Friends with Benefits performance festival in Brussels


The project

 "Friends with Benefits" is an international festival of dance, choreography and performance.   The festival will take place in  the former Molière's cinema building from the 1930's, rehabilitated  since 2009 by the none-profit organisation Projection-room in Brussels.   The festival is bent on offering visibility to an emerging artistic scene; facilitating the meeting with different types of audience and cultural actors; contributing to the cultural developpment of this specific space ; considering, experimenting a model of artistic production based on exchange of services and collective organization.   The title of the festival "Friends with Benefits" stands as a state of  affairs: the ambivalent relation between individuals bound with more  than one ties. The festival is an opportunity to reflect on the social  relations and artistic kinship that underlie all artistic production:  collaborations, affinities, friendships, alliances, exchanges, services  ...   Conceived as a knot of relationships, exchanges and affinities,  the festival will present a group of artists from different horizons and  practices, yet constituting a sense of generation, of community.     Like a cameo choreography , different formats and players will overlap in a multifaceted event: an intercative dance juke box, a full discography lip synced, radiophonic interventions,  an immaterial gallery opening or even performance for pets and their human friends in apartment.  Friends with benefits is a choreography of choreographies , an attempt to offer an event drawing space, time, movement and relationships as a total sensory experience.  


Participants: Adriano Wilfert Jensen (Dk), Alex Bailey (Uk), Andrea Zavala Folache (Es), Benoit Pabis (Be), Clara Amaral (Pt),Claudia Pages Rabal (Es), Dennis Van Vreden (Nl), Emile Lagarde (Nl), Emma Daniel (Fr), Jeanne Koulischer (Be), Julie Rouane (Fr), Krõõt Juurak (Ee), Laima Gagane(Ee), Laura van Bergem (Nl), Lisa Vereertbruggen (Be), Louis Vanhaverbeke (Be), Maria Peralta (Ve),  Matias Daporta Gonzales (Es), Matthieu Blond (Fr), Marysya Wiercinska (Pl), Maya Tamir (Il), Michiel Vandevelde (Be), Oneka Von Schrader (Au), Rosemarie Allaert (Be), Sabine Cmelniski (Be), Simon Asencio (Fr), Susan Hoogbergen (Nl), Thomas Cordy (Be), Tom Engels (Be), Yui Nakagami (Jp). 



Program : 


Series of tasks I Jessica 


Performances for Pets I Alex Bailey and Krõõt Juurak 


Performances for Pets I Alex Bailey and Krõõt Juurak

The Consultations I Galerie 

The Opening I Galerie 

Serfbort I Dennis van Vreden 

Camouflaging Kelly I Lisa Vereertbruggen 

Fervent osculation I Tom Engels 


The Consultations I Galerie 

Flat not Apartment I Matias Daporta Gonzalez 

Low Tech I Clara Amaral

Teaser I Maria Peralta

06.02.16 The Consultations I Galerie 

Juke Box I Sabine Cmelniski

Arché I Andrea Zaval Folache

A Fish in a Worfworkshop I Oneka von Schrader

Enkepahlin I concert - dj set




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Why fund it?

The overall amount will be used to ensure the production of the festival, including travel costs of all participants, accommodation and food, as well as the transport of decor material and technical requirements for the presentation of each piece.       


Details of the budget :


Participant's travel : 1230 euros 

Participant's food :  (durant la résidence et les représentations) : 2200 euros 

Renting of technical material : 550 euros Decor's transport : 150 euros

Renting of the space : 850 euros

Technicians salary : 675 euros

Graphic design, printing, communication : 1150 euros 

Buying of props for the pieces : 190 euros  


Sabine Cmelniski was born in 1990 in Brussels. She has been following an intense dance training since she was 5 years old, going from tap dance to performance arts, passing by ballet, contemporary, martial arts and hip hop. From 2009 to 2012, she studied Philology and Litterature at the university of Liege and since 2012, she studies Choreography in... See more

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