between Heart and Parasite. This is done by means of a soundtrack of words that perfectly  corresponds with the light installation.

Out Of Control is inspired on the novel of science-fiction writer Stéphane Beauverger. The soundtrack is Thomas Vaquié’s.

Visit ‘Innovative Display’ at Atomium until 31/08.

More info on www.atomium.be

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Enjoy a 5€ lunch break concert at Midis-Minimes!

Great news for music lovers! Until August 29th the Midis-Minimes Festival offers you a 35 minute lunch break concert every week day in the Brussels Minimes Church and the Royal Conservatory. The program is based on two principal drivers: diversity and quality. There’s a wide variety of artists to discover, from Belgium and abroad, young talents, experienced musicians,… In short, it’s a very eclectic program that explores little -known repertoires and freedom of interpretation. So much to disover!

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Like every year, each day of the week has its central theme. Monday is dedicated to music from all over the world, Tuesday is the day for music from before the 1700s and Wednesday focuses on 18th century music. Thursday is centered around the 19th century and to close the week, Friday feautures well-known contemporary composers from the 20th century. You like? Then you definitely have to attend one of these unique lunch break concerts!

So here’s some practical stuff:

Where? Conservatoire Royal de Musique
When? Up until 29 August, every week day at 
12:15 pm – you’re advised to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the concert
What?
35 minute lunch break concerts
How much?
5 € - different pass formulas are possible 
More info? 
www.midis-minimes.be

Summer Of Photography: Pepa Hristova

In northern Albania live the last sworn virgins of Europe, called burrneshas. They’re women who take a vow of eternal chastity and wear male clothing in order to live as men in a patriarchal society. The Bulgarian photographer Pepa Hristova, one of the must-sees during the Summer of Photography, portrayed those “women” in her book Sworn Virgins.

The Kanun, a collection of Albanian laws from the middle ages, allows families to make a woman head of the family after the death of a patriarch. The only conditio sine qua non is that she swears eternal virginity. And when no sons are born in a family, parents can also decide to raise a daughter as a true son.

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Women who choose to live as a burrnesha receive the status and the rights of a man. They are respected within the community. They dress and behave as men, and do male jobs as well. “The sworn virgins play their role so well that they finally don’t even get recognized as women anymore, except by their families. They lose all kind of femininity. Some of them even don’t menstruate anymore as a result of their male behavior. I found all this very fascinating to see. When I first photographed a burrnesha and spent the night at her house, I started to doubt myself if she really was a woman. Only at the moments when I wasn’t photographing them, they showed themselves very vulnerable – a sign of their femininity after all,” says Hristova.

Some practical information:

* Pepa Hristova: “Sworn Virgins”

* Date: from 10/7 to 3/8

* Place: Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels

In short, an exposition that’s definitely worth visiting!

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