See the world through a feminist lens at Beursschouwburg


A new, months-long programme featuring performances, video art and workshops at a Brussels art centre wants to create a meeting space for like-minded feminists

A fish without a bicycle

Brussels arts centre Beursschouwburg is presenting an autumn season of performances, screenings, workshops and other events that explore the world from a feminist perspective.

The months-long programme is inspired by the women’s marches of January this year, which fostered an inclusive and broadly feminist approach to issues as diverse as immigration, racism and the environment. Following this lead inevitably involves some strong opinions, but the organisers promise to create a safe space in which everyone is welcome. “A place where you can search for meaning and find like-minded feminist souls,” they say.

The performances begin with #negrophobia, an investigation of the black body in Western culture, created by Nigerian-American artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. It’s followed in early October by Princess by Eisa Jocson (pictured), which analyses Snow White from a Philippine perspective, and Florentina Holzinger’s Apollon Musagète, a “post-baroque” ballet about female beauty and the boundaries of the body cult.

The highlight of the film programme is Craigslist Allstars by Samira Elagoz. It records the results of the Finnish director’s bizarre encounters with men contacted through the internet.

Video art loops in Beursschouwburg’s Black Box throughout the season, alongside the exhibition Growth Record by Belgo-Japanese artist Lisa Spilliaert. This records the early years of a Japanese child who, in another life, might have been Spilliaert herself.

Later in October there is a mini-festival of “indigenous electronics” curated by Brussels music producer Zoë McPherson. For younger feminists, a Kids’ March includes a workshop on making banners, placards and pamphlets, followed by a march around the block and a disco. Later kids’ events look at gender roles and propose alternatives to Zwarte Piet. 29 September to 22 December at Beursschouwburg, Brussels